About our centre
Seymour Street Early Learning is open from 6am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 52 weeks a year. We do close on public holidays. We cater for children from six-weeks to six-years of age, across six rooms. Each room has dedicated outdoor areas for learning through play, and we also have a dining room where our preschool children continue to learn and apply their life skills at lunch time.
Meet our staff
Paula King has been our director for a number of years. She started in the early education and care sector in 1989, and during her career, earned her Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching, and advanced to her current position.
“I choose to work in child care because I believe children are our future. I love watching children learn and develop over their time in care.”
Our centre also has four qualified Early Childhood Teachers, numerous Diploma and Certificate III qualified early childhood education and care educators, and trainees who are working towards their Certificate III. Our ancillary staff include our administration officer, qualified cook, and our bus driver.
The ratio of educators to children is regulated by the government and are different for different age groups. Below is the ratio for each age group, and the maximum number of children we have enrolled in each room.
We have six rooms that are broadly arranged by age, but we also focus on the developmental needs of each child.
Nursery One (0-12 months)
This room provides our youngest children a program based on a sense of security and designed to cater for the different developmental needs of each children.
Nursery Two (12-24 months)
Older nursery children broaden their skills in sharing, working independently, finding their own identity, and playing safely. Programs are developed around the individual which enables each child to develop at their own pace.
Tiny Tots (24-36 months)
Tiny Tots are discovering more about their bodies and how they work. They have more room to play, sing, and dance. Programs build on the interests of the children.
Toddlers (2-3 years)
Our Toddlers start being a little more independent – sharing, playing using real life skills, and starting their transition to being able to sit and listen to instruction. While the Toddler program focuses on play based learning, there is slightly more structure to the program and room routine.
Preschool One (3-4 years)
This room is where the children continue their growth and learning skills, slowly preparing them for their school years. They have listening time, learning time, and play time. They learn and grow so much in this room, make strong friendships and learn about their emotions and how to manage them. At the end of the year some children are ready for school, while others move on to the school readiness program offered in Preschool Two.
Preschool Two (4-5 years)
Our older children participate in a school readiness program designed to help prepare them for school, while still giving the younger children the opportunity to be exposed to the program and chance to join in. In this room all children participate in the Ella (Early Learning Languages Australia) program, where they learn the basics of another language. In the past children have learned French, and currently our chosen language is Japanese. As part of the school readiness program, children also have access to the Reading Eggs program.
The centre runs a four week rotating menu, developed in line with Australia dietary guidelines. We cater to any dietary requirements your child may have by altering the same meal the other children have, and we are nut-free and egg-free centre. We offer milk (cow, lactose-free, or soy depending on individual diet) to the children at meal times and fresh water is offered throughout the day.
Free bus service
Seymour Street Early Learning Centre operates a free bus service for our families. Our bus driver – who is also a qualified early childhood educator – does two trips each morning and afternoon, servicing different parts of town. Families without transport are given priority for the limited number of seats available each day. Due to the child restraint regulations, we are unable to transport children who must be rear-facing.
Our centre is located in East Orange, opposite the PCYC.
We are close to Bowen and East Orange public schools, and St Mary’s Catholic School, which is convenient for families with older children attending these schools.
Onsite parking is available for ease of drop off and pick up.
Highly recommend Seymour St Early Learning, my daughter loves it here and everyone is so nice.
Great educators. Great atmosphere. My daughter absolutely loves it.
Great workers, make me feel comfortable and well informed about my child’s care.
Yes, Seymour Street Early Learning is a registered childcare provider. Families can apply for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) via the myGov app. If eligible, the subsidy can reduce the daily fee by up to 85%.
The amount of CCS your family can claim depends on several factors. For more information, visit the Services Australia site.
To be eligible you or your partner must meet the residency rules. Australian citizens and permanent residents will meet these rules. Some visa holders will also meet these rules.
You or your partner must also care for your child at least two nights per fortnight, and your child must also meet certain immunisation requirements. For more information, visit the Services Australia site.
Our fees are charged each fortnight for the two weeks in advance. At the beginning of your enrolment, we ask you to complete a direct debit form. You can change your direct debit details at any time.
Not all families need to go on our waitlist. Factors involved include the age of your child, the days you require care, and when you want care to start. We recommend you visit our centre before joining our waitlist; you can book a tour below.
This depends on the availability of places for your child’s age, and the days of the week you require care. It is difficult to estimate how long it may take for a suitable position to become available, but when a place does become available, we contact families in order of joining the waitlist.
Yes, you can. When you join the waitlist you can write the baby’s surname and write ‘baby’ or ‘tba’ with an estimated date of birth. Once the baby is born please contact the centre to update your details.
We recommend you visit our centre before you enrol or join the waitlist. This gives you an opportunity to see our facilities and meet our educators, and to discuss how we can meet your child’s needs. After the tour we will explain the enrolment process and help you get started.
We don’t have a bond, but we do ask for a payment of two weeks in advance, plus the first week’s fee.