Belonging - Babies Room

Age Group:

The Belonging (Babies) Room caters for children aged from 6 weeks to 2 years. We provide a program that caters to your child’s age, needs and interests and love to see our families involved in the room’s program. We also have an open door policy and encourage families to participate freely within our room.

Room Educators:

Julie Conway  - I am your children’s Lead Educator in the Belonging room. I have obtained my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care but have been an part of Cribb Street as a parent but been an educator since 2015.  I have always had a passion for Early Childhood Education and this has led me to pursue this career path. My 3 children attended Cribb Street in their Kindergarten years and we live in the Sadliers Crossing Community. I have many interests which include my children’s school activities, music and sport, club hockey, camping, boating and fishing, gardening, cake decorating, wildlife preservation and my 2 Jack Russel’s, antique restorations and scrapbooking. I am looking forward to meeting your family and being a part of your child’s education journey.  

 Beverly Gamble - I am the babies assistant educator in the Belonging room. I am Diploma Qualified and joined the team in 2016. I have teenage children and enjoy spending time with them. I have a keen interest in Permaculture and gardening

Food Provided: 

Meals are provided at the centre,  Morning Tea is usually a variety of fruits, vegetables and cheese. For the babies who have not begun to eat chunky foods, pureed fruits are provided (usually pureed apples or pears). All babies are given mashed vegetables along with the lunch meal for that day. These meals alternate between sandwiches, cold meals (such as salads and cold meats) and hot meals (such as pastas etc). Once again the children who have not yet been introduced to mashed vegetables are given pureed vegetables. Afternoon tea choices include yoghurt/custard, raisin bread, crackers with cheese, muffins and scones. Pureed fruits are also supplied once again for children not introduced to solid/chunky foods.

Water is available for the children throughout the day and full cream cow’s milk is provided at morning or afternoon tea. If your child does not drink cow’s milk water will be supplied at lunch time or you may supply a different milk i.e. goats, rice etc. Formula is NOT supplied by the centre so this needs to be provided by parents.

If your child has any special dietary requirements please let us know and we can attempt to incorporate these into our menus. Alternatively, you may want to supply meals for your child while at the centre.

What to bring/provide:

In the Belonging Room we encourage you to bring a named bag for your child containing -

  • 3 sets of Spare Clothes- singlets tee-shirts shorts pants jumpers and winter vest (weather appropriate).
  • Shoes and/or socks for winter.
  • Well fitted set of cot sheets (fitted and flat)
  • Any comfort items (dummies, blankets, teddies they may sleep with). Pillows are not encouraged.
  • 6-8 Nappies per day (alternatively you can bring a whole packet of nappies to the centre which will be named and you will be notified when they are running low).
  • If on formula or breast milk; a bottle with a cap which is named and to be left at the centre.
  • Formula in a divider container, enough for your child throughout the day (or bring a tin of formula which will be named and dated, once again you will notified when it is running low).
  • Family photo. This can be emailed for us to print.
  • For children that can walk you are asked to provide a rain coat and water proof shoes for all types of weather play. So much fun jumping in puddles...

We supply bucket hats for your child to participate in outside play and cot sheets for sleep time.

Room Philosophy

In the Belonging (Babies) Room we believe that children should be provided with a safe, secure and enjoyable environment which provides experiences that cater for children’s individual needs and interests. We encourage learning through play based experiences in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments while incorporating the principles, practices and learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework. We encourage the babies, as they become older to explore self-help skills.