Keiki Early Learning – FAQ
We welcome children 0-5 years at our Early Learning schools in Mindarie Keys, Hamersley, Edgewater and Trinity Alkimos; 2-5 years at our Glendale Hamersley bush kindy; 3-5 years at our Mindarie Primary Three Plus program; and from kindy to age to 12 at our Mindarie Primary and Northshore Alkimos Outside School Hours Care locations.
Ideally, you want to start looking as early as possible. Some of our schools have a waiting list, so it’s best to express your interest early, even if you’re not yet sure when you want to commence care.
We do not have a minimum booking – you can book one day to full time – we aim to meet your families’ needs.
We are fortunate to employ a highly qualified team. Some of the qualifications our educators boast are Masters Degree in Education, Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood Studies), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Children and Family Studies, Degree in Early Childhood Teaching, Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, Certificate IV in Early Childhood Education and Care and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Educators have successful gained a Working With Children’s Check and hold formal certification in First Aid and Asthma Management & Anaphylaxis.
Our cooks are experienced and passionate with providing children with nutritious and delicious food. At Keiki Early Learning we have worked with a qualified nutritionist to ensure all menus are developed with balance and children’s daily dietary requirements in mind.
Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea are provided, as well as a small snack in the evening for children who are here later than 5pm. Dietary, cultural and medical needs are also catered for at the centre. We encourage families to discuss their child’s individual needs during the orientation process. All rooms have a copy of the child’s dietary requirements and food allergies.
Keiki Early Learning schools follow flexible routines. This ensures we are meeting every child’s individual needs.
Children in the baby’s room follow their individual home routine. As they progress to the Toddler’s room, we begin to blend this routine with a more general routine that follows regular mealtimes and sleep patterns. Pre-Kindy and Kindy children have a routine that encourages self-regulation and independent feeding. We have learning zones (small group learning time) throughout the centre that provides children with the skills that will make them successful at school e.g. scissor skills, early literacy and numeracy, listening skills and following instructions etc. Routines ensure that children are ready for the school environment and enhances a sense of security.
We’ve made it easy for you and have direct debit implemented via bank account or credit card. All you need to do is fill out an Ezidebit form or provide your details within Xplor, our dedicated and secure app. Payments are made fortnightly in advance at the Early Learning schools and the Three Plus School Readiness Program, while the Outside School Hours Care’s payments are made weekly. All payments and statements are easily accessible via Xplor.
At Keiki Early Learning school/centre, we believe education begins at birth. We follow the National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework at the Early Learning Centre and the Three Plus School Readiness Program. The Outside School Hours Care follow the My Time, Our Place Framework. We believe in play-based learning which ensures that our curriculum is a balance of child led and educator intentional teaching and offers children the opportunity to participate in active learning whilst having the support and challenge they need from educators. We incorporate elements of the Reggio Emilia approach into our learning to ensure that children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in learning that is rich in creativity whilst offering depth, appropriate challenge and fun. We use Xplor as a secure online portfolio giving you 24/7 access to information on your child’s learning and play.
Yes, we do. We offer a unique Three Plus School Readiness program to help prepare your child for school. Even if your child has not attended a centre in their younger years, you’re welcome to enrol in either our Three Plus program at Mindarie Primary or our Kindy Rooms within any of the Keiki Early Learning schools. All programs are delivered by teachers holding a qualification in Early Childhood Teaching and educators with a background in education. It is our aim to provide educational programs that will give your child a head start in their education journey and the social skills and confidence to flourish in the school environment.
Each room offers information about your child’s care and learning for the day in various formats. The curriculum displayed at your centre forms part of the planning cycle and documents the activities of the room for that day. Most importantly, educators take the time to have that vital chat in person with you at collection and drop off times every day. We use Xplor as a secure online portfolio giving you 24/7 access to information on your child’s learning and play. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
Children’s safety is important to us which is why we follow a year round sun protection policy. Families are asked to bring in a sun hat for their child each day and to apply sunscreen before they arrive at the centre. Sunscreen is reapplied throughout the day. Clothing covering shoulders is required, as is a water bottle.
All families are asked to provide a few spare sets of clothes for their child. Children are encouraged to enjoy messy play and sometimes there are spillages or accidents. A sunhat and drink bottle filled with water must be provided each day. If your child has sensitive skin, we ask that families bring sunscreen. Please provide nappies and nappy cream to ensure you have control over the products you want your child to use. If your child has a bottle please supply the required amount each day.
We recommend a minimum of two orientation sessions. These sessions will allow your child and you to get to know the educators, the routine and the children in the room before commencing care. We also offer play dates. Just like the orientation sessions you and your child attend the centre for a play on days you do not normally attend. These are particularly helpful when your child has been away from the centre for a family holiday.
If you have a question we haven’t answered please contact us.