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Kids On The Avenue Children’s Centre (KOTA) is dedicated to providing a safe, happy and supportive environment that fosters each child’s social and educational development.

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Welcome to the Kids on the Avenue Children’s Centre (KOTA)

We offer a welcoming, happy and supportive environment that enables children to grow and learn through play.

Our team of responsible and skilled educators share a commitment to providing the highest achievable standard of professional care for the children in our care.

We believe that all children are special, and need understanding, support, and a targeted learning experience, whilst every family is welcomed at our centre, irrespective of economic, cultural, or ethnic background.

'As Centre Coordinator, I personally strive for each child, their parents, and family members to feel welcome, accepted and safe while at our centre.

My door is always open to discuss any concerns, issues or questions you may have, and I look forward to welcoming you to KOTA.'

Colleen
Centre Coordinator

Our Centre

Based in Coburg, our purpose-built centre consists of three rooms catering to children aged from 6 months to 5 years. A large, shaded play yard additionally promotes lots of opportunities to foster children’s natural curiosity.

KOTA is an independent, not-for-profit centre that prides itself on being family-orientated. Run by a Committee of Management made up of the parents and guardians of the centre’s children, parental participation is always welcome.

Educators

We are very fortunate to have many highly qualified, experienced and committed educators and staff members who have been with us for a long time, and pride ourselves on our low staff turnover, as we believe that continuity of educators is beneficial in building trusting relationships with the children in our care.

Meals and Nutrition

Fresh, nutritious food is prepared daily on the premises by our qualified cooks, with morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack provided. Our four-weekly rotating menus reflect the children’s dietary needs and cultural backgrounds, and we are able to cater for individual dietary requirements or food allergies on request.

Learning through play

We believe children grow and learn through play, so we offer a range of developmentally appropriate play experiences both indoor and outdoors to aid children’s learning and development. These might include art, language, music, science and mathematics, sensory and physical opportunities.

Rest and relaxation

It is important that each child has enough opportunity for sleep and relaxation throughout the day, according to their age and individual needs, and we ensure that all children are encouraged to take rests when appropriate, with both cots and sleeping mats available.

Health and Hygiene

We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment, and aim to provide and role model effective hygiene practices to the children. Every precaution is taken to protect children from harm and hazards. Our educators hold current First Aid and CPR certificates.

Our vision

We engage, support and inspire our educators to work in collaboration with families ensuring each child reaches their full potential. Our aim is that our children are happy, confident learners, encouraged to explore, be creative, use their imagination and have fun!

Life at Kota

Outdoor play at KOTA

Our outdoor play area has a number of well-established trees which provide shade and fruit in Spring and Summer and an abundance of colourful leaves in Autumn, which the children use in art projects.

The play area is equipped with swings, a trampoline, a sandpit, a rock wall, a cubbyhouse, fire truck, music wall and plenty of space for the children to run around on soft surfaces.

The Babies’ Room has its own separate outdoor play area, which can be integrated under supervision with the main shared play area for older or more inquisitive babies.

Our pets

We are fortunate to have a number of well-loved animals at KOTA. Our resident fish, stick insects, canaries and reptiles are a great resource for the children to learn about and enjoy.

Every year we also temporarily host a chicken egg incubator, allowing the children to watch and learn about eggs hatching, and then to observe the hatched chicks at play.

Trips and celebrations

KOTA offers regular incursions from external providers for children of all ages, including weekly music sessions. We also celebrate special cultural and social days in the calendar such as Chinese New Year, Easter, NAIDOC week and Christmas, among others.

KOTA also runs excursions for the Kinder kids, which have included visits to ScienceWorks, traffic school, local primary schools, the library and local parks.

Our Rooms

We have three rooms at Kids on the Avenue, catering for children aged from 6 months up to 5 years old.

Babies

Children: 15

Educators: 4

Toddlers

Children: 26

Educators: 6

Kinder

Children: 15

Teachers: 2
Educators: 1

Our Program

Kids On the Avenue welcomes all children with play-based programs to stimulate learning and development.

Learning through play

Our educators develop their programs based on our knowledge of child development, as well as the children’s interests and ideas, parent suggestions and the curriculum guidelines in the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework.

Children are encouraged to make choices and decisions throughout their day, and are supported in becoming confident learners and effective communications, using their own ideas and imagination. Program plans can be viewed in each of the children’s rooms.

Our primary focus is always what is in the best interests of the child.

Kinder Program

A four-year-old funded kindergarten program is available within our long daycare setting. The kindergarten program runs between 8.30 and 5.20 daily, and is run by two qualified kindergarten teachers. It follows a play-based curriculum designed to provide children with ongoing learning opportunities in an enjoyable and supportive environment in the year before they start school. Please contact us for further information.

National Quality Framework

Kids On the Avenue Children’s Centre is committed to providing the highest quality care for all its children.

The National Quality Framework (NQF) commenced in 2012 as a new standard to raise quality and to drive continuous improvement in education and care services in Australia.

There are seven quality areas guiding our centre in maintaining and improving our practices. KOTA was last assessed against the framework in December 2016 and is meeting or exceeding the NQF in all areas.

More information can be found at www.acecqa.gov.au.

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