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Yawarra Children’s Service is a community-based service incorporating the Pooraka Community Early Education and care and Kesters Road Community Early Education 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.

OUR EDUCATORS

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

  • Asthma

  • Anaphylaxis

  • CPR

  • SIDS

 

OUR TEACHERS

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.

OUR DIRECTORS

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“Before we play in the Wirra, we Stomp the Yard!

Routines should promote children to be engaged, capable learners who can risk assess within their play.”

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Pooraka Community Child Care Centre (Director)

Diamond Maniatis

Director

Bachelor of Early Childhood (Teacher)

Diamond started at Pooraka Community Early Education and Care employed as our Kindy teacher, fresh out of uni in 2016. Diamond’s role within our the Service provided an opportunity for her to bring new ideas, educational practices and push boundaries to develop our kindy program into what we know it as today, 𝗬𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹.

 

Diamond is the master mind behind the “𝗬𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹” and has been the instigator of everything we love! From tree climbing, to lighting camp fires, birds, bugs and everything in between. She is passionate about early education and at the core is influenced by the Reggio Emilio approach within early education. Diamond truly believes that children are competent and capable and need long periods of uninterrupted play to take risks and develop an understanding for the world around them. 

 

When Diamond is not on site she is known for her love of hiking and long walks at the beach with her dog, Leon. Diamond spends time with her family and friends experiencing the local cusine and wine that South Australia has to offer and can't wait to travel oversea's again in the near future.

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“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.

OUR ROOMS

 

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

OUR KITCHEN

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.

Dietary Requirements

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.

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PARENT INVOLVEMENT

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. 

 

OUR POLICIES

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

  • Parent/family Responsibilities

  • Parent Grievance

  • Behaviour Guidance and Wellbeing

  • Work Health and Safety

  • Food, Nutrition and Kitchen Safety

  • Programming / Educational Programs

  • Staffing

 

For further information on our policies please contact the centre.