McGraths Hill Learning Centre
6 weeks – 24 months
Educators assist the nursery children to learn about the world around them and to explore when they’re ready. They are encouraged to move around the space, feeling, tasting, listening, smelling, seeing and interacting with the carers and each other. Parents can feel confident knowing that the experienced educators are on hand to help their child settle in.
2 – 3 years
The curious toddlers are busy learning and playing, and love being in the same space as their owl baby friends. They love seeing what happens when they experiment with ideas. Interacting with their peers teaches them social skills such as turn taking and making a friend.
3 – 6 years
Children become more independent and confident in their ability to learn new skills. Their attention span is building, and group work allows them to build friendships. The curriculum is based on the children’s interests. For the older children they’re taking part in the school readiness program.
Meet the team
Staff retention: the educators at McGraths Hill Learning Centre tend to stay for a long period of time. The longest serving educator is Lisa who has been working at the centre for 11 years. Many other educators have been with the centre for between 2-7 years.
Consistency of care: the centre understands the value of their low staff turnover, as this offers consistency for the children and families, which is vital in building strong relationships.
Training: the educators are always up-skilling their teaching practices through in-services, webinars, conferences, research and more.
Family focus: the centre is run by three sisters, who are all qualified Early Childhood Teachers. They value their family focused reputation, and invite families in the area to stop by anytime for a tour.
McGraths Hill Learning Centre speaks volumes within its own occupancy and family retention. We rarely have families leave our centre unless their children are heading off to Kindergarten or their family situation has changed. We aim to provide the best possible care and education to the children in our centre.
- Stephanie Nehme, Centre Director
Health & Nutrition
The centre’s menu follows nutritional guidelines and gives the children the recommended dietary intake of the 5 food groups. Children are offered breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.
The children have their own vegetable garden, which they attend to daily. The educators use this space to teach the children about healthy eating and nutrition, as part of their sustainability program.
A Day In The Life
McGraths Hill Learning Centre
The McGraths Hill Learning Centre Programs
The educators get much of their inspiration for programming and activities from the open, natural environment. The centre is on 5 acres of rural land with natural vegetation and friendly farm animals.
Rather than having strict schedules, educators allow the children to help determine what they would like to do based on what is going on in their environment that day. Educators say that the environment is the biggest element of their programming.
- Regular excursions to visit the farm animals, including Harry the horse
- Monthly incursions include a Japanese show, a bug show, and a science show
- Cooking classes with the centre chef to learn about healthy eating
- Sustainability program to teach children where food comes from and how to look after the environment
- Music and movement program, where children can learn about rhythm, musical techniques, and dancing