At Bungendore Kids Zone, we promote healthy growth and development. Our approach is inspired by the Munch and Move program – its guidelines assist us in deciding which foods to serve the children.
We provide morning tea and afternoon tea, from a three-week rotating menu made freshly in-house. This means the only meal you have to prepare for your child in the morning is lunch. Some delicious options that we offer are a fruit platter or dips and crackers for morning tea, while afternoon tea might be a fruit platter, sandwiches, wraps, yoghurt (a particular favourite!), English muffins, fruit bread or rice cakes.
If your child has special dietary needs, we are happy to support that. When you enrol them, simply let us know, whether it’s because of medical, cultural or other reasons. To keep our children safe, we endeavour to be a nut-free centre. We can also cater for egg-free requirements and ensure the centre is a safe place for children with related allergies should this be required.
We recognise that children should have the chance to discover different interests and explore their unique talents. We arrange several activities, including having guests such as a magician in to entertain the children. We sometimes have a family member speaking about their culture and we also celebrate cultural days based on the children’s cultural backgrounds. This helps them appreciate diversity.
- Munch and Move program
- Get Up and Grow program
- Vegetable garden
- Herb garden
- Visits from guests to share their culture
Annual special events:
- NAIDOC Week
- Preschool Graduation Ceremony
As part of the local community, we do what we can to respect our natural environment and role-model responsible behaviour for the children. Our educators help the children plant vegetables and herbs, and show them how to look after our gardens. Food scraps from our meals are collected and because some of our educators keep chickens, they take them home as a great natural food resource.
We also use recycling bins, and where we can we reuse products for our learning activities. An old piece of cardboard can become a valuable prop in a game of make-believe! Other steps we take are reducing our water and electricity usage to preserve natural resources.
Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac, our safe and happy centre is conveniently located near a block of local shops.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Ngunnawal people.
Children with Additional Needs
We welcome all children with a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds or needs. If your child requires extra medical, emotional or learning support, we will tailor our care for them and work closely with you to ensure they have a smooth transition into our centre. This includes seeking support from other networks or professionals to bridge any gaps in our service delivery.
Some of the additional needs and support which can be provided at our centre include but are not limited to:
- English as a second language
- Autism spectrum
- Physical disabilities
- Minor or serious medical conditions
- Emotional issues
Our team cultivates a warm atmosphere of inclusion through continuous improvement and open communication. We are confident that your child will benefit from our dedicated approach to care and education.
Please speak to our staff about your child’s individual needs and how we can accommodate them.
Together we can create a plan to help them reach their full potential.
Child Safety & Welfare
All aspects of our operations are in line with the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. This includes our Health and Safety policy. All educators follow our health and safety policies and procedures and have access to these online.
We understand that leaving your child in someone else’s care is a difficult thing to do. We assure you that safety is our top priority and our educators follow safety practices every day.
At all times, we ensure that our centre is secure and free of hazards, both inside and out. Fire drills and UV checks are a regular part of our informed approach to safety. We emphasise safety education by creating an atmosphere of safety awareness in all aspects of the day. You will see visual safety guides around our centre, such as our sun smart posters. These tools support our lessons about safety, which we discuss as part of the curriculum. We take every opportunity to act as role models, pointing out tripping or slipping hazards and putting hats and sunscreen on for outdoor play. We talk about stranger danger so that children can build awareness and can freely talk to us if they are scared or worried. We aim to teach children to think about their own safety habitually too.