St Nick’s at Lochinvar Open Day
St Nicholas Early Education at Lochinvar is holding an open day on Friday of September from 3pm-6pm to provide an opportunity for families and the greater community to visit the most recently opened and largest St Nick’s centre.
The open day will feature a petting zoo complete with ponies, alpacas, ducks and goats to name a few. A sausage sizzle will be on offer for guests and entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon.
The open day will give parents, children and members of the community a chance to explore our architecturally-designed, purpose-built, 124-place centre.
Operating from 6:30am to 6pm St Nick’s at Lochinvar provides:
- two nursery programs designed for 12 children under 24 months of age
- two toddler programmes for 15 children each
- two dedicated three-year-old programs for 20 children each
- a dedicated pre-school wing which will provide two learning areas for children four to five years of age – and this is located close by to St Patrick’s Primary School, offering an invaluable school transition program for families.
St Nick’s at Lochinvar features learning areas that include educational resources and age appropriate learning environments to promote child focused, integrated programs. Our four-to-five-year pre-school boasts an interactive Smart Board resource that enhances our intentional teaching moments and provides an investigation tool for spontaneous learning.
The outdoor area has been designed to create challenging and diverse play opportunities for all ages. We have respected the rural surrounds of the Lochinvar area in our planning, and work to promote natural play spaces for our young explorers.
The outdoor area at St Nicholas Lochinvar includes:
- a large sandpit complete with large shade structures and water pumps
- dry river beds complete with bridges
- cubby houses that incorporate a farmhouse feel
- bike tracks
- mud pits
- interactive vegetable and flower beds
- ample outdoor play areas to explore
- an amphitheatre to provide opportunities for dramatic play and group learning.
The centre has a fully functioning kitchen with all meals and snacks catered for children 0-3 years.
Our pre-schoolers have morning and afternoon tea provided, but as part of our school readiness program, they will bring their midday meal to “school” each day.
As a unique service to parents, at St Nicholas Lochinvar we are also pleased to offer a café service each morning – allowing parents to order a coffee on the way in for drop off, ready for collection on the way out to the car.
St Nick’s play-based early education
Curiosity drives infants and toddlers to explore and experience the world around them. It is this innate curiosity which inspires a child’s interest in developing an understanding of their surroundings and their place within life. With the importance of curiosity in mind, it is essential to nurture the desire for discovery and expanded horizons in all children.
This understanding of the innateness of curiosity is at the heart of the St Nicholas approach to early education.