A typical day at Oac
Nursery (0–2 years)
From birth, babies are primed and ready to soak up all the wonders life can offer. Every day is a brave new frontier and another opportunity to learn. Whether it’s moving, communicating or exploring their surroundings, their world is full of awe. What a privilege it is for us at Oac to help your child with this most important journey.
We aim to make the transition between home and Oac as seamless as possible. Your child will have his or her own special Educator, or primary caregiver, who will be responsible for his or her care, activities and will support your child in feeling safe and secure in their new environment. Our Educators work closely with you to find out about your home routine, your child’s sleep and feeding patterns. We’re also in constant communication as your child’s needs change. To support this critical and exciting stage of a baby’s development, we aim to provide a peaceful environment that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing through the sensitive observations of our caring and qualified Educators.
On a practical note, we provide a sleeping nursery, cot linen, nappies, Avent bottles, formula of choice, cow’s milk, soy milk and wholesome meals that change as your child’s eating habits change. Of course, you can visit your child for cuddles during the day or to breastfeed – our open door policy means you are welcome at any time.
Learn more about our nursery program here
Toddlers (2-3 years)
What an incredible stage of development toddlerhood is. This curious, busy and energetic group of children are keen to take on challenges and develop their physical skills, sometimes at an astonishing rate. Our passionate Educators happily support them on this journey, guiding them and helping them form bonds and trust outside the home.
Toddlers start to develop their independence at this age. As well as encouraging this important transition, we offer guidance on how to share, communicate with other children, and to participate in group activities.
Your child’s transition from being dependent to independent is strongly supported in areas such as toilet training, independence at meal times and following their Educator’s directions. Our Educators happily answer all the “why” questions and provide quality learning experiences that reflect your child’s current interests and gain feedback about your child, as change happens quickly.
Learn more about our toddler program here
Preschool/Kindergarten (3-5 years)
Preschool is a time when your child’s world grows exponentially… through new influences, exposure to a broader range of people and ideas, and a greater perspective of the world around them. It’s exciting watching them expand their horizons. Moreover, today’s preschooler lives in a rapidly transforming environment where technological developments are altering the skills that they need to acquire.
They now require additional capabilities that prepare them not only for school, but for life. Critical thinking, problem solving and creativity are now seen as essential learning dispositions and the new basis for 21st century learning.
Our innovative preschool program is based on the most current research, and offers a comprehensive curriculum
for 3 to 6 year olds that ensures the best possible preparation for school and life. The program is integrated across the day and led by university degree qualified Teachers. It’s a play-based program, with children participating in regular small group activities.
A typical preschool day is broken up into specific sessions of structured teacher led learning as well as opportunities for children to initiate their own play. Educational learning is planned from daily observations, children’s individual interests and families’ input. Through choice, challenge and practice, they will continue to develop independent life skills, and grow in self-confidence and self-identity. In many ways, Oac Grow preschool is preparing your child for a future that we don’t yet know, and for jobs that are yet to be created.
Learn more about our preschool program here
Ready for School
Grow Ready for School is part of our Grow Preschool curriculum designed specifically for children attending Oac in the year before school. It supports your child in being confident with a positive self esteem and attitude towards starting school and combines education, health and wellbeing skills necessary for the next big step to school! As a part of this program our Oac Health team completes a ready for school screening on each child to evaluate their motor, language, emergent literacy and self-care skills.
Features of this program include:
- Literacy & Numeracy that includes the Grow Alphabet Program and Book of the Month Program
- Grow Drama: our term based weekly drama program supporting self – confidence and creativity
- Grow Create: our visual art program supporting confidence in art making, drama and music.
- Grow Together: an emphasis on social skills, independent decision making and self regulation of behaviour.
- Oac Active with a focus on well being and physical health and fitness.