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The Learning Sanctuary Park Orchards

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Welcome to The Learning Sanctuary Park Orchards

The Learning Sanctuary Park Orchards is purpose-built child care centre that offers early childhood education for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years. We are conveniently located for families living or commuting through the Melbourne suburbs of Park Orchards, Ringwood North, Ringwood, and Warranwood. We are open from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

Our Ringwood North centre is proud to have received Exceeding the National Quality Standard. The National Quality Standard encompasses the seven key quality areas that are important outcomes for children’s learning and development.

Our Ringwood North child care and kindergarten centre provides families with daily updates and photos detailing your child’s learning and development, all accessible on our family app. Meals, sunscreen, nappies, wipes and bedding are all included in the fees.

Our Early Learning Environments

The expansive outdoor environments at our Ringwood North child care centre include climbing frames, sandpits and more. We also have a community garden in each yard where we grow fruits and vegetables for the children to learn about and enjoy. Our outdoor learning program focuses on the development of your child’s strength, balance, and self-confidence.

Our indoor learning spaces offer a variety of engaging environments including natural resources, interactive smartboards and more, all carefully selected for children to learn and grow. Our experienced educators and teachers use these to design various age-appropriate play-based experiences.

Dedicated team of Educators and Teachers

At the heart of our child care centre in Ringwood North is our longstanding team of early childhood educators and teachers with some team members at the centre for over 8 years.

Our team of passionate and qualified early childhood teachers and educators are dedicated to ensuring every child feels safe, nurtured, and inspired throughout their early education journey.

Health and Nutrition

Our Ringwood North child care centre provides children with nutritious, unprocessed, and seasonal whole foods. Our menu rotates every four weeks to cater to diverse dietary requirements including Halal. We actively involve children in food preparation to promote healthy eating.

At our Ringwood North early learning centre, we recognise the importance of play in a child’s learning and development journey. Our team tailors play-based learning activities in line with national standards, specifically the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), helping prepare them for kindergarten and school readiness.

We also offer the following enriching learning experiences:

  • Music & Movement Program: Designed to develop fundamental skills that help support children’s self-regulation, memory, and concentration. Children learn to appreciate and develop an understanding of music – and of course, have fun.
  • Kitchen Garden program: This program is a fun, hands-on approach to teaching children about fresh, seasonal, delicious food so they form positive food habits for life.
  • Bush Kinder: Children engage in and learn about their environments and their ecosystem at the local park, the learnings from bush kinder are then incorporated into the children’s educational program at the centre
  • Community Engagement Program: We often have visits from local community including ,wood working, responsible dog ownership program, cultural dancing, and librarians to help familiarise the children with their local community. We also have excursions to our local parks, library, shops and local Primary School to assist our Kindergarten children with their transition to ‘big school’.

Our Kindergarten programs are tailored to meet your child’s individual learning needs across numeracy, literacy, emotional and social development, resilience, and self-regulation.

Our Ringwood North child care centre offers the VIC Government-approved Kindergarten program, supporting your child’s development and well-being from now, at school and beyond. In Victoria, 3 and 4-year-old children are able to access a funded Kindergarten program led by a Bachelor Qualified Teacher. If eligible, your child will be able to participate in the government-approved Kindergarten program, at no cost, up to a minimum of 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year. Talk to us about how this reduces your out-of-pocket costs.

The added benefits of our Kindergarten program include:

  • Extended opening hours
  • Open all year round (excl public holidays)
  • Programs developed and delivered by our Early Childhood Teachers
  • Exclusive music and movement program for self-regulation

Rajni

I’ve been working in the child care sector since 2008. I hold a Diploma of Children’s Services and I’m studying towards a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).

At The Learning Sanctuary Park Orchards, we believe the role of an early childhood educator is of the utmost importance and we consider it a privilege to take care of your children. We strive to develop positive relationships with our families and work collaboratively with them.

We want children to be confident and involved learners. We believe every child is unique and has the right to education in an environment that is respectful of culture, race, religion and ability.

Our curriculum is planned and implemented by following the interests of the children as well as through intentional teaching in line with the Early Years Learning Framework.

We welcome all families to visit our centre to witness for themselves the quality of care and education we provide.

The Learning Sanctuary Park Orchards provides early education and child care for children from nursery age through to kindergarten. Each room has been planned and set up to deliver the best early learning experience for your little one.

