Rooms

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We have three rooms divided by your child’s developmental age. Please click on each Room below for more detailed information:

Aboriginal name meaning “Beautiful Place”

Dedicated to the needs of your child aged 0-2 Years.

Aboriginal word meaning “Sunbeam”

Encourages children aged 2-3 years to thrive.

Our Pre-School Room
“Cooinda”

Aboriginal word meaning “Happy Place”

Tailors programs for 3-6 year old’s, including an additional program specific to those children attending “Big School” the following year.

Transitioning Rooms

Age is not the only factor we consider when progressing your child to the next developmental room. Educators collaborate with parents to ensure each child is ready for the change.

Towards the end of each year we begin orientation in each room. The children spend some time each day in the room they will transition to. This allows familiarisation and a gradual shift to their routine.

Other factors that may influence your child’s progression to the next room may include:

  • Numbers of children already in the room above are at maximum
  • the ages of the children waitlisted for the Centre
  • but most importantly, whether or not your child is ready to move up. Our educators will advise you about what is best for your child.

Early Development Room 0-2yrs “Amaroo”

Amaroo – an Aboriginal name meaning ‘beautiful place’

Staffing & Ratios

A team of four educators provides the highest quality care for your little one in our Amaroo room. We accommodate a maximum of 12 children per day aged between six weeks and two years.

Our ratio of educators to children is 1:4 in Amaroo.

Click here to view the National Quality Framework minimum child-educator ratios on the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority website.

What if I feel Anxious to send my baby to day care?

At Maryland Care and Early Education, we understand the anxiety that parents may face when sending their child to care, especially when they are so young.

Many Questions such as:

  • “How will they keep the routine the same?”
  • “What about breastmilk?”
  • “How do I leave my child when they are crying?”
  • “My child has stranger anxiety…won’t day care make this worse?”

All of these questions are legitimate, and we encourage you to voice your concerns with our educators at every opportunity…only through open communication can we ensure these anxieties are minimised!

To better accommodate your child, we ask parents to complete a form at each drop off, outlining your child’s specific routine. This includes:

  • which milk you have chosen for your child (breast, formula or dairy),
  • what temperature your child has their bottle (cold, room temp or warm)
  • What time your child sleeps and how often.
  • Any extra information that will assist us in delivering the best care possible (eg, teething – needs gel, nappy rash – needs cream, is unsettled – may require extra naps).

What will my child experience in Amaroo?

Our educators understand flexibility is essential when working with children aged 0-2years. Our excellent staff endeavour to follow each child’s individual routine as close as possible to the one that works best for you at home.

Throughout your baby’s day at Maryland Care and Early Education Centre they will be provided with a range of stimulating experiences and activities that allow them to actively explore both our indoor and outdoor learning environments. Our environment is designed and equipped with your child in mind to ensure they feel secure and ‘at home’ in our environments.

Your child’s educator will provide feedback daily, both verbally and written on your child’s day sheet, be sure to collect this upon departure!

Maryland Care and Early Education Provide the following for your child:

  • Morning Tea (Approx. 9am)
  • Lunch
  • Seconds (Healthy equivalent dessert)
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Late Snack (Approx. 5.15pm)
  • All drinks throughout the day
  • Nappies
  • Lockers
  • Program equipment
  • Daily professional cleaning service of each room to minimise infection
  • the dedicated service of our qualified educators who genuinely care about you and your child.

What your Child will need each day in their bag or backpack:

(Please remember to clearly label all of your child’s belongings)

  • Bag or backpack
  • Set of cot sheets
  • Multiple changes of clothes appropriate to the weather
  • Broad brim hat or legionnaire style hat all year round (We have these in the Office for Sale all year round).
  • Milk bottle if required
  • Water bottle
  • Dummies or comforters

Arrival procedure

  1. Sign in your child using the record in the foyer
  2. Apply an allergy wristband if required
  3. Complete your child’s day sheet
  4. Make your child’s bed (Your child will be allocated the same cot each day to ensure familiarity and routine).
  5. Apply sunscreen if you didn’t do so at home
  6. Put water bottle into basket
  7. Place milk bottle clearly labelled in the blue basket in the bottle preparation area
  8. Place bag and belongings into designated locker
  9. Place hat on your child ready for outside play
  10. Join peers and educators for family grouping
  11. Always say goodbye to your child when leaving
  12. Have a great day and remember you can call anytime to check how your child is going

Departure procedure

  1. Sign out your child using the record in the foyer
  2. Collect your information exchange day sheet
  3. Look at our daily slideshow to see our program and daily happenings
  4. Collect your child’s bag and belongings
  5. Collect your child
  6. Inform an Amaroo staff member of your departure

Early Learning Room 2-3yrs “Buddina”

Buddina – an Aboriginal name meaning ‘sunbeam’

Staffing & Ratios

Our Buddina room accommodates a maximum of 15 children per day between the ages of two years and three years, with three dedicated educators creating a safe, stimulating and exciting environment for your active toddler.

Currently, Maryland Care and Early Education Centre meet the Educator to Child Ratio: 1:5 as set by the National Quality Framework.

Click here to view the National Quality Framework minimum child-educator ratios on the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority website.

What if I feel Anxious to send my toddler to day care?

At Maryland Care and Early Education, we understand the anxiety parents may face when sending their child to care, especially when they are so young.

Many Questions such as:

  • “How will they keep the routine the same?”
  • “How do I leave my child when they are crying?”
  • “My child has stranger anxiety…won’t day care make this worse?”

All of these questions are legitimate, and we encourage you to voice your concerns with our educators at every opportunity…only through open communication can

What will my child experience in Buddina?

Play and your child’s interests are at the heart of our curriculum!

