Our Program is based on the “My Time Our Place” framework for school age care.
We provide a flexible program which includes activities such as art and craft, sports, indoor games and ongoing projects. Our focus is on free choice play!!
Our staff support and provide opportunities for fun, freedom, choice, positive and child focused experiences and challenges.
- Encourage individuals’ interests
- Foster and promote children’s independence and self-help skills
- Provide opportunities for self-expression
- Provide a place where children can interact with their peers
- Develop and implement a balanced program where children can explore their own world using different resources for their learning
- Acknowledge and embrace differences
- Accept and value every child regardless of race, cultural background, religion, sex or ability
- Ensure children feel included and accepted
- Provide opportunities for children to use their full potential in a safe environment
- Ensure every child’s voice is heard
- Allow children to learn, grow, develop and discover through play!!
- To ensure that families feel informed and included in their child’s experiences whilst in our care!!
The “My Time Our Place” framework fits into Quality Area 1 of the National Quality Standards, and enables educators to use an approved learning framework to ensure children develop the skills they need for their personal growth and development.
For further information on the framework you can visit their website: www.mytimeourplace.com.au
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, All Saints Toongabbie Tigers, Sevenhills Woolworths & Claudia Road IGA, we are able to offer breakfast to all before school care students. This is offered each day between 6.30am and 8am.
Busy Bees & Cooking Club
Each week we rotate between Busy Bee’s gardening club which focuses on our school garden & the environment and a Healthy Cooking Club.
Our healthy cooking club researches and creates delicious snacks & meals for all the children.
Recently the children have created a ‘life skills club’ which focuses on mind, body & spirit. Including a Kilometre Club of a Tuesday & Thursday afternoon.
We have recently developed a craft committee made up of children from the service. These students elect themselves to assist each week with a different craft activity. Students are able to plan and organise what craft they would like to make and in turn facilitate the afternoon and assist other students to make wonderful and unique creations.
This gives students an increased sense of responsibility and agency, while promoting collaborative peer to peer learning and developing their emerging autonomy and inter-dependence.
Each afternoon there are mini staff members found around the centre, these students assist in the K-2 program, with setting up the centre, serving afternoon tea and assisting with activties.
These jobs promote responsibility and increases the childrens sense belonging and responsibilities necessary for active community participation. Recently we have introduced life skills which have found our children volunteering to vacuum, help wash up & stack the dishwasher as well as cooking for themselves.
A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a formal commitment to reconciliation. It documents how your school or early learning service will strengthen relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school/service and with the community. Schools and early learning services can develop a RAP using the Narragunnawali platform to register and extend on existing initiatives, or to begin their reconciliation journeys. See the film and resources below to learn more about developing a RAP.
Be You is the national mental health in education initiative delivered by Beyond Blue, in collaboration with Early Childhood Australia and headspace.
Be You supports educators from early learning services and schools to develop a positive, inclusive and resilient learning community where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health.
The Inclusion Support Program (ISP) is a national program that is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills & Employment.
The program provides support for eligible early childhood education and care (ECEC) services to build their capacity and capability to include children with additional needs, alongside their typically developing peers, so all children have genuine opportunities to access, participate and achieve positive learning outcomes.
The program assists services to implement quality, inclusion and equitable practice under the National Quality Framework (NQF) and in accordance with the National Quality Standard (NQS) and Approved Learning Frameworks.
Playwork is an alternative approach to working with children, invented by the UK adventure playground pioneers. PARS is the first holistic model of playwork practice, created from research by Dr Shelly Newstead. Thousands of adults working in a range of different settings around the world are now using PARS to free up time and space for children to be children in supervised settings.