Scots Early Learning Melville Street

Child care
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Scots Early Learning on Melville Street is an inner-city, garden sanctuary offering long day care services with a strong focus on building your child’s relationship with nature.

Our long day care encourages children from infants to primary school age to explore and care for the environment, develop everyday sustainable practices, learn new skills and connect with each other in our spacious, stimulating centre.

Environment

At our long day care, children learn about the world around them and how to care for it by discovering the importance of environmentally-friendly practices in everyday life. Our play areas and toys are made from sustainable and recyclable materials. Families are encouraged to donate plants and play items to give children a sense of comfort in recognising something from home.

Our Scots Early Learning Melville Street promotes strong relationships with the environment through features including:

  • Planned and intentional indoor spaces
  • Large outdoor space
  • Sandpit
  • Mud pit
  • Trees and natural shade
  • Gardening beds
  • Pergola
  • Shade sail
  • Play area with climbing equipment
  • Bicycle track
  • Recycling area to encourage sustainability and caring for the environment
  • Cubby house
  • Gross motor play equipment for activities such as climbing, skipping, throwing and catching
  • Worm farm
Activities

We create incredible experiences for children to learn about themselves, other people and the community around them. With local excursions and workshops covering a range of stimulating topics and activities, children have countless opportunities to open their minds to new and exciting people, places, and ideas.

Our sustainability initiatives include:

  • Recycling and composting
  • Water recycling
  • Worm farming
  • Growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices

We offer exciting excursions to natural and community locations including:

  • Seasonal visits to Botanical gardens
  • Bush Kinder
  • Museums
  • Fire department
  • Ambulance Department
  • Hospitals and aged care services
  • Walks to the park
  • Partnering with a sister service

We invite inspiring individuals and experts to the centre to educate children about:

  • Reptiles and animal care
  • Cooking
  • Music and dance
  • Drama and puppets
  • Maths and science
  • Aboriginal communities and art
  • A child safety and family violence awareness

We also participate in our local council’s Art of the City program.

Health and wellbeing

We take a wholesome approach to lunchtime. Our food is prepared on site from homegrown ingredients so that all children can enjoy a healthy, balanced diet full of variety and flavour.

To ensure healthy bodies and minds:

  • We accommodate diverse dietary needs, including cultural dietary requirements.
  • We place a strong emphasis on hygiene and food safety.
  • We offer progressive snack and lunchtime to empower children to ask for what they want and when
  • We educate children and their families about healthy eating and nutrition
Family and community

Teaching the importance of family and community is at the centre of everything we do at Scots Early Learning Melville Street. We actively support partnerships with families to help the children develop a sense of belonging and connectivity which aids in their social and emotional development.

Parents and families can get involved when:

  • We celebrate significant cultural festivals and days together
  • We invite them to talk to the children about their job, hobbies or other interesting topics
  • They volunteer their time to provide support and resources for our programs
  • They assist with fundraising
  • They participate in special activities such as working bees, Pancake Day, Cupcake Day and Jump for Heart

We regularly engage with various people, groups and services in our community including:

  • The Local primary school
  • The Local library
  • Museums
  • Local service people including emergency services and nurses
  • Wellbeing practitioners
  • Indigenous community members or groups
  • Animal trainers or handlers
  • Members of the Scots Memorial Church
  • Pet adoption program
  • Police and fire departments
  • Bunnings to support Plant a Tree Week.
  • Medical initiatives such as Oral Health, Heart, SIDS, etc.
Languages

We are a diverse long day care service that celebrates the vibrant cultures of our community. Families at our early learning centre come from many different cultures and backgrounds. Our staff speak a range of languages including Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Indian and Spanish.

English is our primary language for written and spoken communication with parents and families. We can have all forms of communication translated for families who speak languages other than English. To make things easier we:

  • Translate important information for parents and families
  • Display messages prominently in our foyer
  • Use phone interpreters and also have them attend meetings
Special services

Our educators are equipped with the skills to provide safe and nurturing environments to all children. They are experienced in working with children who live with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities.

We work closely with Uniting Church staff trained in children's trauma as well as Kindergarten Inclusion Support and Safe Child Support services.

Enrolments

For interest in long day care for the remainder of 2019 and for 2020, please complete the Uniting registration form.

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 6234 2018.

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