Welcome to
Leederville Early Childhood Centre

We are a community-based, early learning service, and provide education and care to children from birth to 5 years of age.

About

Leederville Early Childhood Centre has been educating and caring for children and their families since 1993. 

About

Leederville Early Childhood Centre is a community based early childhood education and care service located in the heart of Leederville. Our service is licensed for 64 children, attending in four rooms. LECC opened in May 1993 and continues to provide high quality early childhood education and care. We take inspiration from the schools of Reggio Emilia, the RIE Approach to Infant Care and the nature pedagogy of Claire Warden.

Leederville Early Childhood Centre is the first PlaySchema accredited service in Australia. To find out more about play schemes click here https://schemaplay.com/

Our service opens at 7.30am and closes at 6pm, Monday to Friday. We are open 50 weeks of the year, closing at Christmas time and reopening in early January. Families are not charged for this time nor for public holidays.

Centre information

Our service is community based, not-for-profit incorporated association. It is operated and is licensed under the Early Childhood Education and Care National Regulations and Act (WA) (2012). It is managed by the Nominated Supervisor and with the support of the Parent Management Committee. This Committee is formed annually at the Annual General Meeting.

We are licensed for 64 children.

Centre hours: 7.30am-6.00pm.

Location:

244a Vincent St, Leederville WA 6007

Child care at it's best

Our approach

“No significant learning happens without significant relationships.”

Relationships play an integral role in your child’s wellbeing, therefore our main focus is to establish and maintain, trusting, respectful and meaningful relationships with all children and their families.

We believe through strong relationships and secure attachment, children are able to safely, freely and happily explore their surroundings.

To develop these relationships and at the core of what differentiates LECC, is our primary caregiving approach.

Your child will be provided with a primary educator who will act as a safe and secure base as they settle into their new environment. Your primary caregiver will continue to support your child’s ongoing learning and development throughout their entire time at LECC, as they move through the age rooms.

Your primary educator will attend to your child’s individual needs, observe, document and support their learning and development.

The benefits of this approach are:

  • Trusting and respectful relationship between educator, child and family
  • The educator has a holistic view of the child, their needs, interests and capabilities
  • The child feels safe and secure to build and develop relationships with peers and other educators
  • Helps the child regulate their emotions as they feel supported and respected when expressing themselves
  • Can reduce challenging behaviour brought on by children who have multiple caregivers

Your primary educator will reflect on your child’s overall learning and provide an individual celebration of learning. This is a summative assessment that brings together and emphasizes your child’s strength and learnings over the past six months. The letter reflects the five learning outcomes outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework which is a national guide for early childhood educators to support and nurture a child’s learning and growth.

Our educators are passionate about early childhood learning and love to see your child’s confidence and abilities grow as they become comfortable in their environment. We work in partnership with our families to assist your child through their growth and development.

The LECC experience

Our Philosophy

Leederville Early Childhood Centre acknowledges that we educate and care for children on Whadjuk Noongar land and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Children’s learning and development
We recognise and value the power of play to a child’s learning and development and continue to provide meaningful play-based experiences which reflect the child’s interests and capabilities. The National Quality Framework shapes and guides our program and practice through the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standard. Through our online learning platform, EDUCA, we celebrate and share individual children’s learning and successes.

Relationships
Our service respects each family as the child’s first and most influential teacher, and we establish respectful and reciprocal relationships through a primary caregiving approach. As early childhood educators, we draw on a range of early childhood theories to support our everyday actions and decision making.

Acceptance
Acceptance of diversity and inclusive practices allows all children to access our service. We view differences as a strength and commit to addressing bias and discrimination.

Environment
We value the environment, embedding sustainable practices in both children and educators. We utilise our large, natural outdoor spaces to provide opportunities to develop and master life skills.

Community
Our service is a well-established part of our community. The children explore our local area and further beyond, experiencing life through excursions and visitors to our service.

