One of the reasons families choose our Franklin Road centre is for its community feel and local connections. All families are local to the area and value the centre's close partnership with nearby Woolooware Public School.
Families tell us the atmosphere at Franklin Road is happy and fun, with warm and responsive interactions between Educators, families and children. They also tell us our team is very supportive of them in their role as parents.
Here is a sample of the feedback families share with us:
"The Educators are fantastic. My child is always having fun when I arrive to pick him up and he never wants to leave. Also, the variety of activities he participated in is great for his development."
"The Educators are exceptional and our child loves them. They do everything to meet her developmental needs and helped us with challenges along the way. We couldn’t be more happier!"
"The personal attention and support they give, honesty and a truly positive and happy place for me to leave my child. I love it. The staff are wonderful, they know who you are and always have a ‘story’ to tell about what your child is up to or has done that day."
Franklin Road is led by a highly experienced Director with 23 years' experience. Her outstanding early childhood experience and kind, caring disposition is appreciated by families. At Franklin Road and as a previous Director at other Council centres, she has organised many fundraising events as part of supporting the wider community and teaching children about helping others in need.
Franklin Road is recognised as a centre of high standards - it has been independently assessed as 'Exceeding' the industry's National Quality Standards by the childcare industry's governing body.
The Franklin Road team brings a diverse range of talents and skills to our service. Among our team are Educators highly skilled in emotional and social wellbeing, sustainability practices & education, and artistic talents which provide the children with incredible art experiences.
Family Communication & Partnerships
Families enjoy regular insights into their child'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. familieseatures a beautiful large outdoor area and a spacious indoor environment for the children's learning and enjoyment.
Franklin Road enjoys very collaborative relationships with families. The centre's Parent Engagement sessions are an opportunity for families to make regular connections with our team, hear about the learning curriculum, stay informed about updates in each room and keep abreast of centre initiatives.
Location & Community
Franklin Road is located next to Woolooware Public School, Woolooware shops and is only a block away from the Woolooware train station. Ample parking is available for easy drop offs and pick ups.
We enjoy many excursions to local destinations including the primary school, post office (e.g. to mail letters & drawings the children have worked on), shops and train station to commence an excursion via train travel. Excursions are an important part of the holistic learning program offered at Franklin Road. Each year the children attend local NAIDOC celebrations too. We also venture further afield to broaden our learning experiences, with excursions to the Sydney Aquarium and Symbio.
Parents visiting our service for the first time are always in awe of our abundance of outdoor space. Our centre was built at a time when land was plentiful - the reason for our incredibly vast and spacious outdoors.
It is well-shaded and picturesque, featuring:
- a large outdoor climbing structure complete with rock climbing
- large sandpit
- natural grass and nature walkways
The children tend to the centre's vegetable garden and enjoy picking vegetables and herbs for families to take home and for use within the centre's own kitchen.
The indoor areas at Franklin Road are equally spacious, with plenty of natural light. The environment is warm and engaging to foster the children's love of learning.
There are designated learning centres with many activities to foster the children's milestones include craft, creative and dramatic play, puzzles and problem solving; construction and a quiet numeracy and literacy space.
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.
Story and group time are an essential part of Franklin Road's daily program, building on the children's general knowledge by exploring their current interests and curiosity.
ELLA Language Program
Franklin Road 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. Franklin Road is introducing the centre's four and five year old children to Japanese. The children are learning the language through apps. ELLA is part of the Australian Government's commitment to supporting language study in Australia.
Transition to School
Franklin Road enjoys a strong connection with its neighbour Woolooware Public School, visiting the school to view and participate in classrooms, the playground and library.
Visits are held with groups of children from our 3-5 year room. Specific transition to school visits are also undertaken, to help children transition smoothly to this new environment. We are also fortunate to have primary school children visit us at Franklin Road to talk about school life with the children.
The children also enjoy ‘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 children to participate in.
We consult closely with parents on school readiness and transition to school. Mid year the centre hosts a Transition to School information night for families, sharing how best to support children during this important transition, discussing skills and expectations for primary school readiness and showcasing the learning achieved within our program to support these skills and expectations.
Every Council centre also 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.
Council's cloth nappy service has saved more than 5,000 kilograms which is equivalent to 5.1 tonnes of landfill in six months 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.
Comments from some of our current Franklin Road families:
"My son is happier than his first daycare placement. The staff are lovely to the children and the outdoor area is superb."
"Franklin Road is a great place for my children. They are happy and well looked after. I'm happy they are receiving the best in early education."
"My children love being at Franklin Road, they always have a great time and are learning a lot. The Educators are wonderful and always happy to chat and tell me how the children are going."
Enquiries can be directed to Children's Services on 9710 0466 or ChildrensServices@ssc.nsw.gov.au