Opening Hours:

The centre is opened from 7.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday except on local public holidays. We are closed for one week over Christmas.

Age Groups:

Nursery                6weeks to 2 years            8 children per day

Kindy                     2 years to 3 years             10 children per day

Preschool            3 years to 5 years             11 children per day

Philosophy

At North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc. we believe in providing ‘Quality Childcare’ for all children and their families. The centre is committed to providing an environment that is warm, caring and positive ensuring that children are able to develop to their fullest potential at their own pace. 

North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc. believes in the Early Years Learning Framework, Belonging, Being and Becoming. Staff will endeavour to develop a curriculum and environment that meets all the recommended learning outcomes for children from birth to five years of age.

- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators 

North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc. encourages and promotes diversity, fairness and respect for everyone and acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were the first Australians.  We would like to acknowledge the Yuggera, Jagera and Ugarapul people as the traditional custodians of the land on which our centre sits and we pay our respects to the Elder past, present and future for they hold the memories and the traditions of this ancient culture. 

At North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc. we value the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures and reflect on the Aboriginal Social Theory “Kanyini” – the four areas of connectedness:-

- Belief system – morals and values
- Family – a support group
- Land – a sense of place and tie to the community
- Spirituality - religion  

Play

North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc. believes a child learns best in an environment that is secure, caring and ensures a child’s comfort and happiness. The Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics (2006) states that a child learns best in an environment which acknowledges, the uniqueness  and potential of all children,  in recognition that enjoying their childhood without due pressure is important.  

We believe when children play with other children they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings.  

"Play provides an environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking. Children’s immersion in their play illustrates how play enables them to simply enjoy being".  (The Early Years Learning Framework Australia) 

Our belief that play and imagination are important features of development and learning are evident in the Theory of Lev Vygotsky. 

"A child’s greatest achievements are possible in play, achievements that tomorrow will become their basic level of real action”. Lev Vygotsky     

Curriculum

North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc. will provide children with an environment that allows children’s learning to be dynamic, complex and holistic. "Physical, social, emotional, spiritual, creative, cognitive and linguistic aspects of learning will be all intricately interwoven and interrelated.”  (The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia)

In accordance with the Five Outcomes of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) article 29, the centre believes in a program that develops each child’s personality, talents and abilities to their fullest potential, as well as develops respect for parents, the environment and other members of the human society.

Our curriculum is based on providing opportunities for the children to follow their own interests and ideas, this is encouraged in the theories of Lev Vygotsky who believes in careful observation of what children can do and planning a curriculum that challenges their current capability. He believed in following the children’s interests and ideas.

The centre also provides an approved Kindergarten program facilitated by a qualified early childhood teacher for the children the year before they attend Prep.  This program promotes school readiness skills for the children in an environment that is inclusive and supportive. 

The Whole Child

"North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc will ensure in relation to the whole child it will act in the best interest of all children”. (Early Childhood Australia’s Code of ethics (2006)

We believe, based on the Theories of "Loris Malaguzzi” all children have potential, and are connected to their family, community, society, objects and symbols.  Children are communicators and the need to work as partners with parents. 

We are committed to offering children with additional needs full participation within the centre.

The centre will ensure it respects all children and their families and the special relationships they have, regardless of our own beliefs.

We will uphold Article 23 – The Five Outcomes and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and ensure special care and support for children with special needs.

The centre will ensure we create and maintain safe, healthy environments, spaces and places, which enhance children’s learning, development, engagement, initiative, self worth, dignity and show respect for their contributions, in accordance with Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics (2006). 

The centre will allow children to learn about themselves and construct their own identity within the context of their families and communities. This includes their relationships with people, places and things and the actions and responses of others. By allowing children to have positive experiences they develop an understanding of themselves as significant and respected, and feel a sense of belonging . (The Early Years Learning Framework Australia)

Behaviour Management

North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc will provide children with constructive ways to deal with conflict and to actively encourage non violent play. We will ensure children have a balance of experience within their environment to gain respect for their surroundings and to gain a value of other members of their community.

The centre will work actively with all staff and children to uphold the centre’s behaviour management policies and procedures. 

