Our Centre

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". -- Nelson Mandela

Our Facilities

At Lake Cathie Little Learners, we understand the important role the environment plays in children's learning. The centre has been architecturally designed to create an environment that is safe, nurturing and stimulating where children are encouraged to discover, explore and imagine. This enables children to develop their own ideas, to discover, explore, and construct their own sense of agency.

Outdoor play areas include:

• Water pump
• Edible garden
• Sensory boards
• Mirrors
• Sandpit
• Cubby houses
• Slides
• Mud Kitchen
• Water pump and splash pad

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre | Nursery

Two rooms accommodating 12 children
aged from 6 weeks to 18 months

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre | Tiny Tots

16 children
aged 18 months – 2 years

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre | Toddler

25 children
aged 2 – 3 years

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre | Junior Preschool

20 children
aged 3 - 4 years

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre | Preschool

Two rooms of 20 children
aged 4 - 6 years

Programs

Lake Cathie Little Learners provides extra-curricular programs daily for 2-6 year olds.

Health and Fitness Program

The children will:

• Optimise the development of motor skills
• Enhance social skills, confidence and self esteem
• Improve fitness, strength, balance and coordination
• Learn about the muscles, bones and organs of the body
• Develop an understanding of healthy eating and healthy habits
• Empowers young minds to lead a happy, healthy life
• most of all - its lots of FUN!

The children will develop motor skills required for sports and will:

• Gain knowledge on the rules and techniques of a variety of sports
• Use fun age appropriate sports props – perfect for little hands
• Be encouraged to have an understanding of the muscles used in sports
• Be inspired to be active

 

Music

We will have a qualified music teacher, who will conduct music lessons in our state of the art music room.  (not available at this time due to COVID restriction as at 17/1/22)

 

Drama

Our exciting Drama program for boys and girls between the ages of 2-6 that teaches skills relating to Drama- singing, dancing, acting, performing- in a fun and creative way. Our goal is to develop children’s confidence and to develop a strong foundation in Drama. During the classes, the children will go on exciting adventures where they’ll be encouraged to use their imagination and creativity; we’ll challenge their dance skills and ability to hear various tempos and themes in music and we’ll use lots of props to further inspire their creativity. Occasionally the use of the performing arts room encourages the children to gain confidence in public speaking.  (not available at this time due to COVID restriction as at 17/1/22)

 

 

Cooking classes

Our Cook will provide cooking classes for our children. Our cook educates the children on the nutritional aspect of food and healthy eating and through fun experiences, the children use cooking to foster language, literacy and numeracy skills.

 

Nutrition

Good nutrition is very important for the development and growth of young children. Our age-appropriate, balanced menus are as delicious as they are nutritional. Our menus incorporate a wide range of fruit, vegetables, legumes and proteins and focusing on meals with low GI complex carbohydrates, low added sugar and unsaturated fats. Our qualified Cook ensures that dietary requirements are met, including those for children with allergies, those who are vegetarian or have other special requirements. Our premises and procedures strictly comply with all food safety regulations.

We also understand that meal-times are just as important as the food. When children gather together to eat and drink, an opportunity for social and language development exists along with the support of self-help and hygiene skills.

At Lake Cathie Little Learners we provide breakfast for the early starters, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and a late snack at the end of the day.

Breakfast 7.00 am
Morning Tea 9.30 am
Lunch 11.45 am
Afternoon Tea 2.30 pm
Late snack 5.30 pm

During breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, milk and water are offered as beverages and at lunch water is provided.  Click here to view a sample weekly menu.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

• Lake Cathie Little Learners is a nut-free centre.

Our Fee Structure

At Lake Cathie Little Learners we provide high quality care in an age appropriate early childhood learning environment. Lake Cathie Little Learners is fully equipped with new, state-of-the-art facilities. The fee structure reflects the standard of care and education, the calibre of staff and the variety of extra curricula experiences provided daily for the children.  At Lake Cathie Little Learners our fee structure is all-inclusive: 

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

Nutritious food prepared by on-site cook

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

Special dietary needs catered for

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

Milk and formula

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

Nappies

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

Bedding linen

Lake Cathie Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

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Child Care Subsidy Changes

As of July 2, the Federal Government introduced its new Child Care Subsidy (CCS). This new subsidy replaced the existing Child Care Rebate (CCR) and Child Care Benefit (CCB).

The CCS helps eligible families to access who use approved and registered child care, by subsidising some of the cost. This subsidy could be as high as 85% of the cost of child care.

Below is some information on the CCS and you can visit the Department of Human Services website for more information.

For instructions on how to confirm your child's enrolment details for Child Care Subsidy go to this Human Services page

How is the CCS calculated?

The CCS is calculated by a number of factors such as:

  • Activity Level (see graph 1)
    The amount of recognised activities completed in a fortnight such as paid work, study, volunteering.
  • Combined Family Income (see graph 2)
  • Service Type and Hourly Rates
    The type of service you are using such as long day care or outside school hours care.

Additional Child Care Subsidy

The Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) is in place to provide additional support with the cost of child care for eligible families. This payment replaces the Special Child Care Benefit (SCCB), Grandparents Child Care Benefits (GCCB), Benefit and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JET).

Why is there a 5% withholding on my payments?

Some families are unable to estimate their income accurately ahead of time, so Centrelink withhold 5% of your CCS each fortnight to reduce the likelihood of overpayment.

This means if you overestimated your family income and didn’t receive enough CCS, the outstanding amount will be paid directly to you. This will include the 5% payment withheld over the year.

If you underestimated your annual family income you may have a debt which you’ll need to pay back. The 5% amount withheld will be used to reduce the debt.

Graph 1: Hours of Activity

Graph 1

Graph 2: Combined Family Income

Graph 2