Barrack Heights Community Preschool
From our Director Alicia Doolan
My Role as the director stems from not only supporting each and every team member but also our broader community inclusive of all children, families, extended families and the wider community. We at Barrack Heights believe we are the second most important part of each family’s day, as they enter our early learning centre, they will be able to grow, be supported, be nurtured and learn through our play based curriculum that is inclusive for all children birth-5 years.
Our very well thought out curriculum focus’s on each child’s individual needs and development whilst also including theorists, the early years learning framework and the national quality standards as we continue to grow and support each child’s overarching needs to provide the best quality foundation of early childhood education and care.
Our environment allows for free flowing both in natural and built spaces that allow all children to make decisions for their own learning and development, continuing to strengthen their wellbeing, needs and interests.
Our menu has been derived from family and children’s favourites and is approved through the Munch and Move program ensuring that all children are adequately being provided for in all areas of their nutrition, allowing them to get the best start to life.
We are a small service which allows all children to not only build that strong bond and connection with their teachers but also allows each family to feel safe, secure and supported within their choice of early childhood education and care and the role that we play in each of their lives everyday.
What Parents are Saying About Barrack Heights Community Preschool
“Every single staff member is absolutely amazing at what they do. They are all so supportive not only to the children but to the parents as well. I couldn’t fault them at all”
“It’s the educators that win this one for me! The educators are so dedicated. They communicate well. My daughter is happy to go everyday. The conversations I have with the educators show me that they know my child.”
“My kids love school and have learnt alot from the educators and feel welcome and confident going to school at Big Fat Smile Barrack Heights”
“It’s a fantastic learning environment that enables my daughter to grow and the care and educational given by staff is wonderful.”
We have a strong core team of 8 educators, with tenures of up to 15 years with Big Fat Smile.
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
Smiles all round!
Big Fat Smile exists for children and families, working to provide access to the highest quality early education and care in Australia. In fact, quality is central to everything we do.
Bespoke Educational Framework
The educational framework is a benchmark for best practice across all Big Fat Smile services, setting out expectations for pedagogical learning and teaching practices that support the promotion of learning in the early years.
Child safety is a part of our vision and values
We are a child safe organisation. We take a whole of organisation approach towards creating and embedding a child safe culture, environment and practices for all children, across all service types and programs.