At Kiddie Cloud Early Learning Centre we offer a safe, inclusive, home-style environment for all children. We are committed to maintaining a high-quality educational experience that focuses on each individual child, not only to our Eastern Suburbs children but to any child whose family want quality care and early learning education at a reasonable cost.
We are committed to reinvesting back into our centre, providing ongoing professional development to our educators and staff as well as enhancing and improving our resources in our early learning childhood environment. Contact us for more information.
Kensington Castle Early Education Centre
Kensington Castle is an early education centre, located in Kensington NSW, and is owned and operated by two families that share a passion for providing the highest quality care and education for children aged from 6 months to 5 years, from 7.30-6.00pm 50 weeks of the year. The centre is a propose built, state of the art centre that aims to provide a warm, home like environment in which children feel happy, secure and nurtured.
The centre is located in what will be a stunning conversion of a 1920’s corner shop and residence. We have a large outdoor play area, made of natural eco-friendly materials (no fake “outdoor” areas in converted warehouses for our kids!) designed by Australia’s leading early childhood play space designer, Tessa Rose, with bike paths, climbing areas, a huge sand pit and, in the warmer months, even a running stream that children can dam and play in.
Kensington Castle Early Learning Centre is guided by the learning principles, practices and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) 2009. Using this framework, our educational program has been developed with the knowledge that each child is unique and has had different experiences, knowledge, interests and abilities. We aim to provide positive, developmentally appropriate experiences for all of our children and work to ensure that they are active participants in their learning
• All meals
• A high level of supervision
• An educational curriculum designed to prepare kids for school
• Art, music and sports education
• Huggies nappies and wipes and toilet training assistance
• Portfolios for parents – with daily photos and reports
• A team of highly qualified educational staff, running over ratio
Contact us for more information.
If your child is showing signs that they struggle with learning, have social, emotional or behavioural issues, or are behind their peers with speech development or fine and gross motor skills, Learning Links is here to help.
We have a range of assessments to support your child’s learning, including cognitive/IQ, academic skills, dyslexia, autism, ADHD, behavioural, speech and language, and occupational therapy. We also offer NDIS registered services, including speech therapy and psychological therapy.
Bulk billing for psychological therapy is also available to help children struggling with anxiety and depression, social skills or making important transitions. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for weekday appointments 9.30am-2.30pm when referred by a GP under the Mental Health Care Plan - for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. Saturday sessions are currently run for families unable to attend during the week.
Learning Links has over 47 years’ experience in helping kids learn. Our mission is to provide children who have learning difficulties with the skills, services and family support to empower them to reach their full potential.
To find out more, contact our Customer Care team on 1300 003 900 or visit www.learninglinks.org.au. Our Maroubra Learning Centre is located at 3rd Floor, Bowen Library 669-673 Anzac Parade Maroubra Junction NSW 2035.
Kyokushin Karate North Bondi
Bring your kids down to our beautiful, safe, and fully-equipped facility in North Bondi and allow them the opportunity to learn with our friendly, proficient, and world-class crew of instructors.
Our program is designed to enhance mental focus, physical coordination and mastery as well as internal discipline. Undeniable life skills for all ages.
Kiddies aged 5-7 and kids aged 8-12 are placed in age- and emotional-specific classes. We also have the most successful TEENAGE karate program in the area; geared specifically to the teen mind and body.
The first two weeks of training are FREE and with no obligation :) Book your child in for trail class on our website
We also do karate parties ;)
Below is a brief guide to the Assessment and Rating process under which Child Care services are rated
What are the ratings criteria?
Early childhood education and care services (long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, outside school hours care) are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard (NQS) to:
- promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care
- improve knowledge and access to information about the quality of services to help families make informed decisions about their child’s education and care.
The NQS is part of the National Regulations and includes 7 quality areas that are important to children’s learning and developmental outcomes.
- Educational program and practice
- Children's health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
- Governance and leadership
Who rates services?
