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OUR FACILITIES

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Informed & Relevant Learning Programs

At Astra Early Learning we have eight beautiful, light filled classrooms and separate sleep rooms for our youngest children to rest throughout the day.

We have fabulous, all natural outdoor yards for the children to explore all year round. Our outdoor playspaces provide opportunities for wonder and exploration where children can:

  • Connect with nature and elements of nature

  • Play with water and sand

  • Climb on rocks, tree stumps, tyres

  • Grow plants for smelling and tasting

  • Observe insects, animals and birds

  • Nurture and observe worm farms and compost areas

  • Hide away in a teepee


And much much more where the children will create special memories to share.

We offer pram, scooter, bike and trike parking for the day so you can walk to the centre for an easy drop off.

We know mornings can be rushed, so please stop and grab yourself a cup of coffee in our lobby daily.

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Lorikeets Room

(Nursery 0-12 months)

The Lorikeets room is for our young learners starting from 6 weeks of age encourages strong relationships between educator and child through positive interactions and safe environments. Children will be cherished and supported to be their best selves. An indoor, outdoor program will run to ensure children get maximum outdoor time and encourage physical development, mental wellbeing, and health. Daily mindfulness will set the tone for developing emotional regulation and encouraging relaxation for children throughout the day. 

 

Our program will have a strong emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and the Arts such as; Music, creative arts and drama. Our program will embed indigenous culture through the 8 ways of Indigenous Learning and encourage children to bring their home culture into the centre too.

 

We will be using the environment as the third teacher to support and guide children’s learning. Educators will set intentional teaching experiences to scaffold children’s learning and interests. 

 

We will support the children with their individual routines from home and in developing their sense of agency.

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Kookas Rooms

(Toddlers 12-24 months)

The Kookas Rooms are for our growing younger Toddler children. We recognise that for these children routines are an important opportunity for learning.

Performing daily, predictable tasks while having fun is a chance for young Kookas to build their self-confidence, communication and social skills and the ability to develop their self-control.

Our learning journeys contain a daily rhythmic routine which assists the children to transition between activities throughout the day. We believe that if children can anticipate the next part of their day, they can participate at their best.

Finding a balance between routine and flexibility is important when mapping to your child's individual developmental needs to ensure we're providing a stimulating learning environment.

We have created natural, sensory rich play spaces with natural materials, water play and beautiful natural garden with large trees for this young age to explore.

Activities are designed for children to develop their self identity, awareness, physical strength and hand eye co-ordination.

Each week we will have specialist teachers come and run classes for the children to enhance our learning programs as well as take part in routine outings into the local community.

Maggies Rooms

(Pre-kinder 24-36 months)

Our Maggies Room is for our older Toddlers and is an extension of our Kookas room program. We understand that for our Maggies social and emotional wellbeing is an important step and to support this our little ones are warmly supported by their educators and peers with friendly smiles, hugs and small class sizes.

Our Maggies also have opportunities to explore various art experiences such as painting, pasting, playdough and clay to build their creativity, imagination and sensory awareness skills.

Our wonderous natural gardens will provide opportunities for our Maggies to climb, run, dig, engage and connect with nature and learn about sustainability.

Our Maggies room program where will explore science, maths, arts, Indigenous culture and drama where we will have the opportunity to start building our social skills and forming friendships with our peers.  Our aim is to develop a toddlers cognitive, language, auditory, social, literacy, emotional and physical development.

Each week we will have specialist teachers come and run classes for the children to enhance our learning programs as well as take part in routine outings into the local community.

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Kingfishers Room

(3yrs-kinder)

The Kingfishers room is our wonderful programs that will support indoor and outdoor play.  

 

Research shows that children engaged in quality play-based experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development and can regulate their behaviour, supporting the transition to school and academic learning later on in life.

The 3 - 4 yrs children are given the opportunity to explore new ideas and concepts as well as prepare them for Kinder the following year. 

 

Our curriculum in the 3yrs-kinder room is driven by a project and investigation approach to learning where the children’s ideas, interests, theories and voices are heard and explored. 

 

The Kingfishers room’s curriculum is planned to assist children in their growth and development, by participating in group time focused on the current project and investigation, maths, literacy, Italian, STEM, drama and culture. 

 

Each week we will have specialist teachers come and run classes for the children to enhance our learning programs as well as take part in routine outings into the local community.

Rosellas Room

(4yrs funded kinder)

The Rosellas room is our 4yrs funded kinder room for 4 - 5 yrs children who will be preparing to go to school the following year.

 

Our programs are all about a guided choice for children, following a Reggio Emilia approach.

 

Through our daily curriculum, we provide children plenty of learning experiences ensuring that they have opportunities to participate in teacher initiated and play-based activities that are responsive to their needs, interests, and choices. We include in our daily curriculum STEM, literacy, drama, Spanish, creative arts, gardening and outdoor play.

 

Our literacy and phonics programs support the development of a child’s ability to read, write, create, speak and listen in a way that allows them to communicate with those around them.

 

Our numeracy programs give our children the opportunity to solve problems and make sense of time, numbers, patterns and shapes.

Our most important values are that the children feel safe, secure and happy and have the freedom to learn, in a natural and harmonious environment.

 

Each week we will have specialist teachers come and run classes for the children to enhance our learning programs as well as take part in routine outings into the local community.

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Nutrition

We provide fresh, nutritious and creative meals that expose children to the broadest range of flavours, textures, ingredients and cultures.
Exposing young children to a healthy, diverse diet not only gives them the best start in life, it also helps secure their health, brain development and wellbeing as they grow up.

Our Chef uses  high-quality, fresh ingredients and a broad range of flavours to create meals that meet and exceed the latest nutritional guidelines for children in care.

Our healthy and balanced meals include a variety of:

  • Fresh vegetables and legumes

  • Seasonal fruit

  • Wholegrains and seeds

  • Lean fresh meat and fish with halal options

  • Dairy options


Our  menus also offer a wide selection of fresh fruit and raw vegetables with morning and afternoon tea, as well as steamed, fresh vegetables at lunchtime.

When children are entering their rapid growing phase, mealtimes are not solely about nutrition. They are a time to explore a world of new flavours and textures and to enjoy a positive and sociable eating experience, which will encourage them to make their own healthy choices down the track.

Our rotating sets of menu designed by our head chef are based on the most appropriate combination of seasonal meats and fresh produce that provide a variety of options that will put a smile on even the fussiest of little eaters.

As an "allergy aware" childcare centre, we are equipped to accommodate any dietary requirement.