"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela
Waratah Preschool and Nursery follows the Early Years LearningFramework (EYLF).
Early childhood is a vital time in which children learn and develop. With this in mind the national framework has been developed to extend and enrich children's learning from birth to five years, then on to school. The framework provides guidance for educators to facilitate learning in order to help develop the following learning outcomes:
Children have a strong sense of identity
Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Children are confident and involved learners
Children are effective communicators.
In order to enhance children's learning at our centre, we provide a program that is centred on the EYLF learning outcomes supported by optional extra programs in music and Chinese language (Mandarin).
Our centre follows the NQF. The framework puts in place a national quality standard to ensure high quality and consistent early childhood education and care across Australia. The new national quality standard is divided into seven quality areas that contribute to the quality of early childhood education and care.
These areas have been identified by research and include:
Educational program and practice
Children's health and safety
Staffing arrangements (including the number of staff looking after children)
Relationships with children
Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Leadership and service management.
All services are assessed on their performance across the seven quality areas that make up the new national quality standard and are given an overall rating.
Stay in touch with your child's world throughout the day. The Childcarer's app is a secure, password protected platform that enables our centre to share photo updates and news with you.
Australian government websites
The Department of Human Services provides information about childcare assistance.
Australia's online childcare portal provides information about the different types of childcare and financial assistance available.
The Department of Education and Training provides information about early childhood education.