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Fig Tree Pocket
A favourite for families, this verdant, riverside suburb in the west of Brisbane sits on the north side of Brisbane River and is named for the majestic Moreton Bay Fig that grow in the region.
Situated conveniently to the CBD, residents can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of living riverside, while also having easy access to work, head offices and the best shopping, theatre and cultural activities in Brisbane.
Fig Tree Pocket offers parents of young childcare a raft of child-care options with over 30 locally situated centres in the vicinity. The range of child-care availability provides parents with the confidence to travel to the city to work, while their children are well catered for at a centre that reflects the values and security individual families require.
Parents can opt for a community centre such as the Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre, Sherwood, Chapel Hill, or Julia Cumming, many of which operate alongside local schools. Families may prefer a philosophy based school like Montessori or one of the larger franchises such as Goodstart. Each centre provides engaging and child centred programmes and is more than happy to discuss your child’s particular needs.
The suburb consists mainly of one and two-story detached housing, interspersed with family friendly bush and parkland. Families are kept busy with local footy, netball and cricket clubs. For horse lovers Fig Tree Pocket has one of Brisbane’s premier equestrian clubs and residents also enjoy tennis, hockey and bicycle clubs, and water skiing activities. Fig Tree Pocket is also home to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which was established in 1927 and is one of Brisbane’s favourite attractions.
The population of 4000 (at the last census) can take advantage of excellent transport routes with two major bus routes and easy access to the Western Freeway.
About the Early Childhood Centre Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre is a Long Day Care and Education Centre located in Brisbane’s leafy western suburbs. A highly qualified and dedicated team of professionals deliver care and education programs for children from 6 weeks to prep entry. Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre was built in 1992 by its current owners, who continue to play an active role in ensuring minimum standards are exceeded, providing a uniquely spacious and well-resourced play and learning environment. At Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre we view Early Childhood as a valuable time of life that not only sets the scene for future learning and development but also as a time that should be meaningful and rewarding in the present. Children are valuable members of our community who are capable decision makers and collaborators within the Centre community. Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre prides itself on its large natural playground. The three quarter acre grounds include a modern fort, 2 large sandpits, large open grassed areas, mature shade trees, lush gardens, water hand pump , creek bed, digging patch, garden cubby house and bike track. Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre plays an important role in the prevention of skin cancer. Reducing children’s exposure to UVR is considered to be the single most effective strategy for reducing future rates of skin cancer in Australia.
PURPOSE We are a trusted and respected charitable not-for-profit that delivers programs, services and venues to meet community and youth needs across the whole of Queensland. VISION Building safer, healthier communities through youth development. MEMBER STATEMENT We engage with our members in a respectful and inclusive manner and empower them to cultivate safer, healthier communities. Our membership base is drawn from all parts of the community, including young people. VALUES Respect ' Leadership ' Commitment ' Passion ' Teamwork
Montessori Philosophy Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator, Maria Montessori. In 1907 Maria Montessori opened her first classroom, the Casa dei Bambini or Children's house, in Rome. From the beginning, Montessori based her work on her observations of children and experimentation with the environment, materials, and lessons. Montessori education is characterised by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits and respect for a child's natural psychological development. The Association Montessori International cite the following elements as essential: Mixed age classrooms Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options Uninterrupted blocks of work time A constructivism or 'discovery' model, where students learn concepts from working with materials rather than by direct instruction Specialised educational materials The Montessori approach is based upon the natural laws of human development. Maria Montessori observed that children under six absorb limitlessly and effortlessly from the world around them and in so doing lay down all the foundations for later in life. The mixed age group allows the children to develop socially, intellectually and emotionally. It is an essential part of any Montessori School. In a Montessori School the child is guided by a trained adult who will show them how to do the things they are ready for. Later they can work with the materials independently. Montessori education is practised in an estimated 20,000 schools worldwide, serving children from birth to eighteen years old. Principles of Montessori Education Montessori is about learning to balance responsibility with freedom of choice. It offers children the opportunity to realise their potential in a non-competitive environment and seeks to promote: Self-confidence and self-esteem A sense of achievement and self-worth A sense of responsibility for themselves and their actions Independence and adaptability Cooperation with others and a sense of community Respect for the rights and needs of others Initiative and self-motivation Concentration and persistence in completing a task The key principles include: Life education based on respect and love for self, others and the environment Educating in the context of the whole child, taking into account the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual aspects Developing the human potential Making the connection between life and the universe Embracing home, school and the greater community as part of the educational approach Offering a learning environment of minimal interruptions and interferences Nurturing relationships that satisfy the true needs of the child There are three key components for the optimal Montessori working environment: the prepared environment, the children and the adult.
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