Frequently Asked Questions

MONTESSORI

Our Montessori programs are influenced by the teaching philosophy of Maria Montessori and as such, some elements of the program, equipment and qualifications of the educators are different within our Parkview rooms. Please visit the relevant section of our website to learn all about the Montessori Philosophy.

There are some commonalties too. All of our programs comply with the Early Years Learning Framework and are underpinned by a strong early childhood philosophy.

ROUTINES & CARE

Yes, our daily fee schedule is inclusive of all of child’s daily care and education needs.

Yes, our daily fee schedule is inclusive of all of child’s daily care and education needs.

While requirements vary depending on the age of your child, you will generally need to bring the following items:

  • Spare clothing
  • Drink bottle
  • Sheet set or swag
  • Comfort item (dummy, sleep bear etc.)

We respect the needs of individual children and cater for their specific requirements within our daily routine. We encourage a period of quiet activity and reading for children who are not sleeping to enable bodies and minds to recuperate and to respect the needs of those children who require sleep.

While we find that children are often far more likely to try (and enjoy) different food in the child care environment than they are at home, from time to time there are children who are particularly reluctant. We believe that eating and meal time should be pleasant, social occasions and that food should never be associated with behaviour management. We also know that every child in our care needs to have adequate food to participate happily and comfortably in our programs.   With this in mind, the below strategies are implemented.

  1. Encourage children to try new foods
  2. Offer a basic alternative (not intended to detract from the nutritious main meal, but offer a suitable alternative for reluctant eaters)
  3. If a child refuses any food offered by our Chef we will generally negotiate with the family to provide some suitable foods from home until which time the child is confident enough to begin to choose from the daily menu.
  4. Maintain communication with the child’s family to enable appropriate daily nutritional requirements to be achieved.

While we minimise nut presence in our environment, we implement the recommendation of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunologists and Allergy (ASCIA) in advising families of children with anaphylaxis to consume only foods prepared in the home environment. We recommend that you to contact our Senior Supervisor to assist you in making an informed decision.  Non-life threatening allergies and intolerances are readily catered for.

EDUCATION & CURRICULUM

Play is the vehicle of learning for very young children who build understanding and knowledge by interacting with concrete materials. Our programs are educational and play based. Each child is carefully observed by our educators and the curriculum is moulded to extend the current knowledge, understandings and interests of the children partaking in the program. This concept is known as an individualised and emergent curriculum.

As children develop, and their knowledge and understanding builds, you will recognise increasing levels of sophistication in the concepts they explore. Early literacy and numeracy are fundamental components of our programs, building a child’s readiness for formal learning in the school environment.

We carefully craft our curriculum to meet the requirements of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG), while providing an effective ‘stepping stone’ to the Australian Curriculum implemented within the school system.

We support the use of technology and interactive media within our programs to complement traditional approaches to learning. There are both challenges and the opportunities associated with the use of digital technology in the classroom and monitoring a child’s ‘screen time’ is one of our key priorities. Habitat Early Learning limits screen time (including television, videos, digital media, video games, mobile media, cell phones, and the Internet) for preschool aged children (age 2 through 5) to less than one hour per day. For children less than 2 years of age, use of digital technologies is not permitted.

Our daily fee schedule is all inclusive so your child will have automatic access to this program.

Our daily fee schedule is all inclusive so your child will have automatic access to Mandarin lessons when s/he is of eligible age.

ADMINISTRATION & FINANCIAL

Our daily fees are carefully structured to enable us to offer an all-inclusive and premium program. Unfortunately we do not offer holiday or public holiday discount, credit or make up days.

We will certainly do our best to accommodate requests for additional days. Please let us know as soon as possible and if we are aware of a vacancy we will confirm immediately. Sometimes we will not be able to confirm availability (or otherwise) until the morning of the required day.

We'd appreciate it if you would call to advise us. We will then advise your child’s teacher and inform our chef (in cases where special dietary needs are catered for). If your child has been to the doctor you may also like to request a medical or a clearance certificate (to advise that s/he is fit to recommence care). If your child is diagnosed with a contagious illness, it is important that you inform us so that we can advise other parents of the presence of the condition at Habitat Early Learning (your privacy will always be protected).

APPROVED KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

The funding is paid to Habitat Early Learning to offset the cost of delivering the program and employing an early childhood teacher. Fees are still payable for kindergarten programs. If you are a Health Care Card holder you may be eligible for reduced fees.

Please refer to the table below to determine age of entry. Your child will need to be turning 4 before June 30 of the year that s/he is enrolled in the Kindergarten Program.

Kindy Program Table