4 Enriching Benefits Of Community Child Care | Blog | Samaritans

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Walking into a chain child care centre for the first time can be daunting.

There are countless children running around the classroom, some screaming for their parents, others making a mess with paint, food, or miscellaneous (you know what we mean), and there’s one poor early childhood teacher trying to keep them all under control.

In that moment, it’s tempting to throw your child under your arm and run in the opposite direction.

Child care is growing at an unbelievable rate. Around 45% of children aged 2-3 are in formal childcare, plus 30% of 1-year-olds and 4-year-olds.

Here at Samaritans, we want all children to receive the attention, focus, and education they deserve, which is why we opened Woodberry Early Learning Centre (WELC), a non-profit, community-based child care service.

About Woodberry Early Learning Centre

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We opened the centre to provide a caring, challenging, and stimulating environment for local children, encouraging their development and learning in a fun atmosphere.

Woodberry has two playrooms:

  • Jarjums Room for 0-3 year olds
  • Booris Room for 3-5 year olds

The centre has around 30 children total, just enough for the children to grow their social skills and make friends while still receiving the unique, personalised education they need from their teachers.

Our qualified early childhood teachers are dedicated to providing an enjoyable, safe, educational experience for your child, plus all learning is open ended, letting the children develop their creativity, problem solving skills, and overall knowledge on their own terms.

Sound like a breath of fresh air? There are tonnes of benefits to enrolling your child in a community child care centre!

Keep reading to discover what more we’ve got to offer…

#1. Small class sizes mean your child will receive the attention they need to learn 

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It can’t be easy learning new things in an overcrowded classroom of hyperactive children. Chain child care centres are about expansion and making a profit, so most times, the classrooms tend to be fuller.

Community child care centres are generally smaller and sponsored by non-profit organisations like Samaritans.

In a smaller classroom, children can get to know and trust their teachers, making preschool feel like a safe, comfortable environment. Your child can work face-to-face with a qualified teacher and develop their skills to their full potential.

Woodberry Early Learning Centre teachers are caring, friendly and sensitive to the individual needs of each child, plus foster the unique abilities and heritage of each child.

#2. We promote personal development through learning that suits them as an individual

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We incorporate the Early Years Learning Framework— Being, Belong and Becoming — into our daily program. This encourages children to:

  • Develop a strong sense of identity, build their independence, feel safe, and treat others with respect
  • Connect with their world, learn to respond to diversity with respect, become aware of fairness, learn how to care for the environment, and develop a sense of belonging
  • Become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing, plus take responsibility for their own health
  • Develop curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination, and reflexivity
  • Learn problem solving skills, experimentation, hypothesising, researching, and investigation
  • Express creativity and ideas, learn through a range of texts, take meaning away from books, television and more, plus learn to use communication technologies

Children are free to choose from a range of experiences presented to them in class and are encouraged to follow their own interests, plus express their unique ideas and perspectives.

The interpretation of learning materials and experiences is open-ended, so children can develop creativity and problem solving skills at their own pace.

We also offer a “school readiness” program for 3-5 year olds, encouraging their skills and knowledge to further prepare them for school.

#3. There’s a family-like atmosphere and the carers know the parents 

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Being a smaller, more personalised childcare centre, Woodberry teachers are able to get to know the parents and create a relationship based on trust.

You can get to know our small team of early childhood teachers, plus become friends with other parents and carers in the centre, so you know your children will be safe, cared for, and enriched with education five days a week.

One of Woodberry’s longtime parents, Kristy, has nothing but good things to say about the family-like atmosphere in the centre.

“It’s such a warm environment for my daughter,” Kristy says.

“I feel the same dropping her at Woodberry as I do when I drop her with family. The educators are so good to every child, I just can’t imagine going anywhere else.”

We also encourage parents and carers to get involved with the learning experience, plus include “family group” in the mornings and afternoons so siblings can spend time together, bonding and developing their skills as a team.

#4. We are accepting of all people 

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We believe each child should be given the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential and each family has the right to be respected regardless of their culture, gender, age, religion, physical and intellectual abilities, socio-economic or family structure.

Woodberry teachers provide education based on the Samaritans core values:

  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Justice

We celebrate culture, encouraging each child to learn about their heritage and discover how to treat other people with compassion, plus learn to respect the rich mixture of cultures in Australia.

Our teachers also incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into our educational program to encourage acceptance in a diverse classroom.

Woodberry is the perfect place for your child to start their education adventure 

Children can spend up to thirteen years in school… plus whatever learning lies ahead!

Children who attend high-quality preschools enter school with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger math skills than those who don’t.

We aim to offer children a strong start to their education with small class sizes, personalised learning plans, a family-like atmosphere, and an overall acceptance of all people.

We believe all children should be allowed to learn at their own pace in safety and comfort, plus discover how to treat other people and cultures with respect.

Liking the sound of Woodberry?

Download one of our enrollment forms via the child care page, or give the centre a call today on 4914 0401. We’d be happy to care for your child!