Geelong Children's Centre
A community not for profit childcare and kindergarten providing high quality professional care and education to each individual child.
Geelong Children’s Centre is a volunteer managed, community based long day care and government approved kindergarten provider. We operate as an independent, incorporated, not for profit association administered by a Board of management focusing on delivering education, care and learning projects that meet the expressed social and cultural needs of the community. The Board of Management oversees the development and implementation of the Centre’s strategic, financial and governance plans, compliance with legal obligations that apply to the Centre.
Currently Seeking Community Members for the Board of Management
Our team of quality educators strive for excellence to provide the best early childhood education and care. Providing a supportive, professional respectful and ethically strong team is the focus of all educators. Continual, professional and personal development in advancement of all skills.
We work above ratio in all age groups, each of our under 3’s learning spaces with a ratio of 1:3 and our over 3’s learning programs have a ratio of 1:6
We have permanent educators who relieve in rooms to ensure consistency for children during routines and transitions and during periods of staff leave.
The educational Leader supports the Centre culture and community through leading the development and implementation of the educational curriculum, documentation and assessment, as well as the planning cycle. The educational leader is supported by Centre’s leadership team to effect positive change, including playing an integral role in mentoring, guiding and supporting educators.
Our Room Coordinators are highly skilled educators, who are flexible, decisive, innovative and are responsive to the change process. Room Coordinators are responsible to manage the day to day operation of the designated room; this entails, effective supervision of all children and educators, management and implementation of the children’s programs, documentation and record keeping, mentoring and training educators to upskill to leadership roles, meeting the needs of all families and children. Possessing the skills and knowledge to effectively lead their team throughout the day.
Our Room Leaders are supported by their team and Room Coordinators in all aspects of daily running of the rooms and meeting the care and learning needs of the children.
The Victorian Early Years Learning Framework has been designed to assist families and early childhood professionals to guide children’s learning and development in the first eight years of life. These years are a critical time for learning and development, when children acquire essential foundation skills and knowledge and when brain development is at its peak. The framework recognises that children’s first and most important learning happens with their family. It supports a partnership between families and all professionals who support their learning and development throughout this period.
The Victorian Framework uses five outcomes to describe the key elements of children’s learning and development. These are:
- Children have a strong sense of identity (Identity).
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world (Community).
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing (Wellbeing).
- Children are confident and involved learners (Learning).
- Children are effective communicators (Communication).
For more information, see Learning frameworks birth to eight years
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.
Environmental education is important for our children in the early years so they are able to grow up with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to take environmentally responsible actions for our future. We integrate environmental awareness and sustainable practices throughout our service by embedding it in our programs. We encourage families to participate in our sustainable practices.
Every child has a fundamental right to high quality education and care. Both the National Curriculum (Being Becoming Belonging) and the Victorian Curriculum frameworks (Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework) are integral to our program. To enable each child to reach their full potential an ongoing cycle of planning, documenting and evaluating informs our program. Educators respond to children’s ideas and play, and use intentional teaching to scaffold and extend each child’s learning, which is recorded in individual learning plans. We recognise and support the varied learning styles of individual children. Reflective practice maximises opportunities for children to grow both as individuals and as a group.
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.
At Geelong Children’s centre we use a digital software program called Educa which provides the early childhood professionals with a secure, simple and fast way to document and share learning. Using Educa, we create an ePortfolio for each child where learning stories, observations and updates are shared with families. Educa bridges the communication gap, strengthening relationships and promoting collaboration between the families and the educators. Parents have easy, instant access to their children’s learning stories from anywhere and can contribute to their education and learning.