Geelong Children's Centre
A community not for profit childcare and kindergarten providing high quality professional care and education to each individual child.
Currently Seeking Community Members for the Board of Management
Geelong & District Day Nursery Inc. trading as Geelong Childrens Centre is a volunteer-managed, community based childcare/kindergarten provider. We operate as an independent, incorporated, non-for-profit association to provide high quality, education and care to meet the expressed learning needs of the community. Geelong Childrens Centre focuses on delivering education and learning projects that meet the social, education and cultural needs of this community.
We have vacancies available in the following rooms
- 4 year Kindergarten
Operating since 1967, the Geelong Children's Centre is a not-for-profit organisation administered by a board of management - made up of community members and parent representatives, whereby all surplus funds are used to extensively resource the Centre, buildings and staffing.
The Centre has an open door policy, clients are welcome to visit or telephone at any time between 7am until 6pm. No appointments necessary.
We employ 22 diploma qualified staff, 2 kindergarten teachers, 19 Certificate 3 and 2 studying towards Cert 3 and 2 Bachelor of Education qualifications. Our staff have extensive experience in delivering high quality programs following a emergent curriculum.
Our staff participate in professional development workshops throughout the year. Staff photos and qualifications are located outside each of the children's rooms.
The Early Years Learning Framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all early childhood education and care settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. The Framework has been designed for use by early childhood educators working in partnership with families, children's first and most influential educators.
At Geelong Children’s Centre we provide a child and family centred practice. We endeavour to provide a welcoming, caring, inclusive and supportive environment to all children and their families. We embrace and support children of all skills, abilities and cultures; acknowledging children’s personal, family and cultural histories shape their learning for development. We view the whole child as an active citizen, capable of learning and contributing to their world.
Our philosophy of teaching embodies emergent curriculum. Emergent curriculum develops from exploring what is relevant, interesting and personally meaningful to children. An Emergent Curriculum constantly evolves in the response to children’s changing needs and interests, parental and community interests and concerns, and educator’s priorities. Each of these key elements shapes the direction of the program for future learning. Our goal is to provide a program that openly shares child initiated and intentional teaching practices, and that each child and their family is highly valued and supported to optimise each child’s individuality and their developmental outcomes.