We have always been a regulatory-compliant organisation that follows the norms to perfection. Our solutions, teaching mechanisms, and learning programs have all been based on the Australian Early Years Learning Framework, informed by internationally recognised organisations.
Following this framework intends to build our courses and teaching methodologies on strong core values. This includes innovative play-based learning, interactive sessions, engagement & communication models and more. Listed below are our key educational rooms that we offer based on age categorisation and the facilities it offers.
(6 weeks – 2 year old room)
12 children per day
(2 years – 3 years old room)
15 children per day
(3 years – 5 years old Preschool room)
28 children per day
This room is ideal for children between the ages of three to five. During this age, the focus of a child’s growth revolves around exploration, self-learning, and independence that can be fostered in a controlled and safe, curated environment.
Our staff here are dedicated to building and creating activities that boost this aspect of child development. Play-based learning experiences that develop autonomy, nurture the zest to learn and develop interpersonal and social skills are the focus.
We understand that the next natural step for these pre-school aged children is School. Therefore, the focus lies on preparing them for the new environment, the challenges it comes with and how children can navigate them effectively.
Our School Readiness Program for children aged 3 to 5 years is based on the National Early Years Learning Framework that recognises the importance of communication and language, including early literacy and numeracy skills, scientific experiments, and social and emotional development.
Parameters that remain at the centre of the Wallabies Room teachings are
- Developing Listening skills
- Encouraging Socialising
- Empowering children with negotiation and communication skills
- Teaching conflict resolution
- Imbibe a scientific curiosity and investigative approach
- Empowering the power of self-expression
- Helping them create a sense of self and identity building
What Does School Look Like For Your Child?
- A place that fosters an individualised, customised learning experience making them feel they are paid attention to, cared for, and loved.
- Documentation of the entire journey every step of the way.
- Creating journey portfolios with details of their participation, learning journey, struggles, and strengths.
- Creating a medium for ongoing growth through reflective practices.
- If you would like a copy of The Early Years Framework, you can download it here.
Essential Elements Covered Through The Early Years Learning Framework
- Numeracy and literacy
- Visual and performing arts
- Science and technology
- Understanding society
- Principles of social justice and equity
Other Areas Explored Include
- Diversity of families
- Diversity of ability
- The importance of nutrition and physical activity, and fitness
- The concept of well-being and belonging
The Key Role Of Our Educators
Having a strong framework requires robust implementation. We assure you that every single member of our staff involved in the teaching process is competent as per the New South Wales Children’s Services Regulations.
Our teams are qualified to educate with a firm professional approach and practise the welfare of every child. We understand the importance of creating a safe & nurturing environment for your child through care and learning. At Oakhurst Preschool, we place the utmost importance on the relation and communication between families and educators. We aim to inform you every step of the way about the progress and challenges in a reassuring yet direct way. With our experience, we are in a position to understand the growth trajectory of a child and ensure this is communicated.
At Oakhurst Preschool, we operate an emergent curriculum approach to programming which acknowledges the individual child. Our programme is based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, “Belonging, Being and Becoming”. Oakhurst Preschool – Provides high-quality child-care services. We provide experiences and an environment to support children as they work towards five learning outcomes, along with five principles and pedagogical practices forming the framework.
The outcomes are:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of well-being
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
The five principles that underlie our practices are:
- Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
- High expectations and equity
- Respect for diversity
- Ongoing learning and reflective practice
Individual portfolios document each child’s growth and learning using photos, work samples, and written observations. These portfolios are presented to each child when they leave the centre, and all outstanding fees are paid.
The Role of a Parent/ Guardian / Family
We appreciate and welcome feedback that the parents wish to share. We aim to be in constant communication with the child’s parents one way or another to create a holistic growth and nurturing environment for the child.
We believe that a parent-child bond is a miraculously healing and growing bond. So our parents are welcome at the centre all day long to communicate, monitor or be involved in any way for your child’s development. However, please do inform and plan your visit for effective and hassle-free management once you are at our centre.
Please take the time to read our journals as your child appreciates your interest in their day. The staff also welcome your involvement in centre life.
National Quality Standard
All services are assessed under the National Quality Framework (NQF) to ensure that federally funded child care services operate to a regulated National standard. The National Quality Standard comprises quality areas, standards, and elements. The seven quality areas are:
- Educational program and practice
- Children’s health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
- Leadership and service management
All services will be assessed in these areas and rated. Services are also required to complete a Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement Plan to ensure they continue to improve the quality of care and education provided for children.