Buchan Early Childhood Development Centre offers integrated 4-year-old kindergarten and long day care services for infants to primary school-aged children (0-5 years).
Small group sizes ensure every child has access to age-appropriate learning and personalised attention, while they play, explore and discover new skills in our beautiful bushland setting.
Children enrolling in our service in 2019 are eligible for the Victorian Government drought kindergarten fee subsidy.
We love the outdoors! Ideally positioned by bushland, Buchan Caves, Buchan River and the coast - children are regularly exposed to the many natural wonders of our region. We encourage them to follow their curiosity and engage with their environment, through structured educational activities, free playtime, and social interactions with friends. Our inside areas are just as inviting with cosy reading nooks and spaces dedicated to poetry, puppets and song.
Our early learning centre features:
Children benefit from a combination of structured and unstructured indoor-outdoor activities at our early learning service. By spending extended time in our natural environment exploring, exercising, playing and getting a hands-on understanding of the natural world, they develop strong physical, social and language skills, as well as self-esteem and respect for the great outdoors.
Some of our activities include:
Children learn about fresh, nutritious foods and overall wellbeing at Buchan Early Childhood Development Centre. By growing our own produce, sharing and socialising during mealtimes, and discovering foods from other cultures, children can try different flavours, build a positive relationship with food, and start to create healthy habits that will sustain them for life.
At our centre, we:
Maintaining our strong connection with families and the local community is important to us. We encourage families to participate in their child’s early learning experience through volunteering their time, visiting the Centre, joining us on excursions, fundraising, or being part of the Parent Advisory Committee.
We are often visited by community members who teach our children about indigenous culture through art and stories, nurturing the environment, and caring for animals.
Some of the other many people, groups or services we engage with include:
We also engage in external community programs such as:
Our staff speak a range of other languages including German, Spanish, French and Italian. One of our educators speaks five languages and often talks to the children about different countries and teaches them songs in other languages.
We can have all forms of communication translated for families who speak languages other than English.
Our educators are experienced in working with children who live with a range of physical and intellectual disability or have experienced challenges and trauma.
For interest in kindergarten or long day care for the remainder of 2019 and for 2020, please complete the Uniting registration form.
For a place in 2020, we send the letters of offer out to families in August including instructions for the next steps of enrolment and orientation dates.
For a place this year, we will be back in contact with you within a few days to discuss your care needs.
For more information or if you’d like to arrange a visit, please Get in touch or call us on 03 5155 9258.
Fill out an expression of interest form to find out moreRegister your interest