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Committed to providing the very best of care
and early childhood development

Our Curriculum

Make Imaginations Pre-School your choice for childcare and day care in Marsfield. Our centre and staff are committed to provide the very best care and early childhood development for children aged zero to six years old. We are a fully licensed Marsfield childcare centre by the Department of Education and Communities, with continued monitoring and regular licensing inspections. Emphasis is on providing the standard of care and an effective physical environment on an ongoing basis. We are a provider of state approved childcare in Marsfield. We foster a warm and innovative learning environment for children to develop critical team-oriented skills and accommodate individual progress and styles of learning. At Imaginations Pre-School and Early Learning Centre, we are the local Marsfield childcare centre and we truly value our local community of families that come together to drop their children off into our care. We embrace diversity in activities for learning and development and playtime driving interpersonal skills and creativity as well as mental stimulation with puzzles and games. Developing fine motor skills is important like drawing, building blocks and other items while driving cognitive development is also learning words, numbers, letters and colours. Problem-solving activities is a big plus for enhancing cognitive function and games and puzzles are strongly encouraged to assist with this. Whether children are indoors or outdoors, there are always activities for them to enjoy doing.

Choosing a Marsfield Childcare Centre

For many parents, finding the right childcare centre stirs up a range of emotions. After all, you are leaving the most precious person in your life in the hands of a stranger. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Our Marsfield childcare offers a special place that nurtures and enhances the development of children. We create an environment for learning, development and growth through play and socialisation with others. It is a home away from home so picking the right childcare service forms an important part of parents’ lives. Determining the type of childcare that you are looking for is an important step. The type of care may differ depending on your overall objective. For example, if you are looking for someone to look after your child for hour or two whilst you run errands, a long day care service may not be the appropriate choice, family, friends, babysitter or perhaps an occasional care centre may be the best option. On the other hand, if you are looking to provide early education, then a long day care may be a better option. We also recommend families to take centre tours. Visiting an early learning centre is the best way to meet our centre directors and key educators, check out our daily routines and our facilities and indoor and outdoor experiences offered. You’re welcome to book a tour for our Marsfield childcare centre and our centre Director will be very pleased to give you a tour. Childcare costs can take a big portion of household expendable income so it is no surprise that careful consideration of the costs is needed. Lower fee isn’t always the cheapest, nor is the most expensive always the best. So, you should balance the fee for the service the childcare centre delivers. It may seem like it’s simple and straightforward but cleanliness can play an important part in choosing the right childcare centre. Ultimately trust your gut feeling. It doesn’t matter how amazing the centre is or how great the staff are, or if they have availabilities or the cost is low. Trust your instinct, and if your gut tells you to keep looking, then do just that.

Preparation for School

It’s only natural that one day your child is going to outgrow childcare and early learning and so our Marsfield Heights childcare centre, Imaginations aims to prepare each child for their future school years to the optimum of each capacity. We don’t place too much pressure on them thus we gently guide them through learning. We help them by applying new skills so that they may have a pocket of resources for when they begin to attend primary school. Some children will develop quicker than others, rapidly absorbing information and skills and be well-prepared for school but this does not mean that their emotional state is also ready for school years. Our educators at Marsfield childcare centre understand this and hence offer an all-encompassing strategy to help the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of all children regardless of the level of their skills. While some children may progress at a slower rate, they still have enormous opportunities to gain skills and achieve successful outcomes during their school years. Lifelong attitudes are often established within the early years and cognitive development years of childhood so our educators encourage positive and productive attitudes towards educators, towards the children themselves, with the other children and with the activities.

Capturing The Imagination

The imagination is a powerful thing and one of the most important aspects of a child learning and growing in their own unique way. Whether it is through learning activities or play-time activities, children engage with their imagination to let it roam free to create craft, formations, rhythm and the exchange of ideas. As your Marsfield childcare centre, Imaginations Pre-School educators embrace diversity and the richness of children’s imaginations; it’s in our name after all. Imagination aids children to perceive and ascertain things about their world around them and engaging in imaginative play is an effective way of dialling into the imagination. Expression of oneself verbally and physically is important for children and imagination allows them to engage with various roles in role-playing games and scenarios, often modelled on their reality around them. Role play activities permits a child to push boundaries in a safe and controlled manner if you help facilitate or monitor the role play by ensuring it is in a safe environment. Letting the imagination roam free is important but so is permitting this in a safe manner in a supportive environment like our Marsfield childcare centre. Encouraging imaginative play often involves the provision of props such as puppets, dolls house and dolls or arts and craft materials. Motivating children to engage in a creative manner with props or activities fosters the roaming of the imagination and even making up stories and providing story-telling opportunities helps the imagination flow. Imaginations Pre-School Marsfield aids children to engage in imaginative play, games and puzzles, problem-solving and cognitive development through various activities. The possibilities are almost limitless when it comes to the imagination so at our Marsfield childcare centre we allow children to activate their imagination and we encourage families to do the same at home. We feel that we are like an extension of the home so we endeavour to help all children grow and develop as unique individuals.

