Your child’s boundless energy needs plenty of good food for fuel, and we provide delicious meals that follow recommended nutritional guidelines. Our in-house chef offers a weekly rotating menu, with each meal prepared fresh daily, using ingredients from our local markets.
Some examples of what we serve include: cereals and toast for breakfast; fresh fruit platter for morning tea; fruit and cheese platters, healthy baked goods or vegetable sticks with dips for afternoon tea; and fruit or crackers for a late snack. Our yummy lunch options include chicken and vegetable risotto, tuna mornay, dahl, lamb hot pot, vegetable lasagne and curried sausages.
Please let us know if your child has special dietary requirements, whether it’s because of allergies, cultural needs or any other reason. There is a section on the enrolment form where you can put this in writing.
We know that every child is a unique individual and we encourage and support them in exploring new interests. We arrange numerous activities including having guest speakers in to either entertain the children or to share cultural information so they can learn about other cultures. Several of our educators are from different cultural backgrounds and share their knowledge with the children.
- Home corner and dress-up costumes that can be adapted for various imagination-based and role-playing activities
- Spacious outdoor areas with shaded spaces, climbing equipment, sports and other play equipment
- Kelly Sports
- Worm farm
- Herb garden
- Bilingual books and multicultural activities
- Visits from family members to share their culture
Annual special events:
- Cultural Diversity Week
- NAIDOC Week
- Chinese New Year
- Preschool Graduation Ceremony with cap, gown and certificate
Sustainable practices are very important to us at Casey Childcare & Kindergarten Centre, and we make sure we role-model sustainable behaviour as well as teach the children about ways to be kind to our planet. Recycling is a priority for us. We use recyclable products in our activities as well as encourage families to donate more. When we can’t use a resource again ourselves, we recycle it.
Some of our practices include keeping chickens and a worm farm, which the children love. They also see that by putting their leftover food in our compost bins, this then feeds our chickens and worms. They participate in looking after our herb garden, from planting new plants to tending them on a daily basis, to picking the herbs. These are all wonderful learning experiences for them!
Our welcoming, purpose-built learning centre is conveniently located in a quiet residential area on a main road in Cranbourne East.
Children with Additional Needs
We welcome all children with a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds or needs. If your child requires extra medical, emotional or learning support, we will tailor our care for them and work closely with you to ensure they have a smooth transition into our centre. This includes seeking support from other networks or professionals to bridge any gaps in our service delivery.
Some of the additional needs and support which can be provided at our centre include but are not limited to:
- English as a second language
- Autism spectrum
- Physical disabilities
- Minor or serious medical conditions
- Emotional issues
Our team cultivates a warm atmosphere of inclusion through continuous improvement and open communication. We are confident that your child will benefit from our dedicated approach to care and education.
Please speak to our staff about your child’s individual needs and how we can accommodate them.
Together we can create a plan to help them reach their full potential.
Child Safety & Welfare
All aspects of our operations are in line with the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. This includes our Health and Safety policy. All educators follow our health and safety policies and procedures and have access to these online.
We understand that leaving your child in someone else’s care is a difficult thing to do. We assure you that safety is our top priority and our educators follow safety practices every day.
At all times, we ensure that our centre is secure and free of hazards, both inside and out. Fire drills and UV checks are a regular part of our informed approach to safety. We emphasise safety education by creating an atmosphere of safety awareness in all aspects of the day. You will see visual safety guides around our centre, such as our sun smart posters. These tools support our lessons about safety, which we discuss as part of the curriculum. We take every opportunity to act as role models, pointing out tripping or slipping hazards and putting hats and sunscreen on for outdoor play. We talk about stranger danger so that children can build awareness and can freely talk to us if they are scared or worried. We aim to teach children to think about their own safety habitually too.