Macquarie Park Child Care Centre

360 Early Education’s childcare in Macquarie Park has a vision to provide the highest possible quality outcomes for children’s early education. We do this through innovation within the early childhood industry, exceptional care and education, celebration within our community and leadership with heart.

We follow The Early Years Learning Framework in developing our program to ensure it offers a variety of child directed, child inspired and educator guided opportunities. We value play-based learning as an ideal context for young children’s development and this is reflected in our practice. An interest based approach takes the whole child into account, focusing on their social, interpersonal, emotional, physical, cognitive and developmental needs. We believe that children have a right to be appreciated as they are at this present moment. Each child’s developmental journey is unique and occurs at its own pace. Our art as educators is to be able to be with the child during this developmental journey with love, care and guidance.

Our educational programs are derived from current research and our educators undergo continual training in evidence-based approaches to early childhood education. We have great partnerships with local universities and undertake several research projects each year. This ensures we remain at the forefront of our field for and to the benefit of our children, families and educators. Our Macquarie Park child care curriculum moves Beyond the Classroom. By engaging an Outdoor Learning Coordinator and a minibus, this allows us to provide valuable experiences in the greater outdoors. All age groups travel on excursions to discover that we belong to a wider community, allowing us to build relationships with local initiatives and services. Key programs include Bush School and Swim School.

 

 

We believe that through developmental cognitive neuroscience, mindfulness training, social emotional learning and positive psychology, our staff and children will reduce stress, build resilience and self-regulation to optimise their capacity for the learning journey at our childcare centre in Macquarie Park.

 

 

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Business Hours

Monday – Friday
7.30am – 6.00pm
We operate for 50 weeks of the year and close down for two weeks over the Christmas period and on Public Holidays.

 

 

Exceeding National Quality Standards

The service has maintained the highest possible accreditation rating ‘Exceeding National Quality Standards’ as awarded by the NSW Department of Education, over 12 years. Among the many factors that make 360 Early Education a leading preschool in Macquarie Park, we're proud of exceeding national quality standards.

 

 

Family-owned and operated

The reason our we have been able to maintain the highest possible accreditation over such a long period of time is that we are a family owned and operated organisation with a management team that has been in place for the better part of a decade.

 

 

Beyond the Classroom curriculum

By engaging an Outdoor Learning Coordinator and a minibus, this allows us to provide valuable experiences in the greater outdoors. All age groups travel on excursions to discover that we belong to a wider community, allowing us to build relationships with local initiatives and services. Key programs at our daycare in Macquarie Park include Bush School and Swim School.

 

 

Collaboration with Macquarie University

A number of university-led studies are conducted in the teaching rooms throughout the year to inform centre practices and to evolve our teaching programs. Past studies include the Social-emotional competence of Mandarin Speaking Immigrant Children in Australian Childcare, Working Parents and Quality of Life, Children’s Language Acquisition and Understanding of Plurals.

 

 

Collaboration with the Benevolent Society

A charity that collaborated with the service to launch the ‘Dads and the importance of Rough & Tumble Play’ workshop. These workshops are designed to encourage fathers to engage in physical play with their child and to recognise the neurological benefits that arise from this.

 

 

Collaboration with the Imagination Library

The Imagination Library is a multi-national initiative that seeks to raise literacy levels in disadvantaged communities by providing free books to children from birth to 5 years. This foundation provides the centre with books each month as part of the centre’s literacy program. The centre actively fundraises for the Imagination Library throughout the year.

 

 

Parent Committee

A body of families with children enrolled at the centre that aims to strengthen the centre’s community ties.  They manage our fundraising events and provide feedback on innovations and initiatives in programming, physical environments and centre celebrations

 

 

0 - 2 Years

Our priority in the babies’ room is ensuring consistency between each baby’s home life and their time at the service. We also place strong emphasis on strong attachments and consistency of educators. As children progress between teaching rooms from birth to 3 years, we aim to ensure that the same group of educators will remain with the same group of children. Furthermore, we follow a primary caregiver model; educators are assigned a specific set of children to nurture more closely throughout the day. By maintaining consistency, we acknowledge that attachment is a fundamental ingredient for healthy brain development. Strong attachments lead to a strong sense of identity and a sense of security which increases the willingness to explore and learn.

