- 02 4388 433602 4388 4336
58 Tumbi Road,
Tumbi Umbi NSW 2261
7.00am – 6.00pm
51 Weeks per year
0 to 2 Years: $ 109.00
2 to 3 Years: $ 99.00
3 to 5 Years: $ 99.00
- We provide morning, lunch & afternoon tea (including breads, seasonal fruit & vegetables), milk (excluding formula) and a hat upon enrolment. Over 2’s need to bring a set of cot sheets for rest time, any comforters, bottles of formula, nappies and sunscreen.
Welcome to The Beach Early Learning Centre Tuggerah Lakes.
Finding a new Early Childhood Service for your child can be a daunting task. At The Beach Early Learning Centre Tuggerah Lakes our aim is to provide a secure and happy environment where children can develop their intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and aesthetic skills to become competent and confident individuals, and for you as a parent/guardian to feel safe knowing that your child is receiving the best possible care.
We cater for children for children 0 to 6 years in age appropriate room configurations.
At our centre our age groupings are:
Duckling Room for 0-2 Year Olds
Our Duckling Room caters for 10 children from 6 weeks to 2 years of age.
Through nurturing and developing secure attachments with your child we encourage them to grow and learn.
Babies are like little scientists investigating and experimenting through their senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing.
Kingfisher Room for 2-3 Year Olds
The Kingfisher Room educators program developmental experiences for your child according to their level of skill and based on their interest. We follow your child’s lead and aim to increase your child’s skills and abilities in preparation for transition to the Pelican (toddler) room.
Kingfisher Room caters for your child’s growing independence during their toddler year.
Our Kingfisher Room caters for 15 children from 2 years to 3 years of age.
Our Kingfisher toddler room builds the foundations and prepares your child for the transition up to the Pelican preschool room.
Turtle Room for 3-4 Year Olds
The Turtle Room caters for your child’s growing knowledge and capabilities during their Preschool years.
Our Turtle Room caters for 20 of children from 3 years to 4 years of age.
As children move towards 3 years of age their language and social skills increase dramatically. A child’s preschool years are an intense time of learning and consolidation capitalising on their existing trust bonds with the centre educators. During their time in the Turtle Room educators determine their developmental needs and capitalise on this year before their Transition to School year.
Pelican Room for 4-5 Year Olds
Our Pelican Room caters for 30 of children from 4 years to 5 years of age.
A child’s preschool years are an intense time of learning and consolidation capitalising on their existing trust bonds with the centre Educators ahead of commencing formal schooling.
Transitioning to ‘big school’ is an important time in your child’s life – and yours. We focus on making this transition as smooth as possible, and giving your child important skills to help them enter school with confidence. We also aim to inspire a lifelong love of learning in your child.
At this time of your child’s life, he or she is busy exploring new friendships, learning to make decisions, and becoming more aware of his or her own unique talents and abilities. For this reason, their kindergarten – preschool experience will lay an important foundation for their future. Providing a stimulating and nurturing environment is vitally important
The Beach Early Learning Centre Tuggerah Lakes is a richly stimulating, innovative and caring environment which fosters a child’s natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge. The environment and program draws from the very best early childhood teaching practices with emphasis on the Early Years Learning Framework. It offers a purposeful experience that establishes in each child a love of learning and a strong sense of self. Reflective planning allows the opportunity for both intentional teaching and spontaneous play ensuring that children are successful, competent and capable learners who have a clear understanding and connection to their sense of self, the community and the world around them. The Beach Early Learning Centre Tuggerah Lakes provides learning opportunities that build upon each child’s strengths while challenging them to explore their potential. Children are encouraged to ask questions as they build an understanding of the world, and their place in it, while learning to live and play happily and purposefully with others.
We act as an extension of home and provide an environment where children feel loved, accepted and secure, as well as being a place where children are encouraged to achieve their best socially, emotionally and academically. We have a moral and social obligation to the children, their families and the greater community to provide the children with a core foundation that will support them through life to become active members of the community.
We view the child’s time spent at our centre as an apprenticeship in humanity where differences are embraced and acceptance of others is always encouraged as the best choice. Offering support to challenge and succeed within routines and daily experiences, critical reflection and careful planning will allow each child’s interests to be responded to and scaffolds their learning. We represent an educational vehicle, engrossing the children in projects and a learning system which allows them to question, examine and enjoy the challenge of the experiences before them.
It is our belief that when our children, educators and families intertwine, it creates the unmistakable essence that is uniquely recognised as that of The Beach Early Learning Centre Tuggerah Lakes.
Our team of Educators and staff are committed to providing children and families with a coordinated approach to a warm, nurturing and engaging environment that celebrates diversity and the right of every child to have access to high quality care regardless of their individual needs.
We understand the important role our Centre plays in nurturing and educating the children in our care and through our staff developing loving relationships based on trust and security.
