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Preschool education for Spring Farm and Camden

Before and after-school care

We provide before and after-school care for children attending our local primary schools. This is a convenient, and often essential service for working parents.

We pride ourselves on the fact that our Before and After service is small, nurturing and comfortable for the children. We have small group of children. This enables us to know you and your children very well. The children will be stimulated and engaged whilst they are attending Before and After school care. 

  • Before-school care runs from 7:00am - 9:00am
  • After-school care runs from 3:00pm - 6:00pm

We cater for children attending the following primary schools:

  • Camden Public School
  • St Pauls Primary School
  • Camden South Public School
  • Cawdor Public School

A nutritional breakfast is provided during before-school sessions and afternoon tea is provided in the afternoon session.

Our care programs follow the MTOP curriculum and are based on each child's individual interests and needs. We offer a fun environment for the children that includes outdoor play, art and craft, games and computers.

Outdoor areas

We have 2 large and inviting playground areas that includes a sandpit, cubby house, vegetable garden, mud pit and digging patch. Huge old shady trees and lush lawn.

A large outdoor decking area where we conduct outdoor lessons and group times. 

We strongly support Sun Smart ideals and are recognised by the Cancer Council as a ‘Sun Smart’ centre. Our outdoor environment is well shaded by shade sails and natural shade created from the trees. Come and see our beautiful outdoor play area for yourself!

Learning environment

We have adopted a friendly, homely atmosphere with a strong focus on School Readiness Programs compiled in conjunction with local primary schools, and all delivered in air-conditioned comfort.

Our educational program has been created using the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) - a curriculum based on the children's needs and interests. Our program is play-focused, although we do believe in structured educational programs to prepare the children for school.

The children have the opportunity to engage in small and large groups focusing on language and literature. By learning pre-reading and pre-writing skills, their transition into kindergarten is a smooth one. Our school readiness program is well recognised by the local primary schools. All children graduating from Camden Cottage have made the transition to Kindergarten with confidence and capability.

Our program is set by the director, an early childhood teacher. The director supports the staff in their work with the children and encourages staff development to assist them in providing new and exciting ideas for the program.

Our program has a strong focus on fun, with many extracurricular activities at the centre to enhance the program theme. Fun days we organise include:

  • Fire safety
  • Pet Program
  • Crazy hair days
  • Visits from the parents - Grandparents day, Mothers and Fathers day celebrations.
  • Easter hat parade
  • Christmas fun day
  • Dental program
  • Puppet show visits
  • And many more!

Camden Cottage is staffed by qualified early childhood educators and we always operate with staff to child ratios that are higher than required. This is to ensure that all the children are well cared for and that the interactions between the staff and children can be more personal and attentive.

Meals

At Camden Cottage Child Care Centre, all our nutritional meals are designed by a qualified cook. Our delicious meals are centred on your child's health and also taste great. Children's allergy and nutritional needs can be catered for, and soy milk products supplied if required.

All meals are prepared fresh daily on the premises. We follow 'Munch and Move' guidelines and provide fresh, healthy food in line with the required guidelines. Children just love our meals!

Transport

Our centre's new bus is equipped with air conditioning and fitted with appropriate booster seats and seatbelts to allow your children to travel to and from school safely and in comfort. 

Camden Cottage Child Care Centre is a family owned and operated child care centre that has been providing quality child care and child minding services for the past 15 years. We pride ourselves on offering a traditional, educational preschool program. The community within Camden Cottage has a wonderful personal feel as the owner/director is always available for the families. We're like the extended family that you just haven't met yet!

The families we cater for tell us they get the feeling that our staff genuinely care about their child. It feels like home, which makes the environment a welcoming and comfortable place for children to be. We believe this is down to the fact that we are a family-managed centre that has every child’s well being in mind above all else.

Our centre has been in operation since 2001 and has a friendly team of staff with many years of experience and service. Our staff have been employed at Camden Cottage on a long-term basis in order to provide consistency to the children and their families. We value our staff and invest in them to promote the feeling of unity, cohesion and consistency across the whole centre.

Our Program Curriculum

WE SPECIALISE IN SCHOOL READINESS! EVERY PART OF OUR CURRICULUM IS BASED AROUND PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR 'BIG SCHOOL'

School readiness is part of our every day practice, not just  a token part of our day at Preschool. 

With over 20 years experience, our Educational Leader guarantees that our school readiness curriculum is one of the best in the area! 

Our high quality play-based programs reflect the Early Years Learning Framework and the regulatory requirements under the National Quality Standards. They are designed to give children a wide range of active and meaningful experiences, building on the children’s own strengths and interests.

In play-based programs children are learning all the time.

The learning that occurs in play-based environments is often informal, gained as children interact, explore and try out different ways of doing things that our staff have intentionally planned.

Through play, children develop skills, knowledge, feelings and dispositions that provide a solid foundation for life-long learning.

Camden Cottage has a big emphasis on music and movement and language and literature group times, where specific concepts will be taught.

At different times throughout the year, special events and visitors are included in the program. 

School readiness program

For those children who are approaching school age, we place a strong emphasis on programs which challenge and extend their abilities and confidence, aiding their transition to school. We work closely with the child’s parents to communicate effectively their child’s progress. We also liaise with the local primary schools closely to ensure the transition from preschool to school is as smooth as possible for the children and families.

Camden Cottage is a boutique service and unlike any other early education centre in Macarthur.

We foster strong relationships with Camden Cottage families and open communication is a vital part of that relationship. Our Educators are available at the beginning or end of each day to share information with parents about their child’s individual day and development. Staff also document each child’s learning and make this available to parents.

We also encourage the involvement of parents and families within our centre and provide many opportunities to offer feedback, assistance and practical hands-on support.

By incorporating the diversity and values of the local community into our centres we create welcoming, inclusive places for children.

What makes us different?

At Camden Cottage your child is not just another number. Your child and family will embark on a caring and nurturing relationship with our educators. Being a small preschool service, it enables the Educators to focus on teaching the children and scaffolding the child’s learning in small group settings.

Camden Cottage is the only preschool like its kind in Macarthur. It is the only preschool owned by management, therefore, the focus is always directed at Camden Cottage, not a number of other services that are owned. 

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Specialising in School Readiness for more than 20 years! 

For quality preschool education in Camden, contact us today on 02 4655 2236 !
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