The Centre is sponsored by the Central Coast Council. It is run as a non-profit organisation to offer the community a choice of quality child care. The Child Care Centre, the Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care programs, which operate at Penguin, East Ulverstone and Forth are part of the Community Services Department of the Council.
The Children’s Services programs are under the management of the Director Community Services, Jackie Harvey. The Child Care Coordinator is Andrea Lutwyche and the Outside School Hours Care Coordinator is Brooke Edmunds.
The Centre consists of a team of professionals; teachers, childcare graduates, experienced educators, cleaners and a cook. We have access to part-time support for children with special needs through the North West Inclusion Support Team.
ULVERSTONE CHILD CARE CENTRE
The Ulverstone Child Care Centre aims to provide consistent high quality care for your child, and support for your family and the community.
We aim to provide a warm, stimulating environment in which each child feels secure and is motivated to learn and develop through play at his/her own level, and that staff builds a trusting and secure environment for both children and families.
LONG DAY CARE
Alexandra Road, Ulverstone 7315
Telephone: 03 6425 3505
CENTRE OPENING HOURS:
7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday
SESSIONAL CARE TIMES:
Before School Care – 7.30am to 8.30am
am – 7.00am to 12.30pm
pm – 12.30pm to 6.00pm
Long Session – 7.00am to 3.00pm
PENGUIN PRIMARY SCHOOL
Ironcliffe Road, Penguin
Telephone: 0400 252 989
CENTRE OPENING HOURS: After School Care 2.45pm – 6.00pm, Vacation Care 8.00am – 6.00pm
EAST ULVERSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Crawford Street, Ulverstone
Telephone: 0428 593 778
CENTRE OPENING HOURS: After Kinder Care 12.45 Wednesdays, After School Care 2.45pm – 6.00pm,
Vacation Care 7.30am – 6.00pm
FORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
Wilmot Road, Forth
Telephone: 0400 528 852
CENTRE OPENING HOURS: Before School Care 7.30 – 9.00am, After School Care 2.45pm – 6.00pm, Vacation Care 8.00am – 6.00pm
The Centre is licensed by the Department of Education to care for up to 75 children at any one time; the age range being from 0 to 5 years.
The East Ulverstone and Forth service is licensed for 40 children; Penguin is licensed for 30.
As a Commonwealth-funded Centre, certain conditions of licence must be adhered to. When the Child Care Act was first introduced in 1972, one of its prime objectives was to provide child care for working parents; therefore places within Centres must be allocated according to clear-cut priorities.
PARENTS AND STAFF WORKING TOGETHER
You, as parents are the child’s first education and the main influence in their life. It is therefore vital that staff and parents decide together what is important for your children. This forms the basis of our Centre philosophies and goals. Parent’s ideas and suggestions are essential to the Centre in its commitment to continuous quality improvement. Family members are encouraged to share with the Centre’s activities with the children; excursions, games, music and meal times. We also welcome parent participation in its program. If you wish to share something of interest with us or have any special skills or talents, please inform the staff so we can include your visit in our daily program. We encourage families to join us in the various centre social activities that we organise, for example, family barbecues, parent/carer evenings, etc. You are invited to visit and share your child’s day at any time.