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A Holistic Approach to Child Care

Early childhood education is essential to instill a love of learning, and begin to nurture foundations that will last a lifetime. Brains are developing quickly between the ages of infant to five years, so well-rounded care is important. Mission Australia Early Learning centers are non-profit family day care, kindergarten, and after school hours care centers located throughout the Country. Their approach focuses on four key elements needed for the development of happy, healthy, and successful children. The main goals are to help children reach their potential, work with, and support, parents, and build stronger communities.

One key element is education, so experienced early childhood professionals, including educators, medical personnel, and behavior specialists, have developed a model to provide an environment that is conducive to learning. Children in all classes of child care will have materials, activities, and opportunities to meet their needs, and encourage their creativity and curiosity. Proper nutrition is also a key element. Food provided meets national nutritional guidelines, and is geared to the age group and needs of the children. Cultural, medical, or religious needs and restrictions are also met for any child enrolled.

Environment is the third key element in the holistic approach. All centers have safe and extensive outdoor areas that include trees, grass, flowers, equipment, and activities so children can experience nature. All classes spend plenty of time out in the sunshine, weather permitting. Community is the fourth element, so centers are integrated into local areas. Children are educated on the history and culture of the area, visit local places, and begin to learn what it is to be part of a community. Family day care should include a component that helps to meet some of the needs of the community, and support local parents. Staff at any center can help explain various government programs that may be able to assist parents with fees. Financial assistance is available via programs that are income based, and some that are not.

There are fifty-three centers in all, and parents can go to the website to find locations in their region. Centers can be contacted via Email, or the form provided online. Parents can make general inquiries, find out about availability, enroll a child, provide feedback, or book a tour of the nearest center. Working parents cannot be with their children at all times, so relying on a recognized and award winning early learning centre center is the next best thing. Gather information about centers in the area, and compare approaches, staff training, hours of operation, and programs available.