Information About The Centre
The Centre operates Monday to Friday between the hours of 7.30am to 6.00pm for 49 weeks per year, closing for usual calendar Public Holidays and for a 3-week period over Christmas.
The Centre is licensed to care for 39 children per day. There are two rooms: one for children aged between 6 weeks to 3 years with a maximum of 15 children and the other for children aged between 3 and 5 years with a maximum of 24 children.
The Centre gives priority to working parents (both) but also accepts children from families where one spouse/husband/partner is at home. Children from families where one spouse/husband/partner is at home attend the Centre between the hours of 9.00am until 4.00pm unless alternative arrangements have been made with the Director. A child from this family type may also be asked to vacate their placement for a working parent if necessary. This applies also to children of non-working parents (both) or sole parent non-working. On enrolment families will be asked to show proof that they are studying. This can be proven with a student identification card, a timetable or a receipt of payment of fees. A copy will be kept on file for future reference.
Raymond Terrace Early Education Centre is regulated by the Department of Education and Communities.
The nearest Department is:
Mid North Region
Department of Education and Communities
PO Box 156
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Ph: 02 6648 7132 Fax: 02 6648 7137
In relation to children we believe:
- Children are capable and resourceful learners who are active contributors to their own learning.
- Children need to be valued as individuals, within the context of their family and their community.
- Children can develop confidence and positive self-esteem through a supportive and secure environment.
- Trust, respect and collaboration form the basis for strong partnerships between families and staff.
- Families, children and staff form a caring community.
- Family involvement is integral to a high quality program.
In relation to the program we believe:
- Children learn through collaboration and communication with other children and adults and through interacting with the environment.
- Children need opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills in key learning areas including: language and literacy; creative and expressive arts; mathematics: science and social and emotional development and work towards learning outcomes as expressed in the Early Years Learning Framework.
- A rich, stimulating and nurturing environment has the potential to stimulate imagination, promote creativity and enhance aesthetic development.
- Diversity within our centre, families, staff and wider community should be respected and celebrated and that we can play a role in fostering and developing a social conscience among children with a view to addressing social inequities.
- We play an important role in educating children about sustainable practices and as a centre making choices that care for our environment.
Â In relation to staff we believe:
- In employing staff who are committed to working in the best interests of children and families.
- That each staff member brings fundamental, personal qualities to the centre environment such as empathy, respect, warmth and a passion for learning.
- In the importance of creating an environment of collegiality where personal and professional contributions are valued, communication is open and confidentiality is maintained.
In relation to the community we believe:
- We must strive to be a centre of excellence for early childhood education within our community. As advocates for our profession, it is important to share our knowledge and experience.
- We are a central link to information and support services within the wider community.
- In the importance of nurturing established relationships with community organisations, council and local schools.
- The needs of children, families, staff and the community are constantly changing and that ongoing evaluation is essential to create a service that is responsive to those needs.
In relation to sustainability we believe:
- We are committed to protecting our environment to ensure a sustainable future for our children and through continuous improvement we strive to be better tomorrow than we are today.
- We aim to create a
stimulating environment where children have the time, space and resources to
investigate, explore and experiment with experiences across all curriculum
areas that interest and inspire them.
A copy of our Philosophy and detailed policies are available for your reference in the centre's foyer and in the office.
If you have any questions or concerns please ask, and we always welcome feedback.