Our Kinder children enjoyed an excursion to Altona Meadows Primary School. There, they were able to experience what school will...
140/144 Central Ave, Altona Meadows VIC 3028
Hours Of Operation
Monday – Friday
7.00am – 6.30pm
A big start for little people
Every child has so much to give. We take great care to listen, notice, observe because we believe it’s the little things that matter. Our educators actively engage with each child, responding to their specific needs and interests. We ensure each child is nurtured and provided with a unique sense of belonging. It is our role to inspire children, unleash their enthusiasm and gently guide them to new, unique and meaningful experiences.
Family is not an important thing it is everything
We support our families as well as our children. We pride ourselves in forming strong connections with our families and we work hard to gain a real understanding of each child’s community and culture.
What We Offer
Our vision at Hobsons Bay Children’s Centre is to provide a consistent, high standard of care and early childhood education to children and families attending our service. In order to nurture enquiring minds, we believe that we educate in a way that encourages individualism, critical thinking skills, initiative, choice and appreciation of differences. We embrace belonging, being and becoming, as a foundation for ensuring that the children in our setting experience quality teaching and learning as stated in the national Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
As early childhood educator’s we draw on our skills and knowledge of child development and the belonging, being and becoming of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to deliver high quality education and care. Through the use of our diverse teaching styles and practices we aim to provide a curriculum where children’s learning is inclusive, dynamic, complex and holistic. We recognise the child within the context of the family and their community. We believe that children thrive when families and early childhood educators work in partnership to support children’s learning.
Hobsons Bay Children’s Centre is an empowering and enriching experience for children.
Our innovative programming focuses on fostering a true sense of happiness and wellbeing in your child. The developmental and educational years of 0 – 5 are the most important years for establishing the foundations and stepping stones to a healthy, well-adjusted future. We recognise the critical importance of these years and have designed creative programs that support the social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development of children.
Hobsons Bay Children’s Centre provides a warm and welcoming environment that protects, nurtures and stimulates each child individually.
We believe strongly in the values of social justice and equality, cooperation, sharing responsibility, self discipline and mutual respect. We promote and incorporate these values into our centre so that children are able to develop confidence and a broad range of life skills.
We believe that each child is a capable learner yet we also recognise that each child adopts their own unique approach to their personal development.
We promote healthy, active children who are strong in mind, body and spirit.
We respect that each child has a right to experience and celebrate a sense of success and achievement in their development.
We embrace the richness and diversity of families and educators as well as the broader community.
We endeavour to make every child, family and educator feel valued and appreciated.
We believe in a collaborative approach to children’s learning and development and aim to draw on the experiences of each child, family and educator to explore, support and discover together.
We recognise early childhood as a unique stage of life and the commencement of an everlasting journey in learning and development. We take inspiration from each child, family and educator through each step of this journey and acknowledge that the best outcomes are achieved from the strength of the ongoing partnerships formed amongst all.
Our program is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and (VEYLDF) . At Hobsons Bay Children’s Centre, we pride ourselves on providing a quality play-based program. A program in which children are encouraged to reach their full potential, where they develop their intellectual, social, emotional, physical and aesthetic skills to become confident and competent lifelong learners.
Our Program nurtures the creative, inquisitive, analytical minds of the children that make up our Hobsons Bay Children’s Centre community. The program is guided by various factors such as interests, dynamics, abilities, experiences and skills, just to name a few, which are used by the educators to create a program rich in learning and meaning.
We strive to create a learning program which fosters the development of each individual child and allows each child to develop at their own pace. Through our learning programs children develop trust, respect and the skills necessary not only for a successful academic life, but for a successful life in general. We strive to develop a love of learning among the children in our care.
At Hobsons Bay Children’s Centre we are guided by The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
Hobsons Bay Children’s Centre engages the children to learn through the environment, with appropriate levels of challenges and risk, where children are encouraged to explore through play-based experiences and along the way meet and develop important milestones. We encourage children to use their imagination, express wonder and interest, be curious and creative. Educators extend on Children’s likes and interests both individually and as a group, promoting dispositions for learning and a satisfaction of achievement.
Play provides an important context for learning, where children are able to explore ideas, solve problems and build on opportunities to extend their thinking, make connections and engage with others.
We have created an environment to stimulate brain development and challenge children through play based learning. We offer a controlled program to compliment the success of your child’s abilities now and in later years.
Our learning experiences ensure
- Children are able to express their personality and uniqueness
- Children are able to display characteristics such as curiosity and creativity
- Children make connections between old and new experiences
- Children develop relationships and concepts
- Play stimulates a sense of well-being
The first five years of a child’s learning and development forms the basis for a child’s learning in years to come by providing them with the essential skills to ensure happy, confident learners.
What Are Our Facilities?
Hobsons Bay Children’s Centre is a 58 place long day care centre located in Altona Meadows. We cater for children from 4 months up until school age. Our purpose built centre consists of three well equipped, homely rooms and our outdoor yard caters for even the most adventurous explorers.
We offer a fully funded Kindergarten program for children in the year prior to beginning school, delivered by a Bachelor Qualified Early Childhood Teacher and provide Early Start Kindergarten to eligible children.
We have a kitchen on the premises where our chef prepares the meals for the children daily. All of our food is nutritious and homemade and our menu has been developed in consultation with a nutritionist and our families.
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What Parents Say
We have been sending our daughter to Hobsons Bay Children’s Centre for 2 ½ years now and the educators here are all very warm, caring and kind. We are confident that they care for our daughter as if she were their own and feel safe in sending her to this centre.
My daughter has been attending since 7 months old, being a first time mum the educators made me feel at ease. Small things such as a simple phone call to me to advise how she’s doing made me more and more comfortable each day. Almost 2 years later, we will have our second daughter joining the centre. This centre isn’t just a business it’s a family home for our children. The educators are amazing at what they do.
We have been at the centre for almost a year now and the progress with our son has been incredible. Hobsons Bay Children’s Centre create a loving, nurturing environment for all the children and give them the opportunity to really blossom. The educators are all very knowledgeable and all genuinely love kids, which makes for a perfect environment for a child of any age.
The first thing we noticed walking into the centre was its warm family feel. One of the stand out features is the caring nature of all the educators. It does not matter if your child is in their room or not they take the time to get to know you and your children. They are all available to talk and assist with advice. It’s a family centre and my boys love it.
My daughter and my son have both started as babies in the Rainbow Room at Hobson’s Bay Children’s Centre. All the carers we have had throughout the years have been amazing. The Ocean Room and Jungle/Kinder Rooms have always been fun for them and they have always wanted to come even on their days off!