Ages – 6 Weeks to 2 Years
Room Occupancy – 20
Carer to Child Ration – 1:4
The Rainforest room in cooperates the colour green which has been used specifically to symbolise nature and a calming environment. The colour green is associated with health and wellbeing as we strive to achieve nothing but positive mental and physical wellbeing for our children here in the Rainforest Room. The colour green has a soothing effect on the mind and the body as well as reducing anxiety and the promotion of concentration skills.
By using the colour green in the Rainforest Room, we hope to increase your child’s positive sense of wellbeing and happiness.
The following information covers almost all you need to know about our Rainforest Room at Clarence St.
Being physically healthy is essential to the growth of all developmental areas. Physical development of motor coordination skills is a substantial part of an infant’s first year. Between birth and 1 year of age, a vast range of physical and motor development will occur. Through this program your child will gain whole body movements, eye movements and fine motor skills such as grasping and gripping. Tummy time is an activity that will assist your child in pushing up to a stand. The activities planned in this program aim to challenge your child’s reflexes, assist them through the teething process and to help them recognise their own image in the mirror. The physically fit program aims to support and encourage your child throughout the first 12 months of their physical development.
This part of our program as been designed to explore your child’s emotional development. Your baby’s crying, showing excitement, laughing and fretting are all signs of positive emotional development. Our program will encourage your child to actively work towards exploration and discoveries of their emotions. Your child will show excitement when they recognise familiar faces and begin to show signs of empathy and distress towards other. Exploring emotions is an essential part of your child’s development; by having the right support and assistance your child will be able to explore and express their emotions as they develop.
This part of the program aims at fostering the development of your child’s social abilities. During this time of development your child will be learning to smile, laugh and become alert and preoccupied with familiar faces. Your child will become responsive to their own name and will begin to show excitement for meals and bathing times. The social development program aims to support and harness your child’s social milestones in their first 12 months of development.
Bubbling Brains is all about cognitive development, focusing on developing your child’s cognition and thinking skills. Signs of cognitive development during this stage include: smiling, laughing, looking towards sounds, imitating tongue movements and repetition of actions. As your child develops cognitively, our program will encourage hand-eye coordination, learning through sensory experience and explorations.
The language part of our program aims to promote your child’s abilities to make vocalisation and encourage their abilities of verbal communication. Your child will be supported during their development of language through games such as peek-a-boo and finger plays. Our program encourages your child to babble, shout and explore their own capabilities of language and sound. Learning language is a foundation for their further learning and promoting successful language and communication development.
All of the Arts
This aspect of our program emphasizes on your child and their creative arts abilities. The creative arts includes: music, singing, visual arts and dancing. Our arts program will engage your child in singing, dancing and listening to range of music styles. Your child will also participate in visual arts experiences such as painting and drawing. The experience we offer in our arts program are ultimately beneficial towards your child’s development across all key learning areas and inspiring their imaginations.
7:30am – Kids Club Opens
When you and your child arrive at Kids Club we ask for you to sign in at the foyer.
You can then make your way to our family grouping sessions in the Nursery room, where breakfast is also being served. You can also fill out a Daily Information Sheet, with any general comments or concerns regarding your child.
After breakfast your child has time to play and learn at their own pace, with the many intriguing toys we provide. Our educators will encourage your child to explore and discover their surroundings.
8:00am – Transition
At this point in the morning family grouping will end and the older children in the room will transition into their own rooms.
The Nursery room schedules their nappy changes accordingly every two hours, beginning from 8:00am. Kids Club provide nappies and wipes.
The Nursery children continue free play and exploration with their educators. The educators also begin to implement any planned daily experiences.
9:00am – Morning Tea Time
Your child has their hands wiped by an educator to rid any germs as we are about to eat. Children that can eat solids will eat the morning tea from our menu. If your child requires a bottle the educator will confirm specific times for this.
9:45am – Group Time
Straight after morning tea your child will be involved in a group time, where all the children are gathered and an educator will run a planned experience.
10:00am – Sleep Time
If your child requires a morning rest, the educators will confirm specific times. Our educators can pat and sing to your child if required.
11:00am – Lunch
Your child will enjoy a hot meal from the menu, if your child is not on solids, bottles can be given at specific times.
11:45am – Play and Learn
Educators will provide your child with planned and spontaneous experiences. If your child is not interested we allow them to free play.
1:30pm – Sleep
It is time now for your child to have a rest, if you do not want your child to rest at this time, our educators will confirm specific rest times with you.
2:00 – 3:00pm – Afternoon Tea
Depending on what time your child wakes up, we will provide them with afternoon tea from the menu. If your child requires a bottle the educator will confirm specific times for this.
3:30pm – Play and Learn
Educators can implement planned and spontaneous experiences at this time; however, if your child is not interested then we will let them continue their free play.
4:30pm – Late Snack
It is time for your child to have a small nutritious late snack. If your child requires a bottle the educator will confirm specific times for this.
6:30pm – Kids Club Closes
Your child will be engaged with educator and free play until you arrive. When you arrive you can check your child’s daily information sheet for sleeps and food eaten.
Shortly after you return home a Daily Learning Story will be emailed to you for you to see all the experience your child was involved in throughout the day.
We believe the physical aspects of our early learning environments should support each child’s physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive needs. Through catering for different developmental needs with a range of activities and age-appropriate play materials that are changed to meet individual interests, and enable children to choose from a variety of options.
We ensure that our learning environments are welcoming and inviting so that your child feels comfortable, safe and secure to explore, discover and make choices and decisions. All of the rooms and outdoor spaces are designed specifically to meet the individual needs of the children in each age group.
Meals at Kids Club
At Kids Club George Street all our meals are catered by Kids Gourmet Food Company. Each meal is freshly prepared on site, by our qualified and experience cook.
Meals are tasty and nutritious, meeting all of the recommended requirements your child’s body needs to grow.
Please ensure that you inform us of any special diets, food allergies or religious requirements your child may have so that we can cater accordingly. Parents will need to supply adequate certification or information from a qualified physician pertaining to specific diet or allergies.
We encourage parents to take time to feed their children breakfast at home as it is a very important part of the child’s day, however, breakfast is provided.
Weekly menus are displayed outside the kitchen and are rotated monthly. We welcome your input for different recipes or cultural meals. As much as possible, we attempt to cater for individual likes and dislikes, whilst incorporating multicultural tastes and diets.
Morning and afternoon tea offers children a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, yoghurt, toasted melts and baked goods, as well as a selection of water or milk. Lunch often consists of a variety of cooked meals or sandwiches and a cool drink. Late afternoon tea is provided for those children who are collected late in the day.
Remember that we also provide take home meals for busy parents and carers!
What to expect on the day
First days can be challenging for both parents and children, so it’s natural to feel a bit anxious about this big change to the family routine.
Our centre staffs are more than happy to explain the process of dropping off your child and saying goodbye. We encourage families to contact the centre at any time to check on their child and how their day is progressing. Families are also welcome to visit at any time of the day, without prior notice. At the end of each day you can talk to your Room Leader or read through their observations to get a feel for how well your child is adapting to the change.
Your centre will do everything to help your child to settle in quickly. Before you know it they’ll have made new friends and be running in without even a wave goodbye!
If you feel your child is having difficulty settling into the centre, please feel free to discuss this with Educators in your child’s room or the Centre Nominated Supervisor. Further information is provided to families in the Centre’s Enrolment pack to aid the transition and settling process.
The fees in the Rainforest Room are:
0-2 Years: $155.00*
*Subject to change
Contact Number: 02 8883 3354
Hours: 7:30am – 6:30pm Monday to Friday