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VACANCIES
Albion Park
MindChamps Early Learning Albion Park enrol now see our special offer!!

Blackbutt
Echidna Children's Centre 
Immediate start available! be quick!!

Unanderra  
The Secret Garden Preschool Has vacancies across all days for 2-5 year olds. Send us an email or call us on 4271 4242 to book in a time to come and visit the service, Make sure you check us out on Facebook

Shellharbour
MindChamps Early Learning Shellharbour check our our special offer so be quick and enrol now


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This month you have a chance to win a $50 gift card.

For your chance to win simply email us with your contact details and tell us how you have used our site/facebook to go into the draw to win.  Good luck!

PROFESSIONALS FOR CHILDREN


ADDITIONAL NEEDS PROVIDERS
RESOURCES FOR CARE PROVIDERS
CHILD CARE DIRECTORY 
 

Albion Park
MindChamps Early Learning Albion Park

Blackbutt
Echidna Children's Centre

Coniston
Thrive Early Learning Centre - Coniston

Farmborough Hts 
Cedars Christian College Early Learning Centre
Cedars Christian College

Shellharbour
MindChamps Early Learning Shellharbour

Unanderra  
The Secret Garden Preschool
CARE IN OTHER AREAS

Sutherland Shire Local Child Care

Parramatta Local Child Care

Liverpool/Fairfield Local Child Care

Camden Macarthur Local Child Care

Western Sydney Local Child Care

Canterbury/Bankstown Local Child Care

Inner West Local Child Care

Eastern Suburbs Local Child Care

Ryde/Eastwood Local Child Care
Hills Local Child Care

North Shore Local Child Care
Northern Beaches Local Child Care
Illawarra Local Child Care


 
FEBRUARY 2020

Welcome to the Illawarra Local Child Care & Services Directory Newsletter

read all about this great service below.

Be sure to check out all our Detailed Listings to find all the information you need to make the right choice for you and your family when selecting child care.

This month’s parent/carer resource about transitioning to school.    Starting school is an exciting time for your child and family.   Our resource will give you some tips and hints to help this important transition.  Read more below.

WIN, WIN... a $50 Gift Card.  To enter simply like us/share on facebook and then email us with your contact details to go into the draw to win.


FEATURED SERVICES

MindChamps Early Learning Albion Park & MindChamps Early Learning Shellharbour  2 weeks free for you!

Enrol with MindChamps before 31 March and receive 2 weeks free childcare plus pay zero bond*

The world is changing and childcare needs to change with it. Developed with the latest Australian research in education, psychology, neuroscience and theatre the MindChamps’ approach connects all areas of child development to create a holistic early learning experience.

MindChamps Early Learning Centres and Preschools’ philosophy is based on instilling three critical minds – the Champion Mind, the Learning Mind and the Creative Mind – into every child, to foster future success in school and in life.

Our unique approach to Early Learning offers the strongest foundations for children from 0-6 years to prepare them for the ever-changing demands of the 21st century.

MindChamps’ proven curriculum creates confident, compassionate life-long learners with the best chance of success in all areas of life.

Ensure your child reaches their full potential. Book a tour today to learn more about our unique programmes and approach!

Each new Champ will receive an enrolment pack valued at up to $280!

Our Champs get:

A MindChamps bomber jacket
A bucket hat
Our MindChamps backpack
Two school uniforms (for our pre-schoolers)
A complimentary Stay & Play Session (up to 2 hours)

Book a tour today at https://au.mindchamps.org/2-weeks-free/


Cedars Christian College Early Learning Centre
At Cedars, our new Early Learning Centre has been designed with one thing in mind.  And that's giving your child the earliest advantage in life.

Along with state of the art facilities and outdoor play areas, our new ELC also offers on-site specialists as an intentional part of our regular curriculum which includes our Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and School Psychologist.

It's all part of our forward thinking, to ensure they're equipped with foundational life skills for everything that's ahead in their future.
Contact us for more information.


Echidna Children's Centre caters for children between 6 weeks and 6 years.  Open Monday to Friday 7am-6:00pm.

We have vacancies in our babies room! Be quick.

At Echidna Children’s Centre we have a strong commitment to the National Quality Standards, always striving to improve our practices in all aspects of service delivery. This is seen throughout the centre and through talking to our qualified and dedicated team. Echidna provide's a safe and secure environment with security for all children and their families and we pride ourselves on the high quality of care and education provided at the centre.

Our fees include meals every day, a variety of resources and activities, a revitalized outdoor space and staff who really make an effort to know your children.

Child ratio is excellent and our staff are highly qualified and experienced. Visitors are welcome at any time.  Contact us for more information.


The Secret Garden Preschool is a privately operated centre.  We strive to create a warm, friendly environment where you and your child come first. 

The Secret Garden Preschool has Vacancies across all days for 2-5 year olds. Call us on 4271 4242 to book in a time to come and visit the service, Make sure you check us out on Facebook

Our Pre-School and staff are committed to providing children with not only the best possible child care but also a quality educational pre-school program which will best prepare the children and help them transition easily to school.

