In line with the organisations vision, Lady Gowrie Children’s Services is highly valued by families and education and care professionals for the delivery of quality, responsive services to children and families.
“Providing Quality Education and Care”
Program / Curriculum
There is a great deal of evidence based research that identifies the importance of the early years as the foundation for lifelong learning. The years prior to school are universally accepted as the critical period of the child’s life for establishing the basis of the children’s future learning and development. Therefore, quality early experiences support best outcomes for young children and enhance ongoing development in middle childhood.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), developed and endorsed by the Federal Government, guides early childhood curriculum development at Lady Gowrie Tasmania. Similarly, framework for the middle years, My Time Our Place (MTOP), is used to guide program development for the outside school hours care programs at Lady Gowrie Tasmania.
All Lady Gowrie Tasmania centre based, home based and outside school hours services are approved by the state regulatory authority and registered with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) to participate in the National Quality Framework (NQF).
The NQF establishes higher standards for all education and care services in Australia so children to age 13 years get the best possible start in life. The program sets levels of safety and quality to benefit all children and their families who use approved education and care services.
Lady Gowrie Tasmania education and care professionals meet regularly to plan and evaluate programs. During this planning process, information from children and families, research, curriculum frameworks and theories inform everyday practice within the education and care programs.
Families are actively encouraged to participate and contribute to the development and evaluation of programs for children.
Education and Care Professionals
Research indicates that one of the key components of quality education and care is the qualifications and qualities of educators. Lady Gowrie Tasmania actively encourages and supports educators to either gain a formal qualification or upgrade an existing qualification to a higher level.
Despite a critical skills shortage nationally, Lady Gowrie Tasmania has been successful in attracting and retaining committed education and care professionals. This is due to the organisation supporting improved wages and conditions and a supportive environment provided for educators.
Educators are selected not only for their qualifications, skills and experience but also for the personal qualities essential to undertake the important role of caring for and educating young children.
Ongoing Professional Learning
To support innovation and ongoing improvement in program and curriculum planning, an internal scholarship program contributes towards the cost of further study. Similarly an interest free loan scheme for approved study is available to employees.
Education and care professionals have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of professional learning provided by the organisation or by other agencies through conferences and forums. An internal leadership program and up skilling program is also in place for aspiring leaders.
In light of early brain research and the significance of attachment and relationships in the first three years of a child’s life, Lady Gowrie Tasmania is committed to primary care giving for children under three years of age. The main goal of primary care giving is to foster secure attachments between education and care professionals and children, and to build strong partnerships with families.
Lunch, morning, afternoon tea and late afternoon tea are provided at most services. The cost of these meals is included in the fee structure at those services. Children are offered meals and snacks that meet the recommended dietary guidelines by recognised authorities and at least 50% of children’s daily nutritional requirements are met through the meal and snack provision.
At the smaller services, Richmond, South Hobart, Swansea, Oatlands, Fahan and Frederick Street (in the North of the state), families provide lunchboxes for children attending. The guidelines of the ‘Move Well Eat Well’ healthy lunchboxes are recommended to families. Morning, afternoon tea and late afternoon tea are provided by the service.
For the Outside School Hours Care and Preschool / Occasional Care Programs, morning and / or afternoon tea is provided and included in the fees. During the Vacation Care Program, families provide lunchboxes for children attending unless lunch is provided as part of a particular activity in the program e.g. cooking experiences, barbeque, or restaurant excursion.
Lady Gowrie Tasmania prides itself on the quality and quantity of meals provided for children. The menu is planned in consultation with the Department of Health; Community Nutrition Unit, to ensure it continues to meet the recommendations of this recognised authority. The weekly menu is displayed at each site and special dietary requirements are accommodated.
With ongoing concerns regarding the increase of childhood obesity, it is important that the organisation contributes to influencing positive food choices and physical activity programs as an early intervention strategy.
Fees and Accounts
Fees are charged on a sessional, daily or weekly basis and are payable fortnightly, by direct debit facilities.
Hours of Operation
The services traditionally close between Christmas and New Year and on other gazetted public holidays. From time to time the service closes to enable educators to participate in professional development day(s). The hours of operation vary from centre to centre, depending on the needs of the community. Please refer to individual centre/service information for exact hours of operation.
Each service conducts regular tours for prospective families. Please contact the respective service to arrange a visit.
Wait List / Enrolment Inquiry
As the education and care programs at Lady Gowrie are in great demand, families seeking care either now or in the future are encouraged to complete the Waitlist / Enrolment Inquiry Form.
Once lodged, families are required to update the information every three months from the lodgement date. Due to the number of families on the waitlist / enrolment inquiry database, failure to update this information in the timeframe results in the details being removed.
Centre Based Education and Care
Home Based Education and Care
Outside School Hours Care
Pre-School/ Occasional Education and Care