The children who attend our Centre are cared for in age groupings. The age groups at our Centre are a guide, and individual developmental needs are given every consideration. Upon enrolment a child will be placed in a group according to his or her age and will generally remain in that group for the entire calendar year. A child will only be moved to another group during the year if a vacancy exists and after consultation between the parents/guardians, staff and the Centre Director.

Tiny Tots

A child’s learning journey begins at birth. Much care and attention is given to creating a calm, safe and nurturing environment in our Tiny Tots room. Daily routines such as feeding, resting and nappy changing are significant elements of the daily program. These experiences offer positive opportunities for learning and time for sensitive and social engagement.

Tiny Tots program provides:

  • A supportive and enriching environment that develops each child’s emotional wellbeing, social skills and independence.
  • Provides opportunities for pretend play, musical experiences, foundational maths, language and literacy and physical development.

We want children and their families to feel at home at Derby Street. It is vital that families contribute to the sense of community that the Tiny Tots team cultivates in its daily interactions with the children.

Age Group: 3 Months to 2 Years

Staff ratio: 12 Children, 3 Diploma (Children Services) Educators


Two to three-years old children are energetic explorers and experimenters, curious about the world around them and eager to find out how things work. Their need for investigative, experimental learning is pronounced.

Our program assists children to:

  • Grow in their autonomy and understanding of themselves.
  • Develop empathy for others in an atmosphere of trust and respect.
  • Manage emotions that arise from their difficulties in communicating and solving problems.

We also focus on:

  • Planning a range of experiences to support children’s cognitive, creative, social, emotional, language, physical development and individual learning styles.
  • Learning through play and exploration.
  • Providing opportunities for small group play, one to one engagements with an adult, and time for each child to play and explore independently and collaboratively with their peers.
  • Developing constructive relationships. We encourage families to be an active part of their child’s day, sharing ideas and aspects of home culture that can help to enrich our program.

Age Group: 2 to 3 Years

Staff ratio: 3 Diploma (Children Services) Educators

Busy Bees

Three to four year old children are rapidly developing a more complex understanding of concepts and are highly motivated to explore and set challenges for themselves and their friends.

The program will consistently provide opportunities for the children to:

  • Foster self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, communication and respect for others; and
  • Develop relationships, self-expression, collaboration and self-help skills.
  • Act as initiators, investigators, explorers, problem solvers and creators.
  • Develop a spirit of cooperation and a caring and responsible attitude towards everyone in their community.
  • Provide children with uninterrupted time on their own, or to engage with friends throughout the day.

The children in the Busy Bees room will be immersed in an outdoor environment shared with the kinder room that offers natural elements and the freedom to explore.

Age Group: 3 to 4 Years

Staff ratio: 15 Children, 2 Diploma (Children Services) Educators


We believe that children should be able to attend school with confidence, and have a sense that they can achieve anything they set their mind to. Therefore the kinder children will be exposed to a program that:

  • Promotes a strong sense of who they are (self-esteem, empowerment, self acceptance, resilience)
  • Increase their understanding of socially acceptable behaviour (Self regulation, empathy, diversity and acceptance of others)
  • Encourages positive conflict resolution.

(We believe these characteristics and behaviours are essential for children in their transition to school and lifelong learning)

  • Acknowledges the process/attempt rather than the final outcome
  • Provides opportunities for presentations to a group
  • Opportunities to extend current literacy and numeracy knowledge.

Age Group: 4 to 6 Years

Staff ratio: 24 Children (20 long day, 4 sessional)

3 Educators:  1 Early Childhood Teacher (Early Childhood Degree),  2 Diploma (Children Services) Educators