Your Child's Learning Environment

Mudhay Room

(Mudhay - Wanaruah language for Possum)

If this is the first time your child is in care, our Mudhay room is the perfect environment. With a small group size of only ten 2-3 year old children and two educators. Your child's educators pride themselves on offering a small, safe and caring environment for your young child. 

The mudhay room at Bees Nees Early Learning CentreTo help give your child a sense of belonging they get to sign in just like their parent/carer by placing their photo up on the board indicating that they are present for their exciting day at Bees Nees. When given the opportunity children love learning; to make your child's learning experience positive and cater for your child’s unique strengths and interests our experienced and caring educators plan and implement enjoyable individual learning experiences throughout the day.

To help you to feel more involved in your child's time at Bees Nees our educators will chat to you both formally and informally about your child's interests and developmental needs. We encourage your contribution into our program and this can be done by offering suggestions, providing further information about your family throughout the year, holding meetings etc. Our Educators also gather, display and compile observations, work samples and photos to document your child’s learning and friendships while at Bees Nees. Your child's personal portfolios will become a keepsake when your child leaves the centre.

For your peace of mind information regarding meals, sleep, nappy changing and toileting are recorded daily in each room. Our Educators believe in the importance of being consistent with home routines, and value and appreciate feedback from families.

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Pintu Room

(Pintu - Wanaruah language for Small Kangaroo)

The Pintu room at Bees Nees Early Learning CentrePreschool is an important transition before "Big School" begins. To help your child prepare we incorporate school readiness activities into their daily program; this helps your child make a positive transition  into “Big school”. Our Pintu room is licensed for twenty children aged 3-6 years. We have two educators for our Bees Nees Pintu room to ensure your child joins in the experiences that are offered.

Signing in at Bees Nees arly Learning CentreWe help give your child a sense of identity and belonging to the Pintu room by providing them with the opportunity to write their own name on the children’s sign in sheet. Children love learning; to make your child's learning experience positive and to cater for your child’s unique strengths and interests our knowledgeable and caring educators plan and implement enjoyable individual learning experiences throughout the day.

To help you to feel more involved in your child's time at Bees Nees our educators will chat to you both formally and informally about your child's interests and developmental needs. We encourage your contribution into our program and this can be done by offering suggestions, providing further information about your family throughout the year, holding meetings etc. Our Educators also gather, display and compile observations, work samples and photos to document your child’s learning and friendships while at Bees Nees. Your child's personal portfolios will become a keepsake when your child leaves the centre.

For your peace of mind information regarding meals, sleep, nappy changing and toileting are recorded daily in each room. Our Educators believe in the importance of being consistent with home routines, and value and appreciate feedback from families.

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The Program

The Team at Bees Nees promotes theWatering at Bees Nees Early Learning Centre healthy growth and development of your child according to his/her own developmental needs. We do this by providing experiences to extend and enrich children’s learning from 2 to five years and through the transition to school.  

At Bees Nees Early Learning we employ Educators with experience and specific training in early childhood. Our program is guided by “Belonging, Being & Becoming” The Early Years Learning Framework, which has the following outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

Children’s learning is dynamic, complex and holistic. Physical, social, emotional, personal, spiritual, creative, cognitive and linguistic aspects of learning are all intricately interwoven and interrelated. Play is a context for learning that:

  • Allows for the expression of personality and uniqueness
  • Enhances dispositions such as curiosity and creativity
  • Enables children to make connections between prior experiences and new learning
  • Assists children to develop relationships and concepts
  • Stimulates a sense of wellbeing

(Belonging, Being & Becoming The EYLF for Australia)

Bees Nees Educators use the above learning outcomes to guide their planning for your child’s learning. They support and extend your child’s needs and interests. Educators recognise that each child’s learning is ongoing and that they will progress towards the outcomes in different ways. This can be achieved through developing a relationship with you as a parent/carer and your child, and working in partnership.

At the beginning of the year Bees Nees Educators will approach you to gain an understanding of your goals for your children, and to establish your child’s interests.   Our Educators will extend, guide and challenge your child’s learning through open-ending questioning and providing feedback.

Circle time at Bees Nees Early Learning CentreEach staff member is responsible for planning for a specific group of children. Bees Nees Educators respect and treat each child as an individual. Planning includes observations, documentation, and evaluation. The children’s observations and documentation will be kept in the child’s portfolio.

The environment at Bees Nees is welcoming. It will reflect and respond to the children and their families needs and interests. Photos of family and special friends are an important feature of our program, as it creates a sense of security and link to the family.

Portfolios

So you can see your child's progress during their time at Bees Nees your child’s observations and documentations will be kept in their own portfolio. You are welcome to request to see your child’s individual portfolio. If you  have any questions, comments or concerns you may discuss these with the programming teacher responsible for your child’s education. Confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

The environment at the Bees Nees centre allows your child to make choices about what they feel is meaningful to them, from choosing items from the shelves and baskets. Where possible, real objects are provided instead of imitations as your child has a stronger connection with real things.

The Daily Program

The Daily Program is displayed in each room for you to read. We appreciate it whenPlaying in the sandpit at Bees Nees Early Learning Centre you contribute your ideas and thoughts. Our daily programs include indoor, outdoor, and group time experiences.

A digital slideshow will be displayed each day, giving you an insight into the day’s program.  Our staff recognise diversity, the community and its resources, and reflect these values in the experiences they create for every child. During wet weather, experiences are provided for the children, using the outdoor verandah as well as the indoor environment.

