10 Reasons to enrol at Explorers – Armadale House

We’re very excited to announce our new centre at 117 Kooyong Rd, Armadale is opening in January 2017. We’ve put together 10 reasons to consider enrolling your child at Explorers – Armadale House.

1. Amazing Centre Director 

We have appointed an experienced Centre Director to run Armadale House! With 8 years management experience in early childhood and a bachelor degree, she is thrilled to be taking on the Director role at Explorers! The Director will also be supported by an Assistant Director, Educational Leader and our Operations Director.

More information about our amazing Director will be released soon so be sure to keep an eye on social media for updates!

2. Convenient “Blue Chip” Location

Explorers – Armadale House at 117 Kooyong Rd is conveniently located between High St and Malvern Rd.  The service is walking distance to:

  • Tram lines on both Malvern Road & High Street
  • Both Armadale & Toorak train stations
  • Lauriston Girls School & Armadale Primary School.

Explorers Armadale House is a convenient location for families to include a drop off and pick up in their daily routine.

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3. Play Based Learning

Explorers are passionate about implementing a play based curriculum across all of our centres. Play based learning provides children the opportunity to learn new concepts, including maths, science and literacy whilst participating in experiences they enjoy and that are meaningful to them.

For example:

  • through an experience with kitchen scales and various loose parts, children learn maths concepts of weight, balance and numbers.
  • or, by simply keeping labels on jars and other objects in the home corner, children start to recognise letters contributing to the development of their literacy skills.

4. Reggio Emilia Inspired

At Explorers we promote a Reggio Emilia inspired program and philosophy. We strongly believe all children have a voice, and through learning experiences, environments and projects we allow many opportunities for children to share their ideas, opinions and make connections in their learning journey.

In 2017 Explorers will be sending a group of educators on a study tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy to further learn about the philosophy and practice.

5. Heritage Sitephoto

Our new centre is located on the historic site of Armadale House, of which the suburb of Armadale was named after.

Built in 1876, the Armadale House estate was the private residence of James Munro who became the premier of Victoria. The estate was named after a village in Sutherlandshire, Scotland where Munro grew up. We are very lucky to have this amazing location that will become the heart of Explorers!

 6. Online Program Portal

At Explorers we understand leaving your child can at times be difficult, therefore we use an online platform to record all aspects of your child’s development and stories of what they have been up to during the day! Families will receive daily updates of stories and photos from their child’s room, as well as timely comprehensive developmental milestone reports.Educa in action

We welcome families to contribute to their child’s online portfolio by commenting on stories and adding stories from home, telling us about holidays you have been on, trips to the zoo, your child’s current interests and more!

7. Indoor/Outdoor Program
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We pride ourselves on our Indoor/Outdoor program, offering the children the choice of where they would like to spend their time, allowing them to find spaces where they feel a sense of belonging. Children are encouraged to make connections with natural environments and the world around them.

At times you may see that we have moved the inside out and the outside in. This might mean we have a gardening experience set up inside, whilst the art area is in operation outdoors!

8. Kindergarten Program

Explorers operates an accredited 4 year old Kindergarten Program run by qualified Kindergarten Teachers. Kindergarten is an important time for young children, our programs incorporate maths and literacy concepts as well as focusing on developing strong social skills, wellbeing and a love of learning in preparation for the first year of school.

The Kindergarten Program is conveniently run within the long day care hours, meaning families are able to drop off and pick up at any time during the centre’s opening hours. When children are placed at Explorers, they are automatically enrolled into our Kindergarten Program.

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  • Gardening & Sustainability
  • Language Lessons
  • Music & Movement
  • Speech Therapy

Our extra curricular program gives the children and families that little bit Extra! Created to enhance the educational program, our Extra’s program includes weekly sessions of Gardening & Sustainability, Italian Lessons, Music & Movement and our Speech Pathologist visits us monthly.

10. Excellent Educators & Teachers

We believe that our Educators are the most important part of ensuring we deliver a high quality service to families and their children.

For our babies group, the qualified lead educator will be appointed based on their expertise with the age group. Communication is key! Our baby experts follow your routine from home as the children grow and develop, and assist in supporting families through the transition to childcare.

