Ohana Early Learning provides all meals from morning tea through lunch to afternoon tea and a late snack for those children with us after 5PM. The food is prepared by our caterers onsite at our Emerald Beach centre, using the NSW Department of Health 'Munch & Move' initiative and guidelines. We specifically cater for our little ones (under 2 years) with appropriate textured food to aid their development and our lead educators will work with parents in providing the outcomes you seek while working with our catering staff.
Please see below for an example of our menu;
Ohana provides a range of size appropriate nappies for all children requiring nappies.
A. The children are taught to be responsible for their behaviors through the use of logical consequence. For example if a child draws on a table they will then help to clean it up, if they were to hurt another child they will assist the educator in applying ice-packs etc. We use techniques that focus on encouraging positive behaviors so that the children learn to understand what is desirable.
A. Under NSW regulations set out under the Child Care Act, all of our centre staff are required to hold a qualification or be substantially studying toward it. All of our educators meet that requirement and all have undertaken Working with Children checks to ensure their suitability to be working with children.
A. Our centre has approval for the Child Care Benefit or CCB funding. This means if your family is eligible for CCB, you then pay a gap fee that is calculated based on your percentage provided to you by the Family Assistance Office. To find out more about your CCB and what you are entitled to, please phone Family Assistance on 136 150.
A. Two complete changes of clothing, spare underwear (consider more if toilet training), a fresh bottle of water & a wide-brimmed hat. Please ensure that all personal belongings are clearly labeled and that any valuables (special toys included) are left at home.
A. To manage and provide a suitable level of supervision Ohana provides sun safe hats for every child in the outdoor environment. These are age colour coded so that we can easily identify the children in our care. Similarly the educators will be in specific coloured hats so that the children can quickly identify educators in response.
A. We take children from as young as 6 weeks in specially provided rooms with appropriate nurturing and qualified staff.
A. Our room ages at our North Boambee centre will range from 6 weeks to 12 months, 12 months to 24 months, 2 to 3 years, 3 to 4 years and our 4 to 5 year classroom will be specifically targeting a school readiness program. Children will ‘graduate’ to the next room based on our staff assessment of the readiness on both a social and learning environment basis. All moves are discussed well in advance with families and the children.