Service Name: St Marys Child Care Centre
Service Provider Number: SE-00010070
Primary Contact at Service: Rebecca Scarr
Physical Service Information:
Address: Gardiners Creek Road, St Marys, Tasmania 7215
Phone: 03 6372 2187
Mobile: 0458 035 480
Approved Provider: Northern Children’s Network
Contact: Maggie Wilson
Phone: 03 6341 1555
Nominated Supervisor: Sebastian Tuttle
Phone: 03 6341 1555
Educational Leader: Rebecca Scarr
Phone: 03 6372 2187
Monday – Friday
8.00 AM – 5.30 PM
Our Service is situated in the grounds of St Marys Community Health Centre, where parking is available for visitors to the service.
Our Service is very limited in its administration space however it is possible to reserve meetings rooms in the adjacent health centre building and at the Hub4Health building located behind the town hall in St Marys if required.
We are closed for 3 weeks per year – this will be from 19th of December 2018 until the 13th of January in 2019 (TBC). We are closed for all major public holidays, but remain open for pupil free days. Our educators take annual leave over the 3 week closure at Christmas and will be unavailable over that period to provide feedback or further information on the service.
The community of St Marys is approximately 1.5hrs drive from Launceston and 2.5hrs from Hobart, or 40 min drive from the regional centre of St Helens. There are a number of accommodation options in the community but a limited number of other services available.
Our service has a family grouping model, with a maximum of 10 children per day attending. The usual age of attendance is between 6 months and 5 years. We are licensed for children aged 0-12years and offer an Outside School Hours Care session at the St Marys District School with excursions to the centre regularly.
St Marys Child Care recognises the importance of a statement of beliefs as required by National Quality Framework, to guide and develop our practice. St Marys Child Care Service educators and management have developed this philosophy in conjunction with all stakeholders, reflecting key documents including; Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics, Australian Early Years Learning Framework, the Northern Children’s Network Vision Statement and guidelines of Australia’s Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.
This philosophy represents our belief in the importance of providing a sustainable community based service that can deliver a quality education and care environment for children, and support and advocacy for families.
We will regularly review the philosophy against new research, learning frameworks and family and community needs, which will support our goal for continuous quality improvement.
Practice at our service will use a play based curriculum that respects children as active and creative participants, connected to the world around them. This will be achieved through educational experiences that support relationships, teaching and learning.
Philosophy Practices and Strategies
We believe that children have the right to:
- Play in an enjoyable and engaging environment
- Be respected for their unique qualities and abilities
- Participate in an environment that develops, challenges and enables each child to progress at their own rate of learning
We will encourage children:
- To develop positive and caring relationships with educators, other children and their community
- To develop independence and value their personal achievements
- To have an awareness and understanding of equal opportunity, social justice and cultural diversity
- To actively explore and respect the natural environment
- To be effective communicators
Policy and Procedure Links
This philosophy statement is fundamental to all other policies and should be used to guide all aspects of the service and its delivery of quality child care.
- Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) (2011) Guide to the National Quality Standard
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) (2009) Belonging, Being and Becoming The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia
- Early Childhood Australia (2011) EYLF PLP E-newsletter No 15 Our Philosophy E-newsletter No 28 Revising the service philosophywww.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/eyleplp accessed 2012
- Bridie Raban, Kay Margetss, Amelia Church, Jan Deans (2010) The Early Years Learning Framework in Practice Teaching Solutions
- Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death,E., Docket, S. & Farmer, S.(2005) Programming and planning in early childhood settings. Thomson, Melbourne.
- Early Childhood Australia (1990). Code of Ethics. Early Childhood Australia Watson ACT.
- NCAC (2005) Quality Practices Guide.National Childcare Accreditation Council, Surrey Hills.
- July 2013
- October 2013
- Next review October 2014
Next review June 2019