Play ‘N’ Grow.
Early Learning Centre & Kindergarten
About Play ‘N’ Grow Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten, Carrum Downs
At Play ‘N’ Grow Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten, we embrace the image of the child as a creative, confident and active learner. Our qualified, Early Childhood Educators use the Early Years Framework as a guide which is intended to support curriculum decision making to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school. Read more.
We aim to provide programs that are fun, play based, educational, inclusive and reflective.
The program is based on the developmental needs, interests and experiences of all the children in our care.
Our recreational program promotes a natural environment which provides opportunities to teach children about caring for the world in which we live including:
- Gardens where children can dig and grow their own plants
- Sandpits for sensory, symbolic and physical play
- Plants to encourage birds, butterflies and other insects
- Natural play spaces outdoors to encourage risk taking, fine motor development and imaginative play Water play areas for sensory play
- Trees which provide shade
In line with the manner in which children learn in their early years, we provide a play-based curriculum that allows for sensory exploration in the belief that “there is nothing in the mind that was not first in the senses” (John Locke).
Increasing evidence shows that early childhood is the ‘window of opportunity’ for children to establish the beginnings of skills that will enable them to reach their full potential. It is our job, therefore, to create a safe, secure and supportive environment where through observation, interaction and careful planning, we can provide appropriate, stimulating and challenging developmental activity to meet the needs of every child in our care.
Our aim is not only to provide a sense of wellbeing and belonging for your children but for your families as well and create a community that is welcoming and inclusive where three voices are heard – not only the voice of the teacher but also the voice of the child and the voice of the family. You are your child’s first teacher and we trust we will work alongside each other to continue what you have already begun – not only preparing your child for school but also preparing your child for life.
What makes our childcare service in Carrum Downs unique?
- Nutritionally balanced meals provided by our fully qualified chef Nappies & wipes provided
- Sunscreen provided
- Gardens, sandpits & natural resources
- Fully accredited, Government-funded Kindergarten Program
- Highly qualified & experienced educators
- Regular photos and updates on your child’s activities
6 weeks to 18 months
18 months to 2 years
2 years to 3 years
3 years to 4 years
4 years to 5 years
Service Manager at Play N Grow Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten in Carrum Downs
“Providing children with high quality education and care has always been my passion. I believe that the education and care children receive in their first five years helps shape the rest of their lives and I take enormous pride in being able to contribute to shaping the futures of the many children I encounter.” Read more.
My journey at Play N Grow began 11 years ago and I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful team of educators and community of families, some educators and families that have been with us along our entire journey as a service to date. Such longevity has provided me with amazing opportunities to witness a child’s growth from infancy to the beginning of Primary Education.
The strong relationships shared between our Educators and the children and families is a testament to the environment that we continue to nurture. I look forward to continuing to guide and mentor my team and continuing to foster a safe and secure environment where each child feels a strong sense of belonging and ensuring we are our Communities #1 choice for Early Childhood Education.
My qualifications & experience:
- Over 14 years of experience in early education
The Sparrow Way.
The Sparrow Way combines proven international early learning methods to create a unique practice designed for today’s society. Guided by the principles of Reggio Emilia and underpinned by The Early Years Framework for Australia, we embrace children’s inherent abilities to learn and develop, creating an environment for them to find solutions through exploration, discovery and invention.
Waitlist & enrolment process
Our Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten in Carrum Downs promotes an open-door policy where families can visit and tour our service at any time during operational hours.
Once families have completed a tour, they will receive an enrolment pack with all necessary paperwork.
Once enrolled, the orientation process begins. The orientation process is an arrangement made between families and staff that supports the family’s needs.
Accessing the Childcare Subsidy
We understand that access to the Government Childcare Subsidy is an important consideration when choosing a childcare centre. Learn more about eligibility, how to access the subsidy and how Sparrow works with your family to ensure a smooth transition into early learning childcare.
Happy families at Play ‘N’ Grow Early Learning Centre
“We started our daughter here as a 6mo and can’t imagine being anywhere else! She is now nearly 2 and is learning so much every day. At drop off she runs in with excitement and has the most beautiful relationships with her educators. The food served is healthy, well balanced and varied. Educators are friendly, knowledgeable and open and the service in general is professional, clean and communicative – not to mention well managed. Five stars from our family.”
“We couldn’t be happier with our experience at Play n Grow.
Our son gets so excited when he knows he going to “school”, so we know he loves it too!!
All the staff continually go above and beyond to provide a loving, nurturing and educational environment for our son.
The staff constantly adapt the learning to our son’s interests and ensure he is engaged, learning & growing every day!”
Brooke Ashlee Rossborough
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