Our service has been established since 1971 and has been instrumental in supporting parents with young children to return to work, secure in the knowledge that their child is safe, secure and happy in a stimulating learning environment.
Our history in our community reflects an innovative, high quality, responsive service. Over the years we have established a reputation of leading services through piloting programs for children to ensure Salisbury community would be the benefactor of such programs. The ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Program, designed to support parents in their new roles and to establish firm child parent relationships; Universal Access of preschool education in child care which has led to research into the development of programs that are responsive and emergent to create an educational basis that naturally leads into a school learning environment. Our recent participation in the Reggio Emilia Italy Study Group with Department of Education and Child Development (DCED) saw us embrace many of the principles of Reggio Emiliaas inspiration for our programs. These innovations are underpinned by our philosophy ,influenced by Reggio Emilia principles, and the principles of the Circle of security, to provide the best quality care and to be the best quality option for all parents.
Our Approved Provider has a long history in the Salisbury community and Northern suburbs. Judy Atkinson was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Prime Minister John Howard and Governor General for services to the community in the area of child care. Judy taught in the local primary schools for over 10 years before realizing there was more to the care and education of children than the school environment could provide.
Her response to the needs of the community, where she both lives and works and, if you ask her says she ‘feels passionate about how great this community is’; is firstly understand the needs of families to work, to study, and to realize their life’s ambitions and what barriers prevent these things, that we commonly take for granted, from happening.
This was a great motivator for establishing services such as the Long Day care so parents could return to work or study, or simply to have respite. As opportunities arose Judy also undertook to pilot an Out of Hours School Care program and to establish a separate service for school aged children whose parents needed to work after school hours. Over the years these innovations have become part of our everyday understandings of community life.
As opportunities have presented themselves to improve services and the quality of care for young children Judy has been at the forefront of piloting and establishing programs that now run nationally, as standards of high Quality care. These include the National Child Care & Accreditation System where Judy served on the board of the National Child Care Accreditation Council. Judy is a board member of the Education Standards Board SA (the South Australian Regulatory Authority); has been a Ministerial appointee to 2 National Child Care Industry Bodies; and for a number of years has been lobbying for affordable high quality child care on a political platform. Other innovations and achievements include: establishing employer sponsored care in South Australia in collaboration with Westpac and Bankers Trust; ensuring collaborative relationships with Universities and TAFE organisations and providing placements for student teachers and Diploma Educators thereby investing in the future of education and care services for families. Judy also was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal by the Prime Minister and Governor General for services to the community in the area of child care.
For more information on our high quality service and programs please contact our friendly Director and educators or come and see us for a tour of the service and information pack.