"As educators we will create environments in which children experience mutually enjoyable, caring and respectful relationships with people and the environment, thus encouraging them to respond accordingly”.  (The Early Years Learning Framework Australia)

At no time will any member of our childcare community compromise a child’s right to feel safe.

Socialising

North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc will connect and employ the assistance of alternate members of our community to assist in the support of children and their families. Such as; - General Practitioners, Support Services and accessing multicultural and multilingual organisations.

Community and Cultural Identity

North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc believes in accordance with the early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics (2006) the need to promote shared aspirations amongst communities in order to enhance children’s health and well being.

We will advocate within our community for the understanding of cultural diversity and the importance of the uniqueness of each family regardless of their race, gender, age ability, economic status, lifestyle, language or religion. 

The centre will inform families and staff of organisations within our community that will assist them in their roles through displays, newsletters, open days, pamphlets and verbal communication.

"As educators we view culture and the context of family as central to children’s sense of being and belonging, and to success in becoming lifelong learners.  As educators we also seek to promote children’s cultural competence. Cultural competence is much more than awareness of cultural differences. It is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures”.  (The Early Years Learning Framework Australia) 

The role of the childcare professional

North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc will ensure staff performance is continually reviewed with a focus on professional growth. 

The centre  will ensure staff have the opportunities to base their work on contemporary perspectives on research, theory, content knowledge, high quality early childhood practices and their understandings of the children and families with whom they work with in accordance with the Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics’ (2006)

Staff will acknowledge the support offered to them by their peers within their environment and throughout other environments. 

Management will ensure staff have opportunity to participate in professional development and will be encouraged to take an active role in their own personal development, by participating in both compulsory and non compulsory professional development in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards. 

As educator’s staff will reflect on their role in children’s learning and assessment.  They also reflect on their own views and understandings of early childhood theory, research and practice. 

The term pedagogy refers to the holistic nature of early childhood educator’s professional practice (especially those aspects that involve building and nurturing relationships), curriculum decision making, teaching and learning. As educators we will establish respectful and caring relationships with the children and families, which will enable us to work together to construct curriculum and learning experiences relevant to children in our local community.

"We will continually remind ourselves that our professional judgements are central to our active role in facilitating children’s learning”.  (The Early Years Learning Framework Australia)

In conclusion North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc. is dedicated to providing families with the highest quality care for their children.  We are focused on the necessary skills and qualities needed and are always reflecting and improving to meet this standard.  With involvement and support from families North Ipswich Childcare Centre Inc will continue to strive and grow to meet the needs of our wider community.

Goals

- To maintain the building and equipment of the centre is of a high quality to ensure the needs of the children, staff and families are met. To ensure the centre is a safe, stimulating, challenging and fun environment. To provide the children with a centre that supports their developmental needs, abilities and interests. This will all be met through safety audits and checklists.

- To employ qualified staff who possess the necessary personal qualities, i.e. warm, caring, mature and informed attitudes to the care of children. It is important for staff to have ongoing professional development through study (TAFE, university), mentors, workshops and seminars). To provide a high standard of working conditions for the staff, so that they may perform their duties to the best of their ability.

- To be involved in the local community with events to promote the centre and develop and maintain the respect of our local elders. To develop and maintain a good working relationship with other childcare centres.

- To provide the best possible care for the children, allowing children to meet the Early Years Learning Framework Outcomes in an environment that is warm, friendly and loving. To provide children the year before they attend prep with an approved Kindergarten program by an early childhood teacher.

- To aim for and maintain the highest standard set by the National Quality Standards. To ensure the centre operates within the perimeters of current government regulations both state and federal.

- To implement sustainable strategies within the Centre to promote environmental awareness and respect. To provide an environment for the children and families to promote sustainability in everyday practices including recycling, saving water, growing our own food.

- To support each family and to help strengthen the bonds between the parent and child.

- To maintain our current high standard thus ensuring the centre’s excellent reputation is maintained.

- To keep fees at a realistic level with minimal vacancies. Ensuring the centre’s budget is maintained and spenditure is cost conscious however keeping the needs and learning outcomes of the children priority.