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About us

We are proud to be able to provide Centre Based Child Care services to the community and nearby areas. Our Centres provide full-time and occasional care (subject to availability). We operate two CHILD CARE CENTRES – one in Gatton and one in Kensington Grove.

Our centres

Gatton Child Care Centre

This Centre is a non-profit Community based long day care centre and can be found on the corner of Lake Apex Drive and Dennis Minson Drive Gatton. It provides care for 60 children per day from birth to school age.

There are 4 children’s rooms:

  • Nursery - 0 – 2 years – 8 children with 2 staff
  • Toddlers - 2 – 3 years – 12 children with 2 staff
  • Kindy - 2 ½ –3 years – 16 children with 2 staff
  • Pre-Prep - 4 – 6 years – 24 children with 2 staff

The Centre opens from 6.00 am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday (ex Public Hols) 50 weeks per year.

We provide:

  • Sandwiches for lunch
  • Hat for each child
  • Linen for their bed.

We ask all families to donate healthy fruit & vegie snacks to share for morning and afternoon tea.

Contact details:

Gatton Child Care Centre
PO Box 415
Gatton Qld 4343

Telephone: (07) 54622946
Fax: (07) 54 621 974
Email: rhardiman@lvrc.qld.gov.au

Kensington Grove Community Kindy

This Centre is a non-profit community based long day care centre. It can be found at 24 Bertram Avenue Kensington Grove. It caters for 21 children per day from birth to 5 years of age

This is a multi aged group Centre so all children spend time together with 3 staff.

The Centre opens from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday (ex Public Hols) 50 weeks per year.

Food is not supplied so we ask families to provide a healthy lunch for their child and donation of fruit & vegie snacks to share for morning and afternoon tea.

Contact details:

Kensington Grove Community Kindy
PO Box 415
Gatton Qld 4343

Telephone: (07) 5465 6946
Fax: (07) 5465 6955
Email: rhardiman@lvrc.qld.gov.au

Environment & curriculum

Our Centres aim to provide a homelike atmosphere within a caring and stimulating environment. Parents or Guardians are able to ask for information at any time about the activities and experiences offered, our philosophy about learning and child development outcomes and how we intend that the outcomes will be achieved. The Staff strive to build a trusting and secure setting for both children and parents. Our program is based on the philosophy of Emergent Curriculum.

Emergent curriculum

In a centre that celebrates children, a great way to program is by using the “Emergent Curriculum”. What this means is that the learning that occurs emerges from the interest of the children. Teachers act as facilitators to provide directions for learning within the topic, expansion projects and extension ideas. The environment becomes a learning hub that is creative and stimulating for children and staff. The intent is to inspire curiosity, to encourage story telling skills, build motivation that comes from within a child and to develop a life long love of learning.

Features of Emergent Curriculum are:

  • Learning is spontaneous.
  • Uses natural world as learning environment.
  • Not time focused.
  • Focuses on the uniqueness of the child rather than the weakness of the child.

The children are free to choose the areas of interest in which they will participate throughout the day, both as individuals and as part of a group.

The activity areas are set up according to the children’s interests and needs. Staff carefully prepare and supervise all areas.

It is believed children learn self-discipline by being able to choose their own play activities. The play activities each day will generally include:

  • Painting, pasting, play dough, puzzles, blocks, construction equipment, music, storytelling, books, sand and water play, and other outdoor activities.

Sharing and co-operating with other children is encouraged by all the staff.

Some of the developmental areas we focus upon are:

  • Responsibility
  • Social interaction
  • Following simple directions and rules
  • Gaining independence and self discipline
  • Sharing and co-operation
  • Understanding feelings
  • Self help skills
  • Manners
  • Language
  • Confidence
  • Fine and gross motor skills.

Staffing

 

Educators at our Centres are our biggest asset. Management employs people with a wide range of knowledge, qualification, skills and experiences to ensure optimal care for your child. All staff are encouraged to attend training and development courses regularly as well as hold Working with Children Check (blue card) and First Aid Certificates.

Contact us today to arrange to visit the centre nearest to you and make bookings as vacancies are limited.