Early Learning Centre & Creche
An award-winning start to education
What is the Bialik College Early Learning Centre?
Our Early Learning Centre (ELC) offers Creche, Kinder 3, Kinder 4, Prep and Year 1 programs in a modern, nurturing, and supportive environment. Our award-winning ELC received a rating exceeding all seven quality areas that are important outcomes for children as deemed by the National Quality Standards (NQS) who set the high national benchmark for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care services in Australia. The Bialik College school motto is “Be Your Best” and we believe that early learning provides a crucial opportunity to nourish your child’s mind and soul.
Starting compulsory schooling should be enjoyable and we make sure the transition is as easy as possible by partnering with parents.
As a registered Long Day Care Centre, we know that parents play a crucial role in supporting their child in the areas of numeracy, literacy, and their child’s ongoing Jewish journey. Bialik College supports parents with workshops and information evenings led by educational experts, where they receive a raft of practical ideas, tips, and strategies to support their child’s early learning program.
The Bialik College Early Learning Centre (ELC) is an innovative and nurturing centre which includes a Creche for children from 3 months and, in a separate building, rooms for 3-year old Kinder to Year 1. Before and After School Care and Holiday Programs are also based in the ELC.
LUNCH AND NUTRITION IN THE ELC DINING ROOM
Bialik ELC students enjoy their lessons in modern studio spaces which flow through to gardens and play areas. In those gardens, the children explore the concept of sustainability, planting and harvesting from the vegetable gardens. Importantly they then delight in seeing “their vegetables” used in the lunch menu. A modern kitchen prepares Kosher, fresh and nutritious lunches for Kinder children which they eat together in a bright and airy communal dining room.
OUR APPROACH TO LEARNING
Bialik’s ELC is inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational approach which encompasses:
- Encourages the curiosity and resilience of young children,
- Active listening,
- Encouragement to be risk-takers,
- To test theories,
- To question,
- Acquire sound basic skills in all areas including technology.
Children in the ELC benefit from a warm family environment that also provides:
- A full-time Arts educator to support children and teachers in the use of materials and developing ideas
- A dedicated E-Learning Coordinator to guide the children’s and teacher’s use of technology
- A full-time designated Hebrew speaking assistant to support each child in developing an awareness of who they are as active members of the Jewish and global community and with a strong connection to Israel
- A wonderful ‘Centre for Hidden Treasures’ providing children and teachers with a rich source of materials to stimulate the imagination; and
- Regular construction time for children in the ‘Loose Parts’ outdoor area so they can design and build with recycled materials.
WINDOWS INTO CHILDREN'S THINKING
Each year, Bialik College Early Learning Centre showcases the “Windows into Children’s Thinking” exhibition, which highlights the curiosity, theories and research of young children and their teachers. Read more.
Bialik Creche for Babies and Toddlers
The Bialik Creche is situated in the stunning Judith Hellen Children’s Centre and caters for babies and toddlers aged 3-months to 3-years. From its opening in July 2019, the Bialik Creche, on our Hawthorn Campus, is a flexible, nurturing place full of fun and laughter. Mornings are for interactive learning including music sessions which run on Mondays. Kabbalat Shabbat runs on Thursday and Friday mornings.
Doors open at 7:15 am and breakfast is served from 7:30am - all meals are included and are Kosher approved.
WHY CHOOSE BIALIK COLLEGE FOR CRECHE?
The creche comprises:
- Ground Floor Piazza with a covered outdoor play area
- First Floor Piazza with covered learning deck
- 4 childcare rooms – Aleph (first floor), Bet (first floor), Gimmel (ground floor) and Daled (ground floor)
In the spirit of growing together and forming a close community, we welcome all children and their families, regardless of days, to join weekly Kabbalat Shabbat each week. All meals are included and are Kosher approved.
A highlight for many of the youngsters are the regular opportunities to watch and learn from the older students when they are taken on excursions in multi child strollers around the Bialik College Campus.
For more information on the Bialik Creche please call (03) 9822 7981.
There are so many things that make Kinder at Bialik special.
Bialik College Kinder is a wonderful way to start your child’s schooling journey. We offer flexible options to fit in with your family, a proud ethos of inclusive Judaism, an award-winning ELC environment and a lovely community where our little students have big friends and family members in Years 10 and 11 who look out for them.
WHY CHOOSE BIALIK FOR KINDER?
Bialik College Kinder is a special, inclusive place where little minds and souls start their school and community journey and learn to grow together.
FULL AND PART-TIME KINDER OPTIONS
We understand that families want flexible options to fit within their busy work and family lifestyles. In 2022, we are giving families the option to choose between 3, 4 or 5 days for Kinder 3 and 4 or 5 days for Kinder 4.
As a pluralistic Jewish school, we are proud of our ethos through which all mainstream strands of Judaism are embraced and taught with equivalence. In our Kinder, students learn about the chaggim and celebrate festivals such as Yom Ha’Atmaut and Purim with the rest of the school. Each Friday Kinder children make challah and join their classmates in a Kabbalat Shabbat.
NUTRITIOUS MENU CREATED AND COOKED BY FULL-TIME DIETITIAN
All meals and snacks are provided throughout the school day. The menu is nutritionally balanced and prepared by a Dietitian and cook, Ronit Novak. Long-day care children receive breakfast at the start of each day and all children sit together at meal times, setting the table, assisting with pack up and eating together.
Being a Creche – Year 12 school on the one-campus gives our Kinder children opportunities to learn from our older students. Our Kinder children have buddies in Years 10 and 11 and regularly catch up with scheduled play times, celebrate Shabbat together and the older students help the Kinder children in their classrooms. This family environment ensures our littlest students have older friends and family members looking out for them.
AWARD-WINNING EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
Our Early Learning Centre had its routine assessment and exceeded the national quality standards in all seven areas:
- Educational program and practice
- Children’s health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships
For more information on the Bialik Kinder call (03) 9822 7981.
Prep and Year 1
Prep and Year 1 are a special time in any child’s education. Bialik College teaching staff are as excited as their students to grow and learn together. Our focused sessions focus on developing social, spacial, numeracy, literacy skills develop as well as encouraging curiosity, adventurousness, and spiritual awareness.
WHY CHOOSE BIALIK PREP AND YEAR 1?
Housed in our award-winning Early Learning Centre, Bialik College Prep students are introduced to fun and stimulating programs designed to:
- Nourish their Jewish soul: Preps learn their Hebrew letters, explore the festivals and experience interactive Pesach seders, buddied with Year 12 students in a special one-on-one relationship.
- Nourish their numeracy and literacy with their own reading journals, library lessons, story worlds and our Numeracy Program,
- Nourish their whole being: from specialist music to specialist sport and e-learning.
Students finish Year 1 ready to step up to their Primary journey.