Respect for children as competent and capable learners is our priority at Leederville Early Childhood Centre.

Primary Caregiving Approach

At Leederville Early Childhood Centre, our practice and program is shaped by a primary caregiving approach. This means that every child is allocated a primary educator who works toward establishing a strong, secure and meaningful attachment with the child and their family. Developing relationships are central to our centre philosophy and play a crucial role in a child’s overall learning and development (Infant/ Toddler Resource
Guide, 2020).

The key role of the primary educator is to ensure the child’s needs are supported through respectfully and sensitively engaging them in caregiving moments as well as being available to act as a secure base during periods of play. At Leederville Early Childhood Centre, the primary educator is primarily responsible to observe,
document and further support their primary child’s learning and development through engaging with them within the learning environment. The primary educator recognises the parent as the first and most influential teacher and therefore, communicates regularly to ensure that the environment reflects the cultures and contexts of our families.

Our rooms

We have four rooms at our Centre:

ROOMAGEEDUCATOR RATIO
Nursery6 weeks-16 months (approx)1:4
Toddler16 months – 2 years (approx)1:4
Playschool2 years – 3 years (approx)1:5
Kindy3 years – 5 years (approx)1:10

Each room has four educators so the children have continuity of care and the support of their primary caregiver. We follow the philosophies of Magda Gerber’s EducaringÒ approach and our educators tailor the curriculum and environment to the needs and interests of our children.

The ages are a guideline and the number of children in each room varies depending on the demand of the community.

From 6 weeks – 16 months (approximatley)
Educator Ratio: 1:4

Our Nursery Room is a safe and respectful place for your baby to thrive.

Approach

We apply Magda Gerber’s EducaringÒ approach.

“We not only respect babies, we demonstrate our respect every time we interact with them. Respecting a child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique human being, not as an object”. – Magda Gerber

The principles of our nursery approach are:

  1. A physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing environment
  2. Time for uninterrupted play
  3. Freedom to explore and interact with other infants
  4. Involvement of the child in all care activities
  5. Sensitive observation of the child to understand their needs

Consistent, clearly defined limits and expectations

 

Environment

We believe in babies enjoying nature throughout all of the seasons. Our large, dedicated nursery outdoor play area is well-shaded with lots of nooks to explore, a sandpit, slide and climbing frames for babies to safely build on their gross motor skills. We also have a shaded veranda and provide [coveralls] so the babies can still play outside during the wet winter months.

16 months- 2 years (approximately)
Educator Ratio: 1:4

Our toddler room has no more than 12 children per day with an educator /child ratio of 1:3. The children enjoy a large outdoor space on 2 levels with a big Morton Bay Fig tree providing natural shade. The children enjoy a relaxed space which gives endless possibilities for exploration. The educators in this room guide the children as they start on their independence journey.

2 years – 3 years (approximately)
Educator ratio: 1:5

Our playschool room has 5 educators with an educator/child ration of 1:4. This room can have up to 20 children per day. The children can access the large outdoor area which is shared with the kindy room.  This outdoor space has a bike path, sandpit, mud kitchen, rock wall, hedge maze as well as natural shade from trees and a large undercover area. The secret garden is easily accessible for the children to feed the worms, water the plants or dig in the ground.

3 years – 5 years (approximately)
Educator ratio: 1:10

Our kindy room is led by an Early Childhood Teacher of many years’ experience. The programme is based on the interests of the children with an emphasis on independence and physical wellbeing.  The kindy children are very active participants in our local community. They often explore Leederville Oval, City of Vincent library as well as the multiple opportunities Oxford Street offers. The children share the same space as our playschool room, but they can access the secret garden through a window!

Meet the team

Sally Whitaker

Centre Director

Sally has been at Leederville Early Childhood Centre since 2015 and has always worked in the not for profit sector. Sally began her career as a teacher in the northwest before moving overseas to work as a nanny. After 6 years away, living in Spain and the UK, Sally started in an early childhood service in Victoria Park.

