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Build­ing on its stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity child care and ed­u­ca­tion, Toowoomba’s Charley’s Place is ex­pand­ing with a new cen­tre (Charley’s Place Red­wood – cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion on the Range).

The in­no­va­tive cen­tre is set to open in early 2019, and will be a proud mo­ment for head of op­er­a­tions Se­lena Platen who says the ad­di­tion is an ex­cit­ing new phase for the Charley Group.

“We seem to be grow­ing each week and the Red­wood cen­tre will pro­vide an ab­sorb­ing in­ter­ac­tive for­est school pro­gram as well as our reg­u­lar teach­ing cur­ric­ula,” Se­lena says.

“It fo­cuses on sus­tain­abil­ity and a love of na­ture and will al­low us to take our chil­dren to the bush to en­joy hands-on learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences,” she says.

And while the pro­gram will of­fer valu­able in­sights into bio di­ver­sity and Aus­tralia’s nat­u­ral re­sources, it will also prove the per­fect bal­ance to our fast-paced tech­nol­ogy driven world.

“At Charley’s, we un­der­stand the im­por­tance of STEM learn­ing (sciences, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths) and how im­por­tant a role tech­nol­ogy plays in that ed­u­ca­tion.

“That’s why we utilise smart boards and ipads as well as our own ro­bots (Dash and B-bop) to help teach chil­dren in a fun and en­gag­ing way.”

Se­lena said the cen­tres have also em­braced the gov­ern­ment’s Early Learn­ing Lan­guages Aus­tralia pro­gram with a com­mit­ment to de­liver ‘a cul­ture of lan­guage and un­der­stand­ing’.

“We have bach­e­lor-qual­i­fied ed­u­ca­tors who un­der­stand the im­por­tance of play-based learn­ing and they are al­ways there to pro­vide in­put and guid­ance as our chil­dren grow.”

To com­ple­ment their ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, Charley’s cen­tres also of­fer a full menu — pro­vid­ing cooked meals ev­ery day — with al­ler­gies and cul­tural dishes also ac­com­mo­dated. But it’s not just about the chil­dren. “One night a term, we open from 6pm to 9pm to al­low par­ents the op­por­tu­nity to spend some alone time to­gether.

“The chil­dren are pro­vided din­ner and the par­ents get to en­joy each other’s com­pany. They re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the chance for a ‘date night’ be­cause some fam­i­lies don’t have the net­work around them to have an evening to them­selves.

“It’s just one of the lit­tle things we do to build closer re­la­tion­ships with our Charley fam­i­lies.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to en­rol your child in com­ing pro­grams, please con­tact Charley’s Place on 4599 9055.

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