Kids doing some veggie picking from school

CARE ROUTINES

Care routines are subject to change and will vary from room to room. During your orientation visit, our Centre Director will provide a copy of the care routines for your child’s room. During the enrolment process, we ask for information about your child, their routines, your belief, background, any health matter and more. This helps us make the transition and orientation as smooth as possible for your child, by not rushing the transition.

We also give you all the time you need to settle your child before you leave. Rest assured, we support you all the way and take our time to get to know you and your child. While your child is with us, we provide regular communication about their day and settlement to give you peace of mind.

The information below is a guide to give you a sense of what to expect on a typical day at Olive Grove Centre of Early Learning. Visit our environment page for more information on the various learning spaces we facilitate.

Centre opens. Families are greeted as they arrive and children are settled and prepared for a fun-filled day. Educators and parents communicate about any pressing issues. Parents kiss their children goodbye.

Let the fun begin! We start with indoor and outdoor play, letting children explore the learning spaces strategically designed to encourage creative thinking.

Care time. Nappies are changed in a safe and hygienic designated nappy changing area. Older children visit the toilet.

Children wash their hands in time for morning tea.

Morning tea. Fresh, delicious healthy morning tea prepared onsite every morning by our in-house nutritionist. Portion sizes promote and foster autonomy, allowing children to develop their self-help skills.

Play, social interaction, relationship building, and exploring the learning spaces. Next, transition to a mat session which includes language, music and stories.

Care time. Nappies are changed and older children visit the toilet.

Children wash their hands before lunch.

Lunch time. Fresh nutritious meal prepared by our in-house nutritionist and offered to children in a relaxed and unhurried manner. Self-help skills are encouraged.

Once they finish their lunch, children are cleaned and then settled in for a sleep in a clean sleeping area. Those who only need rest time are given quiet activities such as reading and drawing.

As they awake, children can engage in self-initiated play or other activities that will allow them to be fully awake.

Care time. Nappies are changed and older children visit the toilet.

Children wash their hands before the next meal time.

Afternoon tea prepared by our in-house nutritionist. Self-help skills are encouraged.

Outdoor activity to develop gross motor skills, encourage problem solving and social skill and relationship building as children explore their natural learning environment.

Pack away time. Children help pack away the outdoor equipment and then progressively move indoor for quiet activities to help them wind down after a busy day.

Late snack is offered.

Free play indoor and, if the weather permits, outdoor as well. They’re grouped for further interaction. This also allows siblings to play together.

Music, instrument, singing, listening and movement experience is also available indoors for children who enjoy music, singing and dancing. Through this experience, they learn and develop their skills in creating rhythm and beats, as well as singing and expressing themselves through different types of music.

Home time. We say goodbye to our lovely friends, families and educators.

Centre closes.

FUN FILLED PROGRAM

FUN FILLED PROGRAM

We believe a child learns better through fun, laughter and age-appropriate play experiences tailored to their specific...

FUN FILLED PROGRAM

We believe a child learns better through fun, laughter and age-appropriate play experiences tailored to their specific needs and unique learning style. These strategies help to cement a strong foundation for their future academic learning.

We work with the state and national education regulators to ensure that our educational and care programs inspire creativity and learning in the little ones who are in our care. Our principles and practices are based on the nationally acclaimed Early Years Learning Framework which also offers effective teaching strategies for working with young children.

DELICIOUS MEALS

DELICIOUS MEALS

Our food coordinator prepares delicious wholesome meals and healthy snacks consistent with recommendations from the...

DELICIOUS MEALS

Our food coordinator prepares delicious wholesome meals and healthy snacks consistent with recommendations from the Australian Government’s Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood and the National Quality Framework. Our food coordinator also liases with a nutritionist to ensure we provide healthy meals to our children. Each child is served appropriate portion sizes and the nutritional ingredients recommended for their age and level of need for their development.Our selections promote good nutrition and healthy food habits and attitudes in all children. This includes a variety of food groups with different tastes, colours and textures. We also cater for children with food allergies, special nutritional needs, medical management plans and specific cultural or religious practices. Do let us know if your child has a known allergy or other nutritional needs.

SLEEP TIME

SLEEP TIME

As you would agree, sleep is an important part of the day for growing babies and toddlers, and even more critical when...

SLEEP TIME

As you would agree, sleep is an important part of the day for growing babies and toddlers, and even more critical when they’re using a tremendous amount energy during play.We implement rest periods consistent with your child’s age and developmental stage until they outgrow it. We also supply bedding suitable for their development. While we generally allow naps to play out naturally, for toddlers we encourage resting from around 12 noon to 2 pm. We have a clean, quiet and restful environment where they can nap or rest under close supervision.In the nursery room, the sleep times vary depending on the babies’ development and individual needs. During rest times, staffs come into the cot room to check on the babies although they’re also able to watch and listen to them through live camera surveillance feed.

NAPPIES/TOILET TRAINING

NAPPIES/TOILET TRAINING

We welcome children who have not yet been toilet trained and children who have special toiletry requirements related to...

NAPPIES/TOILET TRAINING

We welcome children who have not yet been toilet trained and children who have special toiletry requirements related to their culture, religion or privacy needs.Our staff are great with toileting and will follow your child’s cues and respond to their individual toilet training needs. Before pickup, they’re dressed in clean clothes and nappies ready for pickup. To ensure consistency with your child’s toileting habits, it’s important that we work together. So, feel free to discuss toileting with our educators.If your child is still in nappies, we request that you bring at least eight disposable nappies per day (per child). Or bring a pack and we’ll let you know when it’s running out. The Centre provides quality wipes suitable for even sensitive skins.