Long & Part Day Care - Latrobe Early Learning Centre

Long & Part Day Care

Latrobe Early Learning offers quality early learning to children aged birth to five years, across three rooms, catering to full time, casual part-day care. Our team of Educators extend upon children’s learning interests and development to create a meaningful and engaging program each month.

We follow family’s personal routines as closely as possible to ensure that children’s needs are met and that the transition from home to care is as easy as possible.

Using an online platform called OWNA, regular snapshots of learning, as well as individual learning summaries and photos are posted, keeping families updated on what their child has been exploring and learning whilst in our care. Families are invited to provide feedback and suggestions on our program each month via the OWNA app.

Caterpillar Room - Birth To 2 Years

The Caterpillar Room caters for children from birth to two years old and is often the first experience of Centre based care a family has. The ratio for this care environment is one Educator to every four children.

In the Caterpillar Room we aim to follow family’s personal routines as closely as possible to ensure that children’s needs are met and that the transition from home to care is as easy as possible.

Educators in the Caterpillar Room focus on supporting children’s individual development and learning interests by providing a range of indoor and outdoor activities designed to stimulate, challenge and engage each child. Experiences provided are developmentally appropriate and support children as they practice, learn and gain new skills. Educators also focus on providing a sense of security and building meaningful relationships to support children as they transition to a new environment. Children in the Caterpillar Room are offered the choice of indoor and outdoor play wherever possible.

Butterfly Room - 2 To 3 Years

The Butterfly Room caters for children from two until they are approximately three years of age. The ratio in this care environment is one Educator to every five children. The Butterfly Room works closely with the Caterpillar Room, which is adjoined, making it easy for children to transition between rooms when it is time to move up. We aim to make this room a home away from home, following routines and practices from home as closely as possible. A little more independence is encouraged in this space, allowing for children to gain a sense of agency and an understanding of everyday skills. Educators provide a variety of experiences based around the children’s current interests and individual development to support individual needs. Educators focus on providing a sense of security and building meaningful relationships with the children. Children in the Butterfly Room are offered the choice of indoor and outdoor play wherever possible.

Mini Minor Room - 3 To 5 Years

The Mini Minors room caters for children aged three to five years. The ratio in this care environment is one Educator to every 10 children. Whilst in this space, children are provided with experiences to help them to gain the skills needed for when they begin school. Educators focus on children being empowered to gain independence, self-confidence and social and emotional development through extending upon current learning interests and focussing on individual development. Children are encouraged to provide input into experiences and the program, and often take the lead by creating their own learning activities. The Mini Minor learning environment is designed to meet the overall needs of the children and to facilitate their development through age-appropriate and interesting experiences. Due to the individuality of each child, expectations vary; each child is challenged but not hurried.

Mini Minor room aims to support the children ready for school by gaining and building on self-help skills and their own independence. We recognise that children learn best through play and the environment is the third teacher. That is why Mini Minor room offers a homely, but classroom feel environment both indoors and outdoors, creating a safe space for children to learn and grow.

Children in the Mini Minor room are offered the choice of indoor and outdoor play wherever possible.

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