Warilla Education and Care Service
Warilla Education and Care Service is a 28 place service which is managed by ECTARC on behalf of the Illawarra Women’s Health Service .Our service is located in the heart of Warilla, nestled amongst local community services including, NSW Health Dental Clinic, Kids Cottage, Carunya House and Illawarra Women’s Health Centre; and is only a short walk from the bus stop, Warilla Library and the Neighborhood Centre. We offer both occasional and emergency care (charged at an hourly rate), and permanent regular positions for children aged between birth and school age.
Educators build secure attachments with the children & families enrolled in our service that support children to feel safe, secure and valued. Warilla’s orientation process invites all families & their children to engage in three orientation visits before their child commences care. All families are welcomed into the service regardless of culture, family structure, disability & religious/family beliefs. Our educators are sensitive to & respectful of promoting a greater understanding of Australia’s Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultures. Educators value play in encouraging children’s learning, thinking, imagination, & communication; & understand how important play is for children to develop trust & form friendships with peers.
The children’s play spaces, both indoors and outside, are set up in interest areas which are based upon the children’s voices, current interests, needs and strengths. As these change over time, the interest areas are varied to ensure they continue to engage with the children.
To maintain our high quality environment, we have recently completed a backyard upgrade to include new soft fall, a grassed play area, a variety of native plants, a wooden boat and bridge and a new shade sail. Indoors our service has been painted and new carpet and new blinds installed.
Educators at Warilla have sound knowledge of Early Childhood Development, brain development and Early Intervention. Our educators work alongside allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, psychologists and speech therapists who visit regularly. Our service also has a Child and Family Practitioner who works alongside educators to assist children and families to access support services, and to strengthen our implementation of the Circle of Security and attachment theory.
At Warilla we have an emphasis on sensory play, so there are lots of opportunities for children to engage in messy play and to use resources that engage the full range of senses. The development of children’s ability to self-regulate their emotions is also embedded throughout our program. To help prepare our children for “Big School” we provide a wide range of experiences to encourage school readiness, including using programs such as visual aids through the ‘3a Program’, ‘Let’s Read’ and ‘Lets Count’. Our outdoor program includes mixed age groups where children play together with older and younger children and allow siblings to play together.
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. Warilla Education and Care Service is awaiting Assessment and Rating against the National Quality Standards.