The Centre

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". -- Nelson Mandela

  • Yass Little Learners is a 100 place centre for ages 6 weeks to 6 years
  • Open from 7.00am - 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)
  • Open 52 weeks a year

Our Facilities

At Yass Little Learners, we understand the important role the environment plays in children's learning. The centre has been architecturally designed to create an environment that is safe, nurturing and stimulating where children are encouraged to discover, explore and imagine. This enables children to develop their own ideas, to discover, explore, and construct their own sense of agency.

There are 2 main buildings linked by a covered walkway. The 2 nurseries are accommodated in one building with their own dedicated outdoor environment and the older children and administration, together with a dedicated art room are accommodated in the larger building. The older children have the opportunity to explore in 2 larger outdoor environments.

Outdoor play areas include:

  • Mud kitchen
  • Chicken coop
  • Play bridges
  • Tepee’s
  • Edible garden
  • Sensory boards
  • Mirrors
  • Sandpit
Yass Little Learners | The Centre | Nursery

Nursery

Two rooms accommodating 12 babies in each room
aged from 6 weeks to 18 months

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Tiny Tots

16 children
aged 18 months – 2 years

Yass Little Learners | The Centre | Toddler

Toddler

17 children
aged 2 – 3 years

Yass Little Learners | The Centre | Junior Preschool

Junior Preschool

21 children
aged 3 - 4 years

Yass Little Learners | The Centre | Preschool

Preschool

22 children
aged 4 - 6 years

Extra-Curricular Programs

Yass Little Learners provides extra-curricular programs daily for 2-5 year olds. We are pleased to announce partnerships with the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium of Music and Mighty Mites Health.

The Goulburn Regional Conservatorium’s “Melodia” program is an instrument-based program designed around the Early Years Learning Framework of play-based learning. Each week children are taken on a musical journey exploring the core concepts of music through musical games, singing, dancing, fun puppet friends, and a wide range of musical instruments which are cycled through weekly.

Instruments are an important part of learning music, providing new sensory experiences for babies as well as a fun platform for expression and play for older toddlers and young children. Melodia's aim is to provide children with a solid introduction to a wide range of musical instruments, as well as an understanding of core musical concepts so the children have a strong foundation of music to build on when they enter the next stage of learning in primary school.

Click here for more information about Melodia.

Mighty Mites Health is a complete health and wellbeing program for 2-5 year old children, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle in a fun and creative way!

Participating in Mighty Mites Health helps children to:

  • Optimise the development of motor skills
  • Enhance social skills, confidence and self esteem
  • Improve fitness, strength, balance and coordination
  • Learn about the muscles, bones and organs of the body
  • Develop an understanding of healthy eating and healthy habits
  • Empowers young minds to lead a happy, healthy life
  • most of all - its lots of FUN!

Might Mites Sport is a physical activity program for 2-5 year olds, developing sports skills in a fun and imaginative way.

The program:

Optimise the development of motor skills

Develops motor skills required for sports

  • Shares knowledge on the rules and techniques of a variety of sports
  • Discusses healthy habits as they relate to being active
  • Utilises the fun character Sport Mite to engage the Children
  • Uses fun age appropriate sports props – perfect for little hands
  • Encourages an understanding of the muscles used in sports
  • Inspires children to be active

Might Mites will run classes each week, on-site at Yass Little Learners. Mighty Mites will offer 2 different programs each week; the first is Mighty Mites Sport:- a physical activity program, developing sport skills in a fun, imaginative way and secondly Might Mites Health:- a holistic health and well-being program, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

For more information about Mighty Mites and their programs click here.

Drama Mites is an exciting Drama program for boys and girls between the ages of 2-5 that teaches skills relating to Drama- singing, dancing, acting, performing- in a fun and creative way.

Our goal is to develop children’s confidence and to develop a strong foundation in Drama. During the classes, the children will join the character Drama Mite on exciting adventures where they’ll be encouraged to use their imagination and creativity; we’ll challenge their dance skills and ability to hear various tempos and themes in music and we’ll use lots of props to further inspire their creativity.

All in all, Drama Mites is a class jam-packed with fun each week! After each class your child will take home a colouring in handout which will also summarise the main points of each class so that parents can follow their progress throughout the term.

Nutrition

Good nutrition is very important for the development and growth of young children. Our age-appropriate, balanced menus are as delicious as they are nutritional. Our menus incorporate a wide range of fruit, vegetables, legumes and proteins and focusing on meals with low GI complex carbohydrates, low added sugar and unsaturated fats. Our qualified onsite cook ensures that dietary requirements are met, including those for children with allergies, those who are vegetarian or have other special requirements. Our premises and procedures strictly comply with all food safety regulations.

We also understand that meal-times are just as important as the food. When children gather together to eat and drink, an opportunity for social and language development exists along with the support of self-help and hygiene skills.

At Yass Little Learners we provide breakfast for the early starters, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and a late snack at the end of the day.

Breakfast 7.00 am
Morning Tea 9.30 am
Lunch 11.45 am
Afternoon Tea 2.30 pm
Late snack 5.30 pm

During breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, milk and water are offered as beverages and at lunch water is provided. Click here to view a sample weekly menu.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Yass Little Learners is a nut-free centre - treats for birthdays etc, must be in the manufacturers original packaging and given at the discretion of the lead eductaor of the room.
Food at Yass Little Learners

Our Fee Structure

At Yass Little Learners we provide high quality care in an age appropriate early childhood learning environment. Yass Little Learners is fully equipped with new, state-of-the-art facilities. The fee structure reflects the standard of care and education, the calibre of staff and the variety of extra curricula experiences provided daily for the children. At Yass Little Learners our fee structure is all-inclusive:

Yass Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

Nutritious food prepared by on-site cook

Yass Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

Special dietary needs catered for

Yass Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

Milk and formula

Yass Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

Nappies

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Bedding linen

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School bag

Yass Little Learners | The Centre - Fee Structure

Daily extra-curricular experiences

Child Care Subsidy Changes

As of July 2, the Federal Government introduced its new Child Care Subsidy (CCS). This new subsidy replaced the existing Child Care Rebate (CCR) and Child Care Benefit (CCB).

The CCS helps eligible families to access who use approved and registered child care, by subsidising some of the cost. This subsidy could be as high as 85% of the cost of child care.

Below is some information on the CCS and you can visit the Department of Human Services website for more information.

For instructions on how to confirm your child's enrolment details for Child Care Subsidy go to this Human Services page

How is the CCS calculated?

The CCS is calculated by a number of factors such as:

  • Activity Level (see graph 1)
    The amount of recognised activities completed in a fortnight such as paid work, study, volunteering.
  • Combined Family Income (see graph 2)
  • Service Type and Hourly Rates
    The type of service you are using such as long day care or outside school hours care.

Additional Child Care Subsidy

The Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) is in place to provide additional support with the cost of child care for eligible families. This payment replaces the Special Child Care Benefit (SCCB), Grandparents Child Care Benefits (GCCB), Benefit and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JET).

Why is there a 5% withholding on my payments?

Some families are unable to estimate their income accurately ahead of time, so Centrelink withhold 5% of your CCS each fortnight to reduce the likelihood of overpayment.

This means if you overestimated your family income and didn’t receive enough CCS, the outstanding amount will be paid directly to you. This will include the 5% payment withheld over the year.

If you underestimated your annual family income you may have a debt which you’ll need to pay back. The 5% amount withheld will be used to reduce the debt.

 

Graph 1: Hours of Activity

Graph 1

Graph 2: Combined Family Income

Graph 2