Facilities

Geelong Children's Centre has the following facilities:

Room Coordinators

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, meeting the needs of all families and children. Possessing the skills to effectively lead their team throughout the day.

Babies Room

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  • Continuous indoor/outdoor program
  • The room operates with Primary Care Giving model, whereby one staff member cares for your child throughout the day.
  • Staff ratio to babies 1:3
  • 2 separate supervised sleep room
  • Babies adhere to their individual feeding/sleeping.
  • Nappies provided.
  • Seperate playground with sandpit and level grassed areas

 

Toddlers Room

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  • Emergent curriculum
  • The room operates with Primary Care Giving model
  • Staff ratio to toddlers 1:3
  • Continuous indoor/outdoor program
  • Large grassed grounds, shaded area, covered sandpit
  • Individual and small groups for music, singing and dancing.
  • Seperate supervised sleep room – we cater to individual sleeping patterns.
  • Nappies provided.

 

3/5 Room

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  • Emergent curriculum
  • Continuous indoor/outdoor program
  • Program allows children’s choices throughout the day
  • Large grassed outdoor playground and covered sandpit
  • Large covered outdoor area so children are able play in all types of weather.
  • School holiday program e.g. excursions, visits and special days.
  • Small and large group experiences e.g. singing, music and dancing.
  • Staff ratio to children 1:6.

 

4 Year Old Kindergarten

We operate a 4 year old & 3 year old Kindergarten program with a Kindergarten teacher, 2 Diploma qualified educators and 1 Certificate III educator.

The kindergarten program aims to provide your child with a good quality enjoyable education program which aims at child’s holistic development. The program is based on individual child’s needs, strengths and interest. The program is enriching and stimulating as play forms the basis for the children’s learning and exploration.

“When you asked me what I did in pr4eschool today and I say, ‘I just played.’ Please don’t misunderstand me. For you see, I am learning as I play. I am learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. Today I am a child and my work is play.” – Anita Wadley, 1974.

4 year old Session Times

Monday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

You are encouraged to enrol your child for at least 15 hours of kindergarten per week.

Eligible children must have turned 4 years of age before April 30th.

3 Year Old Kindergarten

The kindergarten program aims to provide the children rich learning experiences through a structured setting to prepare them for 4year old kinder. We are offering extended hours which will provide the children opportunity of longer periods of teaching times and free exploration. As we are focusing on learning through play, it helps children to develop structured imaginative play, social skills, scaffold each other’s play to learn how things work, recognize other people’s ideas and suggestions along with language and learning dispositions to develop confident competent learners.

“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein

3 year old Session Times

Friday

8:30 am - 5 pm

During terms 1, 2, 3, & 4

Community Garden

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We have developed a Community Garden to encourage families to participate in our sustainable practices. We believe children can develop new skills and have fun while gardening for example by tending to their own plants, they can learn about the science and the nature from growing their own food, weather and the environment, and about healthy eating. There is a variety of interesting activities children and parents can be involved in, such as planting, mulching, weeding and cooking.

We also have chickens and rabbits within our service to develop children’s interest in learning about animals and caring for animals. Pets have become part of daily educational programs and are a shared responsibility between educators, children and families.