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A new childcare centre has inspiring and safe environments tailored to the needs of families. A family owned and operated business with a 23-year history of nurturing young children will soon open its third purpose-built Melbourne early learning centre, in Langwarrin.

Busy working parents looking for an individualised and nurturing early learning experience can look to the opening of Platypus Junction’s Langwarrin Childcare Centre and Kindergarten later this year.

The new state-of-the art centre is 42 kilometres south-east of Melbourne’s CBD. Together with centres in Croydon and Mulgrave, Langwarrin caters for children from three months to pre-school kindergarten stage.

Platypus Junction was started in 1995 by Dale and Julie Pearce. Disenchanted by the childcare options available for their own children, they decided to develop an early learning centre that provided a safe, clean, high-quality environment busy working parents could rely on.

More than 20 years after opening that first centre in Brighton, the business is still a family affair, with daughter Felicity Hall now part of the team as group business director.

“My parents really understood, and still do, the holistic needs of working families who want to send their children somewhere they really trust and feel comfortable with,” Hall says. “We are really able to listen to the needs of each family, individualising their experience and supporting them in the right way.”

The Langwarrin centre will cater for 140 children and has a welcome area, commercial kitchen and eight separate age grouped rooms, including a nursery, toddler’s room and kindergartens for three and four-year-olds. Limited places are available at all three Platypus centres.

Parents pay a one-off fee which covers everything from bottles and nappies to extra on-site activities and nutritious, all-day meals and snacks. Each age group has their own designated spaces with an educational and nurturing program tailored to them, Hall says.

The purpose-built centres let in a lot of natural light and allow staff and parents to see through into each room. “They also have fabulous outdoor spaces and we really encourage the children to be involved with our beautiful vegetable patches and edible gardens,” she says.

“Kindergarten children pick herbs that the chef then uses in their meals, so they are learning about garden-to-plate concepts.”

Platypus Junction’s curriculum is based on the National Quality Framework and incorporates philosophies from leading international educators to create an engaging, dynamic, nurturing and fun program for children.

“There’s a room leader for each age group with an educational director overseeing each of the groups,” Hall says. “They interact and collaborate so we can really tailor the program.”

Platypus Junction’s kindergarten program is operated by bachelor-degree trained teachers and includes a school readiness program . “We put a lot of resources into the training and further development of our educators so the programs remain fresh and current. This provides the best outcomes for the children,” Hall says.

Source: The Age

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