Our Manger room cares for babies and children from 6 weeks to 18 months old. This room caters for 10 children per day with 3 educators available to nurture and care for your child. Manger is a child directed space, allowing your child to freely play, explore and express themselves in a loving, supported environment. Learning activities created by qualified early childhood teachers will reflect your child’s interest and developmental needs.
Indoor Play Area
This indoor play area is utilised mostly in the morning while children are being dropped off and in the afternoon while children are being picked up. Manger has a range of toys for the differing developmental and age ranges within the room such as rings for children beginning to learn to sit and walking toys for those children that are learning to walk independently. This area will be especially utilised during wet or very hot weather.
Outdoor Play Area
This outdoor play area includes shade cloth, swings, astro turf and a sandpit for the children to enjoy. We have designated toys for the outdoor area to ensure that excess dirt etc. is not tracked inside to the meal and inside play areas. This area is utilised throughout the day if the weather is fine.
This is our set up for all meal times. The children are placed in their chair and enjoy story time while their food is being prepared. As much as the staff are able, they will keep to the meal time routines that are already set in place at home.
Meals times are typically:
Morning Tea: 9.30
Afternoon tea: 2.30
This does not include any bottles that they may have before or after sleeps etc.
If your child is still newborn and reliant on milk or formula (not yet on solids) they will keep as strictly as they are able to the feeding schedule that parents provide. Staff will ensure that no child is given the food that was provided for another child in the case of known or unknown allergies.
Please note that food is not provided at the centre. Parents are to bring the appropriate amount of meals for the duration of the day that their child/ children will be at the centre.
This is our cot room that sleeps up to 10 babies. Each child has their own linen for the day that is washed at the centre so no need for parents to take linen home and have to remember it for next time. The staff will keep to the nap time routines that you maintain at home as much as possible so that your child adjusts quickly to their new sleep environment and is able to have restful sleep while at the centre. The children are checked on every 5 minutes by staff to ensure they have not rolled in their sleep or becometangled in their sleeping bag/ blanket.
Our curriculums are based upon the EYLF outcomes that are set by the Australian Department of Education. This includes practices and teachings based upon Belonging, Becoming and Being.
Belonging is based upon the knowledge of “where and with whom you belong”. This also “acknowledges a child’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities”. Becoming is the development of “identity, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships”. It is the understanding that children are “shaped by many different events and circumstances”. Being is regarding children “knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life”.
The staff greatly appreciate input from parents as to any developmental milestones that the children have managed while not at day care or are having difficulty with. When parents let the educators know this, they are able to implement activities to the curriculum in order to encourage the strengthening of these.