Childcare

 

Artwork by child at St Mary's childcare centreWe provide full-day early childhood education, along with cooked meals, for children aged between 1 and 5 years of age

The childcare we offer

We offer full-day childcare to about 45 families. We are licensed for 30 children — 10 under 2 years old and 20 aged between 2 and 5 years. Children must be at least 9 months old to enrol with us. They must attend our centre at least 2 days per week to help them settle and feel comfortable.

The Centre has a mixed-age range playing together, which we find benefits both younger and older children. We encourage a caring and sharing atmosphere, with Christian values.

Curriculum has more information about our approach to learning and daily programme.

Fees and enrolments gives our fees and explains how to enrol your child at our centre.

About us has more about our centre, including photos, our vision and philosophy (our purpose and what matters to us when caring for children), and testimonials from parents.

Teacher-to-child ratio

We have a ratio of about 1 teacher to 6 children (1:6) throughout the day. Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations 1998 state we must have at least 1 teacher to 5 children aged under 2 years and 1 teacher to 10 children over 2 years old.

More than 80% of our teachers are qualified as early childhood teachers.

Teachers has more, including photos and short profiles for our preschool teachers.

Childcare hours

We are open from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday for 50 weeks of the year.

Contact has more details about when we are open.

The number of hours your child can attend our centre are as follows:

Child’s age Daily hours Time slots available
Up to 3 years 6 hours 9am to 3pm
7 hours 8am to 3pm, or 8:30 am to 3:30pm, or 9am to 4pm
8 hours 8am to 4pm or 9am to 5pm
9 hours 8am to 5pm
3 years and over 7 hours 8am to 3pm, or 8:30am to 3:30pm, or 9am to 4pm
9 hours 8am to 5pm

Our childcare policies and daily food menu

Childcare policies
Read our attendance, settling, illness, and sun protection policies.

Food at our centre
Have a look at a typical daily menu.