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VACANCIES

Balgowlah 
Punchinello Kindergarten enrol now for 2020 and beyond

Belrose
Let's Play Daycare  enrol now for 2020

Brookvale
Warringah Mall Child Care Centre enrol now for 2020

Frenchs Forest
Mimosa Kids limited vacancies, enrol now
MindChamps Early Learning Frenchs Forest opening soon! Be quick

Warriewood
mi kids limited vacancies, enrol now


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RESOURCES FOR PARENTS


PROFESSIONALS FOR CHILDREN
ADDITIONAL NEEDS PROVIDERS
RESOURCES FOR CARE PROVIDERS
CHILD CARE DIRECTORY 

Allambie Heights
Allambie Bush Kindy

Avalon
Avalon Beach House Preschool
Bear N Joey Long Day Care and Kindergarten Avalon

Balgowlah
Giraffe Early Learning Centre - Balgowlah
Punchinello Kindergarten
Northside Preschool

Bayview
St Luke's Grammar School, Bayview Campus

Belrose
Belrose Early Learning Centre
Belrose Kindergarten 
Let's Play Daycare
St Stephens Belrose Kindergarten

Brookvale
Alpha Kids Academy Brookvale
Brookvale Early Learning Centre
Explore & Develop Brookvale
I STEAM Ahead Early Learning Centre
Wattle Road Early Education Centre 
Warringah Mall Child Care Centre

Collaroy Plateau
Collaroy Plateau Community Kindergarten Inc.

Dee Why
Ekidna - Dee Why School of Early Learning 
St Luke's Grammar School Cottage Program 

Forestville
Forestville Montessori School
Prepare Early Education Centre Forestville

Frenchs Forest
Aurora Early Learning Centre - Frenchs Forest
Mimosa Kids

Freshwater
Explore & Develop Freshwater

Manly
Little Lane Early Learning Centre
Pine Street Kindergarten

Mona Vale
Jack and Jill Kindergarten

Narrabeen
Gumnut Kindergarten 
Narrabeen Community Kindergarten

Newport
Bardo Road Kindergarten

Oxford Falls
Oxford Falls Early Learning Centre

Seaforth
Peacock Street Long Day Care
Peek-A-Boo Cottage

Terry Hills
Bindook Cottage
German International School Sydney 
Terrey Hills Community Kindergarten
Thinkers.inq Preschool

Warriewood
Kiddiwinks Play Laugh & Learn
mi kids
MindChamps Early Learning Warriewood
Warriewood Child Care

Wheeler Heights
MindChamps Early Learning Wheeler Heights


CARE IN OTHER AREAS

Inner West Local Child Care

Sutherland Shire Local Child Care

Canterbury/Bankstown Local Child Care

St George Local Child Care

Liverpool/Fairfield Local Child Care

Parramatta Local Child Care

Camden/Macarthur Local Child Care

Eastern Suburbs Local Child Care

Ryde Eastwood Local Child Care
Hills Local Child Care
North Shore Local Child Care
Western Sydney Local Child Care
Illawarra Local Child Care


 
NOVEMBER 2019

Welcome to the Northern Beaches Local Child Care & Services Directory newsletter. 

This month we welcome

read all about these great services below.

Be sure to check out all our Detailed Listings to find all the information you need to make the right choice for you and your family when selecting child care.

This month’s parent/carer resource is a brief guide to the Assessment and Rating process under which Child Care services are rated.  If you are like me sometimes it’s very confusing about different ratings and what they mean.  Read more below.

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FEATURED SERVICES

mi kids is a family owned long-day early childhood school providing a safe and nurturing environment where children are the heart of the centre. Our educators celebrate that children’s families are their first teachers and each child has a unique learning style which is scaffolded through play, inquiry, investigation, opportunity and reflection. We provide open ended resources and child-directed programs that facilitate continuous learning throughout development.

Specialised educators enrich these programs and embrace and connecting with the child’s culture, identity and community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Cultures and Philosophies are genuinely respected and acknowledged and a true appreciation of the past histories of these lands is honoured throughout all practices of mi kids. Engaging when sustainability, our natural surrounding environments and caring for country/place are all practices that mikids instills in an everyday basis.

We embrace the different learning styles of each child through tailored daily programs and expressed learning opportunities via, music, bodily kinesthetics, mathematics, visual, verbal, nature and grouping experiences.

We acknowledge that growth encompasses mind, body and spirit and no two children will travel the same path. We allow children every opportunity to practice social interactions, communicate their emotions and provide physical and cognitive challenges that promote their journey. In doing so we provide children with the foundations to continue their journey beyond mi kids Northern Beaches.  Contact us for more information.


MindChamps Early Learning Frenchs Forest is a brand-new purpose-built centre spread over two light-filled levels. The centre is spacious and bright, with dedicated rooms and play areas for each of the 4 age-groups (0-2; 2-3; 3-4 and 4-5). The centre is located right in the heart of leafy Frenchs close to the newly opened Northern Beaches Hospital, and has spaces for 94 Champs aged from 6 weeks to 6 years. The centre is open from 6.30am-6.30pm each day, making it a perfect choice for families living and working in the area.

