We are an Early Childhood Education & Care Service providing child care and Kindergarten programs for the Swan Hill Community.
Marg Hartshorn is a Degree Qualified Kindergarten Teacher with over 20 years experience working in Early Childhood Services in Swan Hill. Marg manages the day-to-day running of the Yana Street centre including enrolments and staff recruitment and training and manages our Funded Kindergarten program. Marg also provides support to our Chapman Street centre ensuring that educators and families have access to reliable, quality programs.
Scott Hartshorn has over 20 years Management experience and oversees the business side including promoting our service within the community and managing the long term needs of our service. Scott also ensures that our play environments are maintained to a high level ensuring that our spaces are safe and inviting for all.
Together Marg and Scott provide a service that is unique to Swan Hill offering children and families the opportunity to enjoy the natural environments provided with plenty of space for children to explore individually or in small or large groups.
Outdoor play is a very big part of our educational programs. As well as indoor activities children have access to our lawns and gardens, digging patches, dry creek beds and sandpits to explore. Children are encouraged to play responsibly within these areas including wearing appropriate sun protection as per our centre policy and learning to care for their environment.
We are also conscious of the need within our society to be more sustainable and thus reduce waste and minimise our environmental footprint. Our Yana Street centre has Solar power and vegetable gardens and we encourage children to limit their water use and promote environmental sustainability within our programs. Plastic toys are limited within our centres instead we favour wooden toys or toys made from recycled products and toys that promote environmental sustainability within their use. We promote the use of recycled items for art/craft activities and continue to pursue other ways that we can minimise waste and be more environmentally sustainable.
We also acknowledge the diverse number of families that work and live within our community and aim to provide opportunities for children to learn about the different cultures and traditions that exist both locally and internationally.
Our Chapman Street building is owned by Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) who have kindly leased the site to us to be able to provide early childhood programs for the whole community. We are proud of the partnership we have formed with MDAS and the shared goals of ensuring children and families have access to quality early childhood programs.
Every child has the right to play, to feel safe and to feel welcome within our centre and our community regardless of ability, nationality or culture. Educators have the right to feel welcome, safe and supported in their workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.