Welcome to Nurture One Kelso Children's Centre.
Our care and education service is open from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm and provides quality long day care and education for children aged six weeks to six years.
We have purpose built rooms which ensures that everybody gets the most out of their experience here at Kelso. We provide endless opportunities for imaginative play and learning with our well-resourced rooms and natural playscape outdoor areas.
In addition to quality care and education, the centre provides nappies and nutritious meals as part of the fees.
We believe in our children learning the importance of protecting and respecting the environment and we make all attempts to “reduce, recycle and reuse”. We also have a functioning compost bin and worm farm to strengthen our environmental care. We have a number of herb gardens across all yards and the children and educators grow and tend to these, with the herbs produced then used in our cooking. We have veggie patches that are an integral part of our program. We have third generation silky chickens and with the help of the children, we nurture them to ensure we develop an understanding of caring for these cute creatures. They will also work well with the veggie patch to decompose our food scraps and make sure that nothing is wasted.
We welcome you to drop in at any time to learn more.
My name is Larissa Seymour and I am Centre Manager at the Kelso Children's Centre.
I believe in the importance of consistently ensuring a warm, caring and inclusive environment, where we work in partnership with parents to develop a family centred and interest based program for the children in our care. I believe that I have developed, through experience and the regular review of my own practices and beliefs, an understanding of children and families from our community and strive to ensure the provision of high quality care to children and their families.
Family centred practice is based upon the acknowledgement of parents as the primary care givers and teachers of their child. I believe that common goals are formed with respect for all families, with the aim of forming an effective working relationship and a regular exchange of information about each child to develop their sense of belonging. Family centred practice may involve the offer of emotional support and information such as appropriate/beneficial learning experiences for children, information concerning child development, child safety and helpful services that may be accessed within the community.
In the course of my professional experience I have had the opportunity to work with indigenous, non-English speaking and migrant children and their families. I feel that it is vital to engage broader community resources in supporting the introduction and establishment of children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds into the centre. Appropriate, multicultural resources have regularly been a feature of our planning and programming. We have regularly accessed resources and current information from the Inclusion Support Agency to enhance cultural diversity and inclusion of all children within our program. To further enhance our resources we are members of the Lady Gowrie Resources Library.
I feel that in the management of the educational learning environment we apply a collaborative change approach. Within this dynamic, emergent environment, children, parents and educators are regularly engaged in consultation and the identification of collaborative learning objectives. This approach requires reflective practice and the regular review of the achievement of learning objectives to ensure the inclusion of all children.
I have a strong commitment to quality customer service and continuous improvement. During my career I have been a part of educational environments where parents and families invest extraordinary trust in professionals to provide their children with high quality care. I believe that this trust carries the responsibility to ensure that the learning environments are of the highest quality. I am committed to an ethos of ongoing quality improvement.
I am extremely committed to further education and ongoing professional development for myself and the educators within my chosen profession. I am currently undertaking a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training to improve the quality of our educational delivery to families. I believe that this, along with the ongoing education of all our early childhood educators will contribute positively to excellence in the provision of high quality and inclusive education for children and their families.