Nursery (6 weeks – 16 months)

Our nursery room offers:

  • Nurturing environments where children feel safe to explore and discover
  • Tummy time and physical activity
  • Messy play and sensory activities
  • Language-rich environments through play-based experiences such as music, singing and rhymes
  • A private room where mums can feed their babies at their convenience
  • Separate yard and cot room for extra safety and comfort

Junior Toddler (16 months – 2 years)

Our Little Learners room offers:

  • Play-based music and movement activities that enhance sensory-motor development
  • Opportunities for children to form relationships and develop their self-confidence
  • Language-rich environments that support development through books and conversations
  • Opportunities that allow children to explore literacy and numeracy through real-life experiences
  • Opportunities to learn how we can be more sustainable
  • Excursions to library and incursion to enhance children’s learning
  • Music and dance games program every Monday 

Senior Toddler (2 – 3 years)

Our Senior Toddler room offers:

  • Social learning through group and individual play
  • Language-rich environments through books and conversations
  • An opportunity to learn about literacy and numeracy in a safe and inspiring environment
  • Music and dance games program every Monday
  • Excursions to library and incursion to enhance children’s learning

3-Year-Old Kinder (3 – 4 years)

Our 3-Year-Old Kinder room provides:

  • Environments that build a healthy physical and mental wellbeing
  • Boundless opportunities for outdoor teaching and play
  • Highly qualified educators who nurture social skills and emotional development
  • Safe opportunities for risky play and extracurricular activities
  • Active music and movement programs
  • Qualified kinder teacher to run the 3 year old kinder program
  • Excursions to library and incursion to enhance children’s learning

4-Year-Old Kinder (4 – 6 years)

Our 4-Year-Old Kinder room provides:

  • A school-readiness program focused on literacy and numeracy through play-based learning
  • The use of children’s interests and abilities as a vehicle for learning
  • The development of social and emotional skills, self-awareness and respect for others
  • Enriching extracurricular activities
  • A transition-to-school program
  • Natural and age appropriate environments
  • Bush kinder three days a week
  • Joint activities with the local schools
  • Weekly science experiments

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Our pricing

Nursery

$168.50

  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024

Toddler

$168.50

  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024

Kindergarten

$168.50

  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024

Please note: The Childcare Subsidy can reduce your daily out-of-pocket fee by up to 95% depending on your family’s entitlements. Calculate your estimated subsidy here.

Frequently Asked Questions

A centre tour is a convenient way to experience the centre of your choice and meet with our qualified educators at a time suitable to your family schedule. The Learning Sanctuary also offers the virtual tour option in all our centres. Click here to book a tour online.

On the day of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe practices and interactions within the centre environment. You’ll be able to see all the rooms and playgrounds, ask the team members any questions you have in mind, and get all the information you need to make the best decision for your child.

The Learning Sanctuary Family Support team will add your child’s name to our waitlist if one of our centres is currently full in your child’s age group. We will then contact you as soon as a place becomes available.

We also do monthly check-ins to review the availability, and you will receive a text message confirming if you’re still happy to remain on the waitlist each month. If you would like to get an update at any point, you’re welcome to reach out on our Web Chat or give us a call. 

Our Family Support team can also help you find more G8 early learning centres near you, with the same offerings at The Learning Sanctuary centre you are interested in that have immediate availability.

It’s common for a child to experience separation anxiety when they first start child care. When you’re getting ready to start child care, you can help your child overcome anxieties by visiting the child care service together for a Stay and Play session, and easing into new routines at home.

Click here to read more tips about how to make the transition easier for your child.

Most of The Learning Sanctuary child care and early education centres offer the following:

  • Nappies and wipes
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Nutritious meals prepared by our in-house cook

Some centres also provide sheets and formula, so you may not need to remember to pack them.

For nursery children, be sure to bring: nappy rash cream, dummies, bottles and teats, comfort toys or blankets, three spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

For toddlers and preschool or kindergarten-aged children, it’s best to bring: spare underwear, water bottle or sippy cup, sun hat, closed-toe shoes, two spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

Plus anything else your individual child may need, such as breast milk, a sleeping bag, a comforter or medication.

It’s best to speak to your centre of choice for a full list of everything included.

The Learning Sanctuary uses Xplor Home as our family communication app. It is the best and easiest way to keep track of your child’s day.

After you enrol your child with the centre, you can utilise Xplor Home to book child care days, manage your account, receive the photographs that capture your child’s learning, learn about your child’s progress, as well as keep up-to-date with upcoming centre events and important information.

If your child shows signs of an infectious illness when they arrive at the centre or becomes sick during the day, you may be notified that you need to make alternative arrangements or pick up your child from the centre, and keep them home until they are no longer infectious. While we understand that this can be inconvenient, The Learning Sanctuary is committed to maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the risk of infection for all children.

Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year. These can be taken for any reason, including public holidays and when children are sick, without the need for families to provide documentation.