Limited Hours Child Care

The Ravenshoe Limited Hours Childcare Centre has been in operation for over twenty years and is a registered Queensland Education and Care Service that is bound by the Education and Care Services Act 2013.

This Centre has implemented the principles, practices and outcomes from "Belonging, Being, Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia". This framework supports and enhances young children’s learning from birth to five years of age and underpins the play-based program that is offered at the Ravenshoe Limited Hours Childcare Centre.

As a Limited Hours Childcare Centre we are able to be open up to twenty hours per week with 21 children in attendance with a maximum of four children under 2 years of age.

The ratio of educators to children is 1:7 to fulfil legislative requirements.

The Centre is open from 8:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Wednesday and can be contacted by:

Address: 5 Moore Street, Ravenshoe QLD 4888

Phone: 07 4097 7049

Email: childcare@ravcom.org.au

 


Philosophy


The philosophy of this Centre is based on valuing and respecting each child as competent individuals who resource their own learning and development through inclusion in a holistic early childhood program. The curriculum at this Centre is guided by the “Belonging, Being, Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia” and the staff endeavour to follow the Principles and Practices that are a reflection of contemporary theories and research evidence concerning children’s learning and early childhood pedagogy.

Consideration is given to each child’s individual family and cultural background and to their current and future educational and developmental needs. We acknowledge the very important and unique role of the family in a child’s life. We encourage all families to form partnerships with the staff at the Centre and other families in our community through supportive relationships that are characterized by respect, trust and collaborative engagement.  We support children in recognizing their sense of belonging to their families, to their community and to this Centre.

The Centre’s policies support staff in offering a home-like environment which is responsive to children and supports high expectations, equity and respect for diversity. The staff engages in ongoing learning and reflective practice to continually pursue best practice outcomes for the children in our care.

The curriculum at this Centre is play-based which supports child-directed activities and autonomous choices with the understanding that children learn and develop to the best of their ability when they manage their social and physical learning environments. The routine is constructed to enable children to experience success and continuity and to offer both planned and spontaneous intentional teaching opportunities. The resources and equipment support children being in the moment, learning skills and knowledge and integrates children’s interests and needs in their role as co-constructors of learning. 

Various forms of assessment, documentation and monitoring of children’s learning and development inform the curriculum and support children in achieving learning outcomes in the areas of:

  • Identity
  • Connectedness
  • Wellbeing
  • Learning
  • Communication

 

We aim to provide exceptional care to all children who attend, in a warm, caring, safe and hygienic environment and utilize all opportunities, resources and equipment to support children in their unique learning and development experiences.