Features and Benefits
Our fees are kept as low as possible and in line with other centres in the area. While remaining financially viable, we provide top quality resources, investing in our staff and the centre. Government assistance through Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is available to all Australian families. Our on-site experiences are paid for by the centre, allowing all fundraising we do to go directly to charity.
High Professional Staff Ratios
You can be confident that your child is in trained, experienced hands. At Top Ryde Early Learning we employ well above the standard level of trained, experienced and qualified staff (we currently have 3 university trained Early Childhood Teachers, when Regulations state we only need 1), with 1 other staff member currently studying to be an Early Childhood Teacher.
Commitment to Professional Development
All of our staff are first aid trained (including specific training in Asthma management and Anaphylaxis management), and all partake in an ongoing personal professional development program – with formal training and ongoing workshops. Our aim is to retain the best staff by providing a satisfying and rewarding workplace that allows staff to grow and develop in all aspects of their lives.
Commitment to High Quality Care
At our previous locations we were awarded a rating of Exceeding the National Standards in All Areas of the National Quality Framework – which rates us on the areas of educational program and practice; children's health and safety; physical environment; staff arrangements; relationships with children and families; collaborative partnerships with families and communities; and leadership and service management.
Our staff are recruited and retained based on their dedication to their job and their love of working with children. The benefits to your child are both a higher continuity of care and quality individual interactions. More than half of our staff have been working with us for over 15 years.
Other Features and Benefits:
At many times throughout the day, children from the same family, but in different age groups, are encouraged to play together. This strengthens the bonds of a family and helps them to settle into the centre.
We Provide Nutritious Meals
In addition to providing everything your child needs throughout the day, we also ensure all children receive nutritious balanced meals, meeting at least 50% of their daily needs, with a focus on fresh, plentiful, healthy foods. Our cook prepares a wide variety of fresh meals each day, which the children really enjoy.
Long Hours of Operation
Our extended opening hours – from 7am to 6pm – mean that your working day is as flexible as possible.
Transition to School / Preschool Program
The centre as a whole has a comprehensive learning and activities program, developed by qualified teachers. The play-based program has a foundation in the children’s emerging interests, engaging them in the concepts they’re learning. We focus on both the academic/intellectual development of the child, as well as their social/emotional skills and development.
Teaching Strong Moral Values
As a part of our philosophy to early education, we re-enforce the values that parents teach their children at home, and provide experiences with other children to demonstrate and practice those values.
Gross Motor Outdoor Play
We encourage lots of physical activity and sun-safe outdoor play, teaching a range of gross motor skills and social games. This encourages a healthy, active lifestyle and is based on many of the principles of the Munch and Move program.
Computers and Technology
We limit children’s use of screen time to two specific learning apps developed by the Australian government’s Department of Education: ELLA – Early Learning Language App; and ELSA – Early Learning STEM App. Both of these apps enable children to access digital media, in order to learn collaboratively, through play.