Flinders View Queensland 4305
Name: Lisa Harris
Tell us about your career in early childhood. How long have you been working in the industry?
I started in child care at the age of 17 when I completed my Traineeship in Children’s Services. I have always wanted to be in the Early Childhood Sector and always been passionate about working with children.
Tell us about the relevant qualifications you hold that assists you in your position?
I currently hold my Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services. I also have a current blue card along with a current First Aid, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis certificates.
When did you first join the QCCS team?
I first joined QCCS in 2000 as a Group Leader Educator and progressed to an Assistant Director’s role followed by Director. I think QCCS is a passionate company that has the children’s best interests at heart which is why I like to work for this company.
What do you find most rewarding about your career in early childhood?
I find the most rewarding thing about working in early childhood is watching the children grow, learn and achieve with the best possible care. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child learn and strive to be a confident little person. We make a difference in encouraging and shaping children to be our next leaders, and it rewarding to know that myself and my team are a part of that journey.
Why should families choose Winston Glades Early Education Centre?
Here at Winston Glades Early Education Centre, our experienced team of caring Educators have the best interest of your child’s health, safety, and happiness at heart. Our facilities offer an open environment with an abundance of natural resources to implement sustainable play among other valuable learning material that allow our children to develop their learning experiences and skills with their knowledgeable Educators. Our committed Educators regularly expand their professional development skills, assisting them in providing an exceeding level of care and education. We are heavily involved with supporting our community and encourage the children to partake in this by participating in regular excursions to local businesses and other areas of our community. When enrolling at Winston Glades Early Education Centre, your child and family become part of our own thriving community of dedicated Educators and wonderful children and families.
Welcome to Winston Glades Early Education Centre & Pre-School. The Centre is located in Flinders View, a suburb in Ipswich near Winston Glades Shopping Complex.
We have been rated as an Exceeding Centre by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)!
Our aim is to provide the highest standard of care to you, the families, as well as to the children who are within our care. Our Centre celebrates diversity, welcoming families with different cultures and backgrounds.
Our hours of operation are from 6am to 6pm. We are open Monday through to Friday, 52 weeks a year (excluding public holidays). Our Centre opened in October 2003 and caters for 117 children aged from birth to school age. We provide before and after school care to school age children as well as vacation care in the school holidays.
We offer a free courtesy bus service which transports children to and from the local schools in the area. We also have the option to transport children to and from home for families who have no access to transport or in emergency situations (conditions apply). We currently only service Raceview State School.
As security is one of our priorities, our Centre has a security door access system which only allows authorised parents/guardians to drop off and collect their child/ren from the Centre via a personal pin code.
Our team are qualified, friendly and caring staff who are committed to continually improving their skills and knowledge by frequently attending in-service training and seminars. All staff are required to have an up to date First Aid, CPR and Blue Card. All new employees of QCCS attend an Induction Session prior to commencing at any of our Child Care Centres; thus, ensuring they will be well equipped to step into their new role. In addition, we provide regular professional opportunities as well as monthly Centre Director and staff meetings to ensure that all our employees are up to date with industry developments.
Our Centre aims to be at the forefront of industry developments and trends. Therefore, at QCCS your child will benefit from an array of experiences:
- Interactive smart boards
- Dynamic Emergent Curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework and Kindergarten Guidelines
- Individual child portfolios. QCCS realises how important it is to be kept informed on your child’s progress and daily activities.
- Healthy nutritious meals including breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
- Sun Safety is a priority with a large percentage of the playgrounds covered with artificial and natural shade. Each Centre aims to avoid sun exposure between 9am-3pm to give the children that added level of sun protection.
- Transition to school programs along with transition statements.
Our Centres are passionate about teaching sustainable behaviours, instilling the knowledge and values that help support sustainable environments. Just some of the sustainable practices that you can expect to see in our services include:
- Educating our children in the use of compost systems within their rooms
- Child tended vegetable and herb gardens, sharing our harvest with families and children
- Appointment of our children to monitor the electricity and water use within our Centre
- Use of recycled materials in our art and craft activities
- Use of donated items by our local communities and businesses
- Use of equipment made from recycled materials
Our Centre have our own pet Chickens which enable the children to learn about the environment and how to live an eco-friendly way. The children get involved by collecting the eggs and taking out the scraps. Chickens are a fantastic learning experience that our teachers incorporate into their programs daily.
We are committed to the implementation of the National Early Years Learning Framework and operate an Emergent Curriculum. Our program is based on the individual needs of the children in our care. Our program is balanced and developmentally appropriate. It has variations, providing for a wide range of individual experiences. These experiences give the children the opportunity to make choices and take on new challenges. Our centre programs are based on the individual child, thus ensuring it does not exclude any one child. Our goal is to inspire delight, curiosity, and inquiry in the classroom. We are very proud to offer the below to all our families at no additional costs:
Our Centre is pleased to be operating a Queensland Government approved Kindergarten Program with a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. This program is aimed at preparing our pre-prep children for primary school. Our Centre implements the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline and focuses on building upon children’s learning and development including literacy and numeracy skills as well as exploring the foundations of mathematics and science. We are committed to developing and building on community partnerships with local schools, Teachers and families to ensure children are being well prepared for their school years.
