We believe that each child is on their own unique journey and understand that all children develop and learn at their own pace. We encourage each child to be an involved learner – ‘giving their voice’ to create a child initiated engaging program where they can freely explore and investigate.
We also understand that the importance of having a daily rhythm and the sense of security this provides children. Our daily rhythm offers children the safety of predictability while being flexible to individual needs.
Our classrooms are inviting spaces, where each individual contributes to the harmonious atmosphere – giving them the opportunity to develop in familiar surroundings; learning is personally meaningful and fun and laughter is always encouraged.
When developing programs our educators considers many factors.
- The individual needs of each child
- The observed interests of each child.. and the group
- The guidelines of The Early Years Learning Framework.
- The guidelines of The National Quality Framework
And additionally, for our Kindergarten children
- The needs of children as they move into formal schooling
- The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and the The Continua of Learning and Development (QLD Kindergarten learning guideline companion)
Each of our three HUGE, exciting outdoor play spaces evokes the children’s five senses and promotes wonder, curiosity and an intrinsic desire to protect the world. Our natural environments offers space to be physically and socially active – encouraging exploration and discovery; the chance to connect with nature, the opportunity for problem solving and confidence building.
Our playgrounds offer – open spaces for being active; a windy bike track; beautiful shady trees; three sand pits nestled amongst the garden; swings, climbing equipment and a wide variety of resources to support exploration and experimentation.
Our babies have their very own amazing outdoor space flowing through off their indoor play area.
Each playground offers the opportunity to connect with the earth through gardening. Herbs, vegetables and fruit grown by the children are not only enjoyed straight from the garden but are also included in the meals served. We have worm farms, compost bins and a digging / rock pit.
Nursery (6 weeks – 15 months)
Our team is 2 educators working with 8 children
Educators in our nursery work closely in collaborative partnerships with families to ensure a smooth transition between home and the centre.
Our qualified, experienced educators offer a flexible approach to enhance the individual, strengths, culture, ideas, abilities and interests of each precious child. In collaboration with families, and through play based learning, the nursery supports a sense of belonging while creating an calm atmosphere that is happy, positive, caring and fun to explore.
The Aqua room includes – bedding provided – in a cosy temperature controlled separate sleeping area (SIDS safe sleeping guidelines are followed); a comfortable nappy change area; a feeding preparation kitchenette; a newly refurbished playground.
Toddlers (15 months – 3 years)
Our team is 3 educators with 12 children
‘Toddlerhood’ is an active time for growth and development. It’s a time for exploration and experimentation socially and emotionally; that time when “I do it” independence starts to blossom. To cater to all these exciting needs and changes we have in-tune, sensitive educators working collaboratively with our toddlers and their families to offer a holistic approach to care and learning.
Our experienced educators ensure the flexible program, along with practices, reflect experiences and activities that support the ‘blue room’ children to be confident and involved learners – actively exploring at their own pace and through their individual interests and needs.
The blue room offers – a bathroom with both nappy change facilities and toddler size toilets to support the children as they begin to develop Independence with toileting.
(2 – 3 years)
Our team is 3 educators with 15 children
The yellow room educators continue to support each child’s growing independence. The care and learning experiences, along with respectful relationships and interactions support each child to feel a sense of belonging. The atmosphere of the yellow room is relaxed and happy as the educators and children actively work together for collaborative learning.
As in the other rooms of the centre, the flexible curriculum reflects planned and spontaneous interactions, experiences, routines and events – all to support a holistic approach to learning and development.
The Yellow room environment offers – a bathroom with both nappy change facilities and toddler size toilets to support the children as they begin to develop Independence with toileting.
(3 – 4 years)
Our team is 2 educators / 18 children
The green room is an exciting space where through their natural curiosities, children build, create, imitate, imagine, design and dream.
Our green room educators work together with the children as they problem solve, explore and investigate the learning space working to support outcomes of literacy, numeracy, science, community, sustainability, music, self-care, dramatic play, gross/fine motor and sensory experiences.
The green room focuses on ensuring a happy, caring, secure, nurturing and hygienic environment with an engaging curriculum.
Red Room / Approved Kindergarten Program
(3.6 – 5 years)
Our teaching team is 2 educators with 22 children
Our 4 year qualified teacher aims to lay firm foundations for successful lifelong learning; and having taught in schools, she knows and understands the skills essential to make the next big step.
Our teaching team aim to create an environment where your child feels safe and secure – encouraging them to be involved learners, keen to share their voice for creating a child initiated program. The physical size of this room is much larger than the prescribe regulation requirement – giving lots of space to plan, experiment and explore.
The kindergarten program seeks to challenge each child’s thinking to manipulate ideas in ways that transform their meaning and understanding. This allows children to activate their higher-order thinking and encourages children to further question and construct knowledge on a higher level and understanding.
Further to this and inline with legislative requirements:
- A minimum of 2 days attendance ensures children access the Kindergarten program for 15 hours each week; this operates in conjunction with wrap around child care from 7am to 6pm.
- The Kindergarten Program is accessed in line with the teacher’s weekly roster (displayed at the centre).
- The Kindergarten Program is available 48 weeks of the year.
- The opportunity for two sit down parent / teacher catch-ups are scheduled across the year, while a ‘Transition Statement’ will be provided for children moving onto Prep.
Carina Heights Child Care & Development
35 Gallipoli Road Carina Heights QLD 4152
Ph: 07 3398 1600
Fax: 07 3398 1366
Carina Heights Child Care & Development is located in Brisbane's south east.
The centre is close to bus routes /stops, while the Carindale Shopping Centre is close by.
Opening Hours: 7am to 6pm