Vision
We endeavour to set every child up for success in their future by embracing every learning experience they have inside and outside the Choklits Community. Reminding all who interact with children that Learning is Everywhere!

Mission
Our aim is to see your child grow from dependence to independence and develop an active, positive and constructive approach to life. The social skills your child will develop will leave him/her in good stead when it comes to starting school. We will provide practical support, assistance and information to parents on childhood development and aim to build mutual trust between all children and between children and staff.
curriculum

In addition to the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework (VEYