We believe that children need balanced, filling meals to keep them energised and ready for an active day of learning experiences! We provide meals from a four-week rotating menu. They are prepared freshly by our passionate centre cook and meet nutritional guidelines. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are key ingredients.
Some example options include cereals or toast for breakfast, fresh fruits for morning tea, and mixed sandwiches or a hot meal for lunch. The hot meals can include apricot chicken with rice and vegetables, shepherd’s pie, beef chow mein with noodles, meatballs with spaghetti, spinach and ham pasta bake, or Mexican meatballs with risoni. For afternoon tea, we might serve finger-style sandwiches, or vegetable sticks and dips, while our late snack is a light option such as frozen yoghurt or fruit and vegetables. The children love our wide variety of food!
We endeavour to meet all dietary requirements, including allergies, intolerances and cultural or religious needs.
We support the development of each child’s unique identity by arranging activities which enable them to explore different ideas and develop new interests. We also have guest speakers in to either entertain the children, to give safety talks, or to share cultural information so they can learn about other cultures.
- Tending to vegetable garden
- Indoor activities such as crafts, role-play and construction
- Outdoor activities such as sandpit, hula hoops and climbing frame
- Multicultural cooking and art experiences
- Visits from guests and family members to share their culture
- Police officers
Annual special events:
- Chinese New Year
- ANZAC Day
- Preschool graduation with certificate and concert
Children with additional needs
At Palmerston Early Learning Centre, we believe in helping children understand why looking after our environment is so important. Sustainable practices are part of our daily routine, for instance, we donate leftover food to local animal shelters so the children can see that the food isn’t just thrown out and wasted. We use recycling bins, and we look after a vegetable garden together.
Children with Additional Needs
We welcome all children with a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds or needs. If your child requires extra medical, emotional or learning support, we will tailor our care for them and work closely with you to ensure they have a smooth transition into our centre. This includes seeking support from other networks or professionals to bridge any gaps in our service delivery.
Some of the additional needs and support which can be provided at our centre include but are not limited to:
- English as a second language
- Autism spectrum
- Physical disabilities
- Minor or serious medical conditions
- Emotional issues
Our team cultivates a warm atmosphere of inclusion through continuous improvement and open communication. We are confident that your child will benefit from our dedicated approach to care and education.
Please speak to our staff about your child’s individual needs and how we can accommodate them.
Together we can create a plan to help them reach their full potential.
Child Safety & Welfare
All aspects of our operations are in line with the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. This includes our Health and Safety policy. All educators follow our health and safety policies and procedures and have access to these online.
We understand that leaving your child in someone else’s care is a difficult thing to do. We assure you that safety is our top priority and our educators follow safety practices every day.
At all times, we ensure that our centre is secure and free of hazards, both inside and out. Fire drills and UV checks are a regular part of our informed approach to safety. We emphasise safety education by creating an atmosphere of safety awareness in all aspects of the day. You will see visual safety guides around our centre, such as our sun smart posters. These tools support our lessons about safety, which we discuss as part of the curriculum. We take every opportunity to act as role models, pointing out tripping or slipping hazards and putting hats and sunscreen on for outdoor play. We talk about stranger danger so that children can build awareness and can freely talk to us if they are scared or worried. We aim to teach children to think about their own safety habitually too.