Beckenham Early Learning provides 42 placements for children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years.
Our rooms and indoor learning areas:
Nursery - Children aged 6 weeks to 2 years
Our nursery is a stimulating environment for our babies during playtime and peaceful during rest time. We respect the routines established by our families and ensure that we communicate daily to all of our parents. The children enjoy many opportunities to learn through art, craft and music based activities, we spend time outside in the gardens exploring our environment and often have morning and afternoon tea in the garden listening to the birds chirping and watching the world around us.
Toddlers - Children aged 2 to 3 years
Our toddler room is full of exploration and child led learning with emphasis based on sharing and co-operation and building friendships and confidence. We love to help the children explore, investigate and get to know the world in which they live. This is a busy room with something fun always happening. The toddlers love to get stuck into music, dramatic play and sensory activities such as play dough, water play, arts and crafts and even try their hands at helping to bake cakes and biscuits - they love eating the finished result. In this room we also work closely with the parents to help with toilet training, which is a very important step as the toddlers begin to make the transition to the kindy room.
Kindy - Children aged 3 to 5 years
Our kindy room is all about ''school readiness'' and getting the children ready for school and the program is run by our fantastic Early Childhood Teacher. Children in this room are encouraged to be independent, to participate in decision making that affects them and to be able to self-regulate. They are encouraged to be confident and take charge of their learning. This room is full of dramatic play, arts and crafts, singing and dancing and sports. We have Happy Feet fitness that comes weekly and at least once a fortnight we go over to the oval across the road from the centre and do sports. Like the other rooms, learning is centred around children's interests, which our teacher then scaffolds and extends upon. We really want these children to leave our care ready for school and eager to learn and to have a passion for learning.
Our outdoor learning area:
Beckenham Early Learning has recently undergone major renovations.
In our toddler and kindy playground we have bike tracks which go under our new purpose built forts. We have new trees planted with logs around them for seating, we have grassed areas for sports, we have a wild garden area with a path through it to allow the children to explore and play. We have an outdoor play kitchen for them with a herb wall and potting tables to encourage children to become environmentally aware which will also help us as we strive to be a sustainable centre. This playground has a digging patch and mud kitchen. These are favourites, as all children love to get muddy and always have great fun doing so.
Our very youngest children have also had their playground completely renovated. The babies playground is a completely grassed area that is fantastic for our crawlers and our very little babies. This playground, like the older children's playground has paths through wild gardens to allow the babies to explore and investigate the world in which they live, it has boulders to allow them to safely climb and explore and continue to develop their gross motor skills. We also have decking around our beautiful tree for the children to continue to have morning and afternoon teas outside in the beautiful weather. We also have a high deck for the children which has a slide down from it and we have kept our swings, as all our children love swings!