Thornton Child Care and Preschool

Thornton Child Care and Preschool

About Us

Thornton Child Care and Preschool Centre has been in operation since 1987. Our service has a long standing reputation in the community for providing high quality education and care, by long term dedicated team members. We are very proud to offer a natural and home like environment. Our gardens have been designed with creating areas of interest for the children to encourage exploration and choice making.

Our service is a 39 place, 2 room centre.

We operate for 50 weeks of the year, closing down for two weeks at Christmas time. We also close for public holidays.

Our hours of operation are 7.30am-6pm.

We have many excursions around our local community and also incursions from travelling shows such as “The Reptile Man”.

We encourage community and family involvement and participation thru visits from and to the local library. We also visit the local primary school as part of our transition to school program. Parents are invited to attend our Family Forums once a term and to assist with fundraisers. Parents are invited to also share any special skills or knowledge they may have with their child’s group.

 

Our approach to teaching and learning

At Thornton childcare and preschool we recognise that learning starts from birth and use the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to guide our practices. The Early Years Learning Framework is a document created to help, “extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school” (EYLF, 2009, P5). Working in partnership with families, educators use the learning outcomes in the EYLF to guide their planning for children’s learning. In order to engage children actively in learning, educators in conjunction with families identify children’s strengths and interests, choose appropriate teaching strategies and design the learning environment.

 

Play based learning

We believe in providing countless opportunities for children to play! For a child play is work and is a vital process of growing up. It is essential for their creative, social, intellectual, emotional and physical development. It is an important element of the human condition that offers us friends, freedom, joy, as well as power, imagination, ritual and community. Through play children explore and learn to understand the world around them as they come to communicate, discover, imagine and create. When children play with other children they create “social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings. Play provides a supportive environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning” (EYLF, 2009, pg .15)

 

School readiness program

We believe in providing children with the opportunities to develop the skills needed to confidently transition to school on a daily basis from the beginning of the year. We believe that a healthy self-esteem and a positive self-concept are the key to a successful transition to school and provide an environment that is both stimulating and safe where children can explore, discover and experiment.

Our environment and teaching practices support children to become literate and numerate through experiences that are integrated naturally into our curriculum. Children also learn about colour, shape and form as we create coil shapes in clay, manipulate puzzle pieces and build castles with blocks etc.

The children learn about numbers as we count items in our environment, tell the time, sing counting songs and count how many blocks are needed for our tower. We learn about letters and the written work as we read children’s literature daily and discover how to understand symbols and how to represent ideas by creating symbols. Children learn about books, about authors and illustrators and about the endless world that books can offer.

We focus on relationships children build with each other, adults, family and cherish these as providing the basis of all learning to follow throughout life. How to get along with others, negotiate, accept other points of view, express yourself and be heard, politeness, have an idea or original thought that’s valued and accepted by others are all enhanced by our interactions and experiences with others.

We encourage the children to develop their independence and self-sufficiency by encouraging the children to assist with setting up and cleaning up activities, finding their own name tags (name recognition), dressing independently and putting on their own shoes, serving their own lunch and being responsible for their belongings and helping maintain the preschool environment.

 

Through our play based learning experiences the children are provided with countless opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills, co-ordination and problem solving skills whilst learning how to build and maintain relationships and friendships with their peers.

 

Our environment offers opportunities for individual, small group and large group experiences. These groups can be both planned and spontaneous experiences. Small and large groups can foster children’s ability to ask and answer questions, share their ideas, listen to and consider the ideas others and follow instructions.

 

Our goal is to have the children leave us with a strong self-image, to be risk takers and to be ready and excited about moving on to ‘Big School’

 

Important skills for school readiness include:

  • Separating easily from parents
  • Take responsibility for their own belongings
  • Appreciating others
  • Dealing with conflict in social situations
  • Forming relationships
  • Socialising and working co-operatively with others
  • Listening to and following directions
  • Making decisions
  • Concentrating on an activity for a period of time
  • Displaying developing fine and gross motor skills
  • Confidence in their ability
  • Willingness to try new things
  • Problem solving
  • Communicating with adults and peers
  • Adapting to different teaching styles
  • Displaying friendships
  • Participating in group time
  • Enjoying learning!

 

Our Director


Suellen Boyd

Director and Early Childhood Teacher

Suellen has over 26 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, in long day care, pre-school, family day care and schools. Suellen has experience in both teaching and directing roles and has a strong commitment to quality education and care for children and their families.

 

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Contact Us

2 Welwin Cresent, Thornton NSW 2322

Phone: 02 4966 5975  |  Fax: 02 4966 5985
Email: ThorntonDirector@cscommunity.org.au