Our service is open from 6.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday. We have our cook Lola who prepares all the meals on site and who is an integral part of the children’s day. We also provide nappies, wipes and cot linen for all children under 2 years.
As we are a large service we are fortunate enough to have a large number of highly qualified educators. Each day we have 4 University qualified teachers and 4 Diploma (or working towards diploma) qualified educators who all drive the educational program. Every educator holds a recognised early childhood qualification or is currently undertaking study in a recognised course. This has a huge impact on being able to provide quality learning experiences for children and also in creating a focused and passionate team of educators who are working towards a shared goal of the rights of every child to have access to quality early childhood learning.
The centre is a purpose built facility, opened in January 2010. We have made it our service goal to create a welcoming space that feels like home away from home. We also sit on over 2 acres of land and are lucky enough to share our space with our goats, rabbits, chickens and some lovely vegetable gardens. The children are involved in tending the garden, growing fresh produce and learning about our climate through an awareness of living sustainably.
Great Beginnings Kariong is a service where everyone belongs and is welcomed as we celebrate being part of this crucial time in the lives of young children. We believe we are fortunate that families choose to allow us to be accepted into their families’ life as we share their learning journey and we hope that you have time to call in and see us as we would love to show you around our centre. Please call the service if we can be of assistance to your family in any way.
Our childcare centre proudly offers a kindergarten/preschool program to ensure your child is supported for their transition to school every step of the way. With a focus on language, literacy, numeracy, social skills and more your child will become school ready.
Hi my name is Amanda Lester and I am the Director of Great Beginnings Kariong.
I have been part of the service here at Kariong since the first meeting with our builders and have had the pleasure of seeing the project develop from a dream to a reality. Kariong is a service I am very proud of and have a deep love for every aspect of what happens here each day. This service is a big part of my personal journey in seeking beautiful, quality learning environments for children where they are encouraged to learn without limits. I am a true believer that every child is capable of wonderful achievements when in an environment that promotes their strengths and encourages them to challenge the ideas put before them simply by believing that the World can be anything they want it to be.
I was fortunate enough to find my career passion early on and completed my University degree straight out of school. Since completing my Bachelor of Education qualifications through Macquarie University, I now have over 20 year experience working in early childhood services. I was a face to face classroom teacher for 10 years and have now been a Director for over 10 years…But nothing gives me more pleasure in my day than to get back into the classroom and immerse myself in the experiences with the children.
I am also the mother of two children myself. One of my ambitions as an educator was to ensure that the services I have been connected with are always of the highest quality and what I would want for my own children. I became very passionate as an educator many years ago when learning new ideas about what we could offer children. Through the development of the ‘Early Years Learning Framework’ curriculum for early childhood services I am so excited to see early education in Australia be recognised for the lifelong impact it has on children’s futures. My personal philosophy is really based on engaging children through their interests, offering a play based curriculum that is exciting and empowering to children and creating citizens of our community who have a lifelong love of learning and ongoing quest for knowledge. I also really believe in celebrating the moment, children are not simply in early educational services to prepare them for the next stage of life, what they are doing right now matters and needs to be valued. Children are also not waiting to be citizens of the future, they are valued members of the community today and have a lot to offer that everyone can learn from by listening to and valuing their thoughts and ideas.
I am very honoured to let you know that the team here at Great Beginnings Kariong have mostly been here since we opened. We are a committed team who share our philosophy for education and passion for learning. All of the educators of the service are equally dedicated to the program and experiences they provide and the learning environments they create. One of the things I am also most proud of is the connection the team has with the families of the service. It is so important to us that every person who walks in our door feels a connection to the centre and a sense of belonging to the space. Family involvement is highly valued by everyone and we as a team believe this promotes greater connection between the learning that happens within the service and the learning that happens within the family, each equally important and valued.
Our centre provides care for the following age groups:
|0 – 2 years
||2 – 3 years
||3 – 4 years
||3.5 – 4.5 years
||4 – 6 years
Our service provides the following facilities:
- Nappies included
- Morning Tea
- Afternoon Tea
- Petting zoo/animals
- Sustainability program
- Veggie garden
- On-site parking
- SMART Interactive Whiteboard
- In-house cook
- Fully air-conditioned
- Large, natural play environments
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Government Approved Kindergarten program
Reviews and Testimonials
See what our parents have to say about our centre:
“Great Beginnings Kariong has wonderful, caring staff coupled with exceptional educational activities. It is a caring and supportive environment where each child thrives. I can’t recommend the centre enough!”
“My son has been attending this centre since 2011 and I have always been very confident in knowing that he has been cared for by people that treat him as if he were part of their own family. The staff seem very happy working here so I can only think its due to the exceptional management and this certainly seems to rub off on the children that attend here as I can see how happy they look when I drop in. I also love the extra additions such as the animals and the garden as I’m sure this makes the children feel more at home. A beautiful place for any child to spend their most important developmental years.”
“We were very nervous to take our girls to Day Care while we both return to work especially when my second one was only 8 months old BUT Great Beginnings made it so easy and comfortable for us to trust them in what they do. I have seen improvement with my 2 year old with her speech and I know they must do a lot of activities, learning because my daughter comes home singing, reading out her numbers, colours and abc. I can go on and on but all I gotta tell you parents are these staff in this centre are AMAZING, so friendly and very helpful. I cannot thank them enough for everything.”
We’d love to welcome you to one of our Great Beginnings centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Great Beginnings Kariong, please fill out the form below. One of our educators will then be in touch to discuss your needs.
Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place. We recommend visiting a centre for a tour and meeting our friendly educators.