What makes a child happy at daycare?

Fiona Fennessy

Healthy relationships are the key to happiness. Loving, nurturing relationships make infants and children feel safe. Quality care and education along with a specialised approach to childcare and early learning is what sets Balmain Cove apart from the rest.

The intimate classrooms, full kitchen and outdoor space support the close relationships that are nurtured at Balmain Cove Guardian Early Learning Centre. There are rich learning experiences available for children from infancy to 5 years of age. 
The pet turtle, veggie garden and beautiful wooden toys allow children to have joyful encounters and explore nature. 

Fun, stimulating and nurturing experiences are provided for infants and children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years. From clay workshops to art, cooking classes and cultural celebrations, the educators at Balmain Cove are highly trained, experienced and dedicated to the happiness of the children who attend.
There are weekly excursions and incursions (exciting and different activities that take place on campus) for the children. 

Nutritious and balanced meals and snacks are prepared for the children. New tastes and textures, self serving skills are all part of the routine here. 
Studies have shown that children who attend high quality daycare centres have better language and cognitive development during the first 4 and a half years. 
There is also strong evidence for pre-school day care attendance making the transition to school easier for children. The foundations for academic achievement are set during pre-school days, boosting confidence and encouraging constant learning through play. 

At Balmain Cove, afternoons are filled with messy play and lots of activities in the garden. Time flies and before we know it, it’s time for tea. Parents begin arriving from 4pm. 
The centre is nestled between the busy suburbs of Balmain and Rozelle, just off Victoria Road it is the perfect location for parents heading into the city from the peninsula or even Five Dock. 

Parents are kept informed with pictures of the activities during the day via an app called Storypark. Did we mention nappies, bedding, formula, bibs hats and suncream are all included in the fees too? 
The centre uses an app called Storypark to keep parents updated during the day. 
The future is certainly bright for these little ones. 

Where:           
35 Terry Street, Rozelle, NSW, 2039
Hours:            
7am - 6pm, Monday to Friday

Age Groups:  
Infants (6 weeks - 18 months)
Toddler (18 months - 2 1/2 years)
Pre-school (2 1/2 to 5 years)

*Jack and Mia were invited to tour Balmain Cove and do some pre-school research.