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program development

Types of child care offered

Daylesford Community Child Centre offers a variety of child care options. These include: Full Day Care; Part Time Care; Occasional Care and Emergency Care. The Centre also administers a Family Day Care Scheme where children are cared for in a home environment by approved carers.

Age groupings

The children are grouped according to their age and skill level as this allows the Centre to better cater for the developmental and social needs of the children. Our lower-than-allowed ratios are based on:

POSSUMS (2 Months To 2 years)
Ratio: 9 children to 2.5 staff members

ECHIDNAS (2 to 3 year olds)
Ratio: 14 children to 3 staff

WOMBATS (3 to 4 year olds)
Ratio: 17 children to 2 staff

GOANNA KINDER (4 to 5 year olds)
Ratio: 18 children to 2 staff

Program objectives

The programs in each of the age groupings aim to encourage children to be actively involved in the learning process, to experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and to pursue their own interests in the context of life in the community and the world.

Program development

Staff program for children considering both group and individuals needs and interests.

The daily schedule provides a balance of activities with respect to the following:

  • Indoor / Outdoor
  • Quiet / Active
  • Individual/ Small Group / Large Group
  • Large muscle / Small muscle
  • Child initiated / Staff initiated

Staff provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials that are selected to emphasise concrete experimental learning and to achieve the following goals:

  • Foster positive self concept
  • Develop social skills
  • Encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment
  • Encourage language development
  • Enhance physical development & skills
  • Encourage & demonstrate sound health, safety & nutritional practices
  • Encourage creative expression & appreciation for the arts

Non sexist and non racist books and materials are used. Children are encouraged to act out roles regardless of gender. Staff are aware of gender issues and use appropriate language and encouragement.

Staff provide materials and time for children to select their own activities during the day. Children may choose from several activities which the staff have planned or which the child has initiated. Staff respect the child’s right to choose not to participate at times.

Routine tasks are incorporated into the program as a means of furthering children’s learning, self help and social skills. Routines such as nappy changing, toileting, eating, dressing and sleeping are handled in a relaxed, reassuring and individualised manner based on developmental needs.

Staff are flexible enough to change planned or routine activities according to the needs or interests of children or to cope with changes in weather or other situations which affect routines without unduly alarming children.

Transitions between activities are smooth and unregimented. Children are not always required to move from one activity to another as a group. Transitions are planned as a vehicle for learning.

Modifications are made in the environment for children with special needs. Staff can liaise with and make appropriate referrals to other professionals where necessary.

Programs and daily routines are on display in each room. Please read them if you get the chance as you may be able to assist by bringing in relevant trash and treasure. It will also assist your understanding of your child's day at childcare.

Celebrations & Adventures

Birthdays are celebrated for each child at DCCC, however in keeping with our allergy management policy we ask parents not to provide any cakes or special food. These will be provided by the centre if the child is attending on the day of their birthday.

Excursions are part of our program for Wombat and Goanna rooms. These allow our children an opportunity to explore and extend on the experiences provided in care. An excursion is planned with specific objectives to complement the room’s program. For example, our Wombats may learn more about community by walking to the fire station, post office and library. In recent years, our Goannas have visited Kirrit Bareet, an aboriginal interpretive centre in Ballarat, and a wildlife park.

Behaviour Guidance

Daylesford Community Child Care centre strives to encourage and develop self-esteem and self-awareness in all children. Through this, children have more understanding of and respect for the needs and feelings of others.

Emphasis is placed on positive reinforcement of acceptable behaviours and redirection strategies for unacceptable behaviours.

Centre staff ensures that no child is subjected to any form of physical or emotional abuse. If you have any concerns about your child’s behaviour please arrange a time to sit down with your room leader to discuss these concerns.