Earth Kids Early Learning Centre takes a whole-child approach to children’s early education and care. As each child is unique and will grow at his or her own pace, our programs will be tailored to the developments needs and interests of each child.
The educational program is tailored to each developmental stage from babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school readiness.
The way our program differs to other early childhood centres is our strong belief in teaching children to have empathy for and to take care of our natural world. We include elements in our programs that support this, such as digging patches, cooking with the herbs, fruit and vegetables from our garden and learning about recycling and waste. we also include education about environmental issues for families and encourage recycling and upcycling at home and in the centre.
Our centre promotes a:
- strong sense of identity
- a connectedness with and contribution to our world
- a strong sense of well-being
- confidence and involvement in their learning; and
- effective and diverse communication skills
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Our centre proudly offers a kindergarten/preschool program to ensure your child is supported for their transition to school every step of the way. With a focus on language, literacy, numeracy, social skills and more your child will become school ready.
Earth Kids won five 2015 Better Business Awards including “Business of the Year”. The awards recognise sustainable business practices across 250 businesses in the Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Willoughby and North Sydney Councils. Other awards include Energy Saver, Water Saver Sustainable Purchasing and Waste Saver.
Our building is eco friendly and was designed to create a unique space that uses natural elements and recycled materials to enhance the children’s and our staff’s experience, while minimising the ecological footprint of the building and the operation of the business.
An 8kw solar PV system has been installed to provide us with our electrical energy needs. LED lighting has been used throughout and energy efficient ceiling fans reduce the need to use air conditioning.
Where possible waste is minimised. Fruit, vegetable and meat suppliers reuse packaging and organic material is composted. The children in our centre are encouraged to separate waste into assorted recycling bins.
We harvest rainwater, which is stored in a 100,000L water tank under our building; the water from the tank is used in the toilets, laundry and the garden. We also have timers and flow restrictors on tapware and a water efficient front loading washing machine.
Hi, my name is Linda Young, but everyone knows me as Lin.
How long have you been working in childcare?
I’ve been working in childcare and education since I left school at 18 years old, which is 30+ years. With a couple of breaks to have my own two children.
What is your favourite part of working at the centre?
Each day I come to Earth Kids to engage with and growing the relationships and connections between all individuals here.
What qualifications do you hold?
I trained in the UK, I hold an NNEB diploma and a BA (Hons) degree in Education and Linguisitics and Special Needs and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education
What are you most passionate about?
Creating a safe, happy and fulfilling learning environment for children whilst in my care and the care of my team. I have a passion for creative programming to meet children’s needs and to make play and learning purposeful and fun. I love working with the children to facilitate their curiosity and to help them to answer questions they have each and every day.
What inspired you to become an educator?
I don’t think I ever questioned what career path I would take…I’ve just always known child care and education was my destiny.
What values are most important to you in your team members?
The values I hold high are dedication, passion and creativity and compassion.
What is your philosophy about educating children?
I believe we are blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our little people. I believe in a child-centered early educational philosophy that hinges on the belief that children are powerful and capable individuals, with the ability and desire to construct their own knowledge
I only want the best for your child and whatever your needs or requests maybe we can provide individualised care for your children, which meets your requirements. With a dedicated and passionate team who are ready to extend on your child’s interest and abilities, allowing them to become strong, independent and capable adults for the future.
Our centre provides care for the following age groups:
|6 weeks – 2 years
||2 years – 3 years
||3 years – 5 years
Our service provides the following facilities:
- Morning Tea
- Afternoon Tea
- Other meals – Late snack
- Organic produce for meals
- Sustainability program
- Eco friendly building
- Rainwater tanks
- Veggie garden
- On-site parking
- Dance program
- SMART Interactive Whiteboard
- Classroom technology – computers
- In-house cook
- Fully air-conditioned
- Large, natural play environments
- Early Childhood Teacher
We’d love to welcome you to one of our Early Learning Services centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Earth Kids Early Learning Centre, please fill out the form below. One of our educators will then be in touch to discuss your needs.
Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place. We recommend visiting a centre for a tour and meeting our friendly educators.