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Meal Times

Wholesome Food Choices

For the health and wellbeing of your child all the food you provide for his/her Morning Tea, Lunch, & Afternoon Tea must be wholesome. Upon enrolment we will provide you with our Nutrition policy which will help you make an informed and nutritional choice for your child's food while they are at Bees Nees.

Sometimes unsuitable food does sneak in to food bags. We will let you know if any inappropriate food is found among your child's food and give you some suggestions on healthy alternatives.

Drinks

Your child does not need to bring a drink to the centre as Bees Nees will provide your child with all their drinks. We offer water and low fat milk at meal times and your child will have access to water at all times.

Refrigeration

To ensure the food you provide is kept fresh it will be placed in the refrigerator. When packing your child’s food, please keep in mind that all Bees Nees children’s food needs to fit in the fridge, and use containers that are not too bulky.

Allergies

Staff MUST be informed of any allergies that your child may have, whether they be caused by food, medication, or plant. If we are unaware of an allergy, we cannot prevent your child from coming into contact with the allergy source. The Nominated Supervisor will meet with the family to develop a Risk Minimisation Plan.

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Birthdays

Birthday’s are a very special event in the life of a child. We are happy to help celebrate this occasion with your child. Parents may bring along a cake for the child to share with their friends in their room, remembering that there are 20 children in the Pintu room, and 10 children in the Mudhay room. Please ensure the cake does not contain nuts. Patty cakes are a great idea.

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Rest Time

2-3 year olds

Your child will be encouraged to rest after lunch, but not forced to sleep. For your child's comfort at rest time you will need to supply your child with sheets (an old cot sheet fits rather well) for their mat. So we can return them to you please label them clearly.

3-6 year olds

Rest time in the Pintu room is based on individual needs & consists of:

  • Resting on a mat
  • Doing puzzle activities
  • Reading a book on the lounge or cushion
  • Tablet activities

Playing in the Tee Pee at Bees Nees Early Learning CentreYour child will be given a choice of what they would like to do at this quiet time after lunch. Your preschool child is supplied with centre sheets for their bed.

If you request that your child does not go to sleep during the day, Bees Nees staff will try to accommodate your wishes, however, we will not wake your child in the event of them falling asleep. As we aim to respond to the individual needs of your child we feel that if your child falls asleep it is because she/he needs to sleep at this time.

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Philosophy

Bees Nees Early Learning prides itself on being a small, friendly service which aims to provide a safe and trusting environment that is child centred, encouraging respect for ones self and for others. We respect the child's right to be involved in our environment and extend upon the child's innate desire to experiment, explore, take initiative and make choices. We believe in the value of play.

We believe that children are genuinely interested in forming positive relationships with peers and adults, regardless of gender, culture or differences. The centre promotes equity and inclusion and is committed to full participation of children with additional needs.

We incorporate the Early Years Learning Framework principles of “Being, Belonging, Becoming” and the National Quality Framework in all aspects of the centre. Educators support children’s individual development by providing natural and constructed materials that reflect the child, the family, and the world in which we live. As professional educators, children’s learning is documented using a range of different methods to gain a holistic view of the child.

Educators and staff are ever mindful of the impact we all have on the environment. By the use of sustainable practices we lead by example and guide the children in developing an awareness and appreciation of the natural environment, giving them a sense of connection to the world around us.

We encourage parent participation and positive interactions between educators, staff, parents and children. We aim to develop relationships with all parents by working in partnership, accepting their differing values and expectations.

Educators and staff acknowledge the ongoing need to maintain high professional standards through in- service training and will take advantage of any opportunities in the area. Every educator and staff member respects and values the diverse contribution and perspective of their colleagues.

We welcome involvement from the wider community to be a part of our program. Bees Nees Early Learning is aware and supportive of other community services and events.

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Parent Involvement

children learning drumming at Bees Nees Early Learning CentreYou are a vital person in your child's life so we heartily encourage you to become actively involved in the centre’s activities.

Ways in which parents can contribute to the program are:

  • Donating craft items.
  • Joining us for outings or excursions, thus helping us provide extra supervision.
  • Sharing information about your families cultural backgrounds with the children.
  • Donating of recycled paper.
  • Sharing any skill or talent with the children.
  • A newsletter will be emailed to each family weekly.
  • Providing feedback on areas such as the program and children’s interests.

For your convenience we have three communication boards one for each room and another in the entry foyer. We pop all notices and news information here for you to read.

Communication Pockets at Bees Nees Early Learning CentreTo be certain that you receive all written communication, please ensure we have your correct email address and that you check your emails regularly. Information is also placed in your child’s communication pocket which is located in the foyer. We ask that you clear this communication pocket on a weekly basis and read through all information supplied.

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Settling Your Child into the Centre

When starting at a new centre there are many things to consider to make it a positive experience for your child, yourself and staff.

We suggest:

  • Come and visit the centre prior to starting. This will help your child familiarise themselves with the building, surroundings and staff. Drive past the centre, and talk to your child about that is where they will be going.
  • Always say goodbye to your child. Do not sneak away. Although it may be hard and cause upset, it develops trust and security knowing that you will return. It is best to only say goodbye once, and leave without hesitation.
  • Tell a staff member when you are leaving so they can help you with this process.
  • Communication with staff is important. Please tell them about any illnesses your child may have/or had, whether they have not slept or eaten well. It will help the staff understand your child throughout the day.
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