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Diary dates 2022

Closure day

The Centre has one closure day each year. The closure day for 2021 was Tuesday 7th December. The WCCC staff team spent the day working with Ngunawal artist Kristal Matthews from Wilay Designs. Kristal worked with the team to increase our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal history and to share her beautiful culture. This was done through the sharing of stories. Kristal also had permission to share some Ngarrindjeri weaving techniques with us all. This learning supported the development of the WCCC Reconciliation Action Plan. There are plans for continued sessions in 2022 with Kristal on dates to be decided, once the COVID situation has settled and we can come together as a team again.

Early closure days

The Centre has two to three early closure days each year for the whole centre team to engage in extended learning opportunities together. In 2021 we had an early closure day in April with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and an early closure day in August to complete our annual CPR refresher. This was done with support of a grant from Masonic Charities.


Belonging, Being & Becoming at Waite Campus Childrens Centre

Waite Campus Childrens Centre programs and curricula are based on the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) , Belonging, Being and Becoming. This supports the development of strong relationships between educators and children and provides the foundation for programs of learning and development that are responsive to each child's strengths and interests.

All children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life.Early Years Learning Framework

Waite Campus Childrens Centre is committed to continuous improvement of its service and the ongoing professional development of educators to maintain our commitment to high quality early education and care. We have a detailed plan for this development with key outcomes linked to the National Quality Standards.

Waite Campus Childrens Centre Quality Improvement Plan

WCCC Quality Improvement Plan 2022

 


Connect Ed trauma-informed education and care

Trauma-informed education and care

The educator team at Waite Campus Childrens Centre have completed a program accessing Innovative Solutions funding from the Inclusion Development Fund Manager and Gowrie SA. The team worked with Kerra-Lee Shearer from Connect.Ed, over a period of 8 months to develop skills and understandings in the effects of early trauma on young children's brain development, behaviour and regulation.

Keeping safe child protection curriculum

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum trained 2020

Our two Early Childhood Teachers in the Preschool area have completed full day training in the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum in July 2020, and the refresher training in 2021.


 

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Safe Sleep trained 2020

Educators in our Under Two's Room have completed Safe Sleep Training through Sids and Kids SA, during March 2020.
 


 

Inclusion aware 2019

Inclusion Aware

Waite Campus Childrens Centre has been certified Inclusion Aware, an initiative from Gowrie SA. This certification refers to the consistent and considered thought about environments, resources and planning to support the welcoming of children and families with a diverse range of abilities, interests and backgrounds.
 


Mandarin immersion

In 2008 WCCC implemented an additive bilingual (L2) program in Mandarin in Room 3, our 3 year old to school age group.

In 2016 WCCC joined the ELLA program and we now also provide a digital play-based program in Chinese (Mandarin) to all preschool age children.

This program has grown and there is now dedicated teaching of Mandarin with all age groups of children.

Why?

  • Every child has the ability to learn additional languages
  • Learning a second language enhances children’s reading readiness as it develops their metalinguistic awareness or capacity to use knowledge about language.
  • Young children are intuitive language learners and will learn a second language contextually in the same way that they learn their primary language. That is by hearing it spoken on a regular basis.
  • Bi-lingual children develop a more positive attitude to non-native languages and foreign cultures.

It is important for parents to be aware of this and discuss with their children as second language programs do well when there is support from parents.
 


Parent Advisory Group matters 2022

The Waite Campus Childrens Centre, Urrbrae, and the Adelaide Campus Childrens Centre, Adelaide, are owned by the University of Adelaide and managed by the Adelaide University Childcare Services Inc (AUCS). This body is separately incorporated and is not part of Adelaide University. AUCS Inc is supported in its governance of these Centres by a Parent Advisory Group at each Centre and by a Director at each site who is responsible for service management, staffing and administration.

The Parent Advisory Group consists of up to 10 parents representing each section of the Centre, the Director and a staff representative.

This group supports Centre development and programs through policy and program reviews, interview panels for new educators and staff, and planning and assisting with family events.

Parent Advisory Group (PAG) meetings are currently being planned for 2022.
 


Sustainable futures for children

Waite Campus Childrens Centre is committed to exploring and implementing ways to save water and energy, reduce waste, expand children’s environmental education and foster sustainable lifestyles. The approach to environmental education for young children is an experiential one providing opportunities for child-initiated experiences that support children to learn through discovery.

Please look at our Education for Sustainability page.
 


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