As a childcare centre in Brisbane’s CBD, children are exposed to a bustling urban experience daily. It is from this that Guardian Early Learning – Charlotte Street’s Kindy Village project grew.
The centre’s Curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia approach, which means there is a focus on community learning, with multi-age experiences and flexible spaces within an open plan setting. The centre’s Educational Leader Pip Ivers says the Kindy Village began as a thread of learning stemming from the Kindergarten children’s love of small worlds. Through this, she wanted to support children as they explored concepts of identity and community. Read more
You wouldn’t expect to find a blueberry bush growing in the middle of the CBD but this is exactly what was discovered in the yard at Margaret Street Early Learning Centre.
“We are not sure how the blueberry bush came to be here at Margaret Street, as it’s the first year anyone has seen it fruit. However, this could be because of how we are embedding sustainable practices in our day with the children,” says Centre Manager Lisa Concannon. Read more
An outdoor oasis can be a hard thing to find in the CBD, but step into Elizabeth Street Early Learning Centre and you’ll find a sunny outdoor area filled with children exploring, playing and learning.
Centre Manager, Jessie Mar-Lavulo calls the space an “outdoor wonderland” that offers many opportunities and “potential for children’s learning” which is used on a daily basis – regardless of the weather. Read more
In exciting news for Guardian, every Sydney CBD early learning centre – with the exception of our brand new Barangaroo centre, which has yet to be assessed – is now Exceeding the National Quality Standard (NQS). Read more
Do you choose an early learning centre that’s close to home or close to work? It’s a debate that has plagued parents since the beginning of childcare history. While there are arguments for both sides, there’s nothing more exciting for a child than jumping on a bus and heading in to work with mum or dad. And, it turns out, there are several benefits for parents when it comes to choosing a city-based centre. Read more