There are so many new things to experience in early childhood. Foods and tastes are no exception. With so many healthy foods available, your child is sure to be introduced to something new at Village Kids Home Hill.
Variety is the key to a healthy diet, though, as we know, children can sometimes have a preference for repetition. So, to encourage children to try new foods, we teach them about where a food has come from. Sometimes, we even use herbs from our garden. Children also help with preparing meals, and learn more about them as we go. These gentle steps encourage children to try new meals, broadening their experience of healthy food.
In our centre, choice is everywhere. Children are encouraged to make their own decisions. There are lots of art and craft activities available for children to complete in their own style. Through one-on-one interactions and small group time, educators support these creative activities, noticing each child’s strengths and interests. Our family-based centre has plenty of wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces to inspire and motivate children in their learning.
We celebrate and learn about culture alongside the families in our centre. As a small and community-oriented centre, we focus on understanding the many cultures in our local community, as well as in the world beyond. Every day, there are different cultural activities available. We learn to cook foods from different regions, blending our health and nutrition program with cultural learning. We also enjoy culture-themed puzzles and arts and crafts activities. These activities remind children that culture is also part of every day, reflecting how we see our world.
Special annual events:
- NAIDOC Week
- St Patrick’s Day
- ANZAC Day
Children with Additional Needs
We welcome all children with a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds or needs. If your child requires extra medical, emotional or learning support, we will tailor our care for them and work closely with you to ensure they have a smooth transition into our centre. This includes seeking support from other networks or professionals to bridge any gaps in our service delivery.
Some of the additional needs and support which can be provided at our centre include but are not limited to:
- English as a second language
- Autism spectrum
- Physical disabilities
- Minor or serious medical conditions
- Emotional issues
Our team cultivates a warm atmosphere of inclusion through continuous improvement and open communication. We are confident that your child will benefit from our dedicated approach to care and education.
Please speak to our staff about your child’s individual needs and how we can accommodate them.
Together we can create a plan to help them reach their full potential.
Child Safety & Welfare
All aspects of our operations are in line with the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. This includes our Health and Safety policy. All educators follow our health and safety policies and procedures and have access to these online.
We understand that leaving your child in someone else’s care is a difficult thing to do. We assure you that safety is our top priority and our educators follow safety practices every day.
At all times, we ensure that our centre is secure and free of hazards, both inside and out. Fire drills and UV checks are a regular part of our informed approach to safety. We emphasise safety education by creating an atmosphere of safety awareness in all aspects of the day. You will see visual safety guides around our centre, such as our sun smart posters. These tools support our lessons about safety, which we discuss as part of the curriculum. We take every opportunity to act as role models, pointing out tripping or slipping hazards and putting hats and sunscreen on for outdoor play. We talk about stranger danger so that children can build awareness and can freely talk to us if they are scared or worried. We aim to teach children to think about their own safety habitually too.