Moolanda Care and Learning Centre Inc. welcomed its first group of children and parents in 1987 when it opened as a community-based long day-care centre. In 2000 and again in 2007 the service was extended to operate Out of School Hours Care (OSHC).
Moolanda Care and Learning Centre was purpose built, with Federal funding, and aims to provide the best quality care and stimulating developmental programs. The centre is operated by a Management Committee comprising families who utilise Moolanda’s services.
"To provide the best quality care for all its children, and to invite participation by parents in all matters affecting the welfare of their children. Our philosophy ‘self-esteem promotes growth’ upholds the belief that Moolanda is an educating and caring community that involves children, their families, and caregivers in providing a warm and supportive environment.”
Belonging Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework:
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.
The Council of Australian Governments has developed this Framework to assist educators to provide young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning. In this way, the Early Years Learning Framework (the Framework) will contribute to realising the Council of Australian Governments’ vision that: “All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation.”
The Framework draws on conclusive international evidence that early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development. It has been developed with considerable input from the early childhood sector, early childhood academics and the Australian and State and Territory Governments.
The Framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all early childhood education and care settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
0-6 Year Olds
Moolanda Care and Learning Centre is licensed for 57 children aged from 0-6 years and operates from 6.45am - 6.00pm five days a week for 52 weeks of the year (excluding public holidays).
5-12 Year Olds
Moolanda operates two OSHC services to cater for children aged 5-12yrs which are located at local primary schools.
The OSHC opening hours are 6.45am-6.00pm with the exception of School Holiday Care which is 7.00am-6.00pm.
It is a policy of Moolanda that all Educators / Staff participate in regular Educator / Staff meetings and attend professional development sessions throughout the year to further enhance childcare knowledge and development. Some of these training sessions attended have included:
Asthma and Anaphylaxis Training
First Aid Training
Child Protection and Protective Behaviours Training
Food Handling and Hygiene courses;
Cultural diversity networking sessions;
Childcare Program evaluation and Process Workshops; and
Behaviour Guidance Training
The parent handbook is a great source of information about Moolanda Care and Learning Centre. Copies are available from the Centre or you can download a Adobe PDF version here.
A parent body known as the Management Committee manages Moolanda Care and Learning Centre. The Management Committee has overall responsibility for the management of the Centre and they delegate the day-to-day responsibility to the Director and then in turn to the staff. Parents can be elected to the Management Committee at the annual general meeting.
The role of the committee is to:
Set goals and formulate policy;
Ensure the Centre complies with State Licensing Regulations and National Accreditation standards;
Monitor the overall financial management of the Centre;
Attract and keep the right staff to maintain the standard of care, and a productive “atmosphere” in the centre; and
Encourage parents to participate in the process.
Meetings are held at Moolanda Care and Learning Centre on a monthly basis. All parents are encouraged to attend.
The Director of Moolanda Care and Learning Centre is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre and the Educators / Staff are answerable to the Director and the Director in turn is answerable to the Management Committee.
The general atmosphere of a Child Care Centre should encourage positive relationships between Educators / Staff, parents, children and the community. The interrelationships between the people connected with the service should be facilitated through mutual respect, warmth, support and cooperation. Since the child’s earliest experiences occur in the home and parental interests and involvement in these experiences is significant to the child’s development, a cooperative effort by parents and the staff of the Centre is essential in providing continuity of experiences from the home to the Centre.
Through positive and open communication between parents and the Centre, we can ensure that there is expression and acknowledgement of individual needs, and facilitation of shared decision making in regard to these needs. It is important that parents feel comfortable in taking an active role in the service, to the degree that they are able.