We take a three pronged approach to child care in our child care centre. We believe to create a positive environment and support, which needs to be provided in three ways:

  • We support children's learning and wellbeing
  • We support partnership with families and parents
  • We support effective team work between educators at Pumpkin Long Day Care

Children need the support from our educators to feel safe and secure where they can learn, have fun, and thrive. Parents and families work together with educators so we can connect the families with our program, which is the most important thing we can do for children as everything parents and families do interest children.

Our Nursery Room aims to reflect the values of home.  Including a beautifully decorated cot room for those peaceful, sleepy moments throughout the day. We ensure the babies in our care receive the cuddles and attention they need. Regular discussions with you also help us to follow the routines established at home eg: sleep times and meals. 

Babies are provided with plenty of opportunities to develop a positive sense of self and the physical skills required to achieve the milestones appropriate to their age and stage of development.
A wonderful age to discover a love of language through rhyme, simple stories, responding to their carer's instructions and song. 

Babies are encouraged to develop their early cognitive concepts such as cause and effect, social/emotional relationships and problem solving as part of an integrated process.  While their curiosity and enthusiasm to explore and think creatively grows, relevant activities and resources are provided to challenge and excite these instincts.

Children aged 2-3 years
We aim to provide a whole learning environment where children are free to observe, question, experiment and explore. Children will be engaged in activities focused on sensory experiences, including:
  • Play dough
  • Painting
  • Sand / water play
  • Indoor / outdoor activities
We also enable children to become more independent and foster social skills, through activities such as: 
  • Puzzles
  • Dramatic play and imaginary play
  • Group times - for story and language development
  • Outdoor areas for safe climbing; a garden area for investigating the environment, and a sandpit area where children can enjoy tactile sensations of wet and dry sand.
Children aged 3-5 years
Multi-age kindergarten program with extra-curricular activities such as music, dance and physical education.
Our educational and recreational programs are designed to encourage children's development through a variety of experiences that help them become confident and independent. Children will grow and develop in an atmosphere of care and learning. We believe that their transition to the wider community (school) will be effortless because of our approach, strategies and philosophy.

The skills we look at further developing include but are not limited to:
• Independence and confidence, recognising and looking after their belongings
• Social skills such as developing empathy, having control over emotions, making friends.
• Been able to sit and listen to story, following directions.The ability to hold a pencil, use scissors with ease
• Recognising and writing name
• Recognition of shapes, colours, letters and numbers