Sally has worked with all age groups in long day care, in out of school hours care and as a trainer.Sally has held leadership roles within Early Childhood Australia and Carewest, peak bodies in the early childhood sector.

Sally enjoys reading, baking and is an active swimmer.

Emma Hazelhurst

Assistant Director

Emma has had the privilege of supporting and encouraging children to develop and grow since she was 15 years old when she began babysitting in my home town. From there she was lucky enough to travel with a family in the UK and Europe for 3 months as a Nanny when she was 16 years of age.

Emma realised the path of Educating and Caring for children was her true passion early on and continued to develop her skills completing her Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood. She have over 26 years experience in the Early Childhood Sector, 21 of those years being at Leederville Early Childhood Centre.

In her spare time Emma enjoys spending time with her little dog, camping, kayaking, gardening and watching Netflix.

Rebecca Finney

Educational Leader

Originally from the UK (Manchester), Rebecca moved to Perth in 2014 where she joined the team at Leederville Early Childhood Centre and has worked ever since. In this time, Rebecca has worked with children ranging from Nursery age to Kindy before stepping into the role of Educational Leader in 2020. Holding a degree in Music and Early Childhood Teaching, Rebecca has over 12 years experience in the early childhood sector and has most recently completed her Masters in Early Childhood Education at ECU.

Rebecca has a love of all things music and enjoys sharing songs with the children. She also enjoys going for hikes and cooking.

FAQ

What are your fees and how are fees paid?

We charge a fixed daily fee for each child, for all ages.

This fee includes nourishing meals, educational programs, experienced and knowledgeable educators, learning opportunities for families and a professional cleaner cleans the center daily.

Daily: $147

*Does not take into account the Child Care Subsidy. For more information on the Child Care Subsidy visit [link].

We do not charge for public holidays.

What qualifications do the educators have?

We have a team of 27 staff who all work in different roles at Leederville Early Childhood Centre. With many years’ experience between them, their qualifications range from Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, Bachelor of Teaching to Masters in Early Childhood Education.

The educators speak a variety of languages and bring a unique set of skills with them such as innovative thinking and creativity.  All have First Aid, Asthma and Anaphylaxis certification as well as Working with Children Checks.

Our Educational Leader and Development Coach offer professional learning to our team and to other services as well as information sessions to families.

Are meals provided?

Yes, meals are provided. The children have seasonal fresh fruit for morning tea, a cooked lunch such as Mie Goreng, Lemon Myrtle Chicken or Lentil Dhal. Afternoon is offered and can range from Fruit Toast, ANZAC Biscuits or Cheesy Savoury Muffins. A late snack of fresh cut up apples is also available.

LECC will accommodate any allergies, food prefernces and food lifestyle choices.

We ask that families provide formula in a sealed tin for those children in the nursery that need it.

What does our child need to bring?

Upon enrolment you will be given a list of things to bring such as a  sleeping bag or blanket, water bottle and any comfort items. Leederville Early Childhood Centre will provide your child with a hat to wear whilst at the service.

What is the enrolment process?

Our Assistant Director will invite you into our service to look around before you make your final decison. Once that has been made you will be given an enrolment pack with the appropriate forms for you to complete.

Our service offers orientation days for you and your child before you start as this is the beginning of your relationship with Leederville Early Childhood Centre.

What are the centre open hours?

We are open 7.30am-6.00pm.

How does LECC communicate with families?

Our educators share the beautiful moments of play through the online platform EDCUA. Here you can see what your child and their friends got up to during the day and read individual learning stories about your child.

Enquire

We understand that choosing the right care for your child is a big decision. Our Director Sally and Assistant Director Emma are available to answer any questions you may have.

To enquire about enrolment, please fill out the form to share a little more information about your circumstances:

Or, you can reach us on:
a: 244a Vincent St, Leederville WA 6007
t: (08) 9227 1514 e: info@lecc.org.au
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