Albany Regional Day Care Centre

Albany Regional Day Care has been providing early education and care to children of the Albany Community since 1977.  Our centre is purpose built and in the heart of the Albany CBD with places for 60 children per day aged between 6 weeks to 6 years. Our service provides all meals and a Kindy Program for 3 and 4 year olds. Exciting planned and spontaneous learning experiences occur daily, along with the opportunity to be involved in excursions, special events and preparing for the transition to school.

Educators in the centre have extensive experience and qualifications and deliver an educational curriculum in line with the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Framework.

The centre is equipped with quality age appropriate facilities and resources, integrated with nature playgrounds in all areas. A strong commitment to customer service and an opportunity for families to be involved in the educational curriculum, has led to a positive and a supportive relationship with our community.

Visitors are welcome to make an appointment for a full tour of our facility along with an information pack.

Mission - Is to deliver and promote excellence and equity in ‘Early Learning Settings’

Opening Hours and Contact Details

Address: 99 Collie Street, Albany, WA, 6330

Telephone: (08) 6820 3650

Hours: Monday to Friday 7.45am - 5.45pm

Closed Public Holidays and between Christmas and New Year’s Day

Manager: Letitia Stone (Manager Facilities) - letitias@albany.wa.gov.au

Team Leader: Elsie May (Child Care Educator Team Leader) - elsiem@albany.wa.gov.au

Our Philosophy

We at the Albany Regional Day Care Centre will provide a warm, caring, comfortable and safe environment for all our children. Together we will establish routines that are predictable and consistent to help build children’s confidence, sense of wellbeing and willingness to engage in learning.

We believe families are the most important influence in a child’s life, and are the primary source of information about their children. Therefore, we encourage parents to be actively involved in our centre. Children will be given many opportunities through play to confidently explore and construct ideas about the world around them encouraging lifelong learning. We think critically of our practices and reflect as teams and individuals.

As educators we believe that all children have a right to respect, regardless of their abilities. We provide an environment that is safe yet stimulating and a curriculum that challenges through creativity, self-choice and learning through play. Our reflection on theorists is, they all have a connection and influence on how our centre and the care we provide for children is achieved and supported. We strongly believe that not one theorist outweighs another in helping us to help children grow healthy, strong and confident.

We support each child learns in different ways, different pace and approach.

Together with families, educators and community we can achieve the highest level of child care.

Mutual respect among staff and families for diversity, equity and inclusion are essential for optimal development and learning. Our experienced Educators are able to identify strengths, needs and interests of each child, to help promote children’s sense of security and belonging, within the ‘Early Learning’ setting.

We recognise and value the knowledge and commitment of our centres Educators and fully support their continuing professional development. Our centre has processes in place for compliance of the National Law, Early Years Learning Framework and implementation, review and reflection of a Quality Improvement Plan.

We have developed an outstanding reputation as a leading childcare provider. Our centre opened in 1977 and we have provided consistent quality Childcare to our community. We will continue our commitment to the Great Southern Region.

Centre Educational Programs

The centre provides educational programs which are based around individual needs and interests of all the children. Children are observed to obtain details in all domains of development. The centre focuses on numeracy, literacy, community, health and creativity in groups and individual settings. Each child has a Developmental Portfolio established for families to observe and be involved in their child's learning in the child care setting.

Special performances, excursions, community visitors and family involvement are all integrated into the year’s experiences. The centre works consistently with all ages to build confidence in self-help skills and independence. We are encourage family input, ideas and volunteering where ever possible.

Meals

The centre has a trained, fulltime Cook with comprehensive knowledge of the nutritional needs of children.

Children are provided each day with morning and afternoon tea and two-course lunch. Children are included in cooking experiences to gain further knowledge of the importance of healthy eating and nutrition. The centre will work with families requiring special dietary needs for their children to help them feel inclusive in the day care setting.

Enrolment Process

Enquiries can be made via email, phone or in person, you will be encouraged to come and view the centre. The centre manager will provide you with a full tour of our facility and introduce you to the Educators. In depth detail will be given on programs, meals, fees and subsidies available. Families will be provided with an enrolment pack and the opportunity to take part in our orientation process prior to commencement.

Fees and Payment

Payments are to be made weekly unless families have registered for our fortnightly Direct Debit option.

Cash, Cheque and full EFTPOS facilities are available.

The fee structure will be explained on enrolment along with the Child Care Subsidy process.