The CBC Community Children’s Centre has a family friendly atmosphere that facilitates life-long learning for all. We provide a safe, happy and nurturing environment for boys and girls from 3 months to their transition to school in a 65 place long day care based facility. We are committed to building a strong partnership with each family as we work together to ensure that this very important step in your child’s learning journey is a successful and happy one. We are committed to fostering a love of learning in a supportive and inquiry-play based environment with learning led by the children. Our Centre is a place for children to grow, explore and flourish. We offer all new enrolling children transition visits prior to officially starting with us, this gives us the opportunity to get to know both you and your child intimately so we can provide a familiar environment and the best care and education for your child.

At the Centre, we believe that each and every child is a unique and competent individual. Our inquiry based program reflects the Centre’s philosophy and aims to develop the whole child. Through our open ended environments and experiences, the children are involved in deep learning and exploration. The children are actively involved in their learning and are making connections and developing significant understandings of the world in which they live. We are passionate to follow each child’s individual interests and talents and the staff provide developmentally engaging experiences to promote inquiry learners.

The Centre’s holistic program guides children in a positive manner and provides experiences in self-discipline, making choices, taking responsibility, achieving independence and socialising with others. Children have opportunities to participate in experiences aimed at developing their physical, emotional, imaginative, social and intellectual self. The Universal Access Program is seamlessly integrated into our long day care service, ensuring preschool children receive the educational preparation they need for school, while giving parents the flexibility of full day care throughout the year. Children aged three to five are taught by a university-qualified teacher. Our Centre commits to respectful and collaborative relationships with families and communities, as we work together to create a positive environment for our children to learn and develop.

Educators will support your child to develop pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills in preparation for school. Working closely with families allows out educators to gain a clear picture of the child and their family background which supports them to plan experiences that are meaningful to the child.

Our curriculum is based on the Australian Government-approved Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF); Belonging, Being and Becoming. Our learning journey’s incorporate a balance of individual and group times, inside and outside experiences together with quiet and noisy experiences. Routine times such as meals, nappy changes, getting dressed etc. are also used as learning experiences. As children learn what to expect at various times in the day, they will experience a sense of independence, autonomy and satisfaction at being able to perform part of or all of the tasks associated with the routine. Our educators view children as strong, capable and competent learners. Children are encouraged to use language to investigate and explore, to reflect on their experiences. They are listened to with respect, believing that their questions and observations are an opportunity to learn and search together. It is a process; a continual and collaborative process. All children are encouraged to express themselves and ideas by developing their hundred languages of thinking, expressing and understanding themselves and relating to others. This stems from the belief that children use many different ways to show their understanding and express their thoughts and creativity. A hundred different ways of thinking, of discovering, of learning. Through drawing and sculpting, through dance and movement, through painting and pretend play, through modelling and music, and that each one of these hundred languages must be valued and nurtured. These languages, or ways of learning, are all part of the child. Learning and play are not separated.

The boys can continue their education at Christian Brothers College. Learning within the Children’s Centre and Junior Campus is enhanced through a professional partnership and strategic planning, that promotes a community of inquiry and best practice in teaching and learning in the ‘Early Years’. Our early years’ students experience shared play based learning, pre-literacy and numeracy development.

Our environments are designed to promote learning and our early childhood educators provide opportunities for each child to explore, discover and take risks. We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia principles which support children’s learning and enhance our environments. They are driven by their interests to understand and know more. There is a strong focus on social collaboration, working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued. The adult is not the giver of knowledge, instead scaffolding the child in their exploration and learning. We view the environment as the third teacher, a well-considered Reggio environment is identified by the manner in which the children and the educators act and react within it. An environment does not supervise, nor does it instruct. An environment inspires. The environment is engageable with those children and educators who use it. It can manipulate thinking and be manipulated to extend investigations. Our ‘Living Organism’ reflects the co-collaboration that it promotes and that is where it gains it identity, its personality.

Children are encouraged to use language to investigate and explore, to reflect on their experiences. They are listened to with respect, believing that their questions and observations are an opportunity to learn and search together. It is a process; a continual and collaborative process. All children are encouraged to express themselves and ideas by developing their hundred languages of thinking, expressing and understanding themselves and relating to others. This stems from the belief that children use many different ways to show their understanding and express their thoughts and creativity. A hundred different ways of thinking, of discovering, of learning. Through drawing and sculpting, through dance and movement, through painting and pretend play, through modelling and music, and that each one of these hundred languages must be valued and nurtured. These languages, or ways of learning, are all part of the child. Learning and play are not separated.

Each child’s progress of development and learning is captured in a personalised portfolio which is a wonderful keepsake at the end of their journey with us. The Centre strives to continuously reflect upon and improve its operation in order to meet and exceed the National Quality Standards.

Please contact the Centre on 8223 5469, for any queries you may have relating to a position for your child at the Community Children’s Centre.

 

 

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