An integrated kindergarten program within a long day care model offers numerous benefits that set it apart from the traditional sessional kindergarten model. Here are some of the advantages of choosing an integrated kindergarten program in a long day care setting such as Norfolk Street Child Care Centre:
Extended Hours and Convenience
NSCCC operates for longer hours, from 7:30am-6:00pm. These increased hours better suit the working parents’ schedules. This extended care time is convenient for families with busy routines, allowing them to drop off and pick up their children without rushing. In contrast, a sessional kindergarten model usually offers shorter hours, which might not align well with parents’ work hours.
All year around consistent Routine and Stability
NSCCC is open 50 weeks of the year providing a consistent daily routine, promoting stability and comfort for young children. They become accustomed to the environment, educators, and peers, which can contribute to a smoother transition from early childhood into formal schooling. This also means families don’t need to find holiday care, reducing the need to take excessive annual leave during school holidays.
Long day care centres provide additional services such as 5 nutritious meals (Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea & a Late Snack), toilet training, sunscreen and rest time. This comprehensive approach supports parents in knowing their child has everything they need during the day.
Smaller Group Sizes
NSCCC has a 20 place Four-Year-Old Kindergarten program and a 14 Place Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Smaller group sizes create lower teacher ratios generating an environment that promotes individual attention, meaningful interactions, and individualised support. These factors contribute to more effective learning, improved emotional well-being, and better overall development for young children.
Why integrated Kinder is better than sessional Kindergarten for a modern family
In summary, an integrated kindergarten program within a long day care model, such as the one offered at Norfolk Street Child Care Centre, offers a more modern, comprehensive and flexible approach to early childhood education and care. It addresses the needs of both children and working parents, providing a supportive and enriching environment for children’s growth and development without hindering the parents’ working life and career growth.