Discovery Early Education & Care Centre is a Long Day Care Centre catering for children six weeks to school age. The centre has four purpose built indoor learning areas that are allocated to groups of children, based on their age and developmental readiness. Children move between rooms once they reach an appropriate age or stage of development and room vacancies.
Our inviting parent space has comfy lounges to support breast feeding mums, or as a place to gather and chat with other parents outside of the busy children’s rooms. We also offer a relaxed community library where children can choose a book to take home and return when ready for other children to borrow.
Our cook provides a variety of nutritious meals informed by the NSW Government Munch and Move program which provides some additional support to busy parents. The menu is displayed in the foyer for parents to see and all children share the mealtime experience together in our outdoor dining space. We use mealtimes as a learning opportunity to encourage social relationships with children and educators, to help children develop good eating habits and encourage them to be independent, serving and feeding themselves where possible.
How Discovery supports all aspects of children’s learning
Our centre has planned indoor and outdoor spaces that supports the inclusive play-based curriculum and encourages children to explore, take risks and challenge themselves in a supported environment. Our babies have an opportunity to observe the older children in play through the viewing windows, and siblings are given opportunities through the day to spend time together.
We have outdoor natural play spaces which include a sensory path, vegetable garden and a trickle stream that is popular for creative water play. A large tunnel and fort structure for imaginary and active play, and many open-ended spaces to inspire exploration and allow opportunities for movable parts and spontaneous activities.
Use of technology provides families with access to their child’s program through the My family Lounge App, accessed through their phone or device. Large screens display photos of the children engaged in the program through the day and provides families opportunities to contribute to their child’s learning.
Our Engine room is a space where groups of children can participate in sensory regulation activities to support them to manage many tasks in Early Childhood and to achieve the levels of self-regulation they need to interact with and explore the world around them.
Our indoor spaces are light and airy with modern furniture and appropriate toys and learning resources to invite children to explore, learn and create.
How our staff team creates a nurturing and caring learning environment
Families and children are welcomed by a professional team with a wide range of qualifications and experience. These qualifications include Early Childhood teachers (Degree qualified), Diploma in Children’s Services, Certificate 111 in Children’s Services, Trainees working towards a qualification, Food safety and Handling qualifications and work health and safety training.
All staff have current first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis management certificates, child protection training and a verified working with children check.
Families are welcomed by our administration officer Sue on arrival and each child is greeted by an educator when entering their room or outdoor spaces.
Owner/ Director Kerrie
Why it is important to have a natural outdoor area that allows children to be imaginative and creative.
Play spaces in natural environments include plants, trees, edible gardens, sand, rocks, mud, water, real grass and other elements from nature. These spaces invite open ended interactions, spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature.
Discovery play spaces offer children chances to manipulate the environment and explore, to feel wonder and to pretend, to interact with nature, animals and insects, and other children.
How we make learning visible
Our program is documented in the room’s daily journal and through individual children’s observations. Our hallway provides us the opportunity to share our centre culture and community relationships, visually with families and visitors. All cultures are recognised and embedded into our daily practices through celebrations and an everyday acknowledgement of our Indigenous heritage.
We are currently developing our centre Reconciliation Action Plan and our philosophy reflects our core values of Relationship, Respect and Reflection