Delivering nurturing play environments, world-class early education and care along with lots of little extras is at the forefront at Big Fat Smile’s Reynolds Street Community Preschool.
“We are focused on offering the best possible staffing ratios, highly qualified teachers and centre staff and play environments that nurture children and facilitate their creative expression,” centre director, Jo Mavrigiannakis said.
“We know you value the big little extras like meals in long day care as well as having nappies, linen and sunscreen provided.” Importabntly, they don’t charge you more for public holidays either.
The centre offers attendance blocks that let you choose less hours of child care per day to make the most of your eligible child care subsidised hours.
Every family is different so, for example, if the centre is open for 12 hours you can choose a shorter attendance block that only goes for nine or ten hours.
2020 has also been a challenging year, and Big Fat Smile’s services have continued to operate throughout.
Still now, “We are following COVID-safe practices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children and staff. Currently we are minimising external visitors and adjusting drop-off and pick-up routines to keep our children, families and educators safe.”
They also launched an online learning platform called @Home with Big Fat Smile to allow families to engage in exciting, fun and educational activities at home, and this continues to be updated.
Big Fat Smile caters for newborns to five year olds and they have highly-qualified staff and educators.
“We are very strong advocates of positive education for children, families and educators, developing skills and providing resources that support resilience and build mental toughness. We have embedded meditation, yoga and brain breaks into our daily room routines with fantastic calming results,” Jo said.
“We have a successful School Readiness and Transition program which reflects each child’s ability to display competencies in intellectual, socio-emotional, scholastic, fine motor and verbal readiness for school.
“We encourage children to learn a language, with extensions of learning leading to cultural competence and are actually recognised as the language learning centre in this region. We are regarded as “ELLA champions” by Education Services Australia and the Australian Government, due to our successful inclusion of this program within our curriculum.”
The centre offers children a very interactive and stimulating environment too.
Outside, kids can enjoy a chalkboard and painting wall, walking beams, a large sandpit area, a vegetable garden, and a stage area where they can roleplay.
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