Early Learning Program Children learn from birth, and it is important to offer children rich learning opportunities throughout the early years, wherever they are. In recognition of this, our Mission Statement says that we will aim to integrate care and education in our early learning program. Usually “early learning program” is the way in which we describe long day care and kindergarten at Springvale Service for Children (SSC). Our aim will be to offer all children high quality learning experiences for the whole time they are attending. We recognise that all children who come to the early learning program at SSC, whatever their age and no matter how many hours they attend, deserve a high quality learning experience. This involves: • Leadership by professionals with early childhood qualifications • Ongoing professional learning for all staff • A carefully thought out curriculum • Based on best current research and thinking about early learning • Careful attention to each child as an unique person • Giving children many opportunities to explore, experiment, create, play and take an active role in learning and to teach and learn from other children • Lots of communication between staff and families about children’s learning experiences • Well set up learning environments, indoors and outdoors Enrolments Kindergarten Program Currently 15 hours of kindergarten is offered to each child in the year before they start school. Your child must be 4 before the 30th April for their kindergarten year. These 15 hours will be staffed by a qualified early childhood teacher and will meet all the requirements for a government funded kindergarten program. Currently enrolments are taken for these 15 hours through the City Of Greater Dandenong....Read More
Toy Library Springvale Service for Children Toy Library is part of a new integrated service providing care, education and resources for families and carers in and around the City of Greater Dandenong. The Toy Library is operating under the board of management and located in a purpose built facility in Springvale. Our operating funds are derived from membership fees, fund-raising and applying for grants and donations from many different sources. Many members enjoy a weekly or fortnightly routine of borrowing a selection of toys for their children, taking them home to play with, then returning to change them for a different batch when the children are ready for something new. The toy library is a great place to meet other parents and children in your local area. Toy Library Opening Hours Monday 10AM – 1PM Tuesday 10AM – 1PM Wednesday 10AM – 1PM Thursday 10AM – 1PM Friday 10AM – 1PM Saturday 10:30AM – 12:30PM Membership Membership Fees from the 1st January, 2015 are as follows: Regular Family: $60 for 6 months or $95 for 12months Concession Families(Health Care Card Holders): $35 for 6 months or $55 for 12 months. Groups: $200 Members may borrow good quality,age-appropriate toys and equipment to entertain and educate their children, up to 10 toys for a period of 2 weeks with NO duties required. There are more than 2000 items in the...Read More
Maternal Child health When you visit a Maternal and Child Health centre, the nurse will review your child’s health, growth and development. The nurse will also talk to you about your own health and how your experience as a parent of a new baby has been so far. The Maternal and Child Health Service offers 10 free Key Ages and Stages consultations. At each of these consultations you can discuss your concerns, talk about your parenting experiences and any ways to improve your child’s health, growth and development. There are ten Key Ages and Stages consultations recommended to review your child’s health, growth and development from birth to 3 1/2 years. These include: a home visit and consultations at 2, 4 and 8 weeks, 4, 8, 12 and 18 months, 2 and 3 1/2 years of age for all children and their families. You can also access the Maternal and Child Health Service at other times by telephone. All Maternal and Child Health consultations are free. Information about your baby’s health and development is recorded in your child’s My Health and Development Record. At particular stages there will be more specific assessments, including those related to hearing and vision. Most Maternal and Child Health centres offer scheduled appointments, open consultation sessions and some after-hours appointments. The Service is provided 52 weeks of the year, and is supported by the 24-hour Maternal and Child Health Line (13 22 29). To make an appointment for a maternal child health visit please contact the central booking line number at the City of Greater Dandenong on 8571 1880. More information on Maternal and Child Health...Read More
Playgroup Playgroup is for all children under 6 and their parents or carers. We have playgroups that run on Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm. Both of our playgroups have a facilitator who helps to set up some activities for the children and to support learning. It is really helpful if the adults attending the playgroup are able to help with running the group. Sometime adults might need to help set up activities, serve morning tea, and we ask that everybody helps to pack up at the end of the session. Adults stay with their children at playgroup. This gives them the chance to meet other people going through similar experiences and ease the isolation that can come with caring for young children. Families can find out about community, health and support services while they are at playgroup. When at playgroup children can make new friends, try new things, build their confidence and self-esteem, learn to cooperate and communicate with others whilst developing their physical, social, emotional and intellectual abilities. All you need to do is turn up. There is a weekly charge of $2.00 per child and it is nice if you can bring along something healthy for the children to share at snack time such as a piece of...Read More
Healthy development, learning and well being for children and families
The Springvale Service for Children’s Young Mothers Walking group is a supported walking group for mothers under 25 years of age. The aim of the group is to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of young mothers and their children through the formation of a strong support network and outdoor physical exercise.
The group will involve a weekly walk from Springvale Service for Children to local parks where children can play and mothers can chat before they walk back. Each walk will take approximately 15-25 minutes.
When: Every Thursday beginning April 7th 2016
Where: Group will begin and end at Springvale Service for Children,
23-28 Lightwood Road, Springvale.
Group members are encouraged to bring their own snacks, water, hats and sunscreen each week. For more information or to register your interest please contact Carolyn on (03) 8558 3800.
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Immunisation DAYS for 2016 will be on the following Wednesdays, 10am-12noon
27th January, 24th February, 23rd March, 27th April, 25th May, 22nd June, 27th July, 24th August, 28th September, 26th October, 23rd November and NO session for December.
Immunisation NIGHTS will be held on the following Mondays, 5pm-6.30pm
4th January, 1st February, 7th March, 4th April, 2nd May, 4th July, 1st August, 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November and 5th December.
NO session in June due to the Public Holiday.
Important information about immunisation sessions
It is recommended that you wait at the immunisation session for 15 minutes following vaccination in case any reaction should occur.
If the reaction to the immunisation is causing concern, please contact your doctor or the immunisation provider. If after hours, contact the emergency department of your local hospital, or the 24 hours maternal and child health line on 13 33 29.
After attending an immunisation session you will be given a record/certificate of the immunisation. If you have a baby record book, the immunisation will be recorded in the book. Please ensure these records are kept in a safe place.
We are very excited to be able to offer all of the friends & supporters of Springvale Service for Children a FREE 7 day trial of the Entertainment Digital membership! The trial ends at 11.59pm on Tuesday 22nd July so download yours now to make the most of it! Simply click the link below and you can start using your membership today.