Early Development Room

Children 8 weeks to 2 years of age
  • In the Early Development there are four educators caring for 10 babies aged between 8 weeks and 2 years of age.

    This year the room leader is Kim (Diploma Trained) works Monday to Friday.

    Shalea is studying towards her diploma and also works Monday to Friday.

    Maureen (Diploma) and Sophal (Cert III) are job sharing this year, with Maureen working Thursdays and Fridays while Sophal works Monday to Wednesday.

    The Early Development room space consists of two cot rooms, a general eating and play area, outdoor undercover area, kitchen/food and bottle preparation area and a change station with lockers.

    Each day we will make observations and create learning stories based on what we have done and what each child is interested in. We publish these and display them on the ‘Daily Curriculum’ wall for you to read in your own time. Over the week we create a ‘Weekly Reflection’ this is a summary of the interest, learning experiences and reminders from throughout the week. This reflection is sent to all families via email and a copy is displayed in a folder near the indoor sign in area.

    In the Early Development Room we strive to create a comforting and encouraging environment by providing the children with experiences and visuals that are both settling and challenging. A huge part of our room is our photo display. This is located above the eating area and all children find comfort in seeing familiar and happy faces. Our learning areas and experiences are triggered by the children’s interest and family input. We encourage families to always keep us up to date with their child’s grow and development so we are able to plan accordingly.

  • DailyInformation

    Located in the kitchen area within the Early Development room we have a list of where your child is up to in regards to sleeping, bottles, routines, etc.

    We encourage parents to inform us of any changes that need to be made on the day their child comes by either talking to our staff, or to leaving us a note in our room diary which can be found next to the tablet/laptop inside for sign in.

  • What toPack

    • Bag – Please provide a suitable bag for your child. Plastic bags are not suitable as they are unsafe.
    • Lockers– Upon arrival your child’s belongings should be placed in a locker, allocated by an Educator in the room. The list for the locker numbers are displayed in the change and locker area.
    • Clothes – At least two sets of clothing. You will need to include cooler or warmer clothes than those you bring your baby in the event of temperature changes or messy play. (if toilet training please put extra in). Please have these clothes clearly labelled.
    • Nappies – Please provide six nappies with your child’s name written on the front. Place three in the change area box that corresponds to your child’s cot and locker number. Leave the other three in your child’s bag.
    • Sun hat – Children will wear hats that protect their face, neck, ears and crown of the head when outside, at all times of the year. You will be given a centre hat when you start, please remember to mark the hat with your child’s name.
    • Sunscreen – Children will wear SPF 30 plus sunscreen (Service will provide and use sunscreen with Mosquito Repellent). We ask that you use our sunscreen station located at the front entrance of the centre in the morning and this will be reapplied 20 minutes before afternoon outdoor play activities in the afternoon.
    • Bedding – CA fitted sheet (cot size) and a sheet/blanket of your choosing. We have cooling and heating in the cot rooms so a doona cover in winter is not necessary. You will need to make up your child’s bed at the start of the day and place any comforter they have inside the cot.
    • Shoes – If your child is too young for foot wear this is understandable, however if they are able to wear shoes…
      • In Summer, strong leather sandals are recommended for free, comfortable play. Rubber thongs can cause accidents during play and for the children’s safety are not recommended. Shoes must have an ankle strap to secure the foot.
      • In Winter, lace up shoes or sneakers and socks are recommended. As gumboots can cause accidents they are not recommended. Please make sure there is no food, drink or medication left in your child’s bag when left in the lockers. Throughout the year, we may also ask you to bring in special items from home, books or photographs representing special events. An email will be sent out asking for these if they are required.
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