Welcome to The Beach Early Learning Centre Wyong.
The Beach Early Learning Centre Wyong invites you to a warm and nurturing home away from home. Located in the Old Wyong Court House, it is a beautifully established building with history and wonder. Our Centre encourages children to share their unique sense of identity and agency empowering children to express their sense of self. Supporting a strong sense of identity is our educators’ primary role; to acknowledge and empower children and their families in a nurturing and educational home setting. We believe that both children and educators are capable, competent and active learners, and important contributors to their community. We believe in secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships; we believe children develop a strong sense of belonging which is central to being and becoming. The Beach ELC Wyong, provides 5 nutritious meals a day developed by nutritionists and dietitians and nappies and wipes. Our centre welcomes children ages 6 weeks to 6 years and is Breastfeeding Friendly.
At our centre our age groupings are:
Nursery for 0-2 Year Olds
Within our Nursery Room, we endeavour to create a soft, calming and nurturing environment where our babies have the feeling of safety, security and attachment. Each child is welcomed to sharing their open personal routine, which is followed to support their families. In the Nursery, we provide quality care for children 6 weeks – 2 years, allowing them to develop bonds with our educators through their transition from their home away from home.
Toddler Room for 2-3 Year Olds
Our Toddler Room has a fun and vibrant atmosphere, encouraging children to be themselves. In this room, we develop skills such as toileting training, social and emotional development as well as experiences which allow the Toddlers to role play, create and imagine. Our educators learn through each individual child in providing experiences which foster their needs, interests and capabilities and allow the Toddlers to experience excitement and wonder throughout their day.
Preschool Room for 3-4 Year Olds
Our Preschool Room has so much heritage which once was the old courtroom of the Courthouse. Its features include the judges bench, chandeliers and infrastructure to allow the children to learn the history within the building and community. Our Preschool Room has a Qualified Early childhood Teacher, delivering a curriculum that equips our 3-5 year olds to thrive for their future learning endeavors. Play-based learning within the room, allows our children to explore their learning in all areas as well as revisiting and adding onto their learning.
The Beach Early Learning Centre Wyong believes in providing children with the highest quality care allowing children to reach their full potential in an environment where they feel a sense of belonging. Educators recognise that learning is a life long journey that is nourished through relationships and environments in which we live and life experiences. TBELC Wyong develops warm and reciprocal relationships with children respecting their uniqueness.
TBELC Wyong strives to empower children, families and educators to feel a sense of belonging to our community through respecting each individuals diverse values and needs. We acknowledge each child’s family as the most important influence in their learning and work in collaboration with families to meet each child’s individual needs.
We acknowledge children’s right to express their sense of self through self expression and creativity. We aim to scaffold children’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity through embedding a holistic approach to learning into our daily practices. Holistic approaches to teaching and learning recognise the connectedness of mind, body and spirit. When early childhood educators take a holistic approach they pay attention to children’s physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as cognitive aspects of learning.
Each child’s current knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests are the foundation of our curriculums. TBELC Wyong embeds a play based child led curriculum fostering the children’s rights to play. Educators provide a variety of intentional teaching, spontaneous and open ended learning opportunities to empower children to follow their natural sense of curiosity and innovative thinking developing life skills and a love for learning.
TBELC Wyong acknowledge the endless opportunities nature brings to children’s sense of wellbeing. Educators foster strong connections with children and the natural environment throughout both the indoor and outdoor environments. TBELC Wyong recognises the environment as “The third teacher” providing inspiring learning spaces which children can take control of their learning independently, or in social contexts to construct their knowledge and spark new ideas.
Centre Director – Wyong
My personal values align with my teaching practices each day. I value a holistic approach to learning seeing each individual child as unique, confident & capable. I’m an advocate for children to share their voice and to have a safe, stimulating environment to scaffold their unique sense of curiosity and learning styles. Each child learns at their own pace and I believe it is our responsibility as educators to build strong bonds with children through interactions to gain further perspectives on each child’s individual needs in collaboration with families.
Tell us about yourself, your interests outside of work?
I am a wife and mum of two Chase (4 years old) and Myla (2 years old).
