Published Wednesday 8 July 2020
- Child Care, Youth and Families
There is a wide range of early learning child care services available for your child. Finding the right option for you can be confusing, especially if you are a first-time parent. Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ) offer several different services for families across South East Queensland including; Kindergarten and Child Care Centres, Family Day Care, In-Home Child Care and playgroups – meeting all your child care needs.
We want your child to learn, grow and excel in the early stages of their life. To help understand the options we offer, we’ve put together a breakdown of what’s on offer to help you understand what will work best for your family.
Kindergarten and Child Care Centres
Whether it’s kindergarten or Long Day Care, your Centre-Based childcare options are many and varied. But first, let’s look at the main benefits of taking care out of the family home and into a Centre-Based child care.
All Centre-Based child care Educators either have a Certificate III level Education and Care or are actively working towards acquiring the Diploma.
One of the advantages of Centre-Based Care is that children have the opportunity to socialise with their peers. This is hugely important in relation to your child’s mental and cognitive development, as children build self-confidence and refine the fundamentals of positive social skills for later life.
Preschools and kindergartens provide early education for children aged around three to four years. In Australia there’s several different types of kindergarten programs – all are run by qualified early childhood teachers. Additionally, child care centres offer Long Day Care for working parents.
WMQ have four centre-based child care and kindergartens located in Toowong, The Gap and Chermside. Each centre supports children to engage in innovative educational programs in a flexible and engaging environment that allows them to be themselves and learn about the world around them. All our centres are Kindergarten Approved by the Queensland Government.
Family Day Care
Family Day Care provides professional, safe, affordable and educational child care in small groups hosted in the home of the Educator.
If your work hours vary, Family Day Care may be the option for you. Educators can be flexible with their working time and are open during business hours, before and after school, school holidays and in some cases overnight/weekend care. Many families enjoy Family Day Care as siblings can go to the one home and are not split up.
Family Day Care Educators are qualified or qualifying in a minimum of Certificate III in Early Childhood. They can tailor their approach to education and care as Family Day Care’s operate on a low ratio of one adult to four children if under school age, or up to seven children including at least three school age children. The low ratio model allows Educators to develop a strong bond with you and your child, while creating a caring environment that enhances their social, emotional and cognitive development.
All of our educators are registered with our service and are required to follow education and care law and regulations, National Quality Standards and Wesley Mission Queensland policies and procedures. Educators are supported and monitored by Wesley Mission Queensland’s Family Day Care coordination team.
In-Home Child Care
In-Home Child Care is a great option for families that are unable to access standard child care due to work, location or health and care requirements.
This type of care is where a qualified and experienced child care Educator comes to your home to look after your child. The Educator will collaborate with you to create an engaging and educational environment.
Our Educators have access to resources such as toys, nursery equipment, car seats, professional development and more.
To access In-Home Child Care, you must meet the following criteria. Our Educators must meet a set of requirements to educate and care for your child.
Which option is the best for you?
Everyone’s situation is different, and the best advice is to go on a tour to each of the child care’s that suit you. Keep in mind:
- Facility and environment
- What resources are available to help your child learn and grow
- Meals and snacks – are their provided or do you need to prepare
- Nature of the Educator and carers
- Fees and payments
Our team are here to answer your questions. Visit our Child Care webpage for more information or call us on 1800 448 448.