Newport Gardens Early Years Centre
Newport Gardens Early Years Centre is an architecturally designed early years hub conveniently located next to Newport Gardens Primary School. We deliver high quality and inclusive early education and care for children from birth to five. Our team of nurturing and experienced educators will partner with you to develop a play-based learning program that helps your child realise their potential. Even more importantly, our educators will ensure your child is safe, secure and happy while in childcare.
Highlights of our childcare centre
A state-of-the-art centre designed with the needs of local children and families in mind.
- Busy families can take advantage of our co-located maternal and child health nurse, Toy Library, Yooralla support service, Playgroups and community spaces.
- Parents and educators can share and receive live updates about children’s learning from anywhere via the Storypark ePortfolio.
- Our strong partnership with Newport Gardens Primary School ensures children can transition well to school.
- Aboriginal culture and language are embedded in our outdoor environment, contributing to children's understanding of identity, community, and respect.
- Incursions, excursions, and meals are included within our daily childcare fee, which means there are no hidden costs for families.
“The staff work really hard at building trusting and supportive relationships with the children but also with us as parents” Rebecca.
“We have been welcomed with open arms by the whole team, it’s so nice to meet all the various people that make up the team and learn about their roles”. Anna
“Staff have really strong relationships with the children and they work hard to establish that. They seem to be happy to be here”. Chelsea
"We feel so incredibly fortunate to have our son at Newport Gardens. He is cared for by such a beautiful group of caregivers, all who have made special connections with our boy, who take the time to know him, to share with him, teach him, help him grow and share this with us. Our son has a very special connection with a carer he has been lucky enough to share a room with for 2.5 years. This connection is special for so many reasons. But all of them come back to the fact that David is an exceptional caregiver and a beautiful person. We are isolated from family in VIC and as such, the only people who have ever cared for our son are ECMS NGEYC staff. This means that the role of NGEYC has been a critical support for our family and critical for development and social growth for our son. David has nurtured his shy personality and encouraged confidence, he celebrates his strengths and achievements, provides challenges and sets boundaries where they are needed. When I ask my son who loves him, David is always in the list. We have bears and fish and dolls called David (our boy is quick to give the name David to anything he thinks is special) and when we do something around the home there is often a 'I will tell David’ or a ‘David has one of these’ in the conversation. David’s positive influence extends outside the walls of childcare. When our boy goes to childcare talking about bugs, next thing we know there is bug learning going on, or tools, or plants etc etc. It is so comforting to know that our child feels so well connected in his childcare environment. Everyone should be so lucky to have a David in their child’s life:)" Parent
Play is the best way for children to learn. That's why at Newport Gardens Early Years Centre, your child's learning program will incorporate a variety of open-ended and structured play-based experiences. Experiences will be guided by your child's interests and capabilities, ensuring your child gets the most out of their childcare experience.
Activities will include:
- language and literature
- music and movement
- art and craft
- dramatic play
- science and maths
- sensory motor activities
- cooking and healthy eating
- activities to promote physical coordination
- incursions and excursions.
These play-based experiences will help your child develop important social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive skills.
All our childcare programs are based on the National Early Years Learning Framework “Belonging, Being and Becoming” and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.
Integrated kindergarten program
Our integrated kindergarten is led by our wonderful bachelor qualified teacher. It features a variety of play-based activities that help prepare children for the transition to school.
Our kindergarten program is a convenient and flexible option for families requiring care outside of kinder hours and during school holidays.
Newport Gardens Early Years Centre offers a warm and friendly home-like feel; the perfect environment for learning to take place in. Our architecturally designed indoor and outdoor environments provide the ideal setting for children to explore, play and learn.
Our bright and modern rooms feature an open plan design that enables teachers to set up flexible play experiences that foster children’s imagination, curiosity and exploration.
Each room opens onto our incredible natural outdoor environment that has been purpose-built so children can discover, explore and challenge themselves. Our outdoor playspace is filled with natural resources and play equipment to support children's learning, including:
- a bush garden with animal enclosure
- a climbing fort
- a spacious boardwalk
- three huge sandpits with a nautical theme.
- garden areas that support physical development and supported risk-taking play.
Your child’s early education program will be delivered by Newport Gardens Early Years Centre's experienced, passionate and nurturing teachers, who are led by a full-time Educational Leader. Our educators are wholly committed to ensuring each child receives the best possible childcare experience.
Educators will work in partnership with you – your child’s most important teacher – to develop a childcare program that reflects and builds on your child’s interests, curiosities and skills.
Educators will share live updates about your child’s learning via Storypark - a secure, login-based ePortfolio. Documentation may include photographs, videos, learning stories, and samples of your child’s work. Storypark will also allow you to contribute to and comment on what your child is doing while in care. You can share your family activities and your child’s updates with educators via Storypark too.
If your child has additional needs, our educators will work with you to ensure your child gets the most out of their early learning experience. Our educators can also connect your family with specialist support if neede