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PROGRAMS & ENVIRONMENTS

At Rockhampton North Early Learning Centre we believe that children learn through play.

Learning Environments

Our Rooms

Creating a loving and happy atmosphere for your child

Our classrooms are the heart of our centre, offering a safe and fun environment in which your children will spend the majority of their crucial early years.

We have six rooms at Rockhampton North Early Learning Centre:

  • Nursery (6 weeks – 15 months)
  • Toddler 1 (15 months – 24 months)
  • Senior Toddler (24 months – 36 months)
  • Junior Kindy (3 – 4 years)
  • Kindergarten (4 – 5 years)
  • OSCH (5-12 years)

The numbers within each room are limited, ensuring that the team can get to know each child individually, tailoring the experience each day to suit their needs.  Our facilities are air-conditioned, and we offer a full nappy service for those children who require it.

 

Nursery

6 weeks – 15 months

The nursery room caters for babies aged 6 weeks to 15 months, with a staff to child ratio of 1:4. The nursery has a designated sleeping area and a fully equipped playroom. There is also an equipped kitchen and changing room facilities.

Babies are provided with stimulating activities to help them nurture and grow, with such activities encouraged through the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Framework.

The educators and parents also communicate to each other throughout the day via Kindy Hub. This communication includes photographs and information about what the children have eaten and drunk, as well as their sleeping and other activities.

Various activities to enhance development are provided each day including tummy time, stories and singing, sensory fun, outside play, musical instruments, drawing and painting.

The room is filled with bright colours to provide a fun and exciting environment for the children, creating a warm and welcoming environment for both children and parents.

A day sheet is filled out daily so parents know the rundown of how much their child ate, slept and use of nappies. Routines are based on each child’s individual needs.

We also operate a safe sleep policy, which means babies are continuously monitored for the duration of their naps. The Nursery and Toddler 1 group share an undercover outside play area.

Toddler 1

15 – 24 months

The Toddler room caters for children aged from 15 months to 2 years, with a staff to child ratio of 1:5. The room is located beside the nursery room to allow an easier transition for the children and their families, helping build a bond with their educators.

We support and encourage the child to build their physical development skills by providing exposure to basic fine and gross motor skills to assist with their coordination.

Children are encouraged to learn turn taking skills in a small group while in a play-based programme.

We also help the children to prepare for walking on their own. Each child is provided with a variety of activities to build balancing skills, boosting their confidence in feeling safe and secure making their way around the room with or without support.

The educators and parents also communicate to each other throughout the day via Kindy Hub. This communication includes photographs and information about what the children have eaten and drunk, as well as their sleeping and other activities. The Nursery and Toddler 1 group share an undercover outside play area.

Senior Toddler

24 – 36 months

Our Senior Toddler Room is for children aged from 2 to 3 years, with a staff to child ratio of 1:5.

Within the room we support everyday self-help skills, toilet training and hygiene practices, giving the children a chance to play with each other and build long lasting friendships in a safe social surrounding.

At meal time we educate the children on making healthy choices by offering fruit and dairy for morning tea, sandwiches or hot serves for lunch and healthy options for afternoon tea. The centre also has lunchbox options for families to support healthy eating practices.

The centre supplies nappies for children in care and works alongside the families when the time comes to begin toilet training.

We run a play-based learning programme to allow children to make sense of their world, engaging actively with other children and educators based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority and National Quality Framework (NQF).

The educators and parents also communicate to each other throughout the day via Kindy Hub. This communication includes photographs and information about what the children have eaten and drunk, as well as their sleeping and other activities.

Junior Kindy

3 – 4 years

The Junior Kindy room caters for children aged 3 to 4 years, with a staff to child ratio of 1:11. The room provides a stimulating play-based learning environment, which enables children to develop their social, emotional and cognitive development as they build a sense of belonging and security with educators and peers.

The educators collaborate closely with the parents and caregivers to ensure goals and requirements are met to support each child’s individual development. Parental and caregiver input is always welcome and valued as part of our open-door policy.

The room allows children to explore their imagination and creativity with the assistance of the educators. The educators ensure that the children’s interests and desires are met by providing resources and activities that enable a free learning environment, as per the EYLF and NQF standards.

Towards year-end we conduct transition days, using our close relationship with the kindergarten room to assist with an easy transition to kindergarten the following year. The strong, meaningful relationship between child and educator also assists in ensuring children are ready to transition to kindergarten as they gain a basic understanding of literacy and numeracy skills, along with fine motor development, which assists with pencil grip and scissor skills.

Healthy eating and physical activity are important to a developing child, which is why we encourage healthy lunchbox choices such as fruit, cheese and yoghurt as well as nutritional lunch and afternoon tea choices. Children learn how to care for their bodies inside and out, with various resources, activities, parental and community input.

The educators and parents also communicate to each other throughout the day via Kindy Hub. This communication includes photographs and information about what the children have eaten and drunk, as well as their sleeping and other activities.

Kindergarten

4 – 5 years

The kindergarten room aims to ensure all of the children are prepared and ready for prep. This includes ensuring that they have a strong understanding of their emotions as well as being capable of building strong and trustful relationships with their educators and peers.

We ensure that the children are provided with engaging environments that encourage learning with the assistance of their educators, based on the EYLF and NQF.

Children are provided with the opportunity to participate in a variety of literacy and numeracy based skills. These are given with the support and guidance of their educators.

We also provide the children with the opportunity to engage in a variety of different incursions while in the kindergarten room. These include kindy sports, dance lessons, Aussie encounters, the tooth fairy and community visits such as the police, ambulance and dentists.

Children also have the special experience of learning Japanese. This is provided to the children via the ELLA app (Early Language Learning Australia).

ELLA is a fun, digital, play-based language-learning program for children in preschool. It helps children to become more comfortable with different languages early in life so that they can stay engaged with learning languages in later years.

The educators and parents also communicate to each other throughout the day via Kindy Hub. This communication includes photographs and information about what the children have eaten and drunk, as well as their sleeping and other activities.

OSHC (Outside School Hour Care) / Vacation Care

We also offer before school and after school care for older children. This is available for children between the ages of 5 and 12.

OSHC is offered before school care operates from 6.30am – 8.15am, while afternoon school care operates from 2:45 pm – 6.30 pm Monday to Friday.

We currently drop off and pick up from Frenchville State School and St Anthony’s School.

The centre also provides vacation care over the school holidays, which operates from 6.30am – 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The program varies between intentional teaching and child spontaneous learning experiences, as we feel that if the children are genuinely interested in what they are trying to do they will learn more.

The children are able to openly speak to the educators at any time. Each afternoon we allow time for children to complete their homework with assistance from educators. Parents are asked to sign a permission form when completing their enrolment forms.

The OSHC room constantly changes to suit the children’s interests and needs, with the children providing input into what they want to see in the room and how they can help in changing the areas.

Outdoor Facilities

We offer a state of the art playground, which features a sun-safe waterpark for the warmer months.

As part of our sustainability program, we have a range of animals at the centre and environmental activities for the children. The children love caring for the garden and vegetable beds, as well as feeding the ducks.

Our various outdoor activities (including the waterpark, sandpits and obstacle courses) are designed to develop motor skills and social interaction and change each day according to the children’s interests.