Families with eligible children attending an approved Kindergarten Program may be entitled to a QKFS Plus Kindy Support Subsidy to assist with the out of pocket expenses of attending the program. To be eligible, families must either:
- Hold a current Health Care Card, Veterans Affairs Card or Australian Government Pension Concession Card w
- Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- Have three or more children enrolled in the same year (must be the same age)
Your Centre Director can provide you with further information regarding this subsidy.
Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA)
Our Centre also boasts a second language program (Japanese). We are proud participants in the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) initiative. ELLA is an Australian Government initiative aimed at reviving the teaching of foreign languages in Australian schools, with the aim of significantly increasing the number of Year 12 students studying a language other than English within a decade.
We are delighted that the service is a qualified ‘Bush Kindergarten’ Education provider! We are recognised as a Nature Play QLD Education Provider.
Bush Kindy Program
Our children eagerly anticipate their fortnightly Bush Kindy Sessions. Each session runs for approximately two hours and begins with a short walk next door to the council bush land adjacent to the Centre.
As part of our Bush Kindy Program we learn all about the world around us and connect with nature whilst always acknowledging the traditional landowners – the Yaggera people. Children are given the chance to explore and learn new things, climbing, running and inadvertently expanding upon their gross motor skills. Exploring the plants, trees, rocks and water creates spontaneous conversation, interactions and valuable risk-taking opportunities. The sessions are unstructured and initiated by the children, to inspire problem solving and promote self-confidence.
Observing insects/animals in their natural habitat is often a highlight for the children, their excitement and intrigue is always evident in their laughter and smiles. The Educators encourage their inquisitive instincts and questions.
There are many known physical and social benefits to exploring nature and evidence shows that exposure to nature can reduce stress and increase academic performance. This is especially important in the technology driven world we live in where screen time is ever increasing for adults and children alike.
Hey Dee Ho Music Program
Our professional Music Program is facilitated by ‘Hey Dee Ho Educational Services’. Hey Dee Ho visits our centre fortnightly. The program is an educational music experience where children learn the concepts of beat, rhythm, tempo, pitch and dynamics in a play-based environment. https://heydeeho.com.au/ourprograms/#music
Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words and is known to accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression.
Hey Dee Ho understands that each child has their own unique set of needs and interests. They have developed a range of activities to address the varied developmental needs of all children from birth. From relaxation and mindfulness to playing musical instruments to high energy dances, Hey Dee Ho programs engage and enhance children’s learning and fine motor development while giving them plenty of opportunity for fun.
Our Centre is proud to be a Certified Little Scientists House. This program is run daily by demonstrating our commitment to hands-on, inquiry-based learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. It is designed to recognise services and schools that promote an active learning environment, incorporating best practice elements such as inquiry-based learning, metacognition and co-construction.
Winston Glades Early Education Centre has partnered with a local swim centre to provide swimming lessons for children aged 3 to 5 years. The aim of swimming lessons is to teach children how to be safe in and around water. The program runs weekly, in line with the Queensland school terms and taught by fully qualified swimming instructors.
We are delighted that the service is recognised as a Ageless Play QLD Education Provider.
Adopt a Grandparent
Adopt a Grandparent programs help to bridge generational gaps by fostering understanding and building respect between generations. Winston Glades Early Education Centre is proudly partnered with the local Bolton Clarke Nursing Home. Once a month the children visit residents at the nursing home, where they participate in a range of activities including singing, arts and crafts and gardening.
Vegie Fun Program
Vegie Fun for Everyone is a 12-week food literacy program run in our Kindergarten Room, created by our very own Heathy Cooking Company designed to develop a positive attitude toward vegetables in children. The Kindergarten children will be encouraged to explore vegetables, leading to positive experiences and self-directed tasting.
Perceptual Motor Program
Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) activities form a part of our daily routine as your child’s Educators aim to help them become physically active and promote healthy growth as well as development of bones, muscles, flexibility, balance, posture and cardiovascular fitness. It can also help establish connections between different parts of the brain that develop memory and language.
Our Centre runs a ‘Barefoot Nursery’. Upon entry to the Nursery all Educators, guardians and visitors are required to remove their shoes or place a covering over them. Our babies are sensory explorers; therefore, it is important to us to keep our nursery room floors and environment clean and hygienic. The exceptional cleanliness of the ‘Barefoot Nursery’ concept allows our infants to freely investigate their surroundings without being exposed to unnecessary germs and bacteria.
We believe food ingredients should come from the kitchen, not from a lab. From this belief came the inspiration to open our own production kitchen, the Healthy Cooking Company. We aim to create and promote natural and wholesome food with a number of health benefits:
- Organic baby food
- Preservative Free
- No artificial flavours
- Low in sodium & refined sugar
- Naturally sweetened with honey
We promise that our nutrition labels will be free of numbers, so there will be no need to decipher nasty food additives. We are dedicated to providing delicious food that your children will love. Parents can rest assured that their little ones are being provided with a good start with healthy, nutritious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea meals provided.
