Centres (Barrack Heights Community Preschool)
SAFETY. LEADERSHIP. INTEGRITY. INCLUSION. CHILD-CENTRIC. COLLABORATION.
As a director, family-centred practice guides my day-to-day engagement at the service. I believe that practice that is focussed on both the children and their families helps to build strong children and strong families.
At Barrack Heights Community Preschool, we believe in providing the highest quality of care and education, with strong values rooted in social justice, fairness and equity for all; allowing access for all children, families and our community to shape the service we are and will become.
Our curriculum focus is on the needs of the children, supporting their developing interests, skills and abilities, while ensuring fun, freedom and a little bit of quirkiness. I believe in the power of play and its capacity to shape and build capable, confident and engaged children, with endless opportunities for learning.
Nicole Mackenzie, Centre Director
Why choose Barrack Heights Community Preschool?
We have a strong core team of 17 educators, 8 of whom have been with Big Fat Smile for more than 8 years, including our director who has been with the organisation for 17 years.
Our educators are passionate, experienced, love their jobs and love working with children. High quality care is the key focus for our team. We provide education in a fun and engaging way that is play-based and captures the interest of all children, ensuring we have inclusive, age appropriate environments that foster the needs of all children in our care.
We build strong relationships with the children and ensure all feel a sense of belonging. We also like to develop strong connections with our families.
Our centre has an abundance of indoor and outdoor space that enables children to have access to a curriculum that promotes the wellbeing and development of the whole child. We also focus on sustainability and teaching the children how to nurture and respect their environments.
Our location near the local shopping centre, library, community garden and Blackbutt Forest allows us to develop and foster connections with the community.
We also provide a Transition to School Program for all children going to school the following year, run by a university-trained Early Childhood Teacher. We support the needs of the children to ensure they are prepared for big school by nurturing their social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive development.
Meals – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks
What to bring?
Change of clothes – To prepare for all weather types
Baby bottles and formula if required