The ground floor encompasses a spacious car park with 24 dedicated car spaces, making drop-off and pick up quick and easy. Access to the centre is via a lift with security pass access only, providing complete peace of mind for parents.

As well as the beautifully appointed indoor areas, the centre features 3 amazing outdoor spaces. Furnished with the very best in outdoor play equipment, the outdoor play areas also feature beautifully landscaped gardens with native planting and plenty of shade and shelter. Water features provide plenty of fun and cool everyone down in the warmer months!

Our abundance of high-quality resources and toys have been especially selected to help develop gross and fine motor skills and to complement our unique curriculum and programmes.  Contact us for more information.


Northside Preschool is a privately owned children’s service owned and operated by Carley Daly.
We provide long day care to preschool aged children (3-6 year olds), and Northside Preschool is licensed to have 29 children attend each day. Our hours of operation are 7:30am 6:00pm.  Contact us for more information.


Bardo Road Kindergarten is family owned and operated.  This kindergarten has been a part of the Newport local community for many years and is very well known for its homely / nurturing environment.

Our curriculum / Program is focused on the ‘Early Years Learning Framework’ (EYLF) and all of the Educators at Bardo Road Kindergarten are actively involved in program development, observation, and goal setting.  We work in partnership with families to provide developmentally appropriate programs which recognise, respect, value, and appreciate the uniqueness of the children.  

Hours are 8 am – 4 pm operating 48 weeks (closing 4 weeks over Christmas).  Bardo Road Kindergarten is approved for CCB / CCR benefits.  

We offer:   2.5 yrs – 4yrs - attend our 2 day program & 4 + yrs – attend our 3 day program  Contact us for more information.


MindChamps Early Learning Warriewood

Come and learn about MindChamps’ school readiness programme and how to prepare your Champ for big school with our speaker - Brian Caswell.

Giving your Child the Edge in School
Date: 27 November 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: MindChamps Warriewood (93 Macpherson St, Warriewood, NSW, 2102)
Come and learn about MindChamps’ school readiness programme and how to prepare your Champ for big school.
Our speaker – acclaimed author and Dean of Research and Programme Development, Brain Caswell - will cover:

  • School Readiness at MindChamps
  • Your role in supporting your Champ’s preschool education
  • General information about literacy & numeracy and how the MindChamps Reading Programme strengthens your Champ’s love of reading.

Who is Brian Caswell?
Brian is the author of over 20 novels and parenting books. With 45 years of experience as an author, a creativity coach, teacher and lecturer he brings unparalleled knowledge to his role as our MindChamps Dean of Research & Programme Development.
It is essential that you register as places are limited for this FREE Giving your Child the Edge in School Session! Don't miss out and we look forward to seeing you on the day.
REGISTER NOW


MindChamps Early Learning Wheeler Heights  features three indoor learning spaces that lead to an open playground landscaped with a natural environment for children aged six weeks to six years to discover and explore.
We are open from Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and cater for 48 children.

Designed to promote sensory and stimulating experiences, the layout and facilities of the centre encourage children to develop and construct experiences through creativity, problem-solving and environmental awareness. This centre has three separate rooms to cater for the following age groups: The Baby Joeys (0-2 years), The Little Platypuses (2-3.5 years), and The Kinda Koalas (3.5 years – 5 years).

Our care and learning spaces are thoughtfully designed to be well-lit and comfortable for all children. In addition, nutritious and delicious meals are prepared on site by our expert cook, which includes breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Our carefully designed curriculum is based on internationally validated research and aligns with the Australian EYLF Framework. Our team of teachers is passionate and dedicated in creating enriching experiences for children under their care, and to empower our children in both creativity and structured thinking. MindChamps Early Learning @ Wheeler Heights offers every child the opportunity to bring out the champion in them!  Contact us for more information.


Reggio Emilia Early Learning Centre Dee Why
This month at Reggio Emilia Dee Why, we have taken our 2-3-year-old children down to Woolworths for the discovery tour, all the children were so excited to go down the lift and meet our tour guide – Heide and Belinda. While walking around, the children saw different coloured fruits and vegetables that were all different shapes and sizes! They also did a great job recognising and naming the different fruits and vegetables.

We have continued our weekly French and soccer lessons as a part of the Reggio 5 program which has been very popular with our children, we are also very excited for the remaining of this month where we will have a grandparents morning tea followed by a bubbly incursion, celebrating Halloween, Diwali, Jersey day and we have a few very exciting special guests coming to the centre as we have a reptile incursion coming!

We can’t forget our Friday Connections this month will also be a very exciting one as we are coming together with our families to build our very own veggie patch! This is a great chance for our families to get to know one another, have meaningful time with their own children and spark the interest of sustainability.

