Penguin Childcare Ravenhall

About Us

Penguin Childcare Ravenhall is an open and spacious centre filled with charm and character that will ensure your children play and learn in a relaxed but stimulating environment.

This purpose built centre sets the benchmark in childcare. Penguin Early Learning Ravenhall is conveniently located near the freeway entrance which makes it easy for parents requiring care and education in Deer Park, Caroline Springs and surrounding areas.

The location of the service is safely tucked away from main roads. We are located conveniently behind the delicious Eating Station Café who is well known and supported in the community.

Penguin Childcare RavenhallPenguin Childcare Ravenhall provides care and education for children aged six weeks to six years and is open from 6.30am to 6.30pm. All meals are made on site with fresh market ingredients, nappies are provided and a specialised Kindergarten program is taught by a Bachelor qualified teacher. Our Kindergarten program includes lunch box and uniform days in preparation for school.

We have Bachelor Qualified Kinder Teacher creating an educational and fun learning program. The program includes regular incursions and weekly community walks in our surrounding neighbourhood. Our location allows the children to visit various local businesses which allows the children not only to learn through play but to go and put their learning into practice.

Within our yards the children can learn through our natural play areas. In our yards we have beautiful vegetable patches, garden beds and mud pits. Although we still have play equipment outside we have some natural areas to allow the children to learn about the environment. The children have been able to link these areas to learning and now have been able to produce some amazing cooking experiences from the fruit and vegetables they helped grow.

Our commitment to quality child care is what makes the industries best staff aspire to be employed with us. We understand the importance of consistency and stability with your child care educator and aim to have long term happy educators.

Individual children’s cultural, religious and nutritional needs are catered for and we encourage communication from parents who like to check on their child’s progress throughout the day. We know how important the decision is as to where you are going to leave your child or baby in day care and we guarantee to make your experience a positive one.

Please feel welcome to drop in and say hello and let us show you around.

 

Our childcare centre proudly offers a kindergarten/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

Melinda Harvey

Penguin Ravenhall Childcare Centre ManagerHow long have you been working in childcare?

25+ years

What is your favourite part of working at the centre?

Mentoring others to enable them to help the growth and development in children.

What qualifications do you hold?

Associate Diploma of Children’s Services. Diploma in Business (Frontline  Management- Children’s Services).

What are you most passionate about?

That children Learn to Play, and Play to Learn. Children need to play and discover the amazing things that childhood has to offer.  

What are you most proud of at your centre?

The team atmosphere and the positive relationships with families. The team engage with children to make sure that they are having a positive day and are able to learn through the play experiences that they provide for them.

What is your favourite inspirational quote?

When you asked me what I did today, and I say, I just Played. Please don’t misunderstand me, for you see, I am Learning as I play. I am Learning to enjoy and be successful in my Work. Today I am a Child and my Work Is Play (Anita Wadley 1974)

What inspired you to become an educator?

I always had a desire to work with Children- because I am a Kid at Heart. I wanted to make a difference for Children.

What values are most important to you in your team members? 

To be respectful to everyone. To Value and Support Cultural diversity.  I believe that all parents and family members play an important part in forming a solid link between home and the Service. This link is essential for a smooth transition for the child and I will always foster this link through family participation and by adopting an open door policy for families.

What is your philosophy about educating children?

Children Learn to Play, and Play to Learn.

What makes your team/centre special? 

We are culturally diverse and we are hear for everyone.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up? 

A teacher

What are your hobbies? 

Cooking, helping others, sewing, animals and camping.

 

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on the belief that all children are unique, capable, competent and involved learners who make a valuable contribution to their community.

We believe children have the right to loving relationships, respect, care and education in an environment that is safe and free from discrimination.

We believe that early childhood is a vital stage in a child’s development and lays the foundation for future learning and supports the child to develop life skills. We believe young children “Learn to Play and Play to Learn”. Children need to “just be”, to play, to try new things, explore their world and to have fun.

