About the centre
The quality of care in the centre is based on respect for each child and assisting children to build trust in others and themselves. The centre provides a warm and caring environment where your child can learn and grow. The curriculum is designed to assist children to become lifelong learners.
All staff have qualifications in children’s services or education, and all the children’s rooms have a number of staff providing care and education to the children. Two early childhood teachers provide a kindergarten program to three- to five-year-old preschool areas.
The Centre offers places for children under two years old in two nurseries. There are also two groups for two- to three-year-old children, and two groups for three- to five-year-old children.
As demand for the centre is high, priority is given to Curtin students and staff.
The centre values its partnership with parents who place their children in its care and encourages the regular exchange of information about the children so that the care and education provided can be tailored to each child’s strengths and interests.
Research has stated that a child’s development is closely linked to the quality of their experiences and relationships with others. As the centre is situated on a university campus, the children who attend often come from very different cultural backgrounds that enrich the program. An inclusive approach is provided for all the children who attend the centre.
Although there are limitations that are associated with group care, the nurseries provide specialised individual care around the daily routines of feeding, sleeping and nappy times for the children. Developing independence and self esteem are at the core of the centre’s program together with building curiosity, accepting challenges, and problem solving skills.
The centre endeavours to keep groups of children together for the year, moving children as a group when they change rooms at the beginning of each year. At this time we undertake to move a familiar educator from their group up with the children to their new environment, providing continuity of care that is important in providing security to children.