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The best learning occurs when experiences are meaningful & real

At CatholicCare, we understand the importance of children getting off to a good start in happy, creative and supportive environments that provide opportunities for children to explore, make friends, build on their strengths and get any extra help they need to set them on a positive learning journey.

Our dedicated teams of educators embrace a child’s right to play and facilitate rich learning environments which are relevant, meaningful and full of possibilities so children are safe, happy, healthy and included. We offer a range of services for children to suit their age and family preferences.

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P: 1800 324 924


We value respectful relationships with children, families and our work colleagues and ensure our work is child centred and focused. We work in a culture where educators listen and value difference to support warm, safe relationships and to develop positive and nurturing environments for children.

We believe the best learning occurs when experiences are meaningful, real and engaging. We place importance on the day-to-day experiences of being together, playing, interacting and doing, offering intentional learning experiences as well as the inevitable spontaneous and unexpected events that often occur and can create the most fun! Our learning environments are flexible and provide opportunities for new experiences – we set the scene for encouraging play, we help our learners understand their physical and social environment and we document the child’s progress.

Our work is underpinned by the Education & Care Services National Law & Regulations, the principles outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework and My Time Our Place: Framework for School Age Care, our values of faith, respect, courage, compassion, social justice and excellence, and our commitment to Catholic Social Teaching.

My son is in good hands with CatholicCare. He is disappointed when the weekend comes around!


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