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Forrest Early Childhood Centre

Address: 1 Hobart Avenue Forrest 2603
Email: forrest@communityservices1.org
Phone: 02 6295 8876

Forrest Early Childhood Centre is a 88 place centre, situated in the parliamentary triangle with a lovely outlook to parliament house and surrounded by a natural leafy setting. Our team prides itself on creating a happy, friendly environment, providing excellent care and education, with an inclusive play based curriculum. The centre operates 50 weeks a year.

Inclusions

As part of the daily fee, all of our centres provide a full nappy service. Linen for sleep times is also provided, and is laundered by the centre.

We also serve nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day. The recommended serves per day for young children are:

Grains: 2
Fruit: 0.75
Vegetables: 2
Dairy: 1
Meat/alternative: 1
Sometimes food: 1

To view a sample menu click here. This sample menu provides the following serves per day: Grains (2), Fruit (1), Vegetables (2), Dairy (1), Meat/alternative (1), Sometimes Food (0).

We have additional programs within the centre including an integrated Preschool program, a yoga program provided by “Yoga Garden”, Grow Together (encourages the whole centre community to be involved in a gardening project).  Click here to read more about how we organise our environments for learning and development.

Rooms

We cater for children from six weeks to six years of age and the centre is open from 7.45am to 6.00pm. The rooms are split into three distinct pods based on the child’s age and each room is named after an Australian native animal based on the children’s interest of animals:

Baby Pod: Six weeks–two years old (24 children)
Tadpoles: Six weeks–15 months old
Froglets: 15 months–two years old

The staff in our babies’ pod care for children aged between six weeks and 24 months. They provide a trusting, warm and nurturing environment.

Toddler Pod: 18 months–three years (30 children)
Possums: 18 months–two years old
Sugar Gliders: Two–three years old

The Toddler Pod is a warm and friendly environment – the staff in this pod care for children between the age of one and a half to three years.

Preschool Pod: Three–six years old (38 children)
Dingos: Three–four years old
Tasmanian Tigers: Four–six years old

The staff in our Preschool pod care for children aged between three years and school age in a stimulating learning environment. Our Preschool pod encourages independence and offers many opportunities for the children to do things for themselves.

The centre has an open door policy, inviting parents and educators to be a part of the daily program as much as is possible. We invite families to visit at any time and become involved in the centre as much as they desire. We hold family information sessions throughout the year so families can contribute to the Centre Community.

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