Lake Cathie Little Learners is a family owned Early Learning Centre, passionately driven to ensure the highest quality of early education and care is delivered.
Lake Cathie Little Learners provides a special blend of the highest quality child care and education, delivered by qualified and highly trained staff in a unique, innovative environment. At Lake Cathie Little Learners, we understand how precious your children are and are committed to make their happiness and growth our priority. The trained and experienced owners and staff have a genuine passion for high quality child care, teaching and learning and receive ongoing training and development. To prepare the older children for school, our qualified staff plan and prepare a weekly “School Readiness” program, which allows for both planned, structured activities and children's spontaneous ideas; this supports children to construct their own ideas, to discover, explore, and develop their own sense of agency.
We understand the importance of environmental learning and are passionate about giving the children opportunities to be in touch with the natural world and explore methods of sustainability. The goal of designing children's outdoor environments is to use the landscape and vegetation as the play setting. They offer children chances to manipulate the environment and explore, to use their imagination, to interact with nature, animals and insects, and other children. The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS) acknowledge the importance of outdoor learning environments:
“Playspaces in natural environments include plants, trees, edible gardens, sand, rocks, mud, water and other elements from nature. These spaces invite open-ended interactions, spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature. They foster an appreciation of the natural environment, develop environmental awareness and provide a platform for ongoing environmental education.” (DEEWR, 2009, p. 16).
The philosophy of Lake Cathie Little Learners is embedded in our motto “nurture, inspire, achieve”, guided by the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework - “Belonging, Becoming and Being”.
Nurtured within the secure, friendly, centre atmosphere, the children will develop a sense of belonging. The children will be respected for their uniqueness, acknowledged for their efforts and encouraged to try new things to develop independence and growth through the fun and learning of a play based curriculum.
At Lake Cathie Little Learners the children are given opportunities to explore, create, problem solve and discover in an environment that supports diversity, sustainability and individuality. Becoming the person they have the potential to be, through acceptance, respect and trust. The children are inspired to respect and value the environment in which we live, giving them opportunities to understand and explore sustainability.
Being is recognised, valued and achieved through the relationships created, developed and nurtured at Lake Cathie Little Learners. Participation in and collaboration with families and the local community is seen as an evolving resource, essential to the development of the child’s sense of belonging. Through challenge, inquiry and creativity, the children will be encouraged to be the catalysts for their own learning, all within a safe, nurturing environment.
Commitment to Child safety
Statement of commitment to child safety
Lake Cathie Little Learners is committed to child safety.
We want children to be safe, happy, nurtured and empowered.
We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.
We are committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early and removing and reducing these risks.
We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow carefully.
We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.
Lake Cathie Little Learners has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers, and we will train and educate our staff and volunteers surrounding child abuse risks.
We are committed to the cultural safety of ATSI children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability. To achieve these commitments, we have specific policies and procedures in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers.
Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity
It is a privilege to be living and working on the lands of Biripi people. It is upon their ancestral lands that Lake Cathie Little Learners is situated.
We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners and custodians of the land and acknowledge the wisdom and diversity of past and present Elders.
We share commitment to nurturing the future generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the communities in which we work.
We must take time to reflect and take up the challenge to open our eyes to understand the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This land has held a deep spiritual significance.
We acknowledge the attachment and spiritual connection the First Nations people have with this country. Through generations, the story and spirit of the people have been written into this land.
We acknowledge the people’s relationship with the land and all creation.
We also extend our acknowledgement to all other cultural groups that have contributed to the country we live in today.
At Lake Cathie Little Learners we celebrate diversity and innovation.
We embrace creating a connected organisation which enables all service users, employees, students, contractors, and volunteers to feel safe from discrimination.
We support an inclusive environment where people of all genders and ages, people living with a disability, First Nations people and people from LGBTIQA+ and CALD communities feel empowered to contribute their experiences and ideas; knowing that these will be valued.