McGraths Hill Learning Centre is a privately owned childcare centre, catering for children between the ages of 0 – 5yrs. We have a specialised preschool program, so that your child can head off to school with confidence.
We have a team of dedicated teachers and carers who make your child’s safety, education and happiness a priority.
We at McGraths Hill Learning Centre are dedicated to the welfare of it’s children. The children are placed in groups according to their age and developmental stage. We aim to encourage the growth, maturation and developmental skills for each child across all developmental areas – emotional, social, physical and intellectual.
We are set on a beautiful five-acre property, with a large natural outdoor playground for your children to play in. Our centre is very close to Windsor Road for easy drop offs and pickups, but in a lovely rural setting away from traffic and noise.
McGraths Hill Learning Centre boasts one of the largest grass playgrounds in the Hawkesbury
- Excellent Preschool program for school readiness
- Accredited – High Quality
- Educational programs for all ages
- A great team of qualifed teachers and carers
- Nutritional meals provided
- Healthy country atmosphere
- Competitive Prices
- Open 6.30am – 6.00pm 50 weeks a year
McGraths Hill Learning Centre was established in 2006, and remains a family owned business. The centre is staffed with fully trained professionals. We take pride in the high quality of care and learning we offer. The Centre is approved for 50 children per day aged 0-5. Operating hours are 6.30am-6pm 50 weeks per year.
A National Framework for Early Learning
McGraths Hill Learning Centre’s early learning program is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This framework has been put in place by the Australian Government, as part of their drive to maintain consistent quality standards in early childhood education at a national level. The EYLF is a play-based curriculum, which encourages children to achieve learning goals and milestones through play. The framework also focuses on development of emotional, social and communication (language, numeracy & literacy) skills.
The Early Years Learning Framework’s vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. It describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.
- Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.
- Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time to just “be” – time to play, try new things and have fun.
- Becoming is about the learning and development that young children experience. Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.
Play is learning
Play is very important for children. Through play babies and young children explore and learn to understand the world around them as they come to communicate, discover, imagine and create.
When children play they are showing what they have learned and what they are trying to understand. This is why play is one of the foundations of our Program. By using it, our Team will guide your child’s play by carefully designing learning activities and stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments. Our Program is delivered in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators, to develop learning pathways that are responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities.
How does the program work?
The program focuses on your child’s learning. Our Team will work with you to get to know your child. They will create a learning program that builds on your child’s interests and abilities, and keep you in touch with your child’s progress. As outlined by the Framework, our teachers will assist to ensure that:
- Children have a strong sense of their identity
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children are confident and involved learners; and
- Children are effective communicators
In the nursery: Children in the nursery are starting to learn about themselves and are becoming aware of the world around them. Little ones learn through their senses and will spend much of the day exploring — feeling different textures, hearing different sounds, and seeing, smelling and tasting things for the very first time.
In the toddler group: Toddlers are curious and busy little people. They learn by experimenting — such as what happens when they mix coloured paints together. Social learning is also very important for this age group. This means lots of time learning to share and take turns so that friendships can develop.
In the preschool group: Children in this group are becoming increasingly clever, confident and independent. They’re starting to use reasoning and problem solving skills. When they play with blocks, they first think about what they would like to build, then what pieces they’ll need, and which order to use them. They are also developing their attention span.
In the school readiness group: School readiness is an important step in development for preschoolers soon to start school.
- The program is structured and spontaneous in line with the new EYLF (The Early Years Learning Framework)
The early years are recognised as the most important for learning. This is when a child’s brain quickly develops and much of the wiring is laid down. When your child’s brain is stimulated, brain neurons make connections which enable your child to think and learn effectively. Your child’s early experience greatly influences how their brain grows.
About the program
The School Readiness Program develops the fundamental skills required for children to succeed at school.
- Develop basic skills for those needing to reach school entry level
- Extend children who already have a strong skill base
- It focuses on key areas to ensure children are ready for school during their first year.
- It is engaging and fun.
The literacy and numeracy program provides structured hands on, multi sensory activities to develop:
- Recognition of alphabet letters, phonemic awareness and the beginning of sentence structure
- Correct pencil grip
- Rational counting, matching and sequencing skills
- Listening to and understanding stories
- Writing and reading their own names and simple words