Learn in play

Southern Riverina news - - FOCUS ON EDUCATION -

Ber­ri­gan Chil­dren’s Cen­tre is the place to go for that spe­cial early child­hood learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, with ex­pe­ri­enced car­ing staff who en­sure chil­dren come first, nat­u­ral play­grounds and well-re­sourced rooms.

The com­mu­nity based, not-for-profit cen­tre of­fers qual­ity care for chil­dren from six weeks-old to five years, as well as af­ter school care and va­ca­tion care pro­grams for chil­dren aged 6 to 12.

The cen­tre op­er­ates two sep­a­rate rooms — 0-3 years room and the 3-5 preschool room — with each one of­fer­ing age re­lated ed­u­ca­tional, play based learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, both in­doors and out­side in our amaz­ing nat­u­ral Kin­derGar­den.

‘‘Ber­ri­gan Chil­dren’s Cen­tre is a spe­cial place where chil­dren’s in­ter­ests are nur­tured in an en­vi­ron­ment where they learn through their play,’’ cen­tre di­rec­tor Rachelle Cahill said.

‘‘We have nu­mer­ous pro­grams, in­clud­ing our school readi­ness pro­gram, Play to Learn, which has a fo­cus on teach­ing lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy.

‘‘We also have a range of ex­cur­sion and in­cur­sions through­out the year across all ages.’’

The in­fants and tod­dlers don’t miss out with a chal­leng­ing, in­de­pen­dent early learn­ing pro­gram of­fered by ex­pe­ri­enced early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors, with their own space that is de­signed for the lit­tle peo­ple to grow and learn.

The cen­tre has re­cently wel­comed new early child­hood teacher, Kerry Laz­zarotto, to the team. Kerry is work­ing with the 3-5 years chil­dren, three days a week.

She has a Bach­e­lor of Arts and Grad­u­ate Di­ploma of Teach­ing.

‘‘Kerry has been wel­comed into the team and will be an as­set to the Cen­tre and the chil­dren’s learn­ing across all ages,’’ Mrs Cahill said.

‘‘We en­cour­age all fam­i­lies who are look­ing at child care or for the preschool pro­gram, to please visit our cen­tre at any time.

‘‘This gives fam­i­lies an op­por­tu­nity to ask any ques­tions, in ad­di­tion to get­ting a feel of what we are all about and an ideal time to meet the staff. Please do not hes­i­tate to give us a call to ar­range a suit­able ap­point­ment time.’’

En­rol­ments are taken as nec­es­sary. Please call into the cen­tre at 17-19 Ste­wart St, Ber­ri­gan or call (03) 5885 2324.

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