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:
- 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.
- 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
- shows that children are valuable and respected.
- 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.