Cherubs cares for children from the age of 18 months to the age of 3 years. This room caters for 12 children per day, with 3 educators available to nurture and care for your child. A slightly more structure room than the Manger room, Cherubs aims to nurture your child’s interests and teach them about the world in a fun environment. Educators take note of new topics that engage your child’s interest and imagination and qualified early childhood teachers develop a themed program to suit. This ensures that your child is always involved with activities and free play that stimulate learning in a fun and pleasurable manner.
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. Cherubs children enjoy a range of activities such as imaginative play with costumes and areas such as an office set up and indoor cubbies that the staff set up.
Outdoor Play Area
This outdoor play area includes sand pit, cubby house, etc. This outdoor area is also shared with the older Footprints class. This provides socialisation for the Cherubs children with others that are older so that they can learn more skills. This socialisation also is helpful for when the children eventually graduate into the Footprints room so that they are somewhat familiar with the others already in the room.
Soft Fall and Gazebo Area
This play area is utilised mostly when we have very wet weather and when we are unable to use the other outside area. The kids are able to ride their bikes around and play with lots of other toys. We also enjoy having afternoon tea in this area as a picnic in the warmer weather which the children really love!
This is out set up for all meal times. The children usually enjoy story time while their food is being prepared and move to the table when the educators are ready. 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 extra bottles that they may have before or after sleeps etc.
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. Staff will ensure that no child is given the food that was provided for another child in the case of known or unknown allergies. If you child does have specific meal needs (severe lactose or peanut allergies for example) they will be provided with an individualised placemat with their allergies noted on it to ensure they do not eat anything that they shouldn’t.
This is our nap time set up where each child has their own bed and 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 designated nap time is typically between 12pm and 2pm each day. If your child does not normally sleep for this long, they will be provided with a quiet activity so that they do not disturb the other children. The staff remain in the room throughout this nap time to maintain supervision.
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 what activities their child/ children enjoy and any learning that they show particular interest in so that they can implement related activities and topics into the curriculums.