Welcome to Headstart Early Learning Centre Oatlands
We provide long day care and early learning services for families living in and commuting through Oatlands, Dundas, North Parramatta, Northmead and Telopea in Sydney. Our homely Oatlands early learning centre offers child care and preschool for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years from 6.30am to 6:30 pm.
Our childcare and preschool centre in Oatlands has an amazing team of highly qualified and passionate early childhood teachers and educators who are dedicated to ensuring every child feels safe, nurtured, and inspired throughout their early years’ education journey. We provide families with daily updates and photos detailing their child’s learning and development, which is accessible on our family app.
Natural play areas designed to inspire
At Headstart Oatlands child care centre, we have a unique three tier garden that is divided into the age groups we cater for (0 – 2 years; 2 – 3 years and 3 – 5 years). This area promotes sustainability through various natural elements such as trees, vegetable beds, and beautiful flowers and has natural playground certified mulch. Children focus on various fundamental movement skills on a daily basis.
In our indoor spaces, educators set out age and developmentally appropriate resources and experiences which help refine skills and challenge further learning. Within our pre-school room, we have an interactive whiteboard to provide the children in our care with the latest technology-led learning experience. Our rooms are not only well-equipped with the latest STEAM resources, but also have plenty of natural elements to help create a calm and nurturing learning environment.
Healthy meals freshly prepared daily
We have a qualified Chef who is passionate about delivering nutritiously balanced and delicious food on a daily basis for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack. Our menus are meals are approved by NSW Health’s ‘Munch & Move’ initiative and cater to all dietary requirements.
Dedicated and passionate team of educators
Our Oatlands childcare centre is proud to have qualified, caring and professional early childhood educators and teachers who work with the children to build and foster each of their individual qualities and developmental needs.
Our educators carefully observe children and collaborate with families to determine various interests of the children. A common interest is then determined and educators develop children knowledge and skills focusing on various key learning areas such as maths, science and literacy.
Handpicked for various skills and qualifications, all educators are dedicated, passionate and caring. They strive daily to build positive relationships with families and children through open and honest communication. We have very low staff turn-over with some educators being at the centre since 2010.
Children’s learning and development is respectfully documented in an individual portfolio which children and families have access to daily. Children’s observations, craft samples, events, learning stories linked to the project and school readiness are all recorded through the portfolio. Families receive this at the end of their child’s time at the centre.
We look forward to partnering with you and your family to provide information, support, and high-quality early education and care in your child’s formative years. Contact our Family Support Team to start your journey today.
Play-based early learning curriculum
Play is essential to every child’s learning and development. It enables children to make decisions, learn, take risks, and have fun. At our Oatlands child care centre, our experienced team plan play-based learning activities in line with national standards. The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is designed to engage in your child’s interests and allow them to experience each day in a new way, supporting their learning in the lead-up to primary school.
Our Early Learning Curriculum also provides children with:
- Community programs: We strive to have plenty of community involvement in our program. We plan excursions to the local shops and aged care facilities in Oatlands as well as host incursions where we invite the community into the centre based on the children’s interests, including magic shows, dinosaur show, police, firefighters, and petting zoo.
- Sustainability program: We have a centre sustainability plan in action. Each room participates in sustainability practices that help children develop and understand the importance of embedding sustainable practices into everyday life. Children learn about recycling, conserving water, growing food and the importance of looking after and protecting our planet.
- Preschool program: Our Oatlands childcare centre proudly offers a preschool program to ensure your child is supported for their transition to school every step of the way. With a focus on language, literacy, numeracy, social skills and more, your child will become school ready.
Meet the centre manager
My career in early learning started in 2013. I joined Headstart Oatlands in 2023 but I have worked with G8 Education for 10 years. I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher.
I am passionate about children’s development, and I recognise the importance of learning through play. For children to gain positive experiences, they need to be offered challenging and stimulating experiences, within an environment they feel supported, safe and secure.
Every child is unique, and they are all born with curiosity and potential. Our job is to both nurture and help children develop by letting them explore the world. Our dedicated team of educators and teachers provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for children to engage in a wide range of play-based learning experiences. I’m so proud of how they support each other, our families, and most importantly our children.