Outside of work I enjoy spending time keeping active going to the gym, playing soccer and exploring our local beaches and bush walks with my family.
Tell us about the service you offer at BELC.
BELC Wyong is a 58 place centre catering for ages 6 weeks- 6 years open 7am-6pm.
We are a unique centre as we are located in the old Wyong court house. Our centre provides three rooms 0-2 years, 2-3 years and 3-5 years. Across our centre we embed a play-based curriculum developing fundamental lifelong skills through the following developmental learning areas, social, emotional, literacy, numeracy and STEM learning opportunities. This style of learning enables children to learn at their own pace. We value family input which is reflected through our daily curriculums and project based learning.
At BELC Wyong we ensure all children, families and educators feel a sense of belonging and connections through open communication. The BELC Wyong values diversity and inclusion this is reflected through educators daily practices and partnerships with children, educators and families. Mindfulness practices are embedded into our daily rhythm nurturing children’s ability to be in the moment and develop tools to assist with self-regulation and emotional intelligence. Educators value nature pedagogy which is evident throughout our learning environments both indoors and outdoors. Moments of connections are embedded throughout the day as educators expand the children’s sense of curiosity and provide intentional teaching and spontaneous learning opportunities.
The BELC Wyong views children as capable and competent learners who learn through a variety of learning styles. Educators adapt teaching practices to meet each child’s individual learning styles and abilities developing skills for life. Educators provide stimulating and innovating learning experiences to inspire and spark a natural sense of curiosity and wonder for children to take control of their learning. Hands on learning experiences and safe risky play is embedded to empower children to develop resilience and a strong sense of agency. BELC Wyong encourages incursions into the centre from local community businesses emerging community connections.
What do you think is the most important aspects of Education and role modelling for the children in your care?
I believe each child has the right to a safe, secure environment where they feel a sense of belonging to thrive and learn. I think it is important to be mindful of the diverse learning styles of each individual child and family. Educators play a vital role in role modelling and guiding children’s emotional intelligence which I think is key to developing a strong sense of wellbeing for all children. I think the way we communicate, and role model drives our actions and perspectives, the way we communicate and role model influences children’s behaviours. I think taking the time to listen and be in the moment with children broadens educator’s perspective of the way children see the world and this assists with ensuring we are role modelling what we are aiming to teach. Applying mindful language to everyday practices and positive language enables children to develop a growth mindset and positive thinking.
Why do you think you meet the needs of the families in your community?
Our educators take the time to listen to the individual needs of each family which enables families to feel heard and respected. We follow up with questions and encourage feedback to continue to make improvements and have discussions as a team which I feel is important for families to have a voice in the service their children are attending.
We value family input and embed families voices into our curriculums this is also evident through discussing goals for each individual child with their families, which our learning experiences planned for children are based upon and added into our curriculum planning for each individual child. Our passionate educators build strong partnerships with families built on open communication and respect for families diverse needs.
Explain in one sentence what it is like to spend a day in the shoes of a Leader in the Early Childhood Profession?
Children, families and educators always comes first, Time management assists when not all goes to plan.
Nursery (0-2 years old)
In our nursery we provide a nurturing and calming environment. Our educators work in collaboration with families to ensure children’s individual routines are consistent with their home routines. This enables educators to provide a comforting transition between the home and nursery environment. Our Curriculum provides significant learning experiences to allow each child to holistically develop through their milestones.
In our Toddlers environment we provide a child led curriculum which allows educators to cater for all children’s individual needs and interests. Educators work in partnerships with families to encourage children to develop fundamental life skills such as self-regulation, self-help skills and a sense of independence. Our play based curriculum empowers children to further their sense of wonder and curiosity throughout stable learning environments. Our toddlers participate in physical movement groups throughout the day focusing on fundamental movement skills.
Our Preschool room embeds a play based School Readiness program including literacy, numeracy and STEM experiences through project based experiences. This enables children to learn at their own pace. Our Preschool educators value a holistic, mindfulness and a nature based approach to learning. This learning style enables children to develop a strong sense of emotional intelligence, resilience and life-long skills. Preschool children at BELC Wyong are encouraged to develop self help skills and a sense of independence as they take care of their belongings, self serve their meals and develop a understanding of hygiene practices.