Brookvale

At  Little Zak’s Academy Brookvale,  we never underestimate how difficult a decision it is to leave your child in the care of others and our aim is to ensure that you have all the information you need to make this very important decision.

The entire complex is a brand new multi-story centre designed to be by far the most outstanding child care centre in the Northern Beaches. This facility will be providing the best possible care and education for children in a technological advanced purpose designed facility. Spanning across 3 levels, every detail and finish has been purposely designed to provide a leading facility that keeps children engaged, curious, excited, playful and active.

Brookvale is Little Zak’s first centre to introduce before and after school care for the local community.

Our Educators feel that by being attuned to children’s thoughts and feelings, this supports the development of a strong sense of well being. Our aim is to work closely with families to form a partnership, where Educators can develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and recognise that children learn through play. Fundamental to the EYLF (EARLY YEARS LEANING FRAMEWORK) is the view that children’s lives and childhood is a time of Belonging, Being and Becoming.

1300 339 257

10 Victor Road, Brookvale, NSW, 2100

Our centre is open from 7.00am-6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

We are open for 52 weeks of the year, and closed only on Public Holidays.

Our Curriculum

Little Zak’s Academy sees the years prior to school as a critical period of the child’s life for establishing the basis of their future learning and development. Here just a few activities that your child will in counter at our centre.

PREP SCHOOL

Each of our centres offers a weekly, individualised educational curriculum based on the children’s current learning and interests and designed to further each child’s growth and development.
The Little Zak’s Prep School program is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as capable, strong and resilient: rich with wonder and knowledge.

INCURSIONS

Incursions are educational experiences which give further opportunities to investigate and explore. In order to ensure that the children are aware of and are connected with their local Community and beyond, Little Zak’s encourages incursions whereby different educational presentations, including music, drama, indigenous storytelling, farmyard visits and more, are offered to all the children within the centre on programmed days. These visits are considered to be of a large benefit to the children and their parents.

MUSIC LESSONS

Little Zak’s Academy’s fundamental music classes are fun and creative. In early childhood appropriate, music skill developmental programs focusing on rhythm, beat, tempo, pitch, movement and expression is beneficial for the child. We incorporate bright percussion instruments, parachutes and other props to engage the children in a music journey.

LANGUAGE LESSONS

Little Zak’s Academy believes that learning a foreign language is the ultimate brain booster. More than any other area of learning, the process of learning a language creates more synapses in the brain and dramatically increases the density of the grey matter of the brain.

YOGA CLASS

Zak’s Yoga Club is a beneficial, weekly program designed for children aged 2-5. We believe all children have the right to experience the benefits of Yoga, so we’ve incorporated it into our learning program at each centre.

LITTLE ZAK’S SPORTS PLUS

We have carefully designed a weekly multi sports programme that enables children to gain fitness regardless of their athletic ability.

We are dedicated to providing the best environment and experiences for children in their early years of development.

Our Children

0-2 Rooms

We are committed to providing an educational program which allows for children to grow at their own pace, with the support and help from our Early Childhood Educators.

By providing a stimulated learning environment, our programs enable children to learn through child interest based experiences and capabilities, which are found through frequent observations, family involvement, and intentional teaching. With the use of modern technology such as IPad’s and computers, we are able to provide an age appropriate learning for 0-2 children.

In our 0-2 rooms, we create a warm and supportive environment to help our children gain confidence, and create attachments with our early childhood educators. In turn, this will create a basis for our infants to confidently reach their milestones with assistance and guidance, along with daily routines, which help children settle into an early child care environment. We incorporate daily living experiences, to help children gain independence, including hand washing, small group times, and self-feeding. This maintains a positive learning environment and helps build the foundation for future learning experiences.

2-3 Year Rooms

Children are developing knowledge about themselves and their world through their curiosity and exploration. They are learning to challenge themselves and others whilst also demonstrating the emergence of their independence and self-help skills. Our 2-3 year rooms provides care for children aged between two and three years old.

As our infants grow and move on to toddlerhood, we then are able to help set the scene for a positive educational background. Throughout our toddler age groups, children are given the opportunity to grow independently through assisted toilet training, larger group times, and free play both indoors and outdoors. Our parent involvement and community aspects become an important feature in our toddler’s learning, as it helps us create a longer lasting relationship through families and educators.

3-5 Year Rooms

Children continue to develop their curiosity, creativity, skills of questioning, investigating and problem solving. Families and educators work together to support children’s learning.

Attending Kindergarten is a major transition for our little ones, so at Little Zak’s, we provide an intensive school readiness program, implementing the use of all Key Learning Areas of NSW Primary Schools. By using the Key Learning Areas, along with the Early Years Learning Framework, we are able to provide an enriching environment for our children to develop with, each at their own pace, helping our children gain the confidence and self-esteem to tackle Kindergarten with ease.

When children begin school, it can be quite a daunting thought for them, so we encourage our children to participate in group experiences throughout their time in the pre-school room, to gain confidence and learn how to positively gain friendships and relationship with those around them.

We offer our children opportunities and experiences that encourage them to learn and develop the skills needed to prepare them for school.

Nutrition

Our seasonal menus are developed using fresh local produce sourced by our nutritionally-trained chef who prepares hot and cold meals consisting of a nutritionally balanced menu of breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late afternoon tea served after 5pm to help their tummies last till dinner time.

We happily cater for children with allergies, religious and special dietary requirements. Little Zak’s Academy is also an Asthma Friendly Service approved by the Asthma Foundation, Australia and we are proud to welcome children that suffer from Asthma or Anaphylaxis.

There is a daily menu board located at the centre, and menu suggestion forms are also available. We put a huge amount of love and effort in providing quality nutritious meals, and welcome all your feedback and suggestions.

We aim to make Little Zak’s children come together and not only discover delicious ingredients, but also learn about the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits.

Brookvale – Educators

Little Zak’s recognises that its continuous quality care is mainly sourced by quality early childhood educators. This is why we take careful consideration when finding the right employees.

Each environment within our centre, has government introduced ratios to care for our children. We use this as a base to create a well running team, and to provide quality curriculums for our children to grow and develop in a positive way.

Our team of qualified educators comprise of university trained Early Childhood Teachers , Diploma trained educators, Certificate III trained educators, and individuals undertaking a traineeship, who are working on the premises while obtaining their Certificate III in Children’s Services.

To oversee the daily running of the centre, we have a Managing Director who will visit the centre often, helping give the Nominated Supervisor and other educator’s advice and knowledge in providing consistent quality programs for our children.

Our centre is run by a Nominated Supervisor, who is not necessarily counted within the ratio of educated staff, giving them the opportunity to help guide other educators, and is responsible for the daily running of the centre.

Each of our rooms are led by a designated Room Leader, along with assistants helping provide a quality environment for our children within the centre. We also have a floater within the centre, who replaces our permanent room staff off the floor, to maintain curriculums, paperwork and research quality programs.

We are continuously providing further education for our educators within the service. This is to help them gain the most up to date knowledge of how to provide a service to best suit the needs of our children.

Each of our educators undertake a First Aid Certificate, along with Asthma and Anaphylaxis training, to help care for our children while in the service, along with training on behavior management, school readiness, environmental set ups and communicating with children.

Brookvale – Contact Us

Our centre is open from 7:00am-6:00pm, Monday to Friday.

We are open for 52 weeks of the year, closing down on Public Holidays.

Please call us on 1300 339 257 to arrange a tour of the centre, alternatively complete the form below:

10 VICTOR ROAD, BROOKVALE, NSW, 2064

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