Welcome to Happy Feet Childcare, our early learning centre in Carlton
About our early learning & childcare centre in Carlton
Sitting proudly on the corner of Mill and Ethel Streets in Carlton is the popular Happy Feet Childcare and Early Learning Centre. Boasting a beautiful shade of baby blue on the exterior and oozing love & warmth on the inside, this heritage listed building with a wonderful history features both spacious rooms with grand ceilings and restored period features and cozy homely style spaces that provide a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere.
Catering to 39 children, our delightful centre is made up of both indoor and outdoor space and allows children with loads of opportunity to discover, explore, create and learn in a fun, exciting and safe environment. Our skilled & nurturing team are passionate about providing your children with programs and experiences that assist them with lifelong skills and build a sense of belonging and security.
Happy Feet Child Care Centre is privately owned and run by Anastasia Papadopoulos and Simon Leverton, Award winning childcare centre operators and much loved members of the Southern Sydney community. Our childcare centre in Carlton is open Monday – Friday from 7am to 6pm for 52 weeks of the year (closed on NSW Public Holidays). We cater for children between the ages of 20 months – 5 years.
Please contact for any questions or to book a tour of the centre. We look forward to welcoming your family to the ‘Happy Feet’ family.
What to bring to our childcare centre
Our daily rate includes the provision of morning tea, cooked lunch and afternoon tea. We kindly ask that you provide the following:
- One piece of fruit and small tub of yogurt (this is shared as a fruit platter for morning or afternoon tea)
- Pillow and sheet placed inside the pillow case
- Bag containing spare clothes, underwear, hat and drink bottle
And if required for your child:
- Milk Bottle – 2-3yrs rest time bottle
At our childcare centre in Carlton we respect others
Happy Feet Childcare provides high quality care and education throughout our childcare service by recognising that all children, families and staff are unique individuals that need to be respected. We acknowledge that children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. We foster children’s self-worth, as well as provide an understanding of acceptance for others. We celebrate, honour and promote the diversity not just related to our centre, but the diversity of the world we live in. We do this through the combination of children, staff and family input, resources and via our community. Our program reflects the diverse culture of the world we live in, by developing children’s awareness and respect for cultural differences and similarities. Through this, our childcare centre in Carlton is able to provide a stable, safe and loving environment that fosters a solid foundation for lifelong success.
At our childcare centre in Carlton we love to learn.
We provide educationally appropriate recourses to assist in the development of the whole child. Children initiate their own learning through play in a stimulating environment that provides variety, choice and stability. Play should be fun, exciting, hands on, spontaneous, stimulating, interesting, relaxing, comforting, social and challenging. When a child feels safe, secure and cared for, they will engage in activities and interactions that provide these experiences, which will in turn, support their cognitive and language skills and overall development.
Our learning spaces are clean and uncluttered. Furniture, materials and toys are age-appropriate and our outdoor space is designed so supervising caregivers can observe all children at all times. It is secure, has age-appropriate outdoor equipment and opportunity for running and other large motor activities. Happy Feet Childcare operates under the premise that an effective and caring environment will help children feel invited and welcome to explore and learn.
Through the process of learning, our early learning centre in Carlton will ensure your children are prepared to explore the world around them and grow in knowledge through interaction with it.
At our childcare centre in Carlton we love to play!
We love to play at Happy Feet Childcare! Children learn through playing and exploring their environment and we foster this understanding by setting up ‘learning spaces’ in which the children are able to explore. These may evolve either from a chance event, an idea that has been shared or a problem posed by one or more of the children. It may also be initiated directly by the teachers. Some of these projects/learnings may last a few days to several months. The children are provided with a range of equipment that they are able to use to create, explore and delve into however they wish, allowing them to become ‘active learners’. Some of the activities that the children have opportunities to interact with are: creative (art) material, computer play, pretend play/dress ups, sensory activities, sand & water play, books, blocks, gardening, musical instruments, construction materials, puzzles & manipulatives, cooking, science materials, climbing equipment, etc. The emphasis is on teamwork between children, staff and families, rather than controlling the children’s learning. This allows for a ‘child driven program’ that creates opportunities of uninterrupted play and / or risky play depending on the interests and active learnings of the group.
In addition, play provides a wonderful opportunity for children to communicate, connect with, and enjoyment. It helps children become competent with problem solving and mastery, as well as developing their social skills such as patience, leadership and communication. Play also helps with brain development through the rich mix of cognitive, motor and language development opportunities. Importantly, play also provides an occasion for fun and laughter, both of which help children feel welcome and part of something.
Through play, our early learning centre in Carlton will ensure your children will interact with other with love and respect.
At our childcare centre in Carlton we nurture
We believe in educating and ensuring children participate in practices of sustainability by promoting responsibility and respect towards the environment. Our children are seen as active participants in recycling, gardening and re using everyday household products. We empower them to make a difference in their future and do this by involving children and families in various ideas (listed below) and implementing these together, allowing them to connect with nature and the environment. In the same way as we teach the habits of healthy eating and lifestyle, we believe that children are never too young to learn to care for our environment, the creatures in it, the principles of recycling & sustainability and the food cycle.
Children and their families are asked to bring in recyclable material from home in order to teach the children and raise awareness of the importance of recycling. We have many discussions, investigations, research and games all focused on recycling and reusing and not wasting. We are very conscious of our world at our centre and all work together to pick up rubbish and keeping our environment clean. We use all recyclable materials to create things like robots, boats, cars, wind chimes etc.
We are currently working with the children on researching how we can have the best worm farm ever! Our children show a lot of curiosity and interest with the worms and help to feed them on a weekly basis with scraps from the kitchen. This has also helped reduce a noticeable amount of waste and increased our recycling.
Helping take care of the vegetable patches is a highlight of the day! Children show a lot of enjoyment getting their hands dirty through planting and maintaining the vegetables and at the end of each day, they are encouraged to empty their water bottles into the gardens – thus teaching them about not wasting water.
Through educating our children about environmental sustainability, our early learning centre in Carlton will ensure your children are prepared to approach environmental issues with care and approach the world and those around it with love & respect.
Happy Feet Childcare provides high quality care and education throughout our childcare service by recognising that all children, families and staff are unique individuals that need to be respected. We acknowledge that children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community.
We provide educationally appropriate recourses to assist in the development of the whole child. Children initiate their own learning through play in a stimulating environment that provides variety, choice and stability.
We love to play at Happy Feet Childcare! Play provides a wonderful opportunity for children to connect with and enjoy one another. Apart from being fun, play also has many benefits for your child. Play provides a bond and an opportunity for communication.
We believe in educating and ensuring children participate in practices of sustainability by promoting responsibility and respect towards the environment. Our children are seen as active participants in recycling, gardening and re using everyday household products.