Our Hippos room is our nursery and home to our youngest children.
This room can cater to children as young as six (6) weeks old. It is a space designed to provide a warm and age appropriate environment.
The Hippos room has its own dedicated bottle preparation space, nappy changing area with CCTV to provide continual lines of sight and enhance supervision. It also contains a dedicated cot room with space for all children to have their own cot in a quiet, calm environment conducive to sleep and relaxation.
The Hippos room also has access to its own dedicated outside play space, which is level, flat, fully fenced and covered by Sunsafe shade sails to provide a pleasant space for play at any time of the day.
The program is based on individual observations, the interests and needs of the children and their individuality and developmental stages. This information is then adapted into a daily program that is set to the goals outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework.
Children at this age are learning important independence skills and with repetition can acquire competency, success and autonomy for personal care such as learning to feed themselves, holding their own bottles, rolling and sitting up. They are rapidly producing language and need simple books, puzzles, pictures and music.
The children in the Hippos room are also very active and enjoy, crawling, walking, running and balancing using large and small muscles. They are also building social relationships with their peers and educators.
Ages Birth to 15 Months
1 – 2 rest times based on child’s needs
Daily Story accessed via parent portal
Bring 2 sets of clothes
Sheets provided for rest time
7:00 am – 6:00 pm
On a daily basis, Educators in the room will update the parent portal with a story and some photos of what the children have been exploring and learning throughout the day. On a regular basis, Educators will email families personal observations on their children (Note: these individual observations are only sent to the child’s parents).
Baby Hippo Aims
Our program is based on the 5 learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework and aims to:
Extend children’s interests, skills and abilities
Provide an atmosphere where children can bring their culture and home life into our environment
Create a safe and secure environment; and
Meet high quality indicators of assessment and rating
Early Years Learning Framework Outcomes
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
On a daily basis, Educators in the room will update the parent portal with a story and some photos of what the children have been exploring and learning throughout the day. On a regular basis, Educators will email families personal observations on their children (Note: these individual observations are only sent to that child’s parents).
What to Bring
- milk bottle
- SunSmart hat
- 2 spare sets of clothes
- formula/breast milk
- any comforter items (eg dummy or pacifier)
Flexible Daily Routine
7:00 – Centre opens, quiet activities, put sunscreen on children
7:30 – 9:00 – Outdoor/indoor activities (depending weather)
9:00 – Transition inside, morning tea
9:45 – 10:45 – Indoor activities
10:45 – 11:00 – Transition to lunch
11:00 – Lunch (Depending on child’s routine)
11:30 – 1:30 – Rest/Sleep time (Depending on child’s routine)
2:00 – Pack away sheets
2:15 – 2:45 – Wash hands, afternoon tea, put sunscreen on children
2:45 – 3:00 – Transitions outside
3:00 – 5:30 – Outdoor play activities
5:30 – Transition to combined play
5:30 – 6:00 – Quiet indoor/outdoor activities
6:00 – Centre closes
*For the younger children (12 month and under) we will follow the child routine for sleep and meal times.