Our fees are inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies and sunscreen.

 

 

2 - 3 Years

Our toddler room provides a tangible hands-on approach, with engaging routines utilising real-life resources that allows toddlers to discover how the world works and how and where they fit in. We understand that toddlerhood is a time rich in transitions and we strive to support families and children as these skills emerge and expand at our child care in Macquarie Park. Our toddlers have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities including our Beyond the Classroom Curriculum, Munch Masterclasses and Imagination Library Literacy Program.

Our fees are inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies and sunscreen.

 

 

3 - 5 Years

Our Macquarie Park preschool rooms are committed to laying strong educational foundations and preparing children for the transition to primary school life.

We provide children with

  • School Readiness Program covering kindergarten Key Learning Areas
  • Mindfulness Program (MindUP!) to nurture pro-social skills and social-emotional competence
  • Beyond the Classroom curriculum involving excursion programs, Bush School and Swim School
  • Imagination Library Literacy Program

Our fees are inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies and sunscreen.

 

 

Outdoor Environment

The outdoor area of our Macquarie Park Child Care Centre consists of two playgrounds, both with an abundance of natural elements to foster the children’s appreciation of nature and the outdoors. The nursery playground (for 0 – 2 years) is a dedicated space for babies to safely explore outside as they become more confident in their gross-motor skills. Highlights of this area include a mini mud kitchen and sandpit.

The older age groups (over two years old) enjoy a larger space to support a variety of physical activity and risky play. Children are invited to undertake risks by navigating themselves through the tree stumps and rocky terrain. Other highlights of the preschool playground include our large rock pit and campfire space.

Gardening is also a large component of our Macquarie Park early learning centre’s outdoor program. We have a thriving herb and vegetable garden where we are growing seasonal produce. We also have a succulent garden and a worm farm. The children are very enthusiastic about maintaining our gardens and enjoy helping their educators water the plants, collect dry leaves and trim the hedges. They also routinely take care of resident and visiting animals; the children create bird feeders for the local birds and use their leftover food scraps to sustain our worm farm.

 

 

Centre Managers

Andrea Coffin

My name is Andrea and I’ve been working for 28 years in the Early Childhood profession and have held a variety of roles from Room Leader, Nominated Supervisor, Learning & Development Coordinator and Educational Leader. As a mother of 3 teenagers I’ve experienced both sides of the fence and thrive in working in partnership with families, children and educators to provide exceptional outcomes for children. Leading and ensuring the team and service are continuously exceeding is what drives me as well as enjoying time in the room, engaging with the children, singing a multitude of songs for them to share with their families.

 

 

Anna Collett

My name is Anna and I have worked as an Early Childhood Educator for 15 years, and committed to teaching the early years by obtaining my Masters of Teaching in 2013. I also hold a Bachelors in Science (Psychology and Education). I have been with the centre since 2015 and have sent my three children here, the eldest of which has just graduated. I have spent my time largely in the preschool rooms working as a Room Leader. I remain committed to teaching children in their first 5 years of life as it is such an important time of their development and believe it is a real privilege to be able to have a positive impact on these formative years.

 

 

Our parents are our biggest supporters

Don’t just take our word for it. We have thrived because of our strong local reputations, thanks to the support and recommendations of our families.

"Everyone truly cares for the kids and I'm very satisfied with the internal processes, procedures, communication with parents etc. I never have to worry when my kid is there, I know she is getting the best care and education."

Cynthia Su Mein

"The office team, manager and educators are all very responsive and working closely with families for development of children, the centre is a very happy place, unique development of each child is considered as much as group development. Thank you!"

Sara

"Educators are caring and loving. Education program is great! My 2 years old son learnt numbers, words, alphabets and songs from the educators. Close ties between educators and parents. Thank you for everything!"

Minzhi

"My kids feel the same comfort, love, and support as they do at home. They have such a strong connection with their Teachers, who are kind, caring and supportive. It is the amazing staff, people and training that makes your centre the only place I would leave my kids with."

Kylie

"The staff are genuinely caring about children. My son is really happy to come to the centre and I like the program as well. Truly appreciated all your care and love to the kids."

Lily

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