Welcome to 2018 and to our new families.
Smart Start Early Learning Centre is a purpose-built, airconditioned family owned and operated multicultural long day care centre, caring for children from six weeks of age.
Our Service has been rated as ”Exceeding” in our recent Assessment and Rating process. You can view the breakdown of our rating in the different quality areas in our reception area or on the mychild.gov.au website under our service.
We operate 52 weeks of the year, except for public holidays. We know that our parents are very busy people, so we offer an all-inclusive service with home-cooked meals, sheets for rest time, hats, nappies and all consumables e.g. sunscreen, wipes and tissues. We also offer limited before and after school care. Our parents provide changes of clothing, a water bottle and an easily identifiable pillow case which is used by your child as their sheet bag. We ask that parents label all items. Your child’s name on the pillow case can be written in laundry marker – we can do this for you!
Our fees are comparable with other services, as most families are eligible for government benefits or rebates on their fees. Please see the mychild website for details.
Our curriculum incorporates elements of the Virtues program which endeavours to assist children to gain life skills and make and maintain positive relationships. We are an open-door centre and our families are welcome to give us feedback and suggestions at any time. We closely track the Australian Education Development Census which identifies vulnerabilities in children across five domains and actively work to increase children’s social, emotional and language skills.
We had a number of extra-curricular activities happening in the service in 2017 and we are flowing these on into 2018. We continue to strengthen our community connections in an endeavour to ensure that families receive as much assistance and information as possible.
Our Facebook information page has been very popular and helpful for families, so please find us on Facebook! You can link to our Facebook page via the website.
Smart Start Early Learning Centre is also a government approved kindergarten provider. If your child is 4 or has already turned 4 by 30 June 2018, you can still enrol them in our kindergarten program. This is a pre-prep program with a degree qualified teacher, registered with the Qld College of Teachers. The program is designed to ensure children are school-ready and comfortable when they transition to prep. Parents or children who are in receipt of a health care, pension or concession card, who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or who have 3 or more children of the same age, may also be eligible for additional fee relief in the form of “kindy plus”. Please see us if you would like further information. Parents of children who may be eligible to commence prep but who may not be “school ready” are encouraged to apply to join our kindy program with a view to school readiness.
If you need care for your child, please come in and see us or give us a ring on 3814 1188. Peta is our director and she is only too happy to help you, as are any of our team, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also register your interest on our “Enrol Now” page or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smart Start Team looks forward to hearing from you and meeting you. Thank you for reading “Welcoming News”.