Lullaby Lane is a very special place at Active Pathways for babies and toddlers. The children in this room range from 6 weeks to three years old, and the room is licensed for 16 children. Given Active Pathways is a small Centre, the educators have a very special bond with all their children. Having a high staff to child ratio in this room allows educators to create loving and nurturing bonds with the children in their care. This well-resourced room has equipment ranging from sensorial, cognitive, practical life, language, music and gross motor equipment.
The educators in this room pride themselves on their exceptional care, notably their commitment to high quality programming. On entry to this room, parents can see for themselves the wide array of activities that are provided, with a ‘programming corner’ that clearly displays a wide range of activities that are undertaken daily by the children. The children in Lullaby Lane have strong bonds with their carers and have daily opportunities to learn and grow in a loving and nurturing environment.
All of the activities in Lullaby Lane are developed in conjunction with Active Pathways in-house curriculum, and the criteria outlined in the National Quality Framework. The activities focus on a range of key skills and abilities including:
- Gross and Fine motor skills
- Language and problem solving skills
- Music enjoyment and appreciation
- Social and Emotional development skills
- Dance and movement skills
- Sensorial skills and abilities
- Environmental sustainability skills
All of the educators in Lullaby Lane are fully trained. The educators are very passionate about their responsibilities in Lullaby Lane, and all work to ensure that all children in their care receive the highest level of nurturing and support.
It is Centre policy that all staff are trained in First Aid, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management. Educators are also required to have a Blue Care (working with children check), before being employed. Further, all educators are thoroughly screened against a range of key indicators that relates to character, conduct and ability. All educators are required to sign confidentiality protocols before they commence employment for the purpose of ensuring all information relating to children and their families remains confidential. Active Pathways values privacy for families and is committed to ensuring that the childcare environment remains a trustful one.
Active Pathways educators are aware of what a significant decision it is in choosing childcare for your child. We take our responsibilities very seriously and encourage open two way communication with parents. Central to our communication ethos is that all educators are totally honest about a child’s experiences while in care, and we work from a platform of honesty at all times. We find that parents appreciate this transparency and we believe that it instils a sense of trust in parents. Part of this transparency is our practice of encouraging parents to extend on the concepts and educational processes we are undertaking while their child is in care. We believe that extending on at home, what the child does in childcare, is an excellent method for fast-tracking a child’s progress and giving them the best start for their future. We also encourage parents to contribute to the Centre’s programming and there are avenues for them to do this. Some of these opportunities include parents coming into the Centre and developing and implementing their own chosen activity for their child’s room. This is a great way for parents to contribute to the educational life of their child, while providing lots of fun for the child who has their Mum or Dad attend their class to help with activities!