Yawarra Children’s Service is a community-based service incorporating the Pooraka Community Childcare and Kesters Road Community Child Care centres.
We are a not for profit organisation which means that we are;
Caring for Children, not for profit.
Everything we do at Yawarra Children’s Services is with children at its core, to ensure they have the best possible start in their development, learning and overall wellbeing.
Founded over 30 years ago we have experience in providing quality Education and Care to children and their families who have chosen us over the years.
Guided by the National Quality Standards set by The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority and the Education and Care Services National Regulations, we have provided a place for children to feel safe, secure and supported to begin their lifelong learning journeys.
The Early Years Learning Framework, Belonging, Being and Becoming provides the foundation to our unique onsite Preschool and Kindy education programs and our early years learning program with a focus on child led emergent curriculum, which captures each child’s voice, needs, interests and experience while respecting their differences.
Educators have an important role in your child’s development and learning.
Family is the first and most influential teacher.
Our educators’ value the importance of creating warm, safe and secure relationships with children that support them to become confident, actively engaged learners every day. For children to have success, it relies on collaborative respectful relationships with families that recognises families as the first and most influential teacher in their life.
Diploma qualified educators
Each day your child will be with Diploma qualified educators and supported by certificate III educators who will nurture, support and guide you child with positive interactions and experiences.
We view our educators as life-long learners and therefore encourage them to engage in various trainings in early childhood practices and maintain relevant research into children’s development and learning.
Our high expectations of professional standards ensures all educators on site maintain current and relevant
HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency First Aid response in an Education and Care setting
Both our services have University qualified Bachelor of Early Childhood Teachers who oversee the Preschool and Kindy programs.
Our teachers are required to undertake a minimum of 60 hours of professional development for registration renewal and we aim to ensure they supersede this requirement annually.
'30 years on, I still feel incredibly privileged to be a part of our children's learning journey together with families and educators'.
Pooraka Community Child Care Centre (Director)
Ms Lisa Aistrope
Director & Educational Leader
Diploma of Early Education and Care
Lisa spent her childhood in Pooraka and has developed strong links with local community. In 1989 Lisa began her involvement with the Pooraka Community Childcare first as a volunteer and leading to her employment and successful completion of the Advanced certificate and Diploma of Children’s Services. During Lisa's career, she has extended her knowledge and skills as a Tafe student supervisor, overseeing students’ practical elements before completing their qualifications before taking on her role as Director at the Pooraka site.
Lisa is an advocate for all children and the authentic relationships we develop with our children and families, the meaningful connections and the learning environments we create.
When not on site Lisa spends time with her husband and two children. She is a passionate AFL fan and when the weather warms will often head with family and friends to spend time at the river.
“I enjoy working in early childhood education and being an advocate for children to learn and develop through play-based curriculum, supporting them to be active and involved learners.”
Kesters Road Community Child Care Centre (Director)
Ms Pam Rosser
Director & Educational Leader
Bachelor of Early Childhood (Teacher)
Pam has 26 years’ experience working in both our Pooraka service for 18 years and moving across to the Kesters road service as a Diploma qualified Team Leader. Pam has since successfully completed her Bachelor of Early Education, followed by the newly appointed Director role in 2020. During this time Pam has being directly involved in receiving an Inclusion Recognition Award for Kester’s (Gowrie, SA.)
When not on site, Pam enjoys spending time with family, her friends and is a passionate sports enthusiast. Pam is directly involved in her local Softball Club as the current presiding President. Pam’s passion for travelling and learning leads her on many adventures learning about other cultures and their history.
Kesters Road Community Child Care Centre
Baby Room: 6 weeks – 2 years
Toddler Room: 2 – 3 ½ years
Kindy and Preschool Room: 3.5 – School Age
Pooraka Community Child Care Centre
Nursery Room: 6 weeks – 2 years
Toddler Room: 2 – 3 ½ years
Kindy and Preschool Room: 3 ½ years– School Age
“Food is not just about fuel; Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity and we nourish all these things when we eat well.” Michael Pollana.
Our sites feature fully functioning kitchens that connect to one or more of our rooms through open windows. The Kitchen staff who are onsite, daily cook nutritious food from a diversified menu that changes weekly. Our menu is designed with the “Eat a Rainbow” program from Nutrition Australia which encourages children to eat more fruit and vegetables. www.nutritionaustralia.org
We maintain the highest of food and safety standards onsite with all our educators undertaking food safety training in accordance with the City of Salisbury Council and National Standards.
If your child has dietary requirements our experienced kitchen staff arrange appropriate menu options to suit your child’s needs.
The children are provided with breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.
Our services are nut free and allergy aware.
We strongly encourage families to come in and share special skill sets that support the educational programs or join us on excursions, come to a family event held throughout the year or attend the Annual General Meeting. Our Management Committee is always looking for new committee members who have fresh ideas and look to improve our practices or how about joining our Reconciliation Action Plan committee.
We seek to involve our families through sharing their expertise, values and culture in the decision making about their child’s learning and wellbeing NQS 6.1.2 This is achieved through conversations with room leaders who use the routines of the day, educational programs and learning environments to integrate a holistic approach to each child’s learning.
As outlined in the National Education and Care Services National Regulations all Early Childhood Services must have policies and procedures (168 and 169). Our policies are created based on our services philosophy, Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics and current advice from other recognised authorities. All policies are reviewed and revised by the management committee, staff and families regularly to ensure they remain current and correct.
Examples of Policies include
Centre Details and Management
Behaviour Guidance and Wellbeing
Work Health and Safety
Food, Nutrition and Kitchen Safety
Programming / Educational Programs
For further information on our policies please contact the centre.