Welcome to MercyCare's Early Learning Centre in Thornlie
Here's a little about us...
Our centre is conveniently located just off Spencer Road, near Thornlie train station. Since opening in 2009, we still have educators working with us to this day.
We are a 62 place centre, providing care for children between the ages of six weeks to six years old. We want children to feel like this is their home away from home; for them to feel safe and secure and build positive relationships with both educators and peers. We do this through play and a great orientation process. We want families to feel that we are an extended part of their family.
What's our Philosophy of care? We believe children learn best through play and develop the program based on individual and group needs. 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 Children's Kitchen Garden Excursions and Special Events Real Time Communication with Families Daily Menu
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.
We are a diverse, multicultural service and strongly support children in developing their sense of belonging to their community and encourage children to participate in the day care’s weekly activities as well as incursions. We have an adventurous teddy bear who spends time with a different family each week to learn about how each family spends their weekends. Recapping journal entries from the visit encourages children to learn about different cultures and lifestyles in a comfortable, fun way.
Through our partnership with MercyCare’s Residential Aged Care facility in Kelmscott, we are delighted to promote intergenerational experiences. Spending time with older Australians forms valuable bonds that many children do not have the opportunity to experience. It has also been suggested that children in intergenerational daycare programs are more patient, express more empathy, exhibit more self-control and have better manners than children in traditional programs. Creating this intergenerational opportunity means children are exposed to the traditions and wisdoms of previous generations while developing respect and empathy the for older members of the community. By creating art, listening to stories and playing games, children have a new social circle at the Early Learning Centre to share ideas and learn new skills with.
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.
“Abbie has a thirst for learning which is fuelled by being with educators that she adores, who are enthusiastic about teaching and who make learning fun…these are qualities that are inbuilt in teachers and don’t come with a diploma or degree. Thank you for giving her such a great start to her formal learning”
"Amazing centre with outstanding staff! My daughter has been here for 3 years and my son started as a new baby. The girls at Mercy have supported me through every step of my children's development and I don't know what I would do without them!"
"We felt safe leaving my son here from day one. Also, when he waved goodbye to me whilst in room for orientation day, then claps his hands and smiles when leaving... You know it's right for both of you. The staff go above and beyond treating each child as individuals yet making sure there is passion with all they do."
Leah has been at MercyCare’s Thornlie Early Learning Centre since it opened in 2009.
She has a Diploma in Children’s Services and has been working in child care since 2003.
Leah has enjoyed seeing not only the centre grow but the families who are part of it grow as well.
She’s watched the children develop and learn and really values play based learning, an area the centre has a strong focus on.
Leah has two children of her own and enjoys spending her time with them and her extended family outside of work.