We are taking enrolments now for January 2020, if you are interested please call to book a tour on 9891 2222

PARENT INFORMATION

Below is a brief guide to the Assessment and Rating process under which Child Care services are rated

What are the ratings criteria?
Early childhood education and care services (long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, outside school hours care) are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard (NQS) to:

  • promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care
  • improve knowledge and access to information about the quality of services to help families make informed decisions about their child’s education and care.

The NQS is part of the National Regulations and includes 7 quality areas that are important to children’s learning and developmental outcomes.

  • Educational program and practice
  • Children's health and safety
  • Physical environment
  • Staffing arrangements
  • Relationships with children
  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • Governance and leadership

Who rates services?
Services are assessed and rated against the NQS by the state or territory regulatory authority (RA) and given a rating for each of the seven quality areas and an overall rating based on these results. The quality ratings are published on the national registers on the ACECQA website and on the Starting Blocks website.
What does it mean if a service is rated Significant Improvement Required?

If a service has been rated as Significant Improvement Required, the regulatory authority has determined that there are identified risks to the safety, health and wellbeing of children. The approved provider is required to take immediate action to rectify these risks, and the RA will monitor the service closely to ensure those improvements are made.

Continuous Improvement
It may take time for new services to meet each element required in the standards, which can result in a Working Towards NQS or Meeting NQS rating. To find out more about how your child’s service is striving to achieve quality, you can ask to see the service’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).

A QIP is the document which records the service’s self-assessment of the quality of its practices against the NQS and National Regulations. It also identifies any areas for improvement and contains their statement of philosophy. Educators, children, families and the community should all be involved in the development and maintenance of the service’s QIP.

Why are services with no ratings operating?
Services that have not had an assessment and rating visit hold a rating of “Provisional – Not Yet Assessed”.

Education and care services must undergo many processes and approvals in order to be approved and operate under the National Quality Framework (NQF). This is also a way of ensuring quality and compliance prior to their assessment and rating.

The service will receive a rating when it is assessed and rated by the RA.

If you would like to know when the service will be assessed and rated, please contact the service directly. The RA in your state or territory, responsible for assessment and rating, may also be able to assist you.

You may also like to ask the service for their QIP and their family handbook. This will help you to make a more detailed assessment of the service’s strengths and could also help with identifying the criteria you wish to find in a service.

How often are services assessed and rated?
When regulatory authorities schedule quality rating assessments, the goal is to assess and rate the quality of services, drive continuous improvement and keep information for families and communities accurate and up to date.

To focus resources on services most in need of service improvement, the actions of the RA are responsive and risk-based. Services with a lower quality rating will be re-rated more frequently. Services with higher quality ratings will generally have a longer period of time between assessment and rating visits in recognition of their ability to meet the NQS.

RA’s consider the following factors when managing assessment and rating schedules:

  • The previous quality rating of the service, including results against the quality areas, standards and at the element level.
  • A change in service attributes that could be reasonably considered to affect the service’s quality – for example, changes in approved provider or service management team.
  • Events that occur at the service – for example, serious incidents, complaints or non-compliance with the National Law can indicate a change in quality and a higher scheduling priority.
  • The length of time since the last assessment – for example, over time a quality rating can lose its currency and value for families.

Each RA manages its assessment schedule in a responsive manner, making adjustments to the schedule as new information emerges and making best use of their available resources.
It usually takes a regulatory authority 10 weeks to assess and rate a service. The rating report or rating certificate should be made available to families.

How do RAs ensure that services keep delivering quality after receiving their rating?
RAs make unscheduled and scheduled visits to services in addition to assessment and rating visits. These include monitoring, spot check and compliance visits to ensure the service is operating within the national legislation.

Summary of the steps in the Assessment and Rating process

  • Self-assessment and quality improvement
    Approved provider conducts a self-assessment to determine the quality of current practices against the NQS and linked regulatory requirements.

    Approved provider identifies strengths and where improvements can be made which is documented in a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
     
  • Notice of visit
    Regulatory authority provides written notice to approved provider that the assessment and rating process has commenced. The QIP is submitted to the regulatory authority prior to the visit, along with any additional information requested by the regulatory authority.
     
  • Assessment and rating visit takes place at the service.
     
  • Draft report
    Regulatory authority provides the approved provider with a draft assessment and rating report.
     
  • Feedback on draft report
    Provider can give feedback on any factual inaccuracies in the report and evidence to support feedback.
     
  • Final report and notice of final ratings is issued to the provider

    Feedback considered before final report is finalised and issued.
     
  • Final report
    Approved provider may choose to apply for a review of final ratings within the set review period.
     
  • Ratings published on national registers
    Once the review period has ended, the final ratings are published on the national registers on the ACECQA website and on the Starting Blocks website.
https://www.startingblocks.gov.au/other-resources/factsheets/assessment-and-rating-process/
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