Our privately owned centre caters for 137 children per day. We cater for children aged from 6 weeks to 6 years over six spacious rooms.
The Wombats room is for children aged 6 weeks to roughly 14 months. This room holds up to 12 children per day with 3 Educators at all times. (One Educator for every 4 Children)
The Possums Room is for children aged 14 months until roughly 2 years. This room can hold up to 16 children with 4 Educators at all times. (One Educator for every 4 Children)
The Kangaroos Room is for children aged 2 to roughly 2.5years. This room can hold up to 16 children with 4 Educators at all times. (One Educator for every 4 Children)
The Koala Room is for children aged 2.5 to roughly 3 years. The room can hold up to 24 children with 6 Educators at all times. (One Educator for every 4 Children)
The Kookaburras Room is for children aged 3 to 4 years old. The room can hold up to 35 children with 3 Educators at all times. (One Educator for every 15 Children)
The Emus Room is our Kindergarten room. This room is for children aged 4-5 years that are going to Primary school the following year. The Room can hold up to 30 children with 2 Educators in the room at all times. (One Educator for every 15 children)
My name is Kristy and I am the Centre Director here at Kids on the Rise. I have completed an Advance Diploma in Children’s Services and I have been working in the industry for the last 10 years. I have been working here at Kids on the Rise since September 2011.
I first started working in the early childhood industry when I was 16 and still at school! So I have always known that working in early childhood was for me. I find working with children to be such a rewarding and enjoyable career. I have a passion for teaching young children and helping them grow so they are well prepared for their primary school years.
When people ask me what I do for a living, I am so proud to say that I work at Kids on the Rise with such a lovely team of educators that also share my passion in early childhood.
We open at 6.30am and family group in the Possums room. Breakfast is served at this time until just after 8.00am. As more children arrive for the day we begin to move the children to their rooms.
At around 9.00am morning tea is served and the children are encouraged to come and have some fruit when they are ready. During this time activities continue for children who have finished morning tea or are not ready to eat.
An indoor/outdoor program begins (if weather permits). We offer an indoor/outdoor program whenever possible to allow the children to make choices about where they wish to play and what they wish to do. All of our children (apart from the babies) share the outside area. Our outside area is very large and has plenty of stimulating activities for children to explore. The babies have a separate section of the yard fenced off to allow them to engage outside play and still feel secure.
At around 11.00am lunch is served and the children are encouraged to come and eat when they are ready. Our educators assist with meal times as we understand that some children need a little assistance when eating. Our educators sit at the tables with the children and role model eating habits. If children aren’t ready for lunch during this time we save lunch for them and give it to them when they are ready.
After lunch some children go down for a rest/sleep. We continue with our indoor/outdoor program and activities for the children that are not sleeping/resting.
At around 2.30pm afternoon tea is served and again the children are encouraged to eat when they are ready or when they wake up. Children then continue engaging in our indoor/outdoor program.
At around 5pm the rooms begin to combine for family grouping. At around 5.30 late snack is served and the children are encouraged to sit down and enjoy a light snack while they wait for their parents to arrive to collect them.
At 6.30pm the centre closes.
We offer flexible routines to allow the children time to make the most out of each experience they engage in.
At Kids on the Rise we provide breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack. We have two cooks who make all of our meals from scratch. They even make puree’s for our little ones. All the food provided is from local suppliers.
We cater for all dietary requirements such as vegetarians, dairy free, gluten free, food allergies etc. We take great care to ensure that all children are given the correct food.
Kids on the Rise is a ‘Nut Safe’ centre as we have some children with life threatening allergies to nuts. Therefore we ask that families do not bring any food into the centre from home. (You really don’t need to!)
Breakfast is a variety of cereals and toast. We serve breakfast from 6.30am until just after 8.00am.
Morning Tea is a variety of seasonal fruit or puree (if required).
We try to keep lunch interesting by providing a different meal each day. Some of our yummy lunch meals are things like, Shepherd’s Pie, Meat Loaf served with Pumpkin Mash and Veggies, Beef Chili Con Carne served with rice, Mexican Wraps, Vegetarian Pasta Bake, Tuna Mornay and Spaghetti Bolognese.
Afternoon tea is around 2.30pm and also varies from day to day. For afternoon tea we have things like muesli bar slice, fruit salad with yoghurt, pancakes with jam and orange and poppy seed cake.
Our late snack is served around 5.30pm and is just a light snack. We may have foods such as, fruit, biscuits, raisin bread or sandwiches.
If a child refuses what we are offering we always offer a second option such as sandwiches, yoghurt, fruit etc. All of our delicious meals are served with either water or milk. We have a wide variety of milk to suit all requirements. We currently have soy milk, lactose free milk, A2 milk, oat milk and full cream milk.