Hampshire House

Kambala’s Early Learning Centre opened in May 2006 as part of the Kambala school community. In April 2009, it moved into Hampshire House, its new purpose-built premises. Our staff members at Hampshire House are part of a dynamic learning community committed to high quality care and education for children aged 6 months to 4 years.

Children’s learning develops from their involvement in long and short-term projects and play.

OVERVIEW

 

Kambala’s early learning centre opened in 2006 and moved in 2009 to its new purpose-built premises. Hampshire House is named after Mrs Diana Hampshire in recognition of her services to Kambala.

The centre cares for approximately 100 girls and boys aged between 6 months and 4 years.

Our centre operates from 7.30 am – 6.00pm, 48 weeks per year. We are closed for four weeks from mid-December until mid-January and all public holidays. Attendance is for a minimum of 2 days per week. Parents maintain an agreed pattern of attendance. Casual days may be available on request.

Hampshire House has three main areas:

  • Nursery
    Our nursery allows for hands-on play and learning experiences for eight babies (aged 6 months to 2 years). There is a separate cot room for sleeping.
  • Toddler
    Our Toddler Room is for children between 2 and 3 years. Children interact, learn and engage in both small and large groups with a focus on open-ended, child-directed learning.
  • Preschool
    Two Preschool rooms allow children between 3 and 5 years to participate in learning experiences that foster and build upon each child’s skills, abilities, interests and knowledge.

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OUR STAFF

 

Hampshire House employs qualified and experienced staff with a background in early childhood education. All staffing ratios meet the licensing requirements from the Department of Education and Community Services (DECS). Hampshire House is proud of its high staff to child ratio across all rooms. Staff work in teams supported by specialist educators.

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LEARNING

 

Hampshire House supports the National Quality Framework, which was established in January 2012. The broad goal of the framework is to ensure children in all early childhood services have stimulating positive experiences that foster all aspects of their development.

Our learning incorporates the Reggio Emilia philosophy.

We believe children and adults learn alongside one another. Children’s learning develops from their involvement in long and short-term projects and play. These projects and play develop out of first-hand experiences and their theories about the world. The importance of relationships is fundamental to our philosophy. Collegiality between educators, parents, children and the community is highly valued and well supported. Staff work in teams supported by specialists.

We believe children:

  • Develop theories about the world and how it works and explore these collaboratively.
  • Bring different experiences, ideas and opinions to discussion.
  • Are unafraid of making mistakes and reconstructing their own ideas in a climate of respect.
  • Develop self-confidence and self-image through discussion, debate and play.

We believe that children should learn to respect and celebrate the diversity in society as represented in our Centre and the community.

Parents are expected to be active participants in the learning process and educators respect their views and opinions.

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