Learning and care

As a parent or carer of a young child, you are the main influence on your child’s development. Early childhood learning and care services exist to help you with this important role.

Learning and care services offered by Children’s Centres operate under the National Quality Framework (NQF). The NQF aims to raise the quality of services across Australia through its National Quality Standard. The standard includes the Early Years Learning Framework, a curriculum framework to guide staff in developing quality learning and care programs for children.


At our centre we offer the following services:

Long Day Care or Occasional Care

Long day care is available Monday to Friday for children from birth until the child begins school. Children are able to attend either half or full day sessions. Whilst we develop and maintain relationships between children and staff in age specific rooms, we also aim to provide many opportunities for children to interact with older and younger children. The long day care and preschool educator’s team work closely to ensure continuity where children access both programs.

There are two rooms: The Mulga (6 weeks – 3 years), The Hive (3 – 6 years). We offer an integrated childcare and preschool program.
The long day care program operates between 7:30am – 6:00pm. Parents are required to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to pick up to allow staff to share information about their child’s day. All children and parents need to leave the Centre no later than 6.00pm in the evening as this is when the Centre’s licence for Long Day Care finishes.

Preschool

A DECD funded preschool program operates at our Centre that is staffed by registered teachers. As a DECD funded preschool we also have access to additional support services and training to ensure the highest quality of early childhood education for your child.
Preschool runs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:45am – 3:30pm.

Your child generally needs to be four years of age before being able to attend their entitlement of 15 hours of DECD funded preschool. If you have a child with special needs, of Aboriginal descent, or has been assessed as gifted, they may be eligible for additional sessions. Please speak with staff to discuss your requirements.

Playgroup

Playgroup provides an interactive and fun opportunity for children and parents to play and learn together. The playgroup is supported by an early childhood teacher to provide support, information and advise regarding children’s health, learning and development.

At our centre we offer GreatStart playgroup every Friday during the school term from 9:30am-11:00am.

Please bring a piece of fruit to share.

Sing’ N’ Play
FREE playgroup for children and caregivers 0-3yrs, at the Goolwa Children’s Centre
Music, play and meet other parents
Every Thursday 9.30am – 11.00am during School term.
For more information contact Josephine at Goolwa Children’s Centre
85552509.

Goolwa Playgroup is for families with children aged 0 – 5 years at: the Open Door Centre Uniting Church, Collingwood St Goolwa.
Monday’s from 9:30am to 11:30am during School term. The first session is free then $2.00 per session, it is Playgroup SA registered program and yearly insurance fees apply.

Please bring a piece of fruit to share. For more information please contact Goolwa Children’s Centre on 8555 2509.

 

School Transition

Schools often offer transition programs for children when starting school. You will need to contact the school that your child will be attending for more information.

 


 

All Children’s Centres offer a range of services:

Long Day Care provides full or part-time child care for babies, toddlers and children under the age of 6. Long Day Care provides play-based educational programs designed and delivered by qualified teachers and/or children’s services professionals using the national curriculum framework.

 

Occasional Care is short term child care for babies, toddlers and children under 4 years. Care is available for up to one session per week, depending on availability.

 

Preschool provides 15 hours of universal access to preschool for children 4 years of age. Aboriginal children and children under the guardianship of the Minister are able to attend sessional preschool from 3 years of age. Preschool programs are play-based educational programs designed and delivered by qualified teachers using the national curriculum framework.

 

Playgroup provides an interactive and fun opportunity for children and parents to play and learn together. Playgroups are usually supported by an early childhood professional to provide support, information and advice regarding children’s health, learning and development.

 

Related information

Information about all Children’s Centres.


Last updated: July 31, 2017 at 17:42 pm