The children at Allison Crescent are cared for by a warm and talented team of Educators.
Among our team are athletes who teach fundamental movement experiences and a yoga enthusiast who regularly incorporates yoga into our curriculum as part of teaching self-regulation skills. Our sustainability devotee is a member of Children's Services specialist sustainability team focusing on children's environmental education and experiences.
The diversity of our team makes our centre unique.
Families also appreciate the stability of familiar and loving faces. Many of our Educators have been a part of Allison Crescent for many years.
Here is a sample of the feedback families share with us:
"The Educators at Allison Crescent are amazing, building strong, warm, nurturing relationships with the children, as well as working together as a cohesive, supportive team that obviously gets on well together. I know I can trust them. I'm also reassured that the centre exceeds the National Quality Framework standards."
"My son is always so happy after being at the centre thanks to the effort and enthusiasm of his Educators. They always have the very best intentions for him. The activities are varied and vast. I get the feeling every Educator knows my son and cares very much for him and our growing family."
Allison Crescent is led by a highly credentialed and experienced Director who has worked with our Children's Services unit for over 10 years.
Family Communication & Partnerships
Allison Crescent families enjoy regular insights into their children's learning via a safe and secure communication app called Educa. Educa allows families to view and share learning stories, photos and videos, and collaborate with Educators about their child’s development, from the comfort of their phone.
We work hard to establish wonderful partnerships with families at Allison Crescent. Inclusion is a big part of our practices. We plan weekend Family & Friend Picnic Days as an opportunity for inclusive practices and get-togethers. It allows all families to feel a sense of belonging with our wonderful centre.
Location & Community
Allison Crescent is ideally located in the Menai Business District. We take full advantage of our prime location, taking every opportunity be actively involved in the community with many excursions to Menai Library, Parc Menai, Menai Indoor Sports Centre and the local bushland reserve. The children are also actively involved in an ongoing inter-generational program with the seniors’ groups at the Menai Community Centre.
The learning which occurs during these excursions is an important part of our holistic program.
Families tell us they love the abundance of space at Allison Crescent. Our large outdoors features an all-weather veranda and covered deck areas, sandpit, climbing equipment, a slide, pathways for trikes and cars and plenty of open space ideal for building gross motor skills. There are natural landscapes to explore and peaceful quiet spaces for the children to relax in.
The outdoors are newly renovated, even providing the children with (supervised) opportunities to climb trees.
The indoors are equally spacious with multiple play areas. The children enjoy designated spaces for craft, painting and drawing, engaging in creative play, dramatic play, group time, story time and many other learning experiences offered daily.
Our rooms are named with respect to the traditional owners of the land on which the centre is built, the Dharawal people.
All Council Early Education Centres deliver a curriculum which provides children with academic and life skills education. We promote the development of language and literacy, numeracy, social and emotional skills, physical development and cognitive growth.
Many parents want to see their child write their name and hear them count and our curriculum provides children with the platform to develop these types of skills, along with many others.
Academic skills include literacy and numeracy concepts and learning experiences, for example:
- recognition of numbers, letters, shapes and colours (early numeracy and literacy skills)
- vocabulary expansion
- writing and drawing
- developing pencil grip and fine motor skills
- experimenting and hypothesising (early science)
Life skills focus on the following aspects of social and emotional skills development, including:
- emotional resilience (self regulating emotions, expressing emotions appropriately)
- self help skills (caring for belongings, tying shoelaces, putting on clothing such as socks and jumpers, encouraging independence)
- conflict resolution skills
- learning to share and take turns
- cooperating and collaborating with others
- learning to adapt to changes in routines
- knowing when and how to ask for assistance
- empathy and caring for others
- developing problem solving skills
- toileting independence
Education, including academic and life skills, occurs from the moment a child walks through our doors. Infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers experience age appropriate learning on a daily basis, encompassing:
- language and literacy
- mathematics and engineering
- science and technology
- arts and crafts
- sustainability education - learning about nature and the environment
- music and dance
- physical activity promoting gross and fine motor skills
- cultural experiences
- sensory experiences
- free creative play
- community excursions and engagement
The children learn through play and our Educators plan intentional, play-based learning experiences and investigations that incorporate children’s learning goals. For example, setting up a pretend play ‘restaurant’, complete with menus, cook books, notepads and money extends the children’s social, literacy and numeracy skills.
