For Parents

Enrolling at the Centre

For any new families considering enrolling at Stuart Park Neighbourhood and Childcare Centre, an Information Sheet is available, which answers most of the questions that parents and carers usually have.  Contact the Director for any more information or to arrange enrolment. There is often a waiting list for places, particularly in our babies room.  Going on the wait list attracts a refundable $20 deposit.  This is deducted from your fees should a place become available or can be collected from the Centre should you find alternate care.

Service Assessment

Childcare services in Australia are governed by the National Quality Framework (NQF) which was developed to ensure better educational and developmental outcomes for children using education and care services in Australia.  It was a result of extensive collaboration and agreement between state and territory governments.  Research shows that quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life.  NQF operates under an applied law system, comprising the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations.

Within the NQF is the National Quality Standard (NQS) which sets a national benchmark for services in Australia.  Service are assessed under seven quality areas and are given a rating.  In August 2012, Stuart Park Neighbourhood and Childcare Centre was awarded has a rating of ‘Exceeding National Standards’. 

Implementation of the NQF is governed by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), which works with regulatory authorities each state and territory introduces and administers the new system - See more

Cost of Care

As a community run, not for profit organisation, the Stuart Park Neighbourhood and Childcare Centre aims to provide an affordable service to its members.  As at July 2015, fees are $360 per week for a full time place and $72 per day for a part time place (4 days per week or less).

All families attending the Centre are entitled to receive the Australian Government’s Child Care Rebate, while some are eligible for the means tested Child Care Benefit. These payments are arranged through the Family Assistance Office of the Department of Human Services.

Facilities

The building that houses Stuart Park Neighbourhood and Childcare Centre is owned by the City of Darwin. See our Photo Gallery

Programming

All programming of activities at the Centre is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This Framework was developed by the Australian Government and describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.

The kinds of activities that are delivered include:

To complement the program, the Service has developed strong relationships with an extensive range of community groups, organisations, schools, registered training organisations and companies.  These include:

  • Bunnings – for gardening, food production and worm farm activities.
  • CSIRO – the Science Guy.
  • St. John’s College – a student contributed to the most recent cultural program on Aboriginal Australians and groups of students have visited the service for work experience.
  • Darwin High School – Students visit annually to discuss nutritional aspects of preparing meals for children with our Chef, along with policies and procedures and any routine information regarding children’s meal times. 
  • Play Therapist – facilitated a Parent Support Session on behaviour management.
  • Judith O’Hearn – a Paralympic athlete who visited during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games activities held at the service.  A family fun afternoon was also held with games, awards ceremonies and opportunities for parents to network and build relationships with educators and other families.
  • Stuart Park Preschool - An orientation excursion for enrolled children and their families is arranged in term 4 to begin building relationships with future teachers and the environment.
  • City of Darwin (CoD) – the service is sponsored by CoD and maintains a close relationship, particularly relating to building repairs and maintenance.  The service has also taken part in CoD activities such as Fun in the Parks by taking children on excursions to their events.

Darwin is a highly multi-cultural community and this is reflected within our service, educators and families. It is our intention to build and develop children’s sense of identity, community awareness and respectful and reciprocal relationships with their peers and community.  Each month the service investigates a country and culture that is reflected within our service and community. In 2012, the children and educators commenced investigating the 8 countries in which our educators were born.    This in-depth research incorporated geography, art and craft, language, food, flora and fauna, flags, music and dance. The research is conducted collaboratively amongst educators and children with some educators sharing their already established knowledge on various aspects and other educators sourcing relevant information.  The experiences and learning is implemented throughout all age groups and is a focus within the curriculum. Since researching our educator’s countries, we have now moved onto our families’ countries of origins and cultures. 

Attendance at Stuart Park Pre-School

If in a given year, your child turns four by the 30th of June, they are eligible to begin Preschool at the start of the school year. This policy ensures all children experience the benefit of a full year of Preschool, before starting Transition the following year. Both Morning and Afternoon Group sessions at Stuart Park Pre-School offer identical programs. There is no age distinction between the two. ie there is no younger or older grouping, as was the case in the previous entry system.
Each year, a parent group (made up of parents whose child/ren will attend Stuart Park Pre School and return to Stuart Park Child Care Centre) take responsibility to organise a walking group. The group is responsible for escorting children from the morning session (8am-11am) of Stuart Park Pre-School, back to the Centre. This is done on a roster basis and reduces the need for transporting your own child each day. A hand over from the parents group to the following years group will happen towards the end of each year. Please note that this ONLY occurs for Stuart Park Pre School.

For further information or to enrol your child, phone Stuart Park Pre School 08 8981 3374 or visit http://www.stuartparkprimary.nt.edu.au/teaching/home.html