We’re all extremely passionate about creating a centre that is a home away from home for both families and children. We have unlimited orientation visits prior to your child’s start date to assist in easing both your child and you into our early learning environment. We’re fortunate to have educators who speak a variety of languages including Tamil, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Urdu, Telugu, and Hindi, to name just a few. The centre really is an extension of the home environment, and we work in partnership with families to ensure we understand each child’s individual needs.
Our centre provides care for the following age groups:
|0 – 2 years
|2 – 3 years
|3 – 5 years
Our service provides the following facilities:
- Nappies included
- Morning tea
- Afternoon tea
- Late afternoon tea and fruit available
- Swipe card security
- Sustainability program
- Veggie garden
- On-site parking
- SMART Interactive Whiteboard: the children have access to an interactive white board that is used for music and movement, letter and number writing, linking to the current room project/program
- In-house cook
- Fully air-conditioned
- Large, natural play environments
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Preschool Program
- ARIA Music program
- Xplor – a parent communication app that will keep you up to date about your child anywhere, anytime, from any device
- Fit and Funky: Fitness program for 2 – 5 year olds. This program develops children’s gross motor, team building, turn taking and listening skills. Every week the children are shown a new sport from soccer to cricket. The facilitator brings all the resources necessary, goes through the basic rules and the children have an opportunity to play the game
Our families love Headstart Oatlands
AUD / DAY
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
AUD / DAY
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
AUD / DAY
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from a centre tour?
A centre tour is a convenient way to experience the centre of your choice and meet with our qualified educators at a time suitable to your family schedule. Headstart also offers the virtual tour option in all our centres in New South Wales and Victoria. Click here to book a tour online.
On the day of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe practices and interactions within the centre environment. You’ll be able to see all the rooms and playgrounds, ask the team members any questions you have in mind, and get all the information you need to make the best decision for your child.
Do I have to be on a waitlist?
Headstart’s Family Support team will add your child’s name on our waitlist if a Headstart centre is currently full in your child’s age group. We will then contact you as soon as a place become available.
We also do monthly check-ins to review the availability, and you will receive a text message confirming if you’re still happy to remain on the waitlist each month. If you would like to get an update at any point, you’re welcome to reach out on our Web Chat or give us a call.
Our Family Support team can also help you find more G8 early learning centres near you, with the same offerings at the Headstart centre you are interested in that have immediate availability.
What can I do to help my child prepare for starting care?
It’s common for a child to experience separation anxiety when they first start child care. When you’re getting ready to start child care, you can help your child overcome anxieties by visiting the child care service together for a Stay and Play session, and easing into new routines at home.
Click here to read more tips about how to make the transition easier for your child.
What should I pack for my child's first day?
Most of our Headstart early education centres offers the following:
– Nappies and wipes
– Sunscreen and hats
– Nutritious meals prepared by our in-house cook
Some centres also provide sheets and formula, so you may not need to remember to pack them.
For nursery children, be sure to bring: nappy rash cream, dummies, bottles and teats, comfort toy or blanket, three spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.
For toddlers and preschool or kindergarten aged children, it’s best to bring: spare underwear, water bottle or sippy cup, sun hat, closed-toe shoes, two spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.
Plus anything else your individual child may need, such as breast milk, a sleeping bag, comforter or medication.
It’s best to speak to your centre of choice for a full list of everything included.
How do I get updates on my child's day?
Headstart uses Xplor Home as our family communication app. It is the best and easiest way to keep track of your child’s day. After you enrol your child with the centre, you can utilise Xplor Home to book child care days, manage your account, receive the photographs that capture your child’s learning, learn about your child’s progress, as well as keep up-to-date with upcoming centre events and important information.
What if my child gets sick?
If your child shows signs of an infectious illness when they arrive at the centre or becomes sick during the day, you may be notified that you need to make alternative arrangements or pick up your child from the centre, and keep them home until they are no longer infectious. While we understand that this can be inconvenient, Headstart is committed to maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the risk of infection for all children.
Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year. These can be taken for any reason, including public holidays and when children are sick, without the need for families to provide documentation.