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Childcare in Adelaide


Adelaide (5000) is the capital city of South Australia. Commonly known as the “Festival State”, Adelaide is home to several annual events celebrating the arts, including the Adelaide Festival, Womadalaide, and the Adelaide Fringe. The Adelaide Fringe is the second-largest yearly arts festival in the world.

Adelaide scores highly for lifestyle, affluence, family, and “hipness” on Microburbs. Several schools and childcare centres exist within the central business district as well as in surrounding suburbs.

Families seeking childcare will find out of school hours care, long daycare, occasional care, and family daycare options within this cultivated city.

Food and activities

More than half of all early learning centres within the Adelaide CBD and inner suburbs offer in-house meals. This includes breakfast, lunch, morning tea, afternoon tea, and snacks. Centres aim to stimulate a lifelong interest in healthy eating teamed with regular activity.

In keeping with the City of Adelaide’s sustainability program, many Adelaide childcare centres feature lush, welcoming natural environments for children to explore. Children will be involved with composting and recycling programs to help them develop a deep respect for nature.

At many centres, children will enjoy regular visits from community role models and cultural groups.

Education

Imagination and discovery underpin all aspects of education within Adelaide’s childcare centres. The idea is to go beyond the basics of childcare, aiming to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. 

Learning is largely play-based with a strong emphasis on community, culture, place, and family. The Australian Early Years Learning Framework guides educators as they create a respectful, ethical, and engaging atmosphere in which children will grow and learn.

In all centres, parental input is strongly encouraged. Families can keep up-to-date with their children’s activities through modern app-based communication platforms and traditional newsletters.

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Grey Ward Children's Centre's
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Grey Ward Children's Centre

Grey Ward Children's Centre is an Integrated Service, which caters for families with children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The Grey Ward Children's Centre was the second Kindergarten to be established in Adelaide. It began in 1908 and was developed in the image of Lillian de Lissa who began training teachers in 1907 in a cottage at Franklin Street. Grey Ward Children's Centre retains its reputation for quality learning programmes, environment and philosophy. It prides itself as an inner city centre with a very large natural outdoor play space. The Management Committee, made up of parents and staff, currently has 18 employees and prides itself on its dedication to early childhood. The Management Committee actively works towards employing highly qualified staff and maintaining small group sizes, to enhance children's well-being and ability to form successful relationships. The Centre's curriculum is made up of the principles of inquiry based play, which is guided by The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, Belonging, Being and Becoming as well as the philosophy of Professor Ferre Laevers and Dr Louise Porter. Today's Grey Ward community is made up of families working in the Adelaide CBD who are professional/semi professionals and the children of the Grey Ward community go to schools all over Adelaide. Some past students of Grey Ward have come back to the Centre and enrolled their own children. The staff and Management Committee are proud to be a part of the Centre and will continue to actively contribute to Early Childhood Education in South Australia for years to come.

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