Early childhood is a period of rapid and significant change, a vital period in children’s learning and development. In very profound ways – physiological, emotional, social and spiritual – the experiences lived in early childhood form the foundation for future vision, learning and participation in family and community life. The developing brain is most malleable and most sensitive to experience –both good and bad- early in life.

This is why we so easily and rapidly learn language, social nuance, motor skills, etc in childhood and why we speak of “formative” experiences. (Bruce Perry) The environment we create at MOC, the curriculum we develop in partnership with children and families and the relationships we build all contribute to the emotional and academic capacity of our children.

Resilient children are made, not born. Through moderate, predictable challenges ie working/playing in the zone of proximal development in a nurturing supportive environment – our curriculum provides the challenges and our environment provides the support that allows for the development of a resilient, flexible capacity in our children.

All children, regardless of socioeconomic circumstance, race, language or creed have the right to be literate and numerate. This is a focus of our curriculum.

“When we teach a child to make good decisions, we benefit from a lifetime of good decisions.

When we teach a child to love to learn, the amount of learning will become limitless.

When we teach a child to deal with a changing world, she will never become obsolete.

When we are brave enough to teach a child to question authority, even ours, we insulate ourselves from those who would use their authority to work against each of us.

And when we give students the desire to make things, even choices, we create a world filled with makers”. (Seth Godin)

Programmes

Our preschool provides a sessional DECD funded, curriculum-based 3-5 year old program and operates from Monday to Friday during school terms. A lunch time care program is available for children accessing the preschool program.

Pre-entry is provided for children in the term prior to their full time attendance at preschool, provided that enrolment numbers allow this.

Occasional Care operates 4 sessions a week currently on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings, with under 2 and over 2 programs running concurrently.

Baby Club for carers and their babies from birth to first birthday meets fortnightly on Mondays from 10:00-11:30.

Little Steps Playgroup for parents, carers and grandparents meets every Wednesday from 9:15-10:45.

School Readiness Playgroup for children over 3 years old meets every Wednesday from 11:00-12:00.

Out of School Hours Care (OHSC) operates during school terms from 6:30-8:30 am and from 3:00-6:00 pm. There is also a Vacation Care program. Our OSHC program is  run by Camp Australia, for contact and fee information follow the link below

Services

The Community Development Coordinator works to increase community capacity to support families to provide the best opportunities for every child. The Community Development Coordinator’s work with families focuses on increasing their parenting capacity, linking them with a range of services, and encouraging their participation within their community and in the directions of the Centre.

The Community Development Coordinator also promotes partnerships across a broad range of local services and organisations and establishes interagency programs to meet the needs of the community. For example

  • CAMHS provides services by referral.
  • Child and Family Health services offered on site and by referral to local clinic.
  • Psychology services are provided on site.

Each term there is a Childrens Centre Community Program that is wide ranging. The program is published in newsletters, on facebook and via the Children’s Centre.

FEEDBACK/COMPLAINTS

If you have a concern or complaint about any aspect of the Children’s Centre please follow this link to our Expectations page and follow the process outlined there.
Kim Cooper

 

Early Years (Children’s Centre) contacts (2017)

Ms Linda Rich                 Director – Children’s Centre

Ms Tracey Alexander    Community Development Coordinator