The children at Soldiers Road enjoy the Rolls Royce of playgrounds - one of the biggest and most well-resourced outdoor spaces ever seen in any childcare service.
Our playground is natural and picturesque. The children spend many hours outdoors exploring the vast environment which includes unique features such as a large sailing boat and structured musical equipment. Our image gallery below provides a glimpse into this magnificent playground.
If you have a child who loves being outside, is energetic and needs plenty of space to run and play, then Soldiers Road is an essential consideration on your childcare shopping list.
Soldiers Road is also smaller in scale - smaller numbers of children where we can meet their individual needs (school readiness preparation, learning needs, social skills support, toilet training - our team warmly supports parents with their child's specific requirements).
Here is a sample of the feedback families share with us:
"We have received six years of care from Soldiers Road. Our children have been valued as individuals and the personal development of each has been fostered. They are resilient, feel loved and safe, and are well prepared for big school. The Educators are well qualified and enthusiastic in bringing new ideas and activities to develop our children."
"My son has had a wonderful experience since starting at Soldiers Road. He has made great friends and we have seen him bloom in confidence and physical ability. I can tell the teachers really care for the kids. They are experienced and have done a great job of broadening the kids minds while letting them grow into their individual personalities."
Soldiers Road is led by one of Council's most experienced Centre Directors, with more than 25 years experience. She has worked in our Children's Services unit for more than 20 years and directed at five of our other centres.
Soldiers Road has been part of the local community for 25 years. Many families return to the centre when new siblings come along. It is highly regarded for delivering quality early education and care and operates under Council's stringent safety, compliance and quality requirements.
The team at Soldiers Road bring their individual talents and strengths to the service, creating a broad learning curriculum for the children.
One of our Educators shares her passion for cultural awareness through intentional teaching experiences and cultural celebrations with the children. Our sustainability enthusiast brings environmental awareness and education to the children's program. We have a major focus on sustainable practices at Soldiers Road.
Our Educators have a passion for group times and the learning opportunities these provide. Within our daily program are multiple structured group times to allow for exploration of the children's and Educators' current interests. Our Educators are also passionate learners themselves, with some studying additional university and TAFE qualifications.
Our team has many years' experience in the early years sector and many are also long-term faces at Soldiers Road. Consistency in staffing is very important to us, the children and families. We have dedicated team members who cover Educators during time allocated for programming and leave days.
Family Communication & Partnerships
Soldiers Road 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 enjoy a very positive relationship with families and always encourage and welcome their input into our curriculum. We offer parents one-on-one parent/teacher meetings to discuss their child's learning and developmental progress.
Families are invited to join us at the centre to share holiday photos with their child, participate in 'read to me' days, share talents and provide donations for our homeless charity along with collecting items to recycle and use. We are fortunate to have family volunteers who assist on excursions and provide input into our centre programs and menus.
Soldiers Road also has a Parent Committee which meets to discuss centre updates and organise family events.
Location & Community
Soldiers Road is located opposite Jannali Public School and is a short walk to Jannali train station. We are situated among residential homes - an easy place for parents to park and walk to the local train station.
The children enjoy regular excursions encompassing interactive, cultural and educational experiences. We visit the local library, fire brigade, shops and primary school to enjoy events and play dates. We also attend annual NAIDOC celebrations at Gunnamatta Park and have visited Symbio.
The community also comes to Soldiers Road. We have loved our visits from a local Aboriginal artist, librarians, Rangers on the Run animal encounters and the fire brigade.
Excursions and incursions are an important part of our holistic learning program. All experiences are intentionally planned from children’s interests to extend their learning.
We invite families who are looking for care to visit our service and see our vast, beautiful outdoor space. Renovated just a few years ago, it features:
- structured musical equipment
- sailing boat
- natural walkways and unique play areas
- two slides
- large shaded sandpit
- cubby house
- vegetable garden
- climbing and balancing equipment
- large shaded veranda ideal for enjoying meals or engaging in messy craft and play
- beautiful large trees in very natural surrounds
Throughout the sector we are seeing some new services constructed with very limited outdoor learning spaces and even small rooftop or indoor playgrounds. Why is a large and well resourced outdoor space important for children?
The outdoor environment is integral to your child’s holistic learning and development. The children can’t wait to get outdoors and explore our expansive space everyday. Current research in early education and early brain development tells us young children learn best through hands-on active investigation and play. Children grow, develop and learn best when they have access to well equipped outdoor play spaces.
Just a few ways children benefit from our outdoor learning space includes:
- Lower stress levels and the ability to manage their emotions more constructively.
- Healthier brain development and healthier immune systems.
- Stronger physical motor skills, as children take supported risks through adventurous play which provokes them to climb, jump, roll, crawl, walk and run on a variety of terrains.
- Stronger creative problem solving skills which are vital to children’s cognitive development.
- Stronger social confidence, as the space provokes team work and group collaboration as well as imaginative play.
- Stronger small muscles in children’s hands and better grasp development which is crucial to developing their ability to draw and write.
Our playground has been carefully designed to ensure quality learning outcomes and healthy development for children through all ages and stages of development.
Our indoor rooms have been recently renovated and are large and spacious, with plenty of natural light. The rooms are warm and home like with neutral colours and tones. Upon entering the centre, families are welcomed by our residential gold fish and the calming sounds of water to start the day in a peaceful way. Our two rooms are adjacent to each other and open out to learning spaces with open beams to extend the feel of space.
Our learning spaces are flexible meet the children's current interests and milestones including:
- problem solving group and story time
- craft, painting and drawing
- creative and dramatic play
- sensory experiences
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
Soldiers 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. Soldiers Road 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.
We offer vision screening for four year old children, as part of their readiness for school.
Transition to School
We enjoy a wonderful relationship with Jannali Public School.
The children visit the Kindergarten classroom and library to participate in activities with the Kindergarten children. The children in our care also take their lunch boxes and enjoy lunch with the 'big kids' in the playground. These experiences develop a positive perspective of school and ease any anxieties among new school starters.
We also enjoy the school's Easter Hat Parade and other community events. We also host ‘read to me’ days where school children visit Soldiers Road and read to 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. 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). Our Educators also meet one-on-one with parents to discuss their child's individual progress.
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.
Two Soldiers Road Early Education Centre parents recently shared their family's experience:
"This is my daughter's final months at Soldiers Road as she is enrolled to start primary school next year. People say so often, 'you have done so well to bring up such a polite and well adjusted kid'. And while I am proud of all the love, attention and time I have lovingly and willingly invested in her, I have to share that credit around with you, as you have all played a part in allowing her to grow, evolve, learn and become the young girl she is today.
Her time at Soldiers Road has been an incredible adventure, and you have taught and shared knowledge with her that has allowed her to learn much about herself and the world around. I never wanted childcare to be about forming letters and drawing shapes. I wanted it to be about being social and forming relationships and learning concepts and respecting people and the environment. And you have all delivered this in monumental ways.
Individually, you have all gifted her such a range of experiences and love. These things will be with her from here on in. Thank you so so much for looking after my daughter, and doing the wonderful things you do everyday that makes such a difference in our lives." Katie.
“Fiona and her team of educators are so caring, dedicated and absolutely lovely. They have made the transition into care as easy as possible for my daughter and also me, knowing she is being looked after so well and spending her day open to a range of experiences. The team at this centre also provide excellent communication with me and are attentive and supportive to her individual needs. Thank you again, and the Soldiers Road team, for everything you are doing for my daughter’s development and happiness. I am truly grateful." Deborah.
Enquiries can be directed to Children's Services on 9710 0466 or ChildrensServices@ssc.nsw.gov.au