Botanica Early Learning Centre is a boutique childcare centre, located in Highton, Victoria, that offers a unique early learning and funded Kindergarten experience for children aged between 3 months to school age.
Our programs have been developed to understand the balance between education and play. We are largely influenced by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) learning and our resources have been carefully selected to enhance the growth and development of your child, and tostimulate their creativity and exploration.
We utilise the Early Years Learning Framework to ensure that children are prepared cognitively, socially and emotionally for primary school.
Our architecturally designed Centre has been built with consideration of children’s physical, social, cognitive and emotional development as we believe that a free flowing, fun learning environment is ideally suited to your child’s growth and wellbeing.
Our facility is equipped with specialised educational materials and large interactive internal and external spaces designed to engage children’s interest, as well as develop their confidence and enthusiasm for learning.
Our philosophy embraces the children, families, Educators, community and the environment. It is important to all of us at Botanica to practice what we promise and we are confident that you will feel at home within our Centre.
We believe in providing a nurturing and engaging environment that helps children develop a love of exploration, play and learning.
To achieve this, we have developed a program focused on learning and growth, that provides high quality care and education.
Our Educators are trained in our program and are selected based on their love of teaching children and their fit into our culture and our team.
We believe good nutrition is essential to the health and wellbeing of each child. This will help each child be active participants in their growth and development and the promotion of healthy food choices. Our in-house kitchen provides a nutritionally balanced menu prepared on our premises each day.
We offer a seasonal, four-week rotating menu that includes a variety of multicultural foods. Children at Botanica are provided with breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late fruit snack.
Healthy, Fresh & Local
Our fresh fruit and produce is sourced from local suppliers, as well as from our own fruit trees and veggie patches.
We have a weekly Centre gardener who determines the schedule of our vegetable planting.
All meals follow a menu supported by Nutrition Australia and are prepared fresh on the premises by an experienced cook.
The food prepared and provided to the children comply with Food Standards Australia, the Building Code of Australia and the Food Act 1984 (as a class 1 Commercial kitchen).
To make sure increase the nutritional benefits in our meals, we reduce the amount of white carbohydrates and sugar given to the children. We use a lot of brown rice, wholemeal flour, as well as vegetable-based ingredients as a preference.
During various cultural celebrations children have opportunities to help cook special meals for the day.