Buddina is a place where we foster each child’s curiosity and wonder about their world; a place that allows each child to develop their skills and interests at their own pace, with the right combination of new and practiced experiences.

Children in our Buddina room are encouraged to actively explore and engage in gross motor activities through physical experiences such as climbing, dance, running and jumping.

Our language rich environments cater to children’s blossoming communication skills. Your child’s interactions with peers and educators will enhance their social skills and foster the establishment of friendships.

Your child will explore their senses with paint, mud, sand, play-dough, glue and many more tactile experiences!

Your 2-3-year-old will dream, imagine and create in an environment of a laughter and fun!

To develop your child’s confidence, self-esteem, sense of belonging and social skills, we encourage parents to share photos and experiences of special family events, holidays and achievements. We invite you to stay and play, join us for lunch or to drop in at any time!

Maryland Care and Early Education Provide the following for your child:

  • Morning Tea (Approx. 9am)
  • Lunch
  • Seconds (Healthy equivalent dessert)
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Late Snack (Approx. 5.15pm)
  • All drinks throughout the day
  • Nappies
  • Lockers
  • Program equipment
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Panadol (In the case of an unexpected high temperature)
  • Paw-paw cream and Sudo-cream for nappy changes
  • Daily professional cleaning service of each room to minimise infection
  • and of course, the dedicated service of our qualified educators who genuinely care about you and your child.

What your Child will need each day in their bag or backpack:

(Please remember to clearly label all of your child’s belongings)

  • Sheets for rest time (cot sheets are the perfect size)
  • Blanket if cool
  • Multiple changes of clothes appropriate to the weather, especially if your child is toilet training!
  • Broad brim hat or legionnaire style hat all year round (We have these in the Office for sale if required).
  • Water bottle
  • Any special items your child may need (cuddly toy, special blanket, bottle, dummy etc)

Arrival procedure

  1. Sign in your child using the record in the foyer
  2. Apply an allergy wristband if required
  3. Complete the Buddina day chart in the room
  4. Ask your child to find their name/photo and place it on a locker of choice
  5. Place bag and sleep bag in locker
  6. Apply sunscreen if you didn’t do so at home
  7. Allow your child to place their labelled water bottle in the labelled trolley
  8. Place hat on your child ready for outside play
  9. Take your child to an educator once you are ready to leave
  10. Chat to staff about how your child is, as well as any other important information they may need to know
  11. Always say goodbye to your child when leaving
  12. Have a great day and remember you can call anytime to check how your child is going

Departure procedure

  1. Sign out your child using the record in the foyer
  2. Have a look at the Buddina sign-in chart for information about your child’s day
  3. See what your child has been up to during the day by looking at the daily slideshow
  4. Assist your child in collecting their belongings
  5. Collect your child
  6. Inform a Buddina staff member of your departure

Pre-School Room 3-6yrs “Cooinda”

Cooinda – an Aboriginal name meaning ‘happy place’

Staffing & Ratios

Our Pre-school room accommodates a maximum of 25 children per day between the ages of three years and six years, staffed by four highly experienced educators specialising in the creation of pre-school and transition to school programs.

Maryland Care and Early Education Centre are exceeding the ratio of educators to children 1:8. The regulation states 1:10 for children over 3 years of age.

Click here to view the National Quality Framework minimum child-educator ratios on the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority website.

What if I feel Anxious to send my child to day care?

At Maryland Care and Early Education, we understand the anxiety that parents may face when sending their child to care.

Many Questions such as:

  • “How will they keep the routine the same?”
  • “How do I leave my child when they are crying?”
  • “My child has stranger anxiety…won’t day care make this worse?”

All of these questions are legitimate, and we encourage you to voice your concerns with our educators at every opportunity…only through open communication can we ensure these anxieties are minimised!

What will my child experience in Cooinda?

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of your inquisitive, imaginative and enthusiastic pre-schooler. Multiple learning centres are created each day to allow your child to self-select materials and develop their skills and interests at their own pace.

Educators in the pre-school room aim to ensure your child has developed positive self-esteem, confidence, independence and a love of learning before they begin the transition to formal schooling.

 Social experiences and group work are a focus for this age. Friends and educators share stories about family and experiences, fostering collaboration and teamwork. Your child’s sense of pride is upheld when achievements are completed on group projects.

With all the busy-ness of learning activities readily available to your child, provisions are made for moments of tranquillity and solitude, enabling your pre-schooler to slow their thoughts and reflect on their experiences.

The Cooinda Preschool room is a place that promotes curiosity and wonder about the world and a place to strengthen friendships made in the younger developmental rooms Amaroo and Buddina or to create new ones.

Specific Programs we employ to help your child manage big emotions, develop confidence and transition to primary school:

  • You Can Do It Program
  • Ella Program

Maryland Care and Early Education Provide the following for your child:

  • Morning Tea (Approx. 9am)
  • Lunch
  • Seconds (Healthy equivalent dessert)
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Late Snack (Approx. 5.15pm)
  • All drinks throughout the day
  • Nappies
  • Lockers
  • Program equipment
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Panadol (In the case of an unexpected high temperature)
  • Paw-paw cream and Sudo-cream
  • Daily professional cleaning service of each room to minimise infection
  • and of course, the dedicated service of our qualified educators who genuinely care about you and your child.

What your Child will need each day in their bag or backpack:

(Please remember to clearly label all of your child’s belongings)

  • Sheets for rest time (cot sheets are the perfect size)
  • Blanket if cool
  • Multiple changes of clothes appropriate to the weather, especially if your child is toilet training!
  • Broad brim hat or legionnaire style hat all year round ((We have these in the Office for sale if required).
  • Water bottle
  • Any special items your child may need (cuddly toy, special blanket, bottle, dummy etc)