DPS care is located on the premises of Dederang Primary School.  We offer high quality care for both permanent and casual bookings for 3-4 year old kinder and 3.5 year old day care.

Our approach to early childhood is inspired by Reggio Emilia.  We cultivate a sense of citizenship, a love of the natural environment, a sense of the aesthetic, fun and wonder with all children.  The Reggio Emilia philosophy inspires and informs our pedagogical practice (summarised below).

Long day care is available 5 days per week, from Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm.  Our integrated kinder program operates for 15 hours over 3 days per week, 9.15am – 2.15pm.  There is also the option for children to utilise the school bus when attending DPS Care.

DPS Care is fully accredited in all 7 quality standard areas.  We are proud of our accomplishments and would love to show you what we do.

If you would like to make a booking, or arrange a tour of our centre, please contact us.

The Australian Government provides financial support for this long day care child care service under the Community Support Program.

Taken from http://reggioaustralia.org.au/ accessed 9/12/2012

In a Reggio Emilia inspired environment:
Teachers :

  • see the children as strong, capable, competent, creative and curious.
  • are interested in and listen deeply to what the children have to say/are communicating.
  • believe children bring valuable experiences, theories, knowledge, skills and questions to school with them.
  • are committed to sharing the children’s learning with parents and the community.
  • ask questions and reflect upon their decisions.
  • value skill acquisition but not in isolation or at the expense of exploration of knowledge, concepts, theories, questions and collaboration.
  • place importance on understanding the children’s process of constructing knowledge whilst uncovering the necessary skills and abilities that pertain to the learning engagement.
  • recognise that there are many ways of thinking, knowing, understanding, expressing and being
  • are committed to research within their centre/school and community.
  • are passionate about children and their learning.

Children:

  • be seen as individuals within a group.
  • be encouraged to share their experiences, ideas, theories, curiosities.
  • be encouraged to explore their ideas and theories with other children.
  • be encouraged to ask questions at any time andbe encouraged to explore and express their ideas and theories in many ways.
  • are given time to explore ideas and theories, and develop skills, free of time limits

The environment:

  • shows that children are valuable and respected.

Parents:

  • are valued by the centre/school as members of a learning community
  • are encouraged to question, experience, contribute and embrace the learning taking place at the centre/school.
  • are encouraged to share skills and knowledge with the learning community.
  • are encouraged to celebrate the learning of the children with the entire community.

You can download and fill out the enrolment form from HERE if you wish to apply for a position for your child.