ECTARC Keiraview Education and Care Service
ECTARC Keiraview is located in the Wollongong CBD nestled at the end a quiet cul-de-sac with a large natural outdoor play space. Our central location and extended opening hours are convenient for many of the families who access the service from across the Illawarra as they work or study nearby. ECTARC Keiraview is a 45-place service for children from birth to school age.
Our vision at Keiraview is to ensure that our community feels a sense of belonging, being and becoming and that we provide high quality education and care. This can be seen in our everyday practice as we respect the rights of the child and instil a sense of wonder in a play-based learning environment. We value our families as the children’s first educators and encourage them, as well as other local community members to contribute to our program, helping to develop collaborative partnerships. We encourage our families to become involved with all aspects of the service. Families and community members are invited to welcome BBQs, celebrations of important events in their lives and to join us for group times throughout the day.
At Keiraview our principles and practices are reflective of an inclusive curriculum encompassing all children, families, educators and the wider community. In accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) we value a holistic approach to each child’s individual learning journey. Our learning environments are purposely designed to support teaching and learning experiences that foster each child’s development. Each child’s learning journey and our daily programs are easily accessible to families through a our digitally based Childcares App.
Keiraview has two learning rooms: our Early Learning room for children birth to 3 years and our Preschool room for children 3 to school age. We have a large outdoor environment with both learning rooms having their own designated outdoor spaces. Our children have opportunities to engage in indoor and outdoor play and are encouraged to move freely between both environments, based on their interests. Our outdoor environment has a range of different learning spaces for the children to explore including a bike track, mud kitchen and water pump, sand pit and veranda. Large trees and pergolas provide shaded areas throughout our yard.
We recognise the importance of mental health and wellbeing for young children and are a Be You learning community, helping children achieve their best possible mental health. We also follow the Circle of Security approach supporting children to feel, safe, secure and respected in addition to implementing a social skills program for preschool aged children.
ECTARC Keiraview is the longest running ECTARC early education and care service and was established in 1987. Our service is committed to ongoing self-assessment against the National Quality Standards to drive continuous improvement and improve the developmental and educational outcomes for young children. Keiraview underwent assessment and rating in June 2018 when we were pleased to receive an Exceeding outcome.