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Our nursery spaces are a comfortable and natural play space for babies and toddlers to learn together. The room caters for children from six weeks to two and a half years. Children are then divided into two small groups: infants and toddlers. These small groups allow educators to work closely with children to ensure they are well cared for, nurtured and loved; while also building on each child’s sense of self, identity and across all areas of development in these foundational years.



Our junior preschool spaces will be (change to are) exciting places to grow and learn for children aged between two and a half years and four years. This group will be guided by educators to extend their ideas and thinking skills as they delve into their interests and answer their wonderings as a group. Our junior preschool aged children develop very individual dispositions for learning and develop an excitement for learning all things new.


Our preschool spaces are focused on what learning is most important in transitioning children for the start of school. Our big children explore in depth learning with their educator where they will ask questions, build ideas, and work towards specific goals for transitioning to school. We work closely with local schools and engage our oldest children in spending time interacting with the community. This is a particularly special place for long term learning.


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Separate outdoor spaces cater for the six weeks to two and a half years groups, and the preschool aged groups of children. These spaces become the back yard where children experience our natural world. From dirt digging patches, to an old fashioned water pump and stream, the children have the opportunity to connect their learning into a natural play space.

Our programs and practices at Handprints ELC will be based on the Early Years Learning Framework and will plan for children based on their interests, strengths and development in terms of building towards lifelong learning.