ELLA Language Program
Allison Crescent has successfully gained entry to the Early Language Learning Australia Program (ELLA) - a fun, digital, play-based program for preschools to teach children a language other than English in their year before school. Allison Crescent is introducing the centre's four and five year old children to Chinese Mandarin. The children are learning the language through apps. ELLA is part of the Australian Government's commitment to supporting language study in Australia.
OT & Speech Screening
We offer occupational therapy, speech and STEPS vision screening throughout the year.
Transition to School
Allison Crescent enjoys a strong partnership with Menai Primary School. We participate in orientation visits during August and September where the children spend time in a school environment participating in school experiences.
The children also participate in ‘lunch box days’ (to help little fingers master the skill of opening lunch boxes and containers) and school uniform dress up days at the centre. These role play and pretend play experiences include play areas with school uniforms, backpacks, lunchboxes, play food and writing materials for the children to participate in.
We offer daily school readiness experiences for all children starting primary school the following year. In small groups the children concentrate on fine motor experiences such as cutting, pasting, drawing and writing as well as experiences focusing on the development of pre-math, literacy and writing skills. At the year end, the children also create their own story books.
We consult closely with parents on school readiness and transition to school. Every Council centre completes ‘Transition to School' statements for each child attending school the following year. These are shared with families and the child's school (with parent permission).
Free Cloth Nappy Service
All Council centres provide an eco-friendly cloth nappy service to babies and toddlers, at no additional cost to parents who use our service.
The modern cloth nappies are reusable and professionally laundered. The fabric, fit and comfort of the modern cloth nappies are a far cry from the cloth nappies our parents would remember.
During 2018, Allison Crescent's cloth nappy service has saved 4.8 tonnes going to landfill alone.
Care routines are planned and adjusted in consultation with families to take in to account the unique needs of each child.
Educators respond to children's emotional and physical needs through building a two-way communication with each family. Families provide information on their children's rest, toilet training and eating needs, which Educators use to plan meal times and routines for each child.
Our highly trained staff respond to children's verbal and non-verbal signals throughout the day and provide comfort through developing strong bonds with each child.
All Council Early Education Centres employ trained cooks to prepare nutritious meals for the children each day. All meals are included within our fees. This includes:
- breakfast cereals and milk
- morning and afternoon teas which can be a mix of vegetable platters, homemade slices, fruit plates
- lunch (hot meals such as pasta bakes, stir fry, vegetarian frittatas and homemade pies)
- late afternoon tea and snack including sandwiches and fruit pieces to tide children over to dinner time
Our centres follow the NSW Health Nutritional Guidelines, providing a minimum of 50% of children's Recommended Dietary Intake each day.
“I wanted to extend a huge thank you to the Allison Crescent team. An Educator contacted me after her shift yesterday to tell me about something wonderful my daughter did which she described as 'mind blowing'. For me it wasn't so much what Lily did but that the team member took the time to call and tell me about Lily's progress. I love to hear about Lily's day - the things she enjoyed, activities she took part in with enthusiasm, who her friends are , foods she enjoys etc. My daughter's Educator always takes the time to tell me something specific about Lily or the centre in general. Her cheerful attitude is welcomed and recognised and much appreciated. Allison Crescent Centre has the most amazing staff who really take the time to help parenting. Thank you all for the hard work team. You might not know it but you are changing lives!” Anna.
"My daughter Eloise became a big sister and her primary Educator Nadine has been wonderful, supporting Eloise in her new role. Nadine has gone above & beyond, bringing in stories about becoming a big sister to read with Eloise, drawing her family with her and talking with her about how special her new role is. It has really helped Eloise to adjust to the change in her home life. I want to personally thank all the team for their support and care of my little girl."
Enquiries can be directed to Children's Services on 9710 0466 or ChildrensServices@ssc.nsw.gov.au