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.26.09 PMMoving through to toddler and preschool age groups, our teachers hold government approved Early Childhood qualifications to support each child’s learning and development as they complete kindergarten and prepare for primary school. All educators and teachers are required to have:

  • Valid Working with Children Checks
  • First Aid Training
  • CPR, Asthma & Anaphylaxis Training
  • Child Protection Training

Offers for January 2017 will be sent out September 2016.  Ensure your child is registered on our waitlist to be considered for our January 2017 intake!  You can register here.

4 Reasons Play is important in Kindergarten & Early Childhood

Play based learning is important as it allows children to take ownership of their learning and to let learning unfold naturally, building the foundation for who they become.” – Tracey, Kindergarten Teacher (Explorers Early Learning – Point Cook)

As adults we often remember a structured style of learning, from our kindergarten experiences right through to primary school. And as parents, we want to ensure that our children receive a valuable and rich education that incorporates maths, language and literacy concepts. In fact, children learn the same lessons through play, if not more.

Here are 4 reasons why play is important in kindergarten and early childhood:

1. Brain Development

Within play based learning experiences, children are exposed to the foundations of concepts such as maths, science, problem solving, language and more all while enjoying learning experiences that are meaningful to them.

For example:

  • Mathematical concepts such as height, balance and weight are frequently discussed and learnt when building with blocks!
  • When the home corner is transformed into a cafe, literacy concepts are learnt while writing the menu and cafe signs!
  • Science concepts are introduced when working as a group to make play-dough, mixing the ingredients and watching what happens when food dye is added!

IMG_2667_small 2. Uninterrupted time

During play, children can practice new skills multiple times in an unhurried manner. Children are able to pace themselves and build on their own unique experiences that they can then apply into other settings.

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In play there are no right or wrong ways to do things! This means opportunities for trial and error where children have the freedom to participate in experiences they enjoy, building on their confidence through their successes and accomplishments.

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Social skills are so important, in particular in kindergarten whilst preparing for the first year of school. In play scenarios children learn to negotiate and read social cues, working together, taking turns, sharing and developing effective communication methods with their peers! Knowing at school its likely there will be less adult interaction, especially at recess and lunchtime, these lessons are extremely valuable for young children.

We love answering questions about play based learning. To book a tour of an Explorers centre, please contact us by following the link below or calling us on 1300 000 335!

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5 Reasons to choose Kindergarten in Long Day Care

Kindergarten is an important time for young children, helping them to prepare for school by developing strong social skills, improving health and wellbeing and encouraging a love of learning.  Long Day Care (Child Care or Early Learning) centres offer the same government approved Kindergarten Programs as sessional programs.

Here are 5 benefits of choosing a Kindergarten program within a Long Day Care setting!

1. The teachers have the same qualifications

All teachers running a four year old kindergarten program are required to have a government approved qualification. This means the children are getting the same education! The measure of a quality kindergarten program is not whether it is part of a Long Day Care Centre, Sessional Kinder or Private School. The measure is the quality of the kindergarten teacher and the program they provide.  So you don’t need to worry about whether your child will receive a good kindergarten education in a Long Day Care centre.

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2. Convenience of longer hours

Kindergarten in Long Day Care is just so much more convenient.

  • Children attending kindergarten as part of a Long Day Care program can be dropped off at any time during the centres opening hours, making a less stressful day for working families.
  • Sessional kindergarten is more traditional with very short days that have a set drop off and pick up time.
  • Open 52 weeks a year, many kindergartens close over school holidays.

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Younger siblings can attend the same centre, meaning no need for extra drop offs at different locations. This makes for a more smooth sailing morning routine!


4. Meals & Food are provided26708171150_87d9fede14_z

Majority of long day care centres provide all meals and food.  This normally includes breakfast, morning tea, a cooked lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.  This eliminates having to prepare packed lunches each day, and you also know all meals are prepared on site and meet nutritional guidelines!

At many kinders, families normally need to prepare their child’s lunch and snacks each day.

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Children are enrolled as a group and move from
room to room together as much as possible, at times children can have the same peers right from attending a centre as a baby to their kindergarten year.

In summary, we recommend when choosing the type of kindergarten to send your child to, choose the kindergarten that suits your family needs.  The program and the teacher qualifications are the same at all types of kindergartens.

If you’re considering sending your child to a kindergarten in a Long Day Care service in Melbourne, we recommend you book a tour to see how our Explorers Early Learning kindergarten program is run.  We love questions!

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