At our centre, good health and nutrition is the foundation of our holistic approach to early education. We're blessed with having a qualified cook who prepares all the meals in our centre, which are made daily from fresh ingredients. We even grate fresh vegetables into meals to disguise them for children who take a dim view of eating plants! Our meals are made with love and attention to detail. We incorporate cultural delicacies such as Moussaka, Moroccan couscous and chickpea curry.
Our rotating menu of breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea includes seasonal specials. A typical day might consist of cereal, toast and jam for breakfast, a fruit platter in the morning, rice and pasta dishes for lunch and cheese and sultanas for afternoon tea. Our rice and pasta dishes are certainly the most popular, though we encourage open-mindedness towards new options too.
We are able to accommodate any allergies or intolerances that your child has to any foods. Upon enrolment, we ask you to inform us of any special requirements your child might have, be it dietary or otherwise.
We have a wonderful outdoor space with tricycles, bicycles, climbing equipment, skipping ropes, a cubby house, a chalkboard and lots more to promote physical activity and exploration.
Something we are especially proud of at Maple Street Early Learning is the variety of activities we offer. Our Happy Feet program not only builds co-ordination in our little ones, but more importantly encourages freedom of expression through movement, something that is wonderful to observe.
We also go on excursions and invite special guests in. For example, in the past, the children have enjoyed a visit from Rain, Hayne & Shine Farmyard. The children love patting and interacting with chickens, guinea pigs, piglets, calves, rabbits and more.
In addition, we celebrate cultural days and other special events, such as:
- Greek Easter
- Chinese New Year
- Jewish New Year
- Indian Holy Day
- St Patrick’s Day
- Australia Day
- Kids day out fete
- Kindergarten graduation
We have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, as well as families from Asian and European backgrounds who have all helped us learn about special cultural events.
We are great believers in promoting sustainable habits. We adopt recycling practices at our centre, as well as reusing resources supplied by parents, organisations and the community. We are water-wise and we conserve electricity wherever possible.
Children with Additional Needs
We welcome all children with a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds or needs. If your child requires extra medical, emotional or learning support, we will tailor our care for them and work closely with you to ensure they have a smooth transition into our centre. This includes seeking support from other networks or professionals to bridge any gaps in our service delivery.
Some of the additional needs and support which can be provided at our centre include but are not limited to:
- English as a second language
- Autism spectrum
- Physical disabilities
- Minor or serious medical conditions
- Emotional issues
Our team cultivates a warm atmosphere of inclusion through continuous improvement and open communication. We are confident that your child will benefit from our dedicated approach to care and education.
Please speak to our staff about your child’s individual needs and how we can accommodate them.
Together we can create a plan to help them reach their full potential.
Child Safety & Welfare
All aspects of our operations are in line with the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. This includes our Health and Safety policy. All educators follow our health and safety policies and procedures and have access to these online.
We understand that leaving your child in someone else’s care is a difficult thing to do. We assure you that safety is our top priority and our educators follow safety practices every day.
At all times, we ensure that our centre is secure and free of hazards, both inside and out. Fire drills and UV checks are a regular part of our informed approach to safety. We emphasise safety education by creating an atmosphere of safety awareness in all aspects of the day. You will see visual safety guides around our centre, such as our sun smart posters. These tools support our lessons about safety, which we discuss as part of the curriculum. We take every opportunity to act as role models, pointing out tripping or slipping hazards and putting hats and sunscreen on for outdoor play. We talk about stranger danger so that children can build awareness and can freely talk to us if they are scared or worried. We aim to teach children to think about their own safety habitually too.