The service has state of the art facilities and provides childcare and education for children aged six weeks to five years. The operating hours are 7am – 6pm weekdays.
The service has two distinct wings, each with specifically designed features to provide nurturing care and education for children in each age group. There is a central courtyard with large verandahs adjacent to each wing. This set up allows flexibility in combining indoor and outdoor play opportunities regardless of weather conditions.
Imagine Merewether Heights is committed to providing excellence in care and education for young children. Our educating team is highly skilled and qualified to create meaningful programs for the children including designing aesthetic play spaces for them to freely explore. Educators are transparent in communication; sharing ideas, knowledge, and resources relevant to your child. They maintain quality relationships with children and families to ensure positive outcomes are supported during their time at Imagine Early Learning.
The natural playground and surroundings guide our philosophy and practice. Situated in a natural bushland setting, children enjoy a range of learning areas, outdoors and indoors. Outdoors, children explore our up and downstairs playgrounds, which are planned from the children’s interests observed by educators. The nature garden is an inviting area for the children to learn from and interact with natural environment. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating through play in the nature garden.
Sustainability is a core value within our service philosophy, where educators encourage children and families to be sustainable in their everyday practices. Through the service are embedded sustainable practices that encourage awareness and impact of human activity on the environment. Sustainable practices are evident through play in the nature garden. Children are encouraged to use of our rain water tank to water our garden. The garden is made up of native plants, succulents and trees, which the children have learnt to respect and use appropriately. We have a worm farm, where the children are encouraged to put their compostable food scraps. We later use this waste to enrich the soil throughout the gardens of the centre. The children have learnt to care for Buddy the Guinea Pig. Each week, a different room within the centre cares for Buddy; feeding him, washing him and cleaning his cage out.
Indoor play spaces are flush with natural light and ventilation. The nursery and toddler rooms provide spaces for active exploring and learning as well as cozy nooks to curl up next to a carer to read a book. The preschool rooms are set up to enrich children’s learning across all areas using carefully planned spaces that encourage collaboration, problem solving, creativity and imagination. At Imagine Early Learning & Childcare we make learning fun!