At Young Stepping Stones, we value health and nutrition. Our onsite cook carefully prepares and provides five healthy and nutritious meals every day for the children, using only the freshest seasonal food and with nutritional guidelines in mind. Our weekly menu rotates on a monthly basis and includes a delicious variety of firm favorites such as wraps, casseroles and apricot chicken.
We also discuss nutrition and run a number of educational and game-based programs to enforce the importance of health and nutrition. We are happy to meet all special dietary requirements, whether they be for cultural and religious needs or health related reasons.
We celebrate and observe a number of cultural and awareness-based events at our centre. They include:
- Chinese New Year
- St Patrick’s Day
- NAIDOC Week
- Remembrance Day
- Book Week
- R U OK Day
- Ditto Program
We also take part in yoga classes, have visits from community groups and even offer parents a ‘date night’ on occasion where we will look after the kids for you to enjoy an evening out!
It’s important that children learn about sustainability and how best to protect our environment which is why we promote sustainability at our centre on a daily basis.
As part of our everyday routine, we take part in a number of sustainable activities including:
- Tending to our vegetable and herb garden
- Recycling and reusing resources
- Conserving water, electricity and food where possible.
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.