At Bambini Caloundra, we offer nutritious meals every day, prepared by our chef. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included. Our food is seasonal, and meal plans are designed following healthy eating guidelines. They are prepared by a chef certified in Food Handling and Safety. There is a wide selection of nutritious and appealing options on offer for children. A typical day’s meals can include fruit for morning tea, followed by pasta bolognaise or chicken and vegetable soup for lunch, and yoghurt or crackers with dips for afternoon tea. . Our meals cater to all dietary requirements, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, and preservative-free requirements.
Our chef is also a qualified early childhood educator. In the kindergarten program, children can participate in discussions about healthy food with our chef. They learn about the nutritional benefits of ingredients, developing an appreciation for their health and wellbeing. In line with our child- centred approach to learning, children are also able provide input into meal planning.
Children can try activities like drawing, painting, art and crafts. In addition, they can grab a book or two from our ‘book corner.’ We also provide a ‘home corner’ as a play option. Children can also get involved in the drama section, play ‘office’ with a computer, or play ‘shops’ with a cash register. Children love to use their imaginations, and we’re here to encourage them.
As a Sunshine Coast centre, Bambini Caloundra kids love to play outdoors! We offer wonderful outdoor facilities for children at our centre to enjoy. We have two ongoing fitness programs, Sporty Tops and Kindy Tennis, to ensure children get to partake in a variety of active and fun activities every week. In addition to outdoor sports, children can contribute to our vegetable and herb garden, play outside in the mud kitchen, or simply play on our play equipment.
- Emergency Services visits
- Sporty Tops
- Kindy Tennis
- Kindergarten graduation ceremony
- Summer waterpark play
- Book Week
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day and many more!
- Bells Reach Community Gardens
- Unity College in Caloundra West
There are many annual events we use as opportunities to model diversity and understanding of other cultures. These are wonderful occasions where we can come together as a community to celebrate.
Annual cultural events:
- NAIDOC Week
- Australia Day
- Multicultural Day
- Reconciliation Week
- Day for Daniel
We believe children can benefit from learning about our environment and sustainable living skills. We teach sustainability at our Caloundra centre, with different bins in use – recycle, compost and waste. We also run excursions to the Bells Reach Community Gardens, where we maintain a plot in the community garden.
Children with Additional Needs
We welcome all children with a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds or needs. If your child requires extra medical, emotional or learning support, we will tailor our care for them and work closely with you to ensure they have a smooth transition into our centre. This includes seeking support from other networks or professionals to bridge any gaps in our service delivery.
Some of the additional needs and support which can be provided at our centre include but are not limited to:
- English as a second language
- Autism spectrum
- Physical disabilities
- Minor or serious medical conditions
- Emotional issues
Our team cultivates a warm atmosphere of inclusion through continuous improvement and open communication. We are confident that your child will benefit from our dedicated approach to care and education.
Please speak to our staff about your child’s individual needs and how we can accommodate them.
Together we can create a plan to help them reach their full potential.
Child Safety & Welfare
All aspects of our operations are in line with the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. This includes our Health and Safety policy. All educators follow our health and safety policies and procedures and have access to these online.
We understand that leaving your child in someone else’s care is a difficult thing to do. We assure you that safety is our top priority and our educators follow safety practices every day.
At all times, we ensure that our centre is secure and free of hazards, both inside and out. Fire drills and UV checks are a regular part of our informed approach to safety. We emphasise safety education by creating an atmosphere of safety awareness in all aspects of the day. You will see visual safety guides around our centre, such as our sun smart posters. These tools support our lessons about safety, which we discuss as part of the curriculum. We take every opportunity to act as role models, pointing out tripping or slipping hazards and putting hats and sunscreen on for outdoor play. We talk about stranger danger so that children can build awareness and can freely talk to us if they are scared or worried. We aim to teach children to think about their own safety habitually too.