Discovery Childcare and Education is about putting children’s interests first.
We recognise the individuality of every child and take a holistic approach towards child care and education by accommodating the unique emotional, physical and psychological needs of every child in our care.
The foundation of our advanced academic program is based on Danish Forest School philosophy, Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Steiner. It is a program that has been designed to challenge all of our students while remaining flexible enough to accommodate the needs and preferences of your child’s learning.
While we always meet the standards required by governing bodies, this is just our starting point, and it is our practice to exceed many of these standards, such as Educator to child ratios, indoor and outdoor space requirements, Educator qualifications as well as standards of nutrition, safety and resources.
When my family moved to a different suburb we decided to transfer care of our 2 year old son to Discovery Croydon. Not only is the location great for us, the facilities are next level. The transition to Discovery Croydon has been seamless. From day one of orientation our son was excited to come to ‘dinosaur’ and has been running into the centre, ready to start his day, ever since. The educators are caring, dedicated and couldn’t be more understanding, and we have already made some wonderful friendships. Discovery Croydon is a phenomenal centre for early years education and our family couldn’t be happier.
My daughter began her enrolment with Discovery when she was 11 months old at Top Kids their Ringwood Centre. We moved to Discovery Croydon after 9 months due to my increasing work commitments. Both Discovery centres have worked tirelessly to ensure she is nurtured socially and emotionally and has a sound educational platform to grow with. Her growth on all these levels at Croydon has come along amazingly well and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of their parent base. Discovery has provided a high level of dedication and commitment to my family and I recommend them without hesitation to other families looking for a centre who strives for educational goals as well as the well-being and happiness of all the families in their care.
I recently enrolled my 1yo boy into care 2 days per week, at Discovery Childcare, whilst I returned to work. Being a first time Mum, I did feel a little nervous and apprehensive handing over my precious little cargo to another person to care for. However, all of these mixed feelings and emotions were pleasantly overcome by the fact the Nursery carers (Ash & Nat) and Nikki at Discovery are very welcoming, always smiling & accommodating. I highly recommend this centre to anyone looking for top quality care for their kids.
Discovery Childcare is a great place for children to play, learn and grow. Centre Manager Nikki was very supportive and worked out the best strategy to help my daughter adapt the new environment. The teachers take care of each child, constantly provide feedback to parents and work together with parents. My daughter is happy in this childcare and I can see her smile when I pick her up end of the day.
We recognise the individuality of every child and take a holistic approach towards early education and care by accommodating the unique emotional, physical and psychological needs of every child.
We see it as our privilege and responsibility to equip children with the tools and experiences they need to reach their full potential in life. Respect is a guiding value of our service, and we believe in the importance of maintaining respectful relationships toward each other, animals and the environment.
Our motto is “Courage and Kindness”. We seek to imbue children with the courage to believe in themselves, develop grit and do what is right even when it is difficult. It is also our goal to instill kindness in children toward themselves as well as others and to teach them that this also means having patience and making the effort to understand the views of others, even if these are not your views. We aim to promote the warmth and generosity of the soul.
We believe in leading by example and expect our Educators and team to demonstrate courage and kindness toward each other and the community.
Academically, we aspire to be industry leaders in early learning by providing an advanced program that draws on the teachings of the Danish Forest School, Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Steiner approaches to early learning. It is a program that promotes learning through play. It has been designed to prepare children for life by challenging them while remaining flexible enough to accommodate their individual needs and preferences.
While we embrace the Government’s initiatives and regulatory guidelines, including the National Quality Framework, we regard these as a starting point. It is our practice to exceed standards in our pursuit to provide the leading standard of early education in Australia.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Discovery Childcare and Education centres different from other childcare centres?
Discovery Childcare and Education centres offer unparalleled early childhood education that accommodates the unique emotional, physical, and psychological needs of every child. The centre provides engaging specialised programs designed to strengthen relationships, develop children’s fundamental skills and build language skills. They also have experienced educators and a sustainability program that teaches children healthy eating practices and models healthy eating practices.
What is the difference between kindergarten and daycare at Discovery Childcare?
Kindergarten and daycare may seem similar, but at Discovery Childcare, we offer both options to provide families with flexibility in their child’s early childhood education journey. Daycare provides full-time care for children, while kindergarten is a structured learning program for children in the year before they start school. Both programs prioritize the care and development of children, and our friendly centre teams are always available to answer any questions you may have.
How do teachers at Discovery Childcare help children learn?
Our teachers at Discovery Childcare are passionate about helping children learn and grow. We use modern educational research and our own experiences to design play-based learning experiences that foster curiosity and creativity. We also work closely with families to ensure that each child receives the support they need to succeed. Through indoor spaces that invite exploration and outdoor play equipment, children are encouraged to wonder and discover in a safe and nurturing environment.
Does Discovery Childcare and Education centres provide support for busy families?
Yes, Discovery Childcare and Education centres have a family support team that can assist those with a busy family life. The childcare centre has easy-to-access on-site parking, and information about the childcare centre and opening hours is readily available. Moreover, the everyday routines provide opportunities for children to learn, and the purposeful play spaces encourage free play, which supports children’s development; while you are working hard, you can rest assured your child’s learning journey is just beginning.
What age groups do Discovery Childcare and Education centres cater to?
Discovery Childcare and Education centres cater to infants and children of all age groups. The centre has qualified early childhood teachers who support children’s growing independence and strengthen relationships with them. Additionally, the centre’s play-based learning experiences and specialised programs support children’s individual needs and interests.
Is it too early to enrol a 3-year-old in preschool at Discovery Childcare?
At Discovery Childcare, we believe that every child’s early education journey is unique. Enrolling a 3-year-old in preschool can be a great way to support their development, and our experienced educators are here to ensure your child receives the care and attention they need. Our play-based learning experiences are designed to help children explore their interests and foster a love of learning.
Does Discovery Childcare and Education centres offer child care subsidy benefits?
Yes, Discovery Childcare and Education centres offer assistance with the CCS. The centre has everything you need to ensure your child is well looked after without costing you an arm and a leg. We provide the linen for nap times, a key part of our relaxation routines that match effective sleep practices and support the child socially. Moreover, the centre has an in-house cook who prepares nutritious, healthy meals for the children, and the menu can be tailored to the child’s specific dietary needs.
What do children need to learn before they start school at Discovery Childcare?
At Discovery Childcare, we follow the national Early Years and Learning Framework and National Quality Standards to ensure that children receive a high-quality early childhood education. Before starting school, children should have a foundation in key areas such as literacy, numeracy, and social skills. Our educators help children learn these skills through play-based learning, nature and experiences that are tailored to each child’s individual needs and interests. This approach draws on the teachings of the Danish Forest School, Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Steiner philosophies, creating a holistic and well-rounded educational experience for children at our centres.
Croydon child care centre offers quality resources and educators that support a child’s development through exciting outdoor spaces. Many local families refer to us as “the child care centre with the dinosaur” as we have a 1:1 scale Spinosaurus named Fletcher in our front play area!