We provide morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner as part of our service, and we use our own produce, where possible, in line with the recommendations of Nutrition Australia.
We also have a zero-wrap policy which discourages packaged and processed foods so that your child eats only the freshest ingredients.
We also provide meals within specific dietary requirements, as required according to allergies and intolerances. Some of our menu selections include spaghetti cupcakes, salad, zucchini slice, vegemite scrolls and homemade pita bread pizza.
We guarantee your child will be inspired on a daily basis at Aussie Kindies Ningi! At the centre you will find the following rooms and activities:
- The Turtle Studio - our nursery for children aged from six weeks to two years
- The Den, also known as the Dolphin Studio – used for quiet group activities and resting
- The Kangaroo Studio - offers hands-on exploration, science and discovery
- The Pelican Studio - a vibrant space for art and creation
- The Café – provides buffet-style meals where the children self-serve
- The Mud Kitchen - an outside area where the children are able to create with water and mud
- The Creative Studio - an artistic area on the verandah
- The Common - our large outside yard including a veggie patch, composting area, pet chickens, and worms
We regularly change our room displays to enhance the learning process and use a mobile activity library whereby the children can select the materials they wish to use for their projects, whether it be a collage or a painting.
We aspire to offer a range of different and engaging learning opportunities at our centre, and this includes learning through extracurricular activities. We celebrate annual special events, including:
- Chinese New Year
- St Patrick’s Day
- Easter… and more.
We support a range of different charity-based morning teas and events, involving the children in the celebrations. Our centre also takes part in a Zumba class, yoga class, ride your bike day and Library storytime.
Our centre’s strong focus on sustainability is enhanced by our large outdoor play area which is big enough to include a veggie patch, composting area, pet chickens, guinea pigs and worms. It allows us to explore nature in a hands-on way. The children learn about grey water and how to use it. They also learn how to fertilise, harvest, care for and eat fresh produce from their very own veggie patch. The pets, on the other hand, teach them about caring for others whilst also providing an education in sustainability.
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.