In the Parents Manual you'll find all the things you need to know about our centre, policies and what to bring.
Little Coasties Kindergarten is independently owned and operated. The centre is licenced to cater for 77 children aged 6 weeks to 6 years. We have four groups: Seashells (0-2 years); Starfish (2-3 year olds); Sandcastles (3-4 year olds) and Dolphins Preschool Programs (4-6 years).
Our staff include: Centre Owners and Approved Provider, Centre Manager, Nominated Supervisor and Educational Leader, Early Childhood Teachers and experienced assistants.
All staff maintain current first aid certificates and are rostered to ensure that appropriate staff:child ratios are maintained at all times.
Our Centre hours are 7:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday. We are open year round, with a short close-period over Christmas, and closed on Public Holidays.
At Little Coasties Kindergarten we recognise the value of each child and adult at our centre, and believe in their potential to do great things in the future.
Together with our families, we recognise that the most important aspects of life and learning are relationships. Children develop a sense of belonging, self-esteem and a disposition for lifelong learning within a social context.
It is our aim to facilitate positive, trusting and meaningful relationships with in an environment that encourages learning, development and positive life experiences.
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To ensure high quality care, by fostering a home-like environment, embracing partnerships with families and endeavouring to develop caring relationships through warm interactions, consistency and continuity of care.
At Little Coasties Kindergarten, we practice a holistic approach to learning through play, which is supported by the Early Years Learning Framework. This Framework gives our Educators guidance in supporting learning through many ways, and which reflects the needs, abilities and interests of every child.
We recognise that children across all age groups will grow and learn in different ways, and treat each and every child as a unique individual, so that they can play, learn and grow alongside other children, Educators, their families and the community.
We document children’s learning and share it directly with our families, via ‘Kinderloop’. This is an APP on your phone or device and also can be accessed on your computer. Kinderloop allows families and Educators to connect learning at home with learning at preschool. Kinderloop supports us in ensuring children’s development is being carefully observed and ongoing learning goals are developed alongside families.
We believe in a play based learning curriculum for children whereby they have the opportunity to learn and develop through play.
Little Coasties Kindergarten is licensed by the NSW Human Services, Community Services and must adhere at all times to The Children’s Services Regulation 2004 (as amended). All staff conduct their daily practices in accordance with the centre policies and procedures, which are available in a Policy Folder in each room and also in the parent information centre in the foyer. These policies cover all aspects of the centre’s daily operations and are there to protect children/families and staff. Our policies are regularly reviewed and updated in conjunction with parents and staff.
On enrolment, parents are required to agree in writing that they will abide by centre policies and procedures. This is mandatory and is included in our enrolment application.
Little Coasties Kindergarten is assessed against the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care, and these ratings have been awarded in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010. This is an ongoing process of Quality Improvement where Staff and Management work with families to ensure that their needs and expectations are being thoroughly met with the service we provide.
We recently went into the process of Assessment and Rating, with the goal of improving on our rating of ‘Working Towards’ received in 2013.
We are VERY proud to announce the result of our 2017 Assessment and Rating as EXCEEDING!!!
We have an amazing team here at Little Coasties Kindergarten, and we work hard every day to maintain this high level of early education and care.
Specifically, we received the following rating for each Quality Area of the National Quality Framework:
Little Coasties Kindergarten has Public Liability Insurance Cover. Please note that this does not cover children for individual accidents, only public risk. It is the responsibility of parents to organise their own Accident Insurance.
Please take a look below, at our Enrolment Procedure, with step by step information to guide you through the process of enrolling your child(ren) at Little Coasties Kindergarten!
1.Review Little Coasties Website for further information about our Educators, our Centre and our Philosophy!
2.Organise a tour – by submitting an enrolment inquiry on our website, or giving us a call on 4369 2991. We run tours on most days, at around 10am, but can be flexible if needed. Please contact us for an appointment. We will discuss current vacancy opportunities with you then, as well as any other questions you may have.
3.Welcome to the Little Coasties Family! – We look forward to meeting you very soon!
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Thanks for another great year. We appreciate all you do in helping us to look after and encourage Mitchell to be the best he can be. We know you are all a special part of our family - David, Sarah, Emily and Mitchell
A little something to say a very big thankyou for the services you provide for us as parents and our children. Your care and compassion surpasses all. The atmosphere of kindy and the skills of all the staff ensure my children have a wonderful learning experience all day. Keep up the hard work - the Ellis Family
Our family only joined your family this year, but what a year Tuscany has had, Through your education, teaching, fun and care Tuscany is now ready for school. Your centre and staff is always professional, and your program always relevant. We have loved every minute of it. We thankyou you all for your commitment to your job and bringing your warm personality to everything you do. - Canone Family