191 Pickering St, Enoggera, QLD 4051
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At Happy Tots on Pickering, we offer the following:
- Nurturing & passionate educators
- Beautiful indoor and outdoor environments
- Reggio Emilia Inspired Early Learning environment
- Nursery /Toddler rooms inspired by RIE/Pikler Approach
- Bush Kinder Program
- Mindfulness Program
- Arts & Music Program
- Nutritious Meals
- Nappy’s , wipes & sunscreen provided
We would love to invite you to come and tour our amazing centre and meet our passionate and nurturing educational team!
For more information, please fill out the information form on this page, or call the centre on 07 3355 0120.
Our Centre Philosophy
Here at Happy Tots on Pickering we believe we have simple and real values to share with our children and their families. We recognise and understand that for so many we are an extension of their families – we want everyone to feel welcomed, nurtured, cherished, safe and supported. We believe this equally for our children, their families and our fellow team members.
We create an educational program for the children that is based upon those home-like values, including; Play is respected as the true source of all learning for children. Children are respected as capable – that they must learn to know and understand their own capabilities so being able to take risk, to maybe fall and get back up and know that we will be there to help and cuddle them if this happens. We believe in intentional teaching – if children display an interest, we will offer opportunities to more deeply understand their interests – to explore the interest in multiple ways (physically, cognitively, creatively, socially etc). The spaces where they play are a reflection of them – comfortable, stimulating, restful and challenging. We ensure that our children know that they can take responsibility and have agency whilst they learn and grow – at their own pace.
We want our children to know that they are important. That they belong not only here, but that they are members of a larger community. That they have the capacity to make decisions about their own environment, they can understand other cultures and be excited about their influence on their learning opportunities and lives, they can have access to options and choices – therefore resourcing their own learning and practicing their agency.
As early childhood professionals, we commit to remaining open to an ongoing professional journey. We value difference, new ideas, understanding our families and their needs, understanding our children- their varied uniqueness and personalities are a constant inspiration and motivation to us. We are here because we know that what we do, and how we do it, can make a real difference in the lives of those we support.
We promise to strive to offer and achieve excellence in what we provide. We will involve our community in our exploration of continually improving. We want to know more, we want to include more, we want to practice kindness and respectful interactions, we want to learn more and we want to bring our community, team, families and children on this magical journey with us.
Nursery – Birth to 15 months
Our Nursery is designed to ensure that all aspects of the development of Infants is accommodated and encouraged. We have a separate sleep room, which allows individual child/family routines to be respected and followed. Children are offered age and developmentally appropriate stimulation and encouragement to explore, engage, experience and communicate – as only infants can! Our babies are treated as whole, capable and communicative people who are treated with care, love and respect.
Toddlers – 15 months to 2 years
The spaces in our toddler environment are designed to encourage the children to explore, discover, create and imagine through a play-based curriculum. The environment and program is vibrant and flexible and responsive to the interests and abilities of each child. Learnings include puzzles, literacy and numeracy activities, construction activities, creative arts, music and pretend play set-ups.
Juniors – 2 to 3 years
The verbal development of our Juniors is actively encouraged – this is a key time for our children to explore their capabilities and develop a strong ‘sense of self’. An exciting time of discovery and development and the Junior room is designed to ensure that it stimulates and encourages interest, engagement, relationship building, exploration, language and ownership of their environment. Children are encouraged in these aspects through ongoing deep conversation, strong observation and support of learning. You will see lots of opportunity for engagement including; more complex puzzles, books, letters, words, role play and construction materials.
Pre Kindy 3 to 4 years
Pre-Kindy children are further developing their language skills, often developing specific interests in activities that engage them for longer periods of time – with increasing complexity. Individual interests and preferences are readily apparent – and our team works hard to ensure that the environments and activities provided offer further stimulation, the capacity to build on capabilities and strengthen skill sets. Mathematical reasoning concepts are explored through science and cooking experiences. Language skills and relationship building skills are enhanced through opportunities for conversations and reflection as groups and one on one. Physical skills are developed through increasingly complex challenges and opportunities to take risk. The capabilities of 3-4 year olds are amazing to observe and our team ensure interests and challenges are documented and occasions to discover more are consistently provided.
Kindergarten 4 to 5 years
We are proud to offer a Queensland Kindergarten Program at our Centre. Our Kindergarten program is led by a qualified Bachelor qualified Early Childhood Teacher who delivers a program grounded in the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline Your child will further develop their skills, knowledge and capabilities in our play-based learning environment. “School readiness” is primarily ensuring your child is emotionally, physically and socially ready to embark upon the next, more formal, stage of their educational ‘career’. We remain focussed on support, encouragement, opportunity for learning and individual interests – while ensuring your child’s knowledge, love of learning and capacity to self-regulate is steadily increasing. The opportunities for learning will focus on further building confidence and abilities – verbally, emotionally, cognitively, physically and socially.