We believe young children do learn through their play experiences and our programs are responsive to this and are tailored to each child’s needs and level of development. These programs reflect the principles and practices of the National Early Years Learning Framework.

We highly value the role of our Teachers and Educators in building genuine relationships with each child as this underpins our programs and enables learning to occur. Our Educators observe and share the children’s learning experiences, extend their thinking and intentionally introduce the children to new learning.

We actively promote and encourage strong partnerships with families and our community as this creates a wonderful sense of belonging that is vital to the learning environment of our children. We encourage families to be active participators in the life of the Centre through sharing cultures, ideas, knowledge, strengths and differences. We recognise and celebrate our diverse backgrounds and the abilities that we all bring to our community.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land upon which we Meet and Learn. We value and support the principles of a reconciled Australia.

We believe in the process of continually improving the care and education we provide at Penquin Childcare Early Learning Centre so we can provide the highest quality service for our families. Changes to our practices, environment and program will be made to reflect the voices of children, educators, parental input and community input.

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Facilities

Rooms

Our centre provides care for the following age groups:

Nursery

Toddler 1

Toddler 2

Pre-Kinder

Kinder

0 – 18 months 18 months – 2 years 2 years – 3 years 3 years – 4 years

4 years

Facilities

Our service provides the following facilities:

  • Convenient location
  • Nappies included
  • Breakfast
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Other meals – Late snack
  • Sustainability program
  • Veggie garden
  • On-site parking
  • Sports, music and yoga program
  • SMART Interactive Whiteboard
  • In-house cook
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Large, natural play environments
  • Belonging tree
  • Parent refreshment station
  • Vegetable patches
  • Water Play area
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Government Approved Kindergarten Program
  • Kindergarten program that includes lunch box and uniform days in preparation for school
  • One of our major moves to a sustainable practice includes the movement to online notifications and learning updates for families. Upon enrolment we will set up your KindyHub account with your chosen email allowing us to send you updates throughout the day, observations, daily reports and some photographs showing you your child’s involvement in play. All of this is accessed easily through the app on your mobile device or email, making for convenient updates throughout the day.

Testimonials

Reviews and Testimonials

See what some of our parents say about our centres:

“My daughter has been at Penguin childcare since not long after they first opened, my experience there has been wonderful, all educators are friendly and very inviting. My daughter has learnt so much since attending Penguin childcare and I am very grateful. The management team is very helpful and are always greeting families on arrival with smiles on their faces. Overall we as a family are very pleased with our experience at Penguin childcare Ravenhall.”

– Lu

 

“My daughter has been at Penguin for a year now and the staff have always made her and myself really welcomed. Staff are really caring and have helped support my daughters development every step of the way. Staff have been really helpful when needed especially about issues like toilet training and managing biting. The management team are amazing and have always helped me with all my enquiries and explaining things to me in detail. Thanks for everything to the team and Penguin LOVE Penguin Ravenhall”

– Jaina

 

“Very caring, welcoming and approachable staff that are easy to communicate with.  We are moving out of the area and I am still keeping Jordan at Penguin, because I am so happy with the centre. Staff are always happy to answer any questions or concern and they encourage learning and friendships. I really like the recent daily emails being received that include a photo and a description of what Jordan has done for the day. I also like how the centre provides a cake for the children’s birthdays, once again thank you for all the love and care the staff give to Jordan.”

– Kristel

 

“I would like to take this opportunity to provide some positive feedback in relation to the carers at Penguin Ravenhall. I have found that the carers in both Toddler 1 and Pre Kinder rooms have been fantastic in the way that they care and provide effective communication regarding Liam and Sofia’s development. Everyone at the centre is very friendly and is always there to assist with any enquiries I may have. Thank you and please keep up the great work!”

– Lillian

 

“I’m very happy with this service, my son is going to school this year, at penguin he has learnt how to spell and count. He will miss the lovely educators as will I, overall a fantastic service.”

– Sally

Enquire Now

We’d love to welcome you to Penguin Childcare Ravenhall. To enquire about a place, please fill out the form below and one of our friendly team will get back to you to discuss your needs.