An emphasis is placed on children and families receiving greater individual attention through goal setting, child progress records and family involvement in centre planning and events.
We follow the Early Years Learning Framework as per our Education, Curriculum and Learning Policy.
All Educators at our Service are trained and experienced in areas of early education and care. Due to our high standard and commitment of our Educators, we are able to provide specific developmental and educational curricula for each group of children.
We use the relationships children have with their families and communities to build the curriculum, working in partnership with parents, to ensure each child’s knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests are the foundation of our programs.
Centre Director – Tuggerah Lakes
My love for projects and interest areas are apparent as children learn through many different styles over a period of time. I feel projects allow children to hypothesise and extend their knowledge as well as voice their existing knowledge and ideas.
I love to invite families to get involved in any way possible as their child learns through many interactive and innovating ways. Personally I see children as little sponges, soaking up their learning and interests throughout meaningful and intentional teaching. My love for children and their ability to adapt and discover new challenges demonstrates the life long journey of learning and discovery.
Tell us about yourself, your interests outside of work?
Being a mother of three means I lead a very busy lifestyle. As a family we are involved in our local AFL football club Killarney Vale Bombers and try to assist with family and community fundraisers. I am a creative person and love to create different things with my children and around the house. We love to explore the great outdoors visiting our local beaches, gardens and parks.
Tell us about the service you offer at BELC.
BELC Tuggerah Lakes Lakes is a 56 place centre catering for ages 6 weeks- 6 years open 7am-6pm.
We have three rooms with fourteen educators full time and part time creating a highly qualified team. We have recently been through the assessment and rating process gaining amazing results.
We are very proud of our centre, the children’s families and educators. Within all of our rooms our educational curriculum is written daily allowing family and children’s spontaneous interests along with planned and intentional learning.
Our outdoor play environment is very large providing slippery dips, swings, frog pond, vegetable patch and natural play spaces. Within the preschool room we use a learning through play school readiness approach allowing children to explore literacy, numeracy and structured experiences within a free play environment. This allows children to reach their personal goals within their own time frame with help from their educators. Some examples of these experiences include children sign in sheets on arrival to preschool, letter of the week incorporating diversity and the world in which we live through environmental print.
What do you think is the most important aspects of Education and role modelling for the children in your care?
Within our centre all educators use “”The Language of the Virtues”” with each other and with the children. Using positive speech with children promotes respect for each other and allows children to talk to each other using positive language. Influencing children’s behaviour through role modelling is imperative to lifelong learning. Children are like little sponges and we respect their individuality and stages of development. Listening to children’s voices is one of the most important aspects of education. Sometimes it can be difficult and overwhelming ensuring all tasks are completed (at home and in preschool environment) but listening to those little voices and ideas opens up a world of imagination and ability to scaffold and extend learning through their eyes.
Why do you think you meet the needs of the families in your community?
We are a very family and community orientated centre. We include our families in the daily experiences and routines through our closed Facebook page allowing them to see their child’s learning experiences they have been involved in. We hold many community events close to our hearts raising funds for charities or just building awareness including “Cure Brain Cancer”, “Asthma Awareness PJ Week”, “Dog Adoption” and “Biggest Morning Tea” just to name a few. Family events are organised frequently building a strong partnerships with our families. Families are the key to our success, we aim to build and sustain our relationships providing best quality care possible by our dedicated and passionate educators.
Explain in one sentence what it is like to spend a day in the shoes of a Leader in the Early Childhood Profession?
Time management is the key to leadership using positive collaborative skills and an understanding that the children, families and educators come first as the utmost importance – paperwork will always get done.
Indoor and outdoor play based experiences are an integral part of our program. Play is essential to all children’s development as moments will arise when they discover something that interests them. Staff plan a diverse range of experiences to create opportunities for both structured and spontaneous play focused on the physical, emotional/social, sensory and cognitive developmental areas of each child.
Children learn through their own experiences using trial and error, repetition, imitation and identification. Staff use interactive strategies to support children’s growth and learning. We advocate children learning best through play – direct play, hands on experiences to discover the environment around them by exploring and playing.
Each room will follow varying developmentally appropriate routines. A simple, flexible daily routine would apply to our infant and toddler age groups then slightly shifting to a flexible yet predictable daily routine for preschool age group/s. Our school readiness program continues to emphasize play based learning additionally it offers structured learning times to focus on number concepts, perceptual skills and pre-writing skills such as tracing, completing patterns and reproducing patterns. The goal is to develop a foundation for basic math, reading and writing skills.
Routines and programs are displayed in each room for you to peruse and we invite you to contribute and make suggestions to your child’s teachers. Parents and guardians are invited to discuss the activities, experiences and subsequent developmental outcomes achieved that are integrated within our programs.