The Five Senses For Learning And Development

Engaging the five senses is an important attribute of learning and development within children and our Marsfield childcare centre provides opportunities for children to explore their senses. Sight allows children to visually perceive their surrounding environment, sound enhances auditory stimulation and perception, touch enables children to understand objects and formations and recognise these by feel, smell can incite a pleasurable experience with what the nose can sense and taste fosters engagement with different flavours of food. To drive visual perception and understanding of the sight sense, you can model positive expressions and our educators are highly-adept at this and this can motivate children. Utilising colour schemes and patterns or different colours for coding is another way to promote learning with sight. Similarly to positive expressions, using a positive tone of voice is important for children to hear and enhances their ability to comprehend when they have engaged in positive behaviour. It also fosters participation and enhances self-confidence and esteem. Music is a natural winner for auditory stimulation and there is a connection between music and cognitive abilities. Sensing temperature through touch is important for children such as recognising ice compared with heat packs and further development of the touch sense can be achieved through sensory toys and finger painting. Said to be the strongest sense, smell can either promote distaste or pleasure for something and having lavender, rosemary or peppermint smells within the classroom can be fruitful for the sense of smell. Lavender is known for its calmative properties, rosemary for reducing mental fatigue and peppermint drives energy levels. Providing children with various food items for morning tea and/or lunch is important for getting them acquainted with various taste/flavours and at home it is a good idea to make food together. Meanwhile at our Marsfield childcare centre, we foster enhancement of the five senses through positive sensations.

Stimulating Games For The Five Senses In Young Children

It is highly important to stimulate the five senses within young children very early on so that they may grow with understanding the world around them through their senses. For sight activities, matching games with pictures is an effective way to engage visual senses as well as exploring colours. A traffic light game is a good way to engage sight and comprehension of what green and red mean if you have a green card and a red card and have the children walk around in a circle watching to see when you hold up the red card for stop. “Simon Says” and musical chairs are two fabulous ways to engage the sense of sound as well as getting children to follow song and rhythm. Playing in sand and mixing dirt and water are two ways to stimulate the touch sense and playing with sensory toys and objects are great for children understanding what certain objects feel like. Activating the sense of smell can involve spraying certain scents in the air within the classroom, playing with scented bubbles and having jars with different scents such as candles is an effective way of engaging the sense of smell. With taste, children can often be rather fussy but if you engage them in a taste test of different ingredients such as lemon, honey and salt, children can identify the sour, sweet and salty taste of each respectively. Having food from other cultures can expand the tastebuds which is good for healthy eating of a variety of food. Our Marsfield childcare centre, Imaginations Pre-School understands the importance of stimulating the five senses and engaging children in activities which aid development of each sense.

Quality State Approved Child Care Centre

As a state approved childcare centre, Imaginations Pre-School Marsfield is licensed by the Australian’s Children Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and additionally, licensed by the New South Wales Department of Education. We deliver incredible quality care for your child and treat each child with respect and celebrate their uniqueness. Our educators are highly-qualified and trained to embrace learning and development with your child’s best interests at heart and we have a curriculum of activities which aids in your child’s development of skills and knowledge. We prepare children for further education in primary school and build a wonderful foundation block for your child to bounce off into school. Given that school is structured with a routine, we engage in structured activities and routine on a daily basis so that the children are prepared with scheduling of a day. This includes learning activities and play time which is important for developing effective interpersonal skills and socialising. It also builds rapport with other children and the educators and engages the children in mental stimulation. Cognitive skills are developed through conducive learning activities and games and puzzles which inspire critical thinking skills and creativity which is important for children as they grow. We teach basic literacy and numeracy so that they have skills for further education and to articulate themselves in the best way possible. As a quality state approved child care centre, Imaginations Pre-School Marsfield goes above and beyond to assist your child in outstanding growth and development.

How To Prepare Your Child For School

You might wonder what happens after your child attends a state school approved child care centre such as Imaginations: are they prepared for school in literacy and numeracy? Do they have the understanding of routine and scheduling? Are they equipped with social skills to interact with peers and make friends? There are optimum ways to prepare your child for school. If your child is nearing the time for attending school, going to a school orientation session is a good idea as you can gain an idea of the school environment and their values and your child can see the school and liaise with staff. Arranging play dates with other children who will be attending the same primary school as your child is a conducive idea as it helps them sustain friendships and they will already have friends when they attend school. It also further builds upon socialising skills and interpersonal communication. Discussing with your child about school as a positive and rewarding experience is important to prepare your child for primary school. The educators at Imaginations Pre-School Marsfield will engage your child in effective learning strategies which will help them and talk with them about what types of activities they may experience during primary school. As a state approved child care centre, we value each and every child’s experience of learning and socialising and prepare them for school in an optimum manner. Imaginations engages with parents to report on your child’s progress and will monitor the responses they have to discussion about school; it is wise for you as a parent or caregiver to do the same and alleviate anxiety about attending school. Some children may experience learning difficulties or challenging behaviour and is integral to manage these before attending primary school. Positive reinforcement for positive behaviour is important and explanation of why certain behaviours are not conducive is also integral. Learning difficulties can be managed by careful assessment of requirements and ability of the child to apply themselves to learning activities and educators will help them to reach their optimum potential.

Why Is It Important To Attend A State Approved Child Care Centre?

The reason behind attending a state approved child care centre is to help develop your child’s learning techniques, knowledge and skills growth and development of interpersonal communication and articulation of language. Teaching them to take care of things such as play items with care and attention is important as they need to learn how to manage taking care of things as they grow older. Educators at Imaginations Pre-School Marsfield can also teach your child self-calming and self-regulating strategies especially for anxious children; validation is key and learning how to self-validate the child’s emotions is integral to development. Attending our state approved child care centre is crucial for your child’s growth and development and we are committed to enabling them to grow in their own unique way and at their own pace.