Quakers Hill Kindergarten & Childcare
Quakers Hill Kindergarten & Childcare has been opened and operated within Willunga Child since 1997, and continues to strive and meet the expectations of parents and care-takers.
Your child can only live their important early years once. And with today’s busy lifestyle seeing more and more parents returning to work earlier, you need the reassurance that your child is not going to miss out on vital early development.
We value early childhood education as the foundation for lifelong learning. We believe that each child is a unique individual and should be viewed,respected and treated as such. As the welfare and well being of each child is paramount, we strive to provide holistic support of the child’s exclusive requirements and interests in a nurturing, familial environment that fosters the child’s development across all developmental domains.
Educators at our service place an extremely high value on the environment in the early learning context. For this reason, careful attention and detail is encapsulated in its design so as to allow for rich, authentic experiences to occur on a full time basis. Our early learning context supports scaffolding children’s learning and development through quality interactions with peers, parents and educators in the overall attempt to pave the way for an exploratory understanding of themselves, the world around them and their place in it. Our educational programs are reflective of emergent curriculum and adhere to guidelines set by ACECQA, National Quality Framework and The Early Years Learning Framework, taking the child’s developmental level into account. Our programs are completed and implemented daily. A sizeable portion of them is occupied by planned implications observed in individual children; however, there is also substantial opportunity for the children to participate in spontaneous independent experiences as part of play based learning. Experiences at the centre afford children the opportunity to develop a plethora of skills in exploration, self-discovery, social interactions and problem solving among others, in the overall attempt to set the children up for success. Educators at our centre complete learning stories while observing the children and share these with parents and guardians upon completion.
As educators focus on the experiences of the ‘whole’ child, there is a large emphasis placed on nutrition and foods provided for the children on a daily basis. Meal times at Willunga are presented to the children in such a way that classifies them as an educational tool. Carefully planned and prepared menus align with guidelines for daily recommended intakes of the food groups, specifically referring to the needs of children. Our menus are reflective of cultural diversity and exposure and are respectful of preferences, allergies and intolerances of the children. All food prepared for the children is fresh and prepared by our formally qualified cook. Children are encouraged to practice self-service of meals during these social experiences as a means of preparing them for their future. Meal times are integrated with other key learning areas such as dental hygiene.
Educators at our service are dedicated professionals that value the importance of maintaining an optimum level of care and education for all children. It is of significance to highlight the fact that all staff working with children have obtained formal qualifications in the field of early childhood. Independent of the qualification that they hold, the staff are consistently developing and refining their professional practices, attending additional training to keep abreast with and effectively address evolving issues within the setting. All staff strictly abide by a specialized code of ethics, ensuring that duty of care is successfully honored at all times.. The staff firmly adheres to staff-child ratios for all age groups in accordance with regulations .We place an extremely high value and importance on partnerships as a means of developing the best possible environment for children at our service.
Partnerships with families provide us with invaluable information relating to cultural backgrounds and heritage. Educators strive to build relationships with families based on co-operation and a mutual respect for the reciprocal roles that each play in the lives of the child. Partnerships with families are developed through daily discussion, newsletters and meetings. Moreover, The Centre open door policy aims to facilitate an open flow of communication while maintaining confidentiality and respect of the privacy and wishes of each family, resulting in the highest levels of customer service.
Partnerships with industry professionals assist staff development and expansion of the curriculum to meet the individual and collective needs of all children. Needs based on cultural identity, additional support education and medical interventions which all require greater individual knowledge and supported cooperative teams, assures all children are facilitated in an inclusive environment as best as possible.
“We believe that early childhood is a celebration of learning and honor of diversity that when valued and nurtured appropriately, fosters individuals that can positively contribute to their community and the greater society.”
Quakers Hill Kindergarten & Childcare is more than just a child care centre, we are focused on helping your children learn. Each child is an individual who learns differently, and our staff are trained to help prepare your child for the challenges of school and later life. We do this by building a positive learning environment and atmosphere. Our child care in Quakers Hill is personal and professional.
Every child is an individual who deserves respect, and we will strive to make your child feel accepted through the activities we provide day to day and the care that is given by our staff members. We will always encourage ethical guidance for the children to use in and outside the classroom, as well as demonstrating positive role-modelling behaviour.
We take pride on being aware that as educators, we are still constantly learning and improving from the children in our care. However, we utilise this skill to deliver results in terms of helping a child develop and turn weaknesses into strengths. We appreciate the differences in each child and are always working to create an environment that enhances and develops the uniqueness of each character in our centre.
The cook plans a varied menu on a regular basis, with dietary and nutrition requirements always considered.
We aim to provide a nutritional and well balanced diet that is both colourful and well presented. The children are given the opportunity to try a variety of
dishes, including those from other cultures, so if your child has a favourite we are always open to new ideas for the children to try. We also cater for children with food restrictions, allergies or religious requirements. Please inform the certified supervisor/nominated supervisor if a special diet is required. All staff encourage the child to have an understanding and acceptance of individual needs at meal times.
Fresh fruit is served daily and offered at all meal times and if children would like a snack between meals. All meat, fruit, vegetables and dairy roducts are purchased daily to ensure freshness.
Our cook aims to provide the children with meals that have NO preservatives
and No artificial colourings as often as possible. The meals are prepared to suit the children’s taste buds, with their varying taste buds considered.
The weekly menus are displayed on the kitchen door for you to read. There are also meals charts in the classroom indicating what meals your child has eaten throughout the day.
During meals times educators will join the children at the table and sit together, using it as a social time. We always encourage children to use cutlery and develop independence when feeding and eating.
We DO NOT force fed any child.