An important aim of our centre is to have excellent communication between families and staff.  This helps to provide the best quality of care to meet your child’s needs in regard to care and education.

We are open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6pm, for children 2-5 years old. We close for Christmas and Public Holidays.

We welcome all enquiries so please contact us.
The Secret Garden Preschool has Vacancies across all days for 2-5 year olds. Send us an email or call us on 4271 4242 to book in a time to come and visit the service, Make sure you check us out on Facebook


Kindyhub    Starting Kindergarten
Beginning Kindergarten can be an anxious time for children and parents alike. Use Kindyhub to put families’ minds at ease.

Starting kindy can involve children being anxious and scared and parents can feel the same way. There can be separation anxiety, the stress of making new friends, a new environment to deal with, and a new daily routine.

It’s not just the children that are worried – it can be a time of stress for parents too. Is your little one going to be happy? Is this the best kindergarten for them? Are they having their snacks / meals / naps on time? Are the children doing activities at kindy that are beneficial and most importantly, are they having fun!? Read More

KINDYHUB SPECIAL OFFER
Any new services that signs up to Kindyhub before 31st March 2020, will receive 20% off their monthly invoices for 6 month.

Contact us on hello@kindyhub.com.au or 02 89167422 to set-up an on-line demonstration or have your own trial account set-up so you experience Kindyhub first hand, and see how our features can assist your services and families.

SPECIAL OFFER CODE - LOCALCC20%


PARENT INFORMATION

Transition to school

Starting school is an exciting milestone for your child and family. All of you will be experiencing changes as your child settles into a new learning environment, develops new friendships, and spends time with new teachers.

Preparing your child for their transition to school prepares them for future learning and development.

Is your child ready for school?

Being school ready is not dependent on whether your child can read and write. Being school ready is about the whole child. When deciding on the right time for your child to start school, it’s important to consider a range of factors, including your child’s age, emotional maturity, language skills, social skills, physical wellbeing and their ability to undertake simple self-help tasks independently.

If your child is attending an early childhood education and care service, speak to the educators about your child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development and seek their views on how to best support their transition to school. Ask the educators about the transition to school strategy they have at the service.

You can also speak with the principal of the school your child may attend. Most schools support your child as they transition to school, through an orientation program, made up of visits to the school and spending time with the kindy teachers and other children.

How can you help prepare your child for beginning school?

  • Talk positively and confidently about starting and attending school
  • Speak with your child about the change in their daily routine, how will they get to school, what time they have to get up in the morning and what they will have in their lunch box
  • Visit the school with your child before they start so they’re familiar with the classrooms, playground equipment, bubblers, toilets, sick bay etc.
  • Meet the teachers that may be working with your child and speak about them positively to your child
  • Tell your child about support systems that the school offers e.g. if there is a buddy system where an older child supports your child in their first year of school
  • Read books together about starting school
  • Be involved in your child’s school community e.g. participating in playgroups, orientation days
    or other social gatherings like school fetes and welcome barbecues
  • Attend school events such as the book week parade, an assembly or school concert
  • Develop good relationships with other parents, especially other parents of your child’s friends
  • Establish good attendance patterns for your child
  • Develop family routines at home to support your child’s learning at school e.g. read with your child each night, help them with any homework etc.

How can your early childhood education and care service support your child’s transition to school?

Both you and your child’s educator at their service play a significant role in supporting a successful transition to school. It’s important that your child’s individual needs are considered carefully to ensure that the transition process is positive and effective.

There are a range of transition to school experiences that many services can, and do, implement to support children transitioning to school. Some examples include:

  • Talking to children about school, and encouraging them to ask questions or voice their concerns
  • Arranging visits to local primary schools to meet kindy teachers and tour the setting
  • Inviting school students to visit the service to talk about what school is like
  • Reading stories about starting school
  • Including school props, such as uniforms, bags, lunch boxes, and chalk boards in dramatic play areas
  • Support children to develop their self-help and social skills through every day routine activities such as meal times when children will practice using lunch boxes and drink bottles
  • Providing literacy items such as reading and writing materials in everyday play activities

How can you help your child settle into school?

The following suggestions may help you to support your child to settle comfortably and confidently into school:

  • Say goodbye confidently – saying a quick, confident goodbye may help them to feel secure and reassured that you trust that they will be okay at school.
  • Label your child’s belongings - labelling everything, including clothing, can help reduce anxiety for children, school staff and yourself. At school, children are responsible for their belongings and labels can help them with this.
  • Communicate with your child – take time to tell your child what might be happening at school that day, and in the afternoon, ask your child about their day. This is a great way to build confidence, and to find out how they are feeling as they settle in. If you have any concerns talk with your child’s teacher, who will provide further insight to their day.
  • Avoid overloading your child – when children begin school, they tire easily. It may be worth considering fewer extracurricular activities such as swimming, music or dance lessons, until they adjust to their new routine.
For more information visit https://www.startingblocks.gov.au/other-resources/factsheets/transition-to-school
The Illawarra Child Care & Services Directory
web: www.illawarrachildcare.com.au
email: info@illawarrachildcare.com.au
Ph: 0403 187 292

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