INTRODUCTION TO LITTLE SEEDS
Little Seeds Early Learning is a purpose built childcare facility located in Palm Beach Heights. We are situated on the border of Elanora and Palm Beach, with easy access to the M1 Motorway, connecting you to the entire Gold Coast and Northern NSW region.
Little Seeds is a long day care centre open from 6.30 am til 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, 52 weeks a year (excluding public holidays). We offer care and education to children aged 2 months to five years, with an integrated preschool program delivered by a bachelor trained Early Childhood Teacher. Little Seeds has incorporated a Reggio Emilia and Montessori inspired environment and learning play based program.
Little Seeds is a privately owned and operated centre. Owner, Terrie Watson, is Advanced Diploma qualified in Children’s Services and has 15 years experience as a Director in Early Learning Centres located on the Gold Coast and in Northern New South Wales. Terrie is also a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in Paediatrics. She understands what it takes to own and operate a warm and inviting centre, that will one day become an extension of your family and home for you and your child.
Great attention has been given to the look and feel of our classrooms, often referred to as the ‘3rd teacher’. Little Seeds strives to provide an environment immersed in earthy, natural influences filled with beauty, varying textures, spaces and levels. This includes:
- hands on natural materials for the children to investigate, build, role-play and explore
- a large variety of beautiful children’s books which allows the children to explore and learn through reading
- access to mini art studios that house clay, non-toxic paints, and changing art mediums as well as natural materials such as shells, seeds, bark, leaves and recycled materials.
- a warm and inviting space which will facilitate group activities, singing and yoga.
Outside is a natural haven with large sandpit and quiet leafy areas. The focus is on sustainable living introducing children to vegetable patches, edible plants, a chicken coop, dry creek beds, water tanks and solar panels.
At Little Seeds we understand what a major decision entrusting your child’s care to someone else is. We strive to become an extension of your family and provide your child with the support, security, confidence and love which is essential in their successful transition from home to Little Seeds. Educators are selected by their skill, qualification and experience in delivering quality programs for your child. The educators are seen as partners, nurturers and guides in your child’s learning. All educators have current CPR, first aid certificates and Working with Children blue cards. Little Seeds management encourage and support educators in continually improving their knowledge and skills in early childhood development.
Daily updates on your child’s day via Kindyhub with photos, notes and stories
PROGRAMMING FOR PLAY
The curriculum at Little Seeds is guided by the National Quality Framework, which includes the Early Years Learning Framework document Belonging, Being and Becoming. For more information head to: http://education.gov.au/early-years-learning-framework
The program developed at Little Seeds allows children to develop naturally and have the opportunity to guide their own learning. Undirected play is an important element of this. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strengths. It is through play that children at a very early age learn to engage and interact with the world around them.
Early childhood experts know that children learn best through free play and discovery. Educators draw on families’ information and feedback regarding children’s individual interests, needs and life experience when planning the class program. Each child receives a portfolio of their art work at the end of the year, and parents are given updates of their child’s progress throughout the year.
NATURE AS A TEACHER
Natural playscapes provide a learning environment that can be moulded by children to wherever their imagination takes them. Natural playscapes are important tools for educators to help deliver programs that succeed and provide outcomes that connect children with their environment and teach them about sustainable practices.
At Little Seeds we have created a specially designed playscape that utilises the natural environment as the setting for children’s play. The use of dry creek beds, native vegetation, and natural resources are the main materials used in creating the outdoor environment. We want children to play like children should; to interact with nature, be inquisitive and learn through enquiring (which may involve getting muddy). We aim to move the focus solely from swings and slides as playground equipment, to logs and leaves, sand and soil as tools for play.
Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on sustainability and have incorporated sustainable practices on a regular basis. Little Seeds provides many outdoor learning opportunities for children through working in our vegetable gardens and caring for our pet chickens.
A child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development can all be encouraged by interaction with animals. When children care for the chickens, they will begin to develop an emotional attachment and bond, develop their own self esteem by collecting and using eggs and being responsible and productive.
Along with the fun of getting dirty, gardening helps children learn valuable lessons about patience as they wait for vegetables to grow, responsibility as they see how necessary their care is to the garden, and even loss when flowers die at the end of a season. Working in the garden also has the added benefits of being a form of exercise, helps build a child’s senses and encourages children to work together and share.
NUTRITION AND MEALS
To provide the all-important fuel that children need to have a fun day at Little Seeds, and as an added convenience to parents, nutritious and delicious meals including lunch, morning and afternoon tea are served daily at Little Seeds. Menus appear weekly so you will know in advance what your children will be consuming.
Menus focus on the 5 food group pyramid and Australian Dietary Recommendations and Requirements and special dietary needs can be catered for.
Children will be given opportunities to help prepare nutritious food for their groups, and cooking is an important part of the program.
FREE EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
At Little Seeds, we believe that children have the capacity to be great learners and want to provide activities that enhance your children’s learning experience. All extra curricular activities are for 3-5 year olds except music which is for all children.
Music – Mondays
Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.
Music ignites all areas of child development .It helps the body and mind work together.
Little Kickers- Wednesdays
Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life.
French – Thursdays
There are many lifelong benefits of learning a second language at any early age. These include:
- Children having the ability to learn additional languages more easily
- Greater intercultural appreciation and sensitivity
- An expanded interest and view of the world
- Children have a natural ability to learn a second language.
Yoga – Fridays
The benefits of yoga for children include:
- Maintains flexibility and strengthens growing bodies
- Enhances concentration
- Increases self esteem
- Teaches present moment awareness
- Cultivates a peaceful and relaxed state of mind and body
- Gives tools for stress management
- Teaches discipline and responsibility
- Sparks creativity and encourages children’s imaginations
- Enhances body awareness
- Encourages kind peer and social interactions.
COMPUTER BAR, SMART BOARD & iPad
Information technology is incorporated throughout our curriculum in order to enrich children’s learning experiences. The use of interactive whiteboards/smart boards, computers and IPads provide infinite opportunities for children to extend on their knowledge and interests, learn new skills, and connect with the wider world. To prepare children for school, we integrate IT systems into our preschool room.