When we asked some of our Moore Street families what they love about the centre, the answer was unanimous - our Educators' dedication to the children.
Our team is welcoming, kind and motivated by the genuine care and love they have for the children. They build a great rapport with all children and families. We have many families who return to Moore Street when new siblings come along.
Here is a sample of the feedback families share with us:
“My children’s Moore Street Educators are in a league of their own. Even the chef is amazing. Every single day my son’s Educator makes the children feel excited about what great learning they will be doing ‘Guess what, today we are building a rocket ship’. She also builds every child’s confidence by giving them a compliment when their parent picks them up ‘You should have seen the artwork Ethan did today, it was awesome he might be a painter when he grows up’. The children absolutely love this. This year my daughter is in the baby room. Leaving a child so young can be tough, but I never have any concerns and I know the care she receives is second to none.”
"My little lady just loves coming - walks straight on in and of an afternoon is too busy showing me all the fun things she does and doesn’t want to leave - it’s a sure sign that she’s happy and that is all I could ever ask for."
"I've been at Moore Street for over 5 years and have been extremely happy with the Educators and how much they go over & beyond for each and every child. I couldn’t have asked for a better service for both of my children."
"As a parent it is incredibly comforting to know your child is so well cared for and that they want to go each day! Going to 'school' (as he calls Moore Street), his teachers and friends are now part of his life. The staff turnover is so minimal, the continuity and quality is really important and something to be proud of."
Many of our Moore Street Educators are long-standing, and families value this consistency. Even our cook, dubbed by one family as "the best cook in the Shire", is synonymous with Moore Street.
The centre is led by a highly experienced Director - a great leader who ensures the children and families receive quality education, ongoing support and outstanding service.
Our Educators are a diverse group - male and female and varying ages and cultures - and their individual talents and specialties help to create a very engaging and dynamic learning curriculum.
One of our Educators is a talented keyboard and piano player who shares his musical passion with the children. They love the days he brings in his keyboard and plays music with them.
A Moore Street Educator is also part of the broader Council Children's Services' SEED Sustainability Team. Their knowledge and experience ensures sustainability education and awareness is a major part of the children's learning.
Some of our team also bring their Italian and Chinese cultural heritage to the curriculum through activities such as cooking, gardening and Chinese New Year celebrations.
Our Early Childhood Teachers possess a thorough knowledge of child development and an understanding of how children learn. One of our Educators is also a member of Council's Children's Services Curriculum Group which examines best practice curriculum planning for children in our services.
Family Communication & Partnerships
Moore Street 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 develop close partnerships with families, who have the opportunity to join us for special events including morning and afternoon teas, cultural events and celebrations, performances and shows, excursions and social events for families to meet other families. These occasions enable families to build a connection with us and other families at the service.
We encourage family input into the children's curriculum. Families are also invited to share in experiences at the centre through activities such as reading stories, gardening and discussions about occupations with the children.
Moore Street has many siblings and its routines are flexible to ensure siblings can spend time together during the day. For example, an older sibling may wish to spend time in the nursery with a younger sibling to enjoy meal time together.
Location & Community
Based in the heart of Sutherland and a minute's walk from Sutherland train station, Moore Street is Council's largest and longest running childcare centre. We have been providing our high quality service for over 40 years.
Moore Street takes full advantage of its central location, with many excursions to destinations including:
- Sutherland library (weekly visits)
- Local fire station
- NAIDOC celebrations at Gunnamatta Park, Cronulla
- ANZAC Day events
- Sutherland Public School (transition to school visits held during term three)
Excursions are an important part of the children's holistic learning program.
The children enjoy a large, modern and well-shaded outdoor space to promote their learning and development including:
- two large sandpits
- climbing and balancing equipment
- a vegetable garden and worm farm
- large shaded area for messy craft and play
- loose parts play with mud kitchens
- a large art mural, painted by Indigenous students from Endeavour Sports High School and inspired by Aboriginal rock engravings in the Royal National Park
Our indoor rooms are spacious, modern and bright, featuring many learning centres which change to reflect the children's current interests and needs including:
- writing centres
- problem solving and puzzles
- reading and literacy
- dramatic and creative play
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
Moore Street 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. Moore Street 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
During term three all children starting primary school the following year participate in our transition to school visits to Sutherland Public School. We meet the Kindergarten teacher and spend time in the Kindy classroom listening to a story and enjoying activities. This is just one component of our excellent transition to school program.
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 host School Readiness nights for families, with information shared from a local School Principal. Our close connections with Sutherland Public School and Loftus Public School enhances our centre curriculum, through their insights and contributions to our Transition to School Program.
We also 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.
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 skilled Educators respond to children's verbal and non-verbal signals throughout the day and provide comfort through developing strong bonds with each child.
We work closely with families whose child requires additional support, by connecting them with agencies and professionals such as speech therapists, occupational therapists and Family & Community Services. Inclusion is at the heart of our centre philosophy and practices, and our goal is to ensure every child thrives during their important early years.
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) and dessert
- 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.
"The Educators are wonderful, always happy to communicate and build rapport with families. There’s always a great range of activities, learning experiences and social opportunities provided to my children. Staff are approachable and kind to the kids."
"My son is so happy here. Staff turnover is almost non-existent so he has continuity and security. Everyone is kind, helpful and good at communicating. It makes my life so much easier and I feel more relaxed knowing my son is so well cared for."
"The Moore Street Educators create a loving and nurturing environment. Their dedication and enthusiasm is clearly evident. Its a credit to the team and the Director."
Enquiries can be directed to Children's Services on 9710 0466 or ChildrensServices@ssc.nsw.gov.au