Stewart Street Community Preschool
From our Director Mine Temel
At Stewart Street Community Preschool we value the importance of children’s learning and laying a foundation for their life’s development within the first few years of life. Our philosophy is to watch children flourish and grow as a person in our care. Help, support and guide them to reach their milestones. Using moments to provide spontaneous experiences that allows us to scaffold learning, and encourage them to learn from their social interactions and their own interests with their peers and educators. We see children as active and competent learners, who are able to contribute to and make their own decisions in regards to their learning and development. Our curriculum acknowledges the importance of the play spaces, our educators take the time to plan and develop engaging play spaces that provides challenges, encourage social interactions and supports development of children in all areas.Healthy living is also a big part of our curriculum and practises. We believe in providing children with lots of opportunities to get physically active, as well as providing healthy eating habits for life. We are very luck at Stewart Street to have 2 passionate cooks to prepare seasonal fresh healthy meals and incorporate native herbs and spices in their cooking from our own veggie garden.
We aim to embed sustainability in our curriculums and pedagogical practises to ensure children develop a sense of responsibility for the environment and have a solid grasp of sustainable practices.
We believe that families are the most important influence in their child’s life. We develop strong relationships with families that allow our environments and curriculum to be reflective of the home environment. As educators we also take this opportunity to use our role and expertise to help and support families when and where needed.
We strive to provide an environment that is safe, diverse and supports equality. We are committed to prepare and set up an environment where children feel safe, secure, supported and respected.
We Respect and include Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the many diverse cultures within our preschool, our local community and the world. We reach out and build strong relationships with our local and wider community to learn more about our land and our diverse cultures in collaboration with children and in partnership with families and the community.
What Parents are Saying About Stewart Street Community Preschool
“I have on numerous occasions recommended Stewart Street Big Fat Smile, as a mum who works in the early childhood industry I know what to look for in a good service, Stewart street has fantastic communication, the educators are always full of energy and really passionate and loving. I don’t feel like my child is going to “preschool” I feel like he is going to visit family. They are all amazing, I couldn’t recommend them enough”
“My three kids have all gone (two still do) to Stewart St in Wollongong and they love it. We all love it. The staff are amazing and the kids are so happy. The facilities are great too :)”
“So impressed with the quality of service and how happy and friendly the staff are. They seem to really love what they do.”
“I love everything about l Centre from the teachers to the hygiene to the structure to the education and love given to my child she’s absolutely happy to be there every time comes back home of the smile she’s been fed she’s been cleaned I love the input and feedback we get”
We have a transition to school program which is created by collaborating with families and local schools and implemented by teacher qualified educators. We also connect children to our local community through incursions and excursions.
Our long standing educators have many years of experience working with children under five years of age. They cater to the needs of working families by providing extra routine support.
We have engaging indoor and outdoor play spaces that provide children with the opportunity to learn through play. Our natural outdoor environments allow children to engage with natural materials.
Our educational program is based on children’s interests and provides challenges and opportunities for learning.
Meals – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and snacks
What to bring?
Change of clothes in a bag
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.