Our educational programs are based on the Early Years Learning Framework, which focuses on Belonging, Being and Becoming. Our program is developed through children’s interests, strengths, family input, community links and intentional teaching. Each interest-based learning experience is planned to developmentally support and challenge the children within an environment that fosters each child’s self-worth.
Little Explorers is an inclusive Centre that welcomes children with additional/special needs. Our Educators have experience in caring for children with physical disabilities and those requiring alternate feeding methods e.g. PEG feeds.
For the first few years of a baby’s life, everything in the world is new. Learning is a 24/7 process. They have to figure out how to move their bodies, how to manipulate objects, how to understand and use language, and more. That is why it is important to provide babies with the right support and a stimulating environment as early as possible.
Toddlers love to experiment with their ‘I will do this myself’ attitude. This is an important step in developing the confidence and independence that are key for becoming lifelong learners.
It is at the toddler stage that children are really starting to explore the world around them and their place in it. This means a lot of trial and error- taking what they are learning and putting it into practice.
Preschool children learn best through a mix of open ended and structured play. At ages, 3-5 children are becoming readers, writers, counters and collaborators. The early skills they showed in complex concepts as toddlers and babies are now becoming more defined.
Children are gaining more independence and confidence, learning to cooperate and collaborate with others and experiment with creativity and imagination.
Our educational program is stimulating, challenging and fun. We respect each child's individual learning style, abilities, interests, culture and family background as we design programs that extend interests, develop competencies in many areas, and incorporate cultural and self- awareness.
At Little Explorers we are open from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday 50 weeks of the year. We only close on public holidays and for 2 weeks over the Christmas / New Year period.
Little Explorers Merrylands is an inclusive Centre that welcomes children with additional/special needs. We believe that all children deserve a place in child care.
Little Explorers abides by or exceeds the NSW Dept of Education Educator to child ratios.
All meals are prepared fresh on the premises each day by our dedicated, experienced cook. Our menu includes 5 meals each day and has been planned and developed to incorporate a variety of in season fresh fruit and vegetables as well as dairy and meats.
At Little Explorers Merrylands we put the health and safety of the children in our care above all else. This is why we have put into place extra health and hygiene practices to limit the potential exposure to COVID-19.
At Little Explorers Merrylands, we believe in exposing our children to a variety of activities and experiences. So, at least once a month we have an incursion to provide our children with extended knowledge and hands on experiences.
Our team of passionate dedicated educators and staff have a range of qualifications, skills and experience. We work together to ensure a well-rounded education for the children in our care.
Our educators value each unique child’s individual skills and abilities and work to build relationships that foster a sense of belonging and security. This enables children to explore the world around them confidently and have input into their learning environment. This enables children to explore the world around them confidently and have input into their learning environment.
All of our educators are trained in first aid, asthma, anaphylaxis and child protection to ensure the safety and well being of the children within our care.
We work to ensure a continuity of care by planning our rosters to provide consistency and stability for our children. This helps children to settle in, become comfortable in the environment and gain the confidence to explore and learn.
At Little Explorers Merrylands we incorporate yoga into our centre program. Yoga is beneficial to children in many ways. Children encounter emotional, social, and physical challenges or conflicts and yoga practice that includes breathing techniques, behavioural guidelines, and physical postures can be incredibly valuable for them. Yoga is something children can practice anywhere and the breathing, the concentration, the poses, and the way kids learn to act or react to situations, leads to constant self-discovery and inquisitiveness.
We have incorporated the NSW Dept of Education’s ELLA language app into our preschool program. Ella is a digital, play based language learning program, specifically developed for preschool children. This uses an app with a variety of different activities which are designed to engage children and encourage respect of diversity, develop social, thinking and digital skills. ELLA also helps to develop literacy and improve memory and concentration.
All families need to register for CCS before their child begins child care to ensure their subsidy is in place when attendance begins.
The amount that each family pays for child care at Little Explorers in determined by the level of CCS (child care subsidy) that has been calculated through Centrelink.
Child care subsidy is paid directly to the centre to reduce the fees you pay.
To be eligible you or your partner must meet all of the following:
Child care subsidy is calculated on the basis of
In order to be eligible for CCS your child must also meet immunisation requirements and their immunisation must remain up to date.
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