As Educators, we believe in teaching children that physical activity can be fun as well as good for our bodies and minds. As a result we coordinate exciting exercise programs within our centres that have been developed by our Sports Dietitian in consultation with Primary School Physical Education Teachers. We want the children in our care to experience the numerous health benefits that regular physical activity can provide such as:
- Stronger muscles and bones
- Long term positive attitude towards exercise
- Reduction in the likelihood of becoming overweight
- Reduction in the likelihood of developing illnesses and diseases
Through this we aim to incorporate at least three hours of physical activity each day into our room routines and programs with:
- Morning physical activity routine
- General indoor physical activity
- Outdoor experiences
…The hands-on approach that allows the Children to have a “paddock to plate” experience is something that you would not get anywhere else. Going hand in hand with this, is the Veggie Program that the Kindergarten Room are involved in from the Health Cooking Company. Our daughter loves coming home after each veggie day and tells us all about the veggies that she has cooked and learnt about.
Another stand out is the excursions that the Centre has started taking the Children on. Involvement in the ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ was a fantastic way of teaching the Children about their surroundings and environmental impact. The learning outcome from what some would see as a simple trip to the Civic Centre is so very much more.
The constant effort to make the Centre as homely as possible is also of standout quality and a big tick item for us. Whenever you walk in, the spaces are warm and inviting with that “home” touch of photos on the wall and the fruit bowl on the table. Almost everyone, if not all staff greet you as soon as they see you it may be a simple wave across the playground or a hi as you pass in the hall way. Inclusion and diversity are also proudly on display. We also love the commitment to sustainability. The valuable life skills that the Children are learning is also rubbing off on us parents too.
Lastly(I know I could keep going), I need to praise the parental inclusion in the way of the parent meetings. These are a valuable way of forming bonds and strengthen commutation lines between parents and educators.
…The Director is very approachable and always willing to go the extra mile with any request. The staff are so friendly and provide excellent care for my daughter. The facilities and programs provided by the Centre are of the highest standard. The Healthy Cooking Company options provided are excellent and my daughter’s diet has improved as she is eating a wider variety of food.
I am beyond happy with the care that my daughters have and continue to receive from the staff at your centre and I firmly believe it is has got to be one of the top Centre’s in Ipswich.Nothing compares.
Some key areas that I am very impressed with:
– The knowledge, skill set and passion each staff member holds and demonstrates in their interactions with the children, the staff and the parents.
– The ever-developing grounds with the children’s learning and development remaining the focus whilst continuing to maintain a safe space. It has always been a great Centre with an incredible environment, but it just continues to improve all the time with so many learning opportunities in different corners of the Centre.
– The level of care is incredible. I feel completely comfortable learning my daughter and know that she will be well taken care of not just with regards to supervision and care but also her learning and development remains the focus also.
– The wide range of healthy food options is wonderful. Knowing that all of her nutritional needs are being met, she is learning about different foods and she has many opportunities to try different foods.
I have listed above some of the more formal ways in which the Centre stands out above the rest, however something that is quite significant for me but may seem trivial to others, is how personable and genuine the staff are. Whenever I am in the Centre, 99% of the time every single staff member that I pass in the hall or make eye contact with will make an effort to say hello. The reason this means a lot to me, is because not one staff member has ever made me feel like they are just saying this to be polite. They have always been genuine in saying hello, asking how I am going and having a brief conversation. It makes me feel comfortable, a part of the Centre community and a pleasure to leave my child in the care of staff who treat others with kindness and respect.
The first 3-4 years of a child’s life is crucial in all areas of their development. You and your staff have done a wonderful job and continue to make such an incredibly positive difference to the lives of our children and supporting them through their early years of growing up.
The teachers are lovely and are genuinely interested in the children they look after. The kids love coming every day and have reached the point where it is sometimes hard to get a kiss goodbye because they are so happy to see their friends that they don’t miss Mum when she leaves. The programs and activities the kids have access to are great. The kids have learnt and developed so much in your care. They have made some great friends, and the teachers really encourage their development.
I have no hesitation in recommending your Centre to other parents.
I choose this Centre every day because of the flexibility and support they offer to my child on a daily basis. When Mason first enrolled to Winston Glades he had a speech impairment that he and myself struggled with improving at the time. Since the educators have shown dedication to Mason’s speech impairment his speech and pronunciation has improved dramatically. With his educators working closely with him as well as myself we have been able to support Mason constantly to continuing this milestone of constant achievements. Mason loves coming to this Centre as the educators truly make time to engage and interact with Mason surrounding his favourite things. With constant engagement Mason is learning new things every day! I really like the variety of food their Healthy Cooking Company provides to the children, the sustainability incorporated inside and out of the Centre and also the friendly staff. It’s because of these wonderful things that Winston Glades stands out to me among all other Centres.
All the staff and the facilities at the Centre are excellent. My daughter loves all the planned daily activities especially the painting and outside playtime. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Centre to any parent considering this services.