We are a privately owned 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 20 years experience working in Early Childhood Services in Swan Hill. Marg manages the day-to-day running of the centre including enrolments and staff recruitment and training and manages our Funded Kindergarten program.
Scott Hartshorn has 21 years Management experience and oversees the business side including promoting our service within the community and managing the long term needs of our service.
Together Marg and Scott provide a service that is unique to Swan Hill offering children and families the opportunity to enjoy the natural environment with 2 acres of established lawns and gardens including three rooms aesthetically designed to enable children to play and learn in a relaxed and ‘home like’ environment.
Outdoor play is a very big part of our educational program. 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 centre has Solar power; vegetable gardens and we encourage children to limit their water use and promote environmental sustainability within our programs. Plastic toys are limited within our centre 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.
Every child has the right to play, to feel safe and to feel welcome within our centre and our community.