We are open 7am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
Our fee schedule is included in our enrolment pack which is available at the centre and also online. All childcare fees must be paid one week in advance and are to be paid weekly by AP or direct credit or bank debit. We do not provide eftpos or banking facilities at the Centre. A registration fee of $50.00 is due when enrolment is confirmed.
All children are allocated 2 weeks holiday per year, after 3 months from starting.
We close for statutory holidays and should we be closed during the Christmas Break it will be decided in consultation with staff and families at the centre.
We maintain ratios of 1:4 for infants, 1:5 for toddlers and 1:8 for preschool children.
Our Teachers provide a safe and loving environment where babies can grow and develop. We have based our program plans on observation with the highlighting of children’s strengths and interests.
Paua Room and Kina Room
These rooms are for a small group of children, max 15 children. Children’s independence is extended and built upon. Self care skills are encouraged and supported. A range of indoor and outdoor activities are provided daily. Language skills and the ability to concentrate are extended through daily activities in the program.
Children are now provided with age specific activities that are designed around developmental stages. The program supports independence, group and individual learning experiences. A range of indoor and outdoor activities, Blocking Builds to early literacy are provided daily. We have a strong focus on assisting children in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. ICT is integrated across all of the preschool programs.
We have received a GOLD Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation for the amazing things we do to promote healthy food and physical activity.
Our aim is to encourage healthy eating habits. Cooked by our in-house cook we provide morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack. The current menu is displayed on the Parents Notice board and is on a 4 weekly rotation.
With assistance from teachers children are taught to self-serve their food and use real crockery, glassware and utensils. We are helping our children to develop healthy habits and healthy hearts for life.
Allergies, Food Intolerances and Special Dietary Requirements
This is a shared responsibility of the child’s family and centre. Please see our Food Policy attached.
Please let your child’s teacher know if you send food in with your child. No chewing gum, lollies or food that contains peanuts are permitted into the centre. We are a NO NUT Centre.
The last Friday of every month the Preschool room do a lunch box day. This is to help prepare children and parents for school. Please name your child’s lunch box and ensure that it is a healthy lunch box which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. The lunchbox should be left in your child’s bag; just as it would be at school. Upcoming lunchbox day will be recorded in the classroom and online though Educa calendar.
To help our busy parents all disposable nappies are provided for children in the centre.
Natural Steps security consists of automatic sliding entrance doors, cameras in operation 24/7 and a monitored alarm system. The automatic sliding entrance doors remain locked at all times and can only be accessed via the use of a swipe tag, or a member of staff allowing you access.
We would love to have you and your child as part of the family. Enrol with us today and start your child's Natural steps into early childhood education.