31 Alexandra Avenue
Sunshine VIC 3020
Melways Ref: 336 G12
Phone: 9310 2845
Fax: 9364 9043
Co-Ordinator: Jodie Wadden
Educational Leader: Despina Sarandoglou
National Quality Standard (NQS) Rating:
QA1: Educational program and practice – Meeting NQS
QA2: Children’s health and safety – Meeting NQS
QA3: Physical environment – Meeting NQS
QA4: Staffing arrangements – Meeting NQS
QA5: Relationships with children – Meeting NQS
QA6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities – Exceeding NQS
QA7: Leadership and service management – Meeting NQS
Overall rating: Meeting NQS
Centre Operating Hours
Monday to Friday: 7.00am – 6.00pm except for Public Holidays and the Monday before Melbourne Cup Day.
On this day staff will be attending professional development. BPA has a strong commitment to ensure that all staff are presented with opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge, thus insuring that the program offered to your child is of the highest quality.
The centre is closed for 2 weeks over the Christmas/New Year period.
$94.00 per day
$445.00 per week
About the Centre
We provide a safe, secure and challenging environment.
We treat all children with dignity and respect.
We create a haven where children are encouraged to participate and grow.
We provide care that enhances children’s individual needs ie; social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs.
We affirm the right to integrate all children with additional needs.
We affirm the rights of parents to participate in the program and in the decision making process.
The Educators of Alexandra Avenue Children’s Centre have a strong commitment to providing high quality care and education for all children attending the centre. We are committed to the rights of all children to feel safe and be safe at all times. We do this through establishing trusting relationships with all children and their families. We consistently reflect on our child safe environment policy and have meaningful discussions at staff meetings.
We believe that our centre is inclusive and respectful of cultural diversity; we provide cultural safety to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, a safe environment for children with disabilities and believe in promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children. We do this by using support services such as KU Children’s Services and utilising our membership with FKA to bring in culturally diverse resources to use with the children and families. Educators are aware of and interact with all children in respectful ways such as being at the children’s level, listening intently, responding positively and ensuring all children are heard.
We provide a safe, happy and anti-bias environment for all children in our care, where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially at their own pace, so they will gain the confidence of self-importance. Educators ensure that environments are nurturing, engaging and meaningful that promote opportunities for all children to explore their creativity, imaginations and to explore their learning through play.
We believe by offering a play based program we are able to further extend on childrens learning through providing choices of play, time for play and space for play. We strongly promote accessing outdoor spaces and have a strong emphasis on extending our indoor play spaces into the outdoor play spaces.
We guide our practices in educating children in sustainability through maintaining our gardens with seasonal planting of vegetables and herbs, using our worm farms and compost bins. We encourage the children to use our recycle bins and to distinguish between recyclable materials and non-recyclable materials.
Our educators are actively involved in ongoing training and professional development to ensure that we are expanding and keeping up to date with our professional knowledge within our team. We believe by continuously attending professional development training in a range of topics we have better knowledge to implement into our programming and practices.
We believe that it is important to have strong partnerships with our families in and around their child’s learning and care and invite families and friends to share their culture, language and special skills through our event’s calendar which is developed in conjunction with our families and educators. We have had many families come and share a story, play an instrument and do some art and craft with us. We have adopted an open door policy where families are welcome to come and stay with us for as long as they want and to participate in the program.
We have formed relationships with our local community through our parent participation group, local fundraising efforts and our value on participating in incursions, excursions and community events organised by the Brimbank City Council. We value our community partnerships and continue to grow them through our centre initiatives such as our clothing donation rack.
Please contact the centre on 9310 2845 or call into the centre for a visit.