Barry Beckett Children Centre is a 93 placed service. We have 5 room. 4 of these are long day care rooms and one sessional kinder that runs 3 days a week. Over these rooms, we cater for children aged from 3 months to 6 years old.
The age groups at the Centre are a guide and enrolment in any of the rooms will be based on current vacancies.
Green Room 3 months-18 months
Purple Room 18 months -30 months (2.5 years)
Blue Room 2.5 years – 3.5 years
Orange Room (Integrated Kindergarten Program) 3.5 years- 6 years
Red Room – Monday to Wednesday (Sessional Kindergarten Program) 4 years-6 years
Yellow Room – Thursday & Friday (Sessional Kindergarten Program) 4 years-6 years
Red Room is our sessional kinder program that runs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.30am to 1.30pm, currently this room caters for children aged 4 – 6 years and develop a program that is meaningful, challenging and appropriate for all the children in the room as they prepare to start school in the coming year. We have 22 children in the room with 2 educators at all times.
This is our 3 and 5-year-old kinder room. we cater for children in the year before they start school in an integrated Kindergarten program. We also work with the 3 year olds on their development and learning in the same way we do with all the children within the centre. We develop a program which links to the Early Years Learning Frameworks, both the National and Victorian. We focus on social and emotional development for children. We encourage all children to be able to develop social skills that are needed to be able to ask for help, communicate with other children, both older and younger and adults. We find that the mixed age groups work well for the children work together and help each other, developing social skills and empathy.
We have close links to Newlands Primary School, Coburg Noth and Newlands Kinder and regularly take the children on excursions to these places and also other local places.