St Simon Peter Early Learning Centre and Outside School Hours Care commenced operations in 2011 under the Provider Approval of Catholic Education Western Australia. The Service was established based on the communities growing need for quality and affordable education and care in the area. Our Service is unique and one of only 3 Services on a Catholic School site in WA.
When our Service first opened, we were licensed for children 2.5 years of age and above. Demand quickly grew and we introduced 2 year olds into the Service. We have continued to evolve with our communities needs and in 2022 introduced our baby’s room, providing care for children from 12 months of age to 2 years. Our Early Learning Centre now provides Long Day Care for children from 12 months of age to 6 years. We also provide a Three Year Old Kindy program for children the year before they attend 4 Year Old Kindy.
We understand the importance of the first 5 years in children’s growth and development for later years. We provide play-based programs and through these programs, our environments and talented Educators provide children with the opportunity to grow to their full potential and develop a love of learning.
Being located within the school grounds of St Simon Peter Catholic Primary and embedded in our school community is a special opportunity for children to attend childcare, where they will start their schooling journey. Our children can visit the school’s facilities such as the library, chickens and playgrounds. Our Early Learning Centre was built as part of the Kindy hub, supporting children with their transitions to School.
Our Service follows the Education and Care Services National Law, Regulations and National Quality Framework. Our programs also embed the Early Years Learning Framework into their curriculum and daily practices.
Our curriculum outlines the planned experiences offered to your child. These experiences have been carefully planned to reflect your child’s needs and interests, as well as meeting their developmental requirements. Our day provides a balance of indoor and outdoor experiences with opportunities for small and large group play. Our environment reflects a holistic approach to learning and provides endless opportunities and possibilities for children to explore and learn. We believe in empowering children in co constructing their journey.
Our Three Year Old Kindy program is the stepping stone between Long Day Care and School, and is the perfect introduction to Four Year Old Kindy, focusing on social and life skills.
All our programs are approved for Child Care Subsidy, which is a government rebate to support families with the costs of childcare. For more information on Child Care Subsidy, please visit: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/child-care-subsidy
Prior to commencement at our Early Learning Centre, you will receive an enrolment pack. This includes all the necessary paperwork required by the Service. To enrol your child, you are required to complete and sign the Enrolment Form and supporting documents. The completed forms must be returned to the Service prior to the completion of your child’s orientation sessions. The details required on the Enrolment Form are needed by our Educators to help them take the best possible care of your child. It is also a legal licensing requirement. All information is strictly confidential.
Starting your Early Learning journey is a big step for children and families. To help make the transition as smooth as possible we offer orientation sessions where children and families stay and play. This allows you and your child to build relationships with our Educators, learn about our programs and explore the environments.
Children attend 2 orientation/ stay and play sessions of a minimum of 1 hour before starting care in our Maali LDC room.
Attending orientation session supports children with feeling a sense of security, so they can be ready for their first day.
The first sessions are 1 hour, with the parent or guardian staying for the duration. During these sessions, you will get to know the Educators, learn how the program runs, get to know the routine of the room, and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. It is also a great chance to let Educators know all about your child and their own routines. The last orientation session is also 1 hour long, with the parent or guardian leaving the Service for the hour. This gives you and your child a better understanding of what it will be like to attend care on a day-to-day basis without a parent or guardian present.
We are always happy to offer additional sessions for children needing a longer period to transition.
Our fees are reviewed on an annual basis by our Finance Committee and based on a Not-for-Profit Structure. All our programs are approved for Child Care Subsidy to support families with the cost of care.
Child Care Subsidy CCS is calculated using:
A broad range of activities will meet the activity test requirements, including paid work, being self-employed, doing unpaid work in the family business, studying and volunteering.
Families with more than one child aged five or under in care can access a higher CCS rate. CCS is paid directly to the Service and applied to your fees. Families are then required to pay the gap fee.
For more information on Child Care Subsidy, please visit the Australian Government website: Child Care Subsidy - Services Australia
For a current fee structure, please contact the Service: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the National Quality Framework, our Educators implement the Early Years Learning Framework. Our curriculum outlines the planned experiences on offer for your child. These experiences have been carefully planned based on observation of child to suit their interests and likes while providing opportunities to learn new skills.
We offer a balanced program that provides opportunities for indoor and outdoor play and learning. Our program offers experiences for small and large group play as well as active and quiet times.
Our environments reflect a holistic approach to learning and provide endless opportunities and possibilities to support children’s interests, learning and wellbeing. Our resources are arranged in the environment to empower and support children to actively engage in co-constructing their journey.
We welcome you to come in for a tour to discuss your family’s needs.
Please contact the Service for further information on enrolling into one of our programs