Welcome to MercyCare's Early Learning Centre in Heathridge!
Here's a little about us...
Located on a quiet corner opposite Lakspur Park in Heathridge, we offer a cosy little service with 43 places for children aged between six weeks to five years old.
Our home away from home allows us to develop close, long lasting relationships with our families.
What’s our Philosophy of Care? We understand and recognise that children are active learners and learn best through play-based experiences. Our experienced educators generate reflective and responsive plans to create the potential for both intentional and spontaneous learning opportunities for children to become successful, competent and capable learners with clear understanding and connection to their sense of self, the community and the world around them.
Availability Babies Toddlers Kindergarten Program Before-and-After School Care Vacation Care Real Time Communication with Families Daily Menu Excursions and Special Events Children's Kitchen Garden
Parents at our centre love the peace of mind that comes with the app we use to communicate with them throughout the day. Xplor provides real time updates with photos about what your child is enjoying and discovering with their friends and educators.
Children of all ages also have the opportunity to contribute to our veggie and herb gardens. Not only do we teach children about where their food comes from, but they learn about how to care for things and how things grow and develop. We even have resident chickens that the children watched hatch from their eggs!
Candice who has a Diploma in Children’s Services, started her early childhood career in 1997.
She has been with MercyCare since 2002, when she took up a role at the Heathridge centre.
“It’s like a home away from home, not only for me but the children who get to spend time here with us,” she said.
Candice says the smaller size of the centre and the long-standing educators helped to create a close-knit sense of community.
She’s enjoyed building relationships with families and seeing familiar faces return when families have grown.