Lake Macquarie long day childcare for 2–6 year olds

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Arcadia Vale Care & Early Education Centre is designed to foster personal development, life skills, and social interaction. Each day is structured to prepare your child for the school environment. You can be sure your child will have a fun-filled day of self-discovery and adventures.

We know most parents experience some degree of separation anxiety and feel like they miss some major milestones, but we’ll ensure your child’s day is well documented and keep you up-to-date with activities in real time through our KidsXap app.

Physical Environment and Inclusive Practices

Being a purpose-built service, all areas—both indoors and outdoors—have been designed to cater for children and adults of all abilities. All areas are wheelchair accessible, and also meet the needs of those with vision impairments, hearing impairments and other disabilities.

We are recognised as an inclusive service, meaning that we cater for the needs of each individual child. We work with the Department of Education and Trainings Inclusion Support Agency, and we are the first centre in the area to be officially recognised as an Inclusive Service.

Meals

During the day we will provide your child with a nutritious lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea.

Sample Menu

Please inform us if your child has any special dietary requirements.

Monday

AM
Date, Apple & Cheese Scrolls
Fresh Fruit & Raw vegetables

LUNCH
Beef & Quinoa Meatballs with Brown Rice Pilaf
Mixed Fresh Veggies

PM
Banana & Bran Bread
Fresh Fruit & Raw Vegetables

Tuesday

AM
Full Cream Fruit Yoghurt
Fresh Fruit & Raw vegetables

LUNCH
Hungarian Beef Goulash & Rice
Mixed Fresh Veggies

PM
Margarita Pizza Sticks
Fresh Fruit & Raw Vegetables

Wednesday

AM
Apple Blueberry & Flax Meal Muffins
Fresh Fruit & Raw vegetables

LUNCH
Chicken & Cheesy Spinach with Pasta
Mixed Fresh Veggies

PM
White Bean & Beetroot Dip with Tortilla Flatbread
Fresh Fruit & Raw Vegetables

Thursday

AM
Water Crackers with Cheddar Cheese
Fresh Fruit & Raw vegetables

LUNCH
Lamb & Beef Korma with Potato, Eggplant & Rice
Mixed Fresh Veggies

PM
Pumpkin, Cheese & Linseed Scones
Fresh Fruit & Raw Vegetables

Friday

AM
Wholemeal Bread Cheese Sandwich
Fresh Fruit & Raw vegetables

LUNCH
Winter Pumpkin, Potato & White Bean Soup with Focaccia Squares
Vegetable Pasta Salad with Creamy French Dressing

PM
Orange Wholemeal Squares with Black Chia Seeds
Fresh Fruit & Raw Vegetables

Classrooms

Our classes are divided into two rooms—the Lake room for 2–3 year olds and the Ocean room for 3–5 year olds.

Daily Program

A good mix of indoor and outdoor group experiences and activities are planned throughout the day.

Activities include:

  • Sharing time
  • Visits from the emergency services (fire, police, ambulance)
  • Caring for animals
  • Creating gardens in our ‘mud kitchen’ & edible gardens
  • Art & craft
  • Sports
  • Baking
  • Science experiments
  • Sensory play

Educational Programmes and Practices

At Arcadia Vale Care & Early Education Centre, we follow and implement the guidelines of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), the National Quality Standards and the National Quality Framework. The EYLF is a programming framework involving five learning outcomes, and incorporates all areas of child development. The play-based framework ensures that the learning experiences provided are based on the interests and needs of the children, and ensures that children and families are proactive in the formulation of the daily programme.

Children spend many years in institutional environments. Our philosophy is to provide a homely environment with learning experiences that provide children with maximum learning opportunities. Each child will have an individual developmental record and will be provided with activities that cater to their individual needs. This will be done in conjunction with activities designed for the group as a whole.

The learning outcomes incorporated into our programme are:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with & contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of well being
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators
  • Social & emotional development (playing with friends, being part of a group)
  • Self-help skills (becoming independent, looking after their belongings)

The learning experiences will cover all areas of development including:

  • Language development (expressive, receptive, literacy)
  • Cognitive development (thinking skills, maths, science, problem solving)
  • Physical development (gross motor and fine motor)
  • School readiness
  • Social skills and creativity

Being, Belonging and Becoming are embedded into all areas of our service.

While a child’s development is very important children are given time to enjoy the magic and wonder of childhood, and to have what all children should have: FUN!

We believe:

  • Every child is unique & deserves respect.
  • In providing opportunities to discover & develop in a fun environment
  • Play experiences & activities should reflect the interest of your child & the larger group In playing an active role in caring for the environment, establishing awareness of sustainable, & eco-friendly living through daily activities, race, language, beliefs, family structure or lifestyle
  • In treating all children, families & educators with respect regardless of gender, age, & socioeconomic status.
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