One of the best features of our child care centre is our large, sprawling outdoor space. Our educators take full advantage of this to provide our children enriched learning and play experiences… outside.
We recognise the benefits of learning outdoor. Fesh air, connecting to nature, providing a sense of space away from the four walls of a classroom. We recognise children don’t sit still for long periods of time and offer freedom to move, within an environment that offers natural sensory stimuli, away from technology and digital screens.
We’re different. We’re an old centre with mature, organic gardens. Some of the notable features of our outdoor area is the presence of leafy trees, real grass, and natural landscapes. All within the boundary of our centre. Our garden evolves a little further each year when the ideas of children are brought to fruition through new gardens, plants and play spaces.
Our play grounds offer vast spaces to roam and discover. Giving our children the opportunity to direct their attention to any number of activities, whether it’s self-guided, group play, active play or just finding a corner of our garden to relax. The diversity of our play areas support the notion that every child is different.
Story time is important process to help children develop their language, and find confidence to communicate and express themselves with social settings.
We use our natural setting of our bush kinder area to facilitate this. We also recognise the importance of this tradition within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. In actively participating in these traditions we are helping our children understand and learn about the original peoples that inhabited our land.
Understanding where our food we eat comes from is important learning for children. Connecting children with nature and demonstrating food doesn’t just come from the supermarket. We actually take this one step further and celebrate the foods that are grow natively in Australia. This helps build understanding of our local ecology and our indigenous connections.
In recognition of the importance of our natural environment, we actively promote and educate our childre on sustainability practices such as;
We do this both within our centre as well as engaging externally with our families and the broader community.
We have been providing holistic care and education to the local community for over 25 years. Many of our children return to Toombul Early Childhood Centre with their children.
Families matter! As the most important teacher in your child’s life, we respect and honour your values, culture and input into your child’s experience with us. Our families enrich our centre through ideas and participation. We have an “open door” policy and encourage families to be as involved as they like.