The University Preschool and Child Care Centre is a community-based not-for-profit child care centre. Our Service has been assessed against the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and has achieved a rating of Exceeding the National Quality Standard in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Law (ACT) Act 2011 and the Educational Care Services National Regulations 2011.
The Centre is open between 7:45am and 5:45pm Monday to Friday and operates all year except between Christmas and New Year.
We have small groups of children at each age level and an above average staff/child ratio. Our comprehensive program is planned and implemented by experienced and qualified early childhood personnel. The Centre employs a degree qualified early childhood teacher in our Preschool room.
Our Vision is to …
provide an enjoyable, inclusive, safe, stimulating and caring learning environment for our community that embraces our Australian culture and heritage and nurtures each individual’s sense of belonging, being and becoming
We Believe that …
- Childhood is a unique and important stage of life:
- Play is integral to children’s learning;
- Family, cultural heritage and the community play an import role in children’s development;
- Working collaboratively and supportively with families & the community enriches children’s lives and their learning;
- Both indoor & outdoor environments provide learning opportunities for stimulating the imagination, promoting creativity, enhancing aesthetic development and developing an appreciation of nature.
In our interactions with children we…
- Believe that each child is a capable and competent learner
- Extend and complement the home by providing a loving, stable and secure environment that supports each child & their family
- Nurture the child’s sense of wellbeing, identity and self-worth by supporting the development of the whole child
- Nurture curious, creative, confident, active & involved learners,
- Encourage children to show respect for others and their environment through modelling positive attitude, respect for diversity, sensitivity to the needs of others and effective communication
In support of our Educators we…
- Value the experience and professional status of our educators and commit to provide them with opportunities for further professional development.
- Value each Educator’s cultural heritage and unique way of doing things and endeavour to incorporate these into our programs
- Support a harmonious, respectful and friendly working environment through problem solving and conflict management processes that are easily accessible, open and fair.
- Provide safe and healthy working conditions for staff that will support their well-being.
- Promote a sense of ownership and belonging by including our Educators in decisions related to management, policy and procedure and our curriculum
In our interactions with families we…
- Promote in families a sense of ownership and belonging by including them in decisions related to management, policy and procedure, our curriculum and by including them in social & cultural activities.
- Value each family’s cultural heritage and uniqueness and incorporate these into our everyday care routines
- Offer practical & emotional support to families through the provision of information on available services within the community and current research into child and family related issues
- Work in partnership with the family and assist parents in guiding the development of their children
In support of our Community and the Environment we…
- Recognise that the centre is an integral part of the ANU and wider community.
- Share our interests, knowledge and experiences with both our local ANU community and the wider Community.
- Acknowledge that the diversity within our Centre is representative of the wider community.
- Value the history and heritage of University Preschool & Child Care Centre.
- Explore the community through excursions and community participation in our programmes.
- Promote respect for the Environment through modelling and discussion with children and families about environmentally friendly practices