Whether it’s to provide your child with stimulation and enhance socialisation, allow you to return to work, focus on younger siblings or simply savour a few moments to yourself, access to quality child care is crucial.
At North Ringwood Community Children’s Centre we aim to provide children and families with a community-focused early learning environment that is warm, welcoming and homely. Our play-based program format allows the children greater input into their learning environment, which is interests-driven and encourages meaningful learning.
Small group sizes
NRCCC promotes a strong sense of belonging for children through small group sizes and high staff-child ratios.
Our 0-2 year-old room caters for up to 8 children each day, under the care of two qualified educators. We follow an individual routine for each child. Children in our 0-2 year-old program have a separate outdoor playground, ensuring they are not overwhelmed by the older children.
The 2-3 year-old room caters for up to 9 children each day, under the care of two qualified educators. The 3-4 year-old room caters for up to 14 children each day. Our 4-5 year-old room caters for up to 17 children each day under the care of a qualified kindergarten teacher with support from an early childhood educator.
Nutritious meals and snacks
NRCCC will provide your child with morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and, for those staying beyond 5.30pm, a late afternoon snack. Children arriving before 7.50am are welcome to bring their breakfast and eat it at the centre. Drinks of water and milk are available throughout the day.
All meals and snacks are made freshly on-site – there is no thawing of frozen meals. Our cook ensures nutritious meals are provided and follows the Start Right, Eat Right philosophy. To enhance children’s appreciation of a variety of tastes, menus work on a four-week rotating roster for each season of the year. Many of our parents have requested copies of our recipes, which are available from the office.
Our centre is nut-free and we cater for children’s allergies, intolerances and cultural dietary requirements.
Meal times are a valuable social and developmental learning opportunity. Children are encouraged to taste and experience all types of food and learn through modelling and observation. Educators support each child’s independence and participate in the meal times at the table with the children. Cooking experiences are regularly involved in the daily program and children are involved in the growing of fresh vegetables and herbs.