Services are assessed and rated against the NQS by the state or territory regulatory authority (RA) and given a rating for each of the seven quality areas and an overall rating based on these results. The quality ratings are published on the national registers on the ACECQA website and on the Starting Blocks website.
What does it mean if a service is rated Significant Improvement Required?
If a service has been rated as Significant Improvement Required, the regulatory authority has determined that there are identified risks to the safety, health and wellbeing of children. The approved provider is required to take immediate action to rectify these risks, and the RA will monitor the service closely to ensure those improvements are made.
It may take time for new services to meet each element required in the standards, which can result in a Working Towards NQS or Meeting NQS rating. To find out more about how your child’s service is striving to achieve quality, you can ask to see the service’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
A QIP is the document which records the service’s self-assessment of the quality of its practices against the NQS and National Regulations. It also identifies any areas for improvement and contains their statement of philosophy. Educators, children, families and the community should all be involved in the development and maintenance of the service’s QIP.
Why are services with no ratings operating?
Services that have not had an assessment and rating visit hold a rating of “Provisional – Not Yet Assessed”.
Education and care services must undergo many processes and approvals in order to be approved and operate under the National Quality Framework (NQF). This is also a way of ensuring quality and compliance prior to their assessment and rating.
The service will receive a rating when it is assessed and rated by the RA.
If you would like to know when the service will be assessed and rated, please contact the service directly. The RA in your state or territory, responsible for assessment and rating, may also be able to assist you.
You may also like to ask the service for their QIP and their family handbook. This will help you to make a more detailed assessment of the service’s strengths and could also help with identifying the criteria you wish to find in a service.
How often are services assessed and rated?
When regulatory authorities schedule quality rating assessments, the goal is to assess and rate the quality of services, drive continuous improvement and keep information for families and communities accurate and up to date.
To focus resources on services most in need of service improvement, the actions of the RA are responsive and risk-based. Services with a lower quality rating will be re-rated more frequently. Services with higher quality ratings will generally have a longer period of time between assessment and rating visits in recognition of their ability to meet the NQS.
RA’s consider the following factors when managing assessment and rating schedules:
- The previous quality rating of the service, including results against the quality areas, standards and at the element level.
- A change in service attributes that could be reasonably considered to affect the service’s quality – for example, changes in approved provider or service management team.
- Events that occur at the service – for example, serious incidents, complaints or non-compliance with the National Law can indicate a change in quality and a higher scheduling priority.
- The length of time since the last assessment – for example, over time a quality rating can lose its currency and value for families.
Each RA manages its assessment schedule in a responsive manner, making adjustments to the schedule as new information emerges and making best use of their available resources.
It usually takes a regulatory authority 10 weeks to assess and rate a service. The rating report or rating certificate should be made available to families.
How do RAs ensure that services keep delivering quality after receiving their rating?
RAs make unscheduled and scheduled visits to services in addition to assessment and rating visits. These include monitoring, spot check and compliance visits to ensure the service is operating within the national legislation.
Summary of the steps in the Assessment and Rating process
- Self-assessment and quality improvement
Approved provider conducts a self-assessment to determine the quality of current practices against the NQS and linked regulatory requirements.
Approved provider identifies strengths and where improvements can be made which is documented in a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
- Notice of visit
Regulatory authority provides written notice to approved provider that the assessment and rating process has commenced. The QIP is submitted to the regulatory authority prior to the visit, along with any additional information requested by the regulatory authority.
- Assessment and rating visit takes place at the service.
- Draft report
Regulatory authority provides the approved provider with a draft assessment and rating report.
- Feedback on draft report
Provider can give feedback on any factual inaccuracies in the report and evidence to support feedback.
- Final report and notice of final ratings is issued to the provider
Feedback considered before final report is finalised and issued.
- Final report
Approved provider may choose to apply for a review of final ratings within the set review period.
- Ratings published on national registers
Once the review period has ended, the final ratings are published on the national registers on the ACECQA website and on the Starting Blocks website.