Waitara Early Learning & Care Centre
Our Waitara Early Learning and Care Centre (ELCC) is a warm, friendly and welcoming environment that promotes a sense of family. Our centre places great importance on forming positive relationships and working collaboratively with families, to ensure all children in our care feel safe, secure and supported.
In partnership with families we build secure trusting relationships with an emphasis on communication to ensure a sense of belonging. Forming trusting relationships provides a secure base for children to explore the world and learn through play.
Our experienced staff deliver a program that is designed to maximise each child’s learning through a play-based approach that is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
Our purpose build centre is located on the grounds of our Waitara Family Centre. We are a 67 place long day care service.
- We cater for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years
- Our operating hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am – 6.00pm
- We are open 50 weeks of the year
- We have a flexible attendance pattern with a 2 day minimum
- We welcome enrolments from all members of the community regardless of your religious beliefs or the primary school your child will attend.
Coordinator, Waitara ELCC
29 Yardley Avenue
WAITARA NSW 2077
P: (02) 9488 2400
A warm, friendly and welcoming environment that promotes a sense of family ...
We have 4 rooms:
- Joeys room: 12 children aged 0 – 2 years. We have three educators who create a nurturing and emotionally supportive environment. The daily routine is based on the needs of each individual child, ‘their routine is our routine’. Our program is designed to be inclusive of each child’s development needs, providing learning experiences that are stimulating, engaging and age appropriate. The Joeys have a separate outdoor learning environment where the children are supported to engage in a range of sensory experiences including water play, painting, bubbles and sand play. The outdoor environment invites children to participate in activities designed to enhance their gross motor skills including climbing and balancing.
- Koala room: 15 children aged 2 – 3 years old. We have 3 educators facilitating the daily routine and educational practice. Our play-based learning approach offers a mix of planned and spontaneous learning experiences. At this age the children are becoming more independent and the program supports the acquisition of self-help skills and becoming more aware of others around them. The children are supported to engage with social and physical environments through building relationships with others through play.
- Bilby & Echidna rooms: 20 children in each room aged 3 – 5 years. We have 2 educators in each room who facilitate the preschool program and a support educator in each room providing support for children with additional needs. Children have the flexibility of engaging in experiences based on their interests and social groups and are not confined to one room. These two rooms provide a comprehensive school transition program.
The curriculum at our Waitara ELCC facilitates learning and development across all key learning areas including:
- Language and literacy – language development is fostered through storytelling, songs, rhymes, games, sequencing of events, retelling known stories and narratives, dramatic play and drawing.
- Mathematics – include group time games, counting, sorting, classifying, comparisons, measurement, puzzles, construction and problem solving tasks.
- Science – open ended inquiry based focus where children are encouraged to explore objects, materials and events. Children are encouraged to raise questions and make careful observations.
- Creative expression – we encourage creative expression through visual arts, construction, dramatic play, music and movement.
- Sensory play – stimulate children’s senses through touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. These activities are often tactile experiences and include such things as play dough, slime, water play, bubbles and clay.
- Sustainability – promote an awareness of our environment and focuses on recycling, water conservation, worm farming, gardening and the use of natural materials in play.
- Health and wellbeing – focus on emotional wellbeing, social relationships, active play, fine and gross motor abilities, self-regulation, good nutrition and self-help skills building their growing independence.
The ELCC is staffed by experienced, long serving educators comprising of 4 early childhood teachers, Diploma and Certificate III trained staff. Our educators also provide mentorship and guidance to educators studying for their Certificate III.
There are two support teachers employed to assist the program delivery to children requiring additional support.
Our centre has a qualified cook responsible for serving meals that comply with the Australian nutritional guidelines.
All educators employed with the centre regularly participate in training to ensure they are providing the most up-to-date, contemporary practices.
At our Waitara ELCC we believe in providing a school transition program that progressively provides children with the skills and knowledge necessary to make the a smooth transition to school. To achieve this we focus on the whole child, assisting them to develop the important skills to settle into primary school.
We believe school readiness requires:
- Social and emotional maturity
- The ability to solve problems and think critically
- Awareness of the environment around them
- Strategies for conflict resolution, being respectful of others
- An emphasis on early literacy and numeracy achieved through a play-based learning approach
- The ability to deal with separation maturely
- The ability to concentrate for an increasing length of time and to follow instructions
- The ability to express needs
- Self-help skills
- Participation in shared learning experiences in small groups.
Our hope is for families to remember us for the love and care we show their children and for the children to transition to school smoothly having developed lifelong skills and a strong sense of who they are.
CatholicCare welcomes enrolments from all children ages 6 weeks to 5 years from our community.
Families are encouraged to visit our service at Waitara to meet the Coordinator, educators and administration staff. You will be provided a guided tour of our facilities.
Fees are as follows:
- 0 -2 years: $119 per day
- 2- 3 years: $111 per day
- 3 – 5 years: $106 per day
Fees shown above are the full rates per day before consideration of CCB and CCR. Fees include all meals for your child.
Some families may be eligible to claim Child Care Benefit (CCB) if you meet the required work assessment. Families will need to investigate their eligibility through the Family Assistance Office.
- A broad brimmed or legionnaire style hat to protect your child’s face, ears, neck and back during outdoor play.
- Clothing must be sun safe and cover the children’s shoulders, back and stomach. Singlets and sleeveless tops are not recommended.
- Clothing needs to be suitable to the weather and allow for messy, explorative play. Please do not send your children in good clothes as it restricts their play and interactions.
- Clothing should also be easy to remove to assist in independent toileting.
- Preferred footwear includes joggers, slip on shoes and sandals (no thongs).
For 2 – 5 year olds
- A backpack big enough to store spare clothes and any artwork/craft your child has done throughout the day. Remember it also needs to fit into the locker space.
- 2 spare sets of clothes (appropriate to the season) and 2 pairs of underpants (more if toilet training).
- Enough nappies for the day (where applicable).
- A cuddly toy or comforter for rest time, if desired.
For 0 -2 year olds
- A bag for storing spare clothes and work they do during the day.
- 2 spare sets of clothes (appropriate to the season).
- Enough nappies for the day.
- A cuddly toy or comforter for rest time, if desired.
- If your child is on formula or breast milk, enough bottles and formula for the day. The bottle and formula must be clearly labelled with the child’s name.
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