Samaritans Early Learning Centre at Woodberry has been caring for the local community since 2006, embracing a holistic and welcoming approach to education by offering programs that enhance children's learning and development, promote inclusion and respect.
"Building relationships with children and families is the most important step in your child's journey with us. We believe children develop their skills and knowledge at their own pace. Samaritans Educators are committed to ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn, develop and grow," Nominated Supervisor, Sam Kulupach, said.
The Woodberry centre is also forming important connections within the community, for example; its partnership with ASPECT Hunter, enables children and teachers from ASPECT come to the centre weekly to support mainstream early intervention for children on the autism spectrum.
"The partnership with ASPECT Hunter is really exciting for our team; children are better supported through specialised learning programs, and staff learn new skills and strategies to support all children," Ms Kulupach said.
Megan Lloyd, Assistant Principal from Autism Spectrum Australia's ASPECT Hunter School commented,
"The work we do with Woodberry Early Learning Centre provides a really important opportunity for our young students on the autism spectrum to experience a 'mainstream' school environment, which may help them to transition to mainstream settings in the future.
"Additionally, we are also seeing benefits for our teachers and Samaritans teachers, who are expanding their experiences and knowledge as they seek to support these students," Ms Lloyd said
Woodberry Early Learning Centre has a team of committed and experienced Educators who work tirelessly to support children and families as they begin their education journey. Educators are invested in ensuring child's individual needs are met and have the support of other Samaritans staff working in education, early intervention, allied health, emergency relief and more.
The centre is positioned within the Woodberry Family Centre and has purpose built, flexible indoor and outdoor play spaces, including a vegetable garden, a mud pit, bike tracks and a trampoline.
"We have invested in materials and resources to optimise children's learning and spark their natural curiosity."
Nutritious meals are prepared onsite by a professional cook and electronic learning portfolios enable educators and family to connect, from anywhere, at any time. Families are invited to call and arrange a visit on 4914 0401. The centre is open 49 weeks a year, Monday to Friday from 8am - 5:30pm and licenced for 30 children from 6 weeks to 6 years.