Every meal at our centre is nutritious and healthy. As a member of Nutrition Australia, meeting the nutritional requirements of your child is important to us. We follow nutritional guidelines outlined by Nutrition Australia and our menus are checked to ensure they meet these requirements.
Our qualified chef cooks all meals in our fully-equipped kitchen. We use seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables – many of which come from our own garden. No preservatives are added.
Our menu rotates every four weeks. Some examples of our meals include:
- Fresh fruit platters, cheese and vegemite scrolls, or oat slice for morning and afternoon tea.
- Quesadillas, salad wraps, lasagne, or paleo butter chicken for lunch.
- Cheese and crackers for a late snack.
For babies, our menu is a little different. We provide fresh fruit or vegetable purees and finger foods such as toast or veggies. We also offer milk, but we ask you to provide formula if your baby requires it.
We cater to dietary requirements such as gluten free, dairy free, vegan/vegetarian, nut free, soy free and religious dietary restrictions.
We extend our curriculum with a number of other activities. These are specifically chosen to promote multiculturalism, diversity, life skills and physical wellbeing. Some examples include:
- Japanese and Spanish language lessons.
- Dance Along classes specifically for each age group.
- Ginger Sports soccer program to teach co-ordination and teamwork in a fun, positive way.
- Henry Penny Hatching Program – an exciting incubation program to witness chickens hatching.
- Billy's Buddies - a fun play-based active program by Billy Slater.
- Visits from special presenters, including The Music Man who introduces children to drums and rhythm; Everton Park Dental to demonstrate how to keep our teeth and mouth healthy; and Reptile Adventures with wildlife demonstrations.
Other special annual events:
- Australia Day
- Chinese New Year
- St Patrick’s Day
- Festival of Colours
- NAIDOC Week
- ANZAC Day
- World Human Rights Day
- Harmony Day
- Christmas party
- Grandparent’s day, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day morning teas
- Other cultural events that families contribute to our centre
- Kindergarten graduation
- And more…
At our centre, there are natural learning experiences everywhere. We have a family herb garden and we encourage you to pick herbs as you need. Our chef also uses these herbs in our meals.
Recently, we ran an experiment to see which food scraps would grow back when planted in the garden--what a great learning experience! The older children have their own vegetable patch and, building on this experiment, they planted pumpkin seeds sourced from the chef. They now have a thriving pumpkin vine.
We practice the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ process. Our children can use recycled materials to create their artworks. This helps them to think about ways materials can be reused.
Children with Additional Needs
We welcome all children with a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds or needs. If your child requires extra medical, emotional or learning support, we will tailor our care for them and work closely with you to ensure they have a smooth transition into our centre. This includes seeking support from other networks or professionals to bridge any gaps in our service delivery.
Some of the additional needs and support which can be provided at our centre include but are not limited to:
- English as a second language
- Autism spectrum
- Physical disabilities
- Minor or serious medical conditions
- Emotional issues
Our team cultivates a warm atmosphere of inclusion through continuous improvement and open communication. We are confident that your child will benefit from our dedicated approach to care and education.
Please speak to our staff about your child’s individual needs and how we can accommodate them.
Together we can create a plan to help them reach their full potential.
Child Safety & Welfare
All aspects of our operations are in line with the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. This includes our Health and Safety policy. All educators follow our health and safety policies and procedures and have access to these online.
We understand that leaving your child in someone else’s care is a difficult thing to do. We assure you that safety is our top priority and our educators follow safety practices every day.
At all times, we ensure that our centre is secure and free of hazards, both inside and out. Fire drills and UV checks are a regular part of our informed approach to safety. We emphasise safety education by creating an atmosphere of safety awareness in all aspects of the day. You will see visual safety guides around our centre, such as our sun smart posters. These tools support our lessons about safety, which we discuss as part of the curriculum. We take every opportunity to act as role models, pointing out tripping or slipping hazards and putting hats and sunscreen on for outdoor play. We talk about stranger danger so that children can build awareness and can freely talk to us if they are scared or worried. We aim to teach children to think about their own safety habitually too.