While 2020 already seems like a long year following bushfires, drought and the COVID-19 outbreak, we are only just past the halfway point. However, that means it's the perfect time to start organising your child's education for next year. Orange's three premier early education centres cater for your child's needs from zero to six years with an emphasis on children's well-being and school-readiness.
Spring Street Preschool and Early Education Centre, Yarrawong Preschool and Early Education Centre and Courallie Park Preschool and Early Education Centre are operated by Orange City Council and provide preschool programs, developed for the individual needs of each child. The program focuses on academic milestones but importantly, priority is given to the child's emotional independence, social skills and resilience.
All three centres adhere to the National Quality Framework, which provides a national approach to regulation, assessment and quality improvement for early childhood education and care services. This means your pre-school child will be taught under a national curriculum by university qualified early childhood teachers, which helps children prepare for formal schooling and gives them a leg-up in the early school years.
The three centres are flexible and open for long-day care hours, from 8am to 6pm, and the centres stay open during the school holidays, with the exception of Christmas and New Year period. Enrolling your young child in one of these three centres provides a consistency of care from newborn right through to kindergarten.
Children thrive when there is consistency and a strong relationship between parents, carers and educators, which has been built and strengthened throughout the early years. The centres' educators become an extension of family. Consistency of care removes the stress of moving your young child between services as they grow older. Your child will have every developmental milestone nurtured and encouraged throughout the early childhood years, from learning to walk to supporting children's learning as they transition to formal schooling.
The centres are named to reflect the strength of their preschool curriculums and school-readiness success. The three education centres were established 30 or more years ago, have always had successful preschool programs, and have the support and backing of Orange City Council. Many of the staff at each centre started with Council in those early years and this shows the strong and committed attitudes of the educators and the warm and supportive environment of the centres. For more information head to Orange City Council's website www.orange.nsw.gov.au/childrens-services.
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