Update - Monday 18 September
Pippita and Kira Kira room closures from Monday 25 September
As was shared in our recent parent information evening, staffing in the early education sector at the moment is especially challenging and maintaining our ratios with qualified staff is a non-negotiable for the safe operations of our centres and services.
It is with disappointment that we advise of the following room closures commencing Monday 25 September:
- Pippita room, 0 – 2-year-olds
- Kira Kira room, 2½ – 3½ -year-olds
These rooms will be closed until further notice and are a direct result of the staff shortage we are experiencing.
We understand how frustrating and difficult this news is for our families and assure you we have not made the decision lightly. Our ratio of staff to children is vital to our operations and we take the safety of our children and staff very seriously. The current staffing shortage, coupled with staff absences, can and does impact our operations at short notice.
As mentioned during the information evening, we are working to address the current staff shortage and have a range of recruitment activities already underway as well as accelerating other initiatives that we hope will attract suitably qualified staff.
We will continue to provide further updates on the staffing situation in the coming weeks however, we appreciate families may need to reassess their care options at this time. Wherever possible, we would be pleased to offer discounted fees at any of our St Nicholas Early Education centres that have places available, please contact 4979 1110 to discuss how we can prioritise your enrolment.
The Pippita room is created specifically for babies and infants from 6 weeks to 24 months, an environment that has been thoughtfully prepared for babies and infants to inspire wonder, curiosity, exploration and independence. The Montessori classroom is purposeful and designed to promote your child's growth in all areas of development as well as their psychomotor, fine motor, social and language skills.
The Montessori classroom for infants accomodates non-mobile infants as well as those that are crawling and walking in a peaceful, spacious and natural environment. Allowing them to safely explore and feel secure with the support and guidance of compassionate and caring educators. All furniture in the room is specifically designed to support and encourage each child's independence such as bars for pulling up, mirrors to reflect body movements and facial expressions, child sized tables and chairs as well as Montessori designed learning materials.
Our trained Montessori educators aim to create family partnerships that will nurture and support each child’s unique learning opportunities as they form their intelligence and personality. Furniture, a sleeping room, and materials used in the Infant Program have been carefully selected to fulfil the needs of the quickly changing infant. It lays the foundation for life, as the first two years are the most fundamental for children and their potential.
This program provides planned, individualised developmental activities which develop the child’s:
- basic faith in themselves
- urge for independence
- self-esteem and confidence
- concentration span
This is achieved through continuity of activities to follow their routine that lays the foundation of language, movement, order and perception. We provide age appropriate, real life practical and sensory experiences to foster the development of life skills.
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his/her own experiences.” – Maria Montessori