0–3 years groups

Our program is play based learning program. It looks at the needs of the children and activities are provided to develop the children’s skills. In outdoor play, the children are developing and practicing their movement skills.

Our group times are based on teaching moments and visually develop the children’s language skills, and at this age learning language is a major milestone. We help children acquire language through props, stories and songs.

The staff assist the families to toilet train their child. This is a big milestone in your child’s life. Parents are requested to dress their toilet training child with elastic waists that are easy for the child to dress and undress themselves, this will give them confidence in their newly learned skill.

Pre-school groups

In addition to the school readiness programs which are implemented throughout the year, to make the transition to school as smooth as possible, in December and in January, children who are starting kindergarten are prepared for the kindergarten routine. Parents are asked to provide their child with a lunch box which is packed with a sandwich, a piece of fruit and a bottle of water (free of junk food), to allow the children to practice independence in getting their own lunch from their lunch box and to take responsibility for their own belongings. Also, children are provided with quiet activities after lunch instead of having a nap.

The centre continues to provide lunch for those children who do not eat their food brought from home and continues to provide beds to those who wish to sleep after lunch.

Collaborating with the families

Parents’ participations in the centre programs are encouraged and appreciated. Parents are welcome to attend the centre throughout the day, to share the fun with their child while participating in centre activities.

Families are encouraged to look at the daily programs which are displayed in the play rooms for feedback and comments. Also, communication books are available for parents to leave messages, comments and new ideas for the programs.

Formal and informal meetings are regularly conducted with the families to discuss their children’s needs, participation in the program and progress.

Outdoor play

We are a SunSmart service. Staff and children are encouraged to follow the centre’s Sun Smart policy which is based on the recommendation of the Cancer Council to keep them safe from the sun during outdoor play.

Programs run at the Centre

  • Early Computer Literacy Program
  • Early Reading Program
  • School Readiness Program
  • Celebration of multicultural festivals
  • Excursions

Aims & Principles of our Early Childhood Program

Campsie Child Care Centre offers a child care program of high quality that caters for all the developmental needs of children while embracing an anti-bias perspective in implementation.

Taking into account the Australian community that we all live in now and the need to prepare children to be responsible adults in a society that is culturally and linguistically diverse, Campsie Child Care Centre is committed to the application of the multicultural and anti-bias beliefs to daily practice in our early childhood program. Not only do we provide children the opportunity to develop their potential in social, emotional, physical & cognitive skills appropriate to their age, but we also make the first and foremost priority for helping all children develop a positive attitude towards themselves & others irrespective of race, language, gender, culture and ability. In the provision of quality program, Campsie Child Care Centre applies the following principles as the starting point for good practice:

Principle One / Respect for self & others It is the starting point for the provision of quality care, includes:

  • respect for the individual and others. Children are allowed, no matter how young, to exercise some autonomy; to have some control over their daily experience and to understand differences between people
  • respect for parents and families
  • respect for staff
  • Principle Two / Development of a positive self concept

    A positive self-concept is a necessary pre-requisite for healthy development and learning. Self-concept includes feelings about one's own gender, physical self, race, culture and language. The self-concept develops from messages one gets from others.

    Principle Three / Acknowledgment of each child as special

    Each person is unique. His or her own individuality, family, and community, race, culture, language and past experience contribute to a person's uniqueness. We value and teach children to value both the differences among them and their commonalities.

    Principle Four / Need for security and trust

    Feelings of security and trust are a necessary backdrop to development and learning. They derive from sensitive, consistent caring from our caregivers and teachers. We give children active involvement with materials, through self-initiated, first hand experiences.

    Principle Five / Children learn by doing, initiating & building on the known

    Effective learning comes to young children largely through modelling, what they see happening around them, and what they experience themselves. It also requires starting with the known that is, what is familiar. Therefore, the physical environment as well as practices in the centre should reflect the known world of the children.

    Principle Six / Language is vital

    The use of language is closely tied to cognitive development and self-concept. Nurturing competence and confidence in language is critically important in the early years. We encourage children to maintain and develop their first language as well as to become proficient in English.

    Principle Seven / Support in conflict management

    We help children to resolve constructively the inevitable conflicts that occur when people engage in meaningful interactions.

    Principle Eight / Parents are partners

    A partnership with each child' parents is an essential ingredient of quality care. We complement and supplement children's homes & families. We offer parents guidance and support when needed. We encourage parents to participate in the Centre's program according to their own needs, interests and opportunities.

    Principle Nine / Staffs are role models

    In order to work effectively with children, staff must model the relationships, attitudes and behaviours they are assisting children to learn.