Joey`s room ( 0 to 2 years)
Joey`s undercover area
Possum`s room ( 2 to 3 years)
Under the tee pee
Possums Room ( 2-3 years)
Celebrating NAIDOC week
Wombat`s outdoor area ( 3 to 5 years
Wombat`s Pirate boat
Wombat`s ( 3 to 5 years) undercover area
Learning about Aboriginal culture
Wombat`s Room (3-5years)
Education Program & Practice
Understanding the importance of high quality early education for young children as the basis for their future success, Billabong programs strive to establish optimal conditions for social, community and cultural learning opportunities for children. In line with the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Frameworks, Billabong`s educators utilise the best resources and IT infrastructure to support the daily programming. Furthermore, music and movement as well as community based incursions are embedded in these programs to create a rich and diverse learning environment for the children. To reinforce the continuity of learning and development beyond Billabong, each room has visual displays and summative reports for each child’s developmental progress for parents to extend or link each child's learning experience at home.
Joeys Room (0-2 Years)
The Joeys room comprises of babies between the ages of 0-2 years, our youngest ever being 4 months old!! We are licensed for 12 babies daily and have four permanent educators to carry out the routines and educational experiences for every individual child.The educator to child ratio requirement is 1:4, i.e. for every 1 educator there are 4 children in their care, however, because babies learn best when they feel secure and included, we have an additional fourth staff to ensure individual attention is given and routines are carried out. We try to develop a sense of belonging with each child by taking the utmost care to foster a trusting relationship, developing a bond with them and staying connected to their wants and needs ( Follow the Circle of Security). Especially in this room, The Room revolves round the child's interests and routine. We also encourage children to develop self help skills like holding the spoon, transitioning from the cot to the mat, drinking from a bottle to the sippy cup and washing of hands before and after meals.
Possums Room ( 2-3 years)
In the Possums room, we continue to develop more self help skills with our 2-3 year olds like potty training, eating independently at the table, washing hands before and after meals, interacting with their peers/ educators as well as making choices about the educational experiences they would like to participate in. There is an experienced Early Childhood Teacher that guides the educational program in the room.The educator to child ratio here is 1:5,i.e for every 1 educator there are 5 children that are in their care. We are licensed for 15 children daily and there are 3 dedicated educators that look after their needs and design educational programs. Children in this room are slightly more independent and are learning new words every day along with developmental skills that promote curiosity, initiative and creativity.
Wombats Room ( 3-5 years)
The Wombats room is our Kindy room with children aged between 3-5 years. We are licensed for 20 children with the ratio of 1 educator for every 10 children. In this room we have 3 permanent educators that are skilled in providing optimal conditions for development. In the Wombats room, the children are quite independent and are provided with a variety of choices to participate in and extend on their learning. There is an Early Childhood teacher that programs the educational experiences for each child according to their interests, needs and cultural backgrounds. Planning of the program consists of numeracy, literacy, simple science experiments , dramatic play, gross and fine motor activities. Additionally, multicultural activities are carried out every week and there are short term projects for the children to expand their knowledge. The educational aim for this room is to ensure the children have the knowledge and social skills necessary to be school-ready and to transition well into primary schools.