Spaces

The Centre provides excellent amenities, with highly experienced mature and young educators to care for and educate your child. We encourage parents participation in the program and all aspects of your child's learning and development.

Geelong Children’s Centre is licensed to educate and care for 120 children each day. 

There are four rooms in the Centre, Babies, Toddlers, 3 to 5 and Kindergarten with direct access to the outside play environment which is an essential component of our continuous indoor / outdoor program.

Our outdoor environments are designed to have a good balance of natural materials and sustainable practices along with structured and unstructured play spaces to encourage activities for creative learning, spontaneous play and independent exploration.

Our indoor environment provides developmentally appropriate equipment to support children’s engagement and access to the program to develop their skills and independence. The natural resources contribute to children’s sense of belong and to provide new learning opportunities that extend and challenge children’s learning and development.

The Centre has separate supervised sleep rooms for children under three years of age. We follow individual sleeping patterns for children across the service. All our routines and transitions are progressive which allows children to have uninterrupted play and gives them opportunity to make meaningful decisions about their own needs. It also develops independence, responsibility and supports social and emotional competence in children.

The Centre acknowledges that starting a child’s life with proper nutrition and good eating habits is vital for good health and well-being throughout their life. Our Centre provides well balanced nutritious meals based on the recommendations from the dietary guidelines for children and adolescents in Australia and feed Australia.

 We offer a government approved and funded three and four year old Kindergarten program with a qualified Early Childhood Teacher supported by Diploma qualified and Certificate III educators. We provide above staff child ratio in our three and four year old kindergarten rooms.

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Toddlers Room

3-5 Room

3-5 Room

Four Year Old Kindergarten

The four year old kindergarten program provides your child with a quality education program which aims at child’s holistic development. The program is based on individual child’s dispositions, needs, strengths and interest. The program is enriching and stimulating as play forms the basis for the children’s learning and exploration and develops skills that are important for transitioning to primary school.

 “When you asked me what I did in preschool 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.

Four 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

 

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

Three Year Old Kindergarten

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

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

Three year old Session Times

Friday

8:30 am - 5 pm

 

Community Garden

Environmental education promotes critical and creative thinking skills and inspires children to become more engaged with their communities. It helps children to understand why the environment is important and provides them with the building blocks they need to live eco-friendly and sustainable lives. Children are encouraged to research, investigate how and why things happen, and form their own opinions on complex issues rather than just being told information.

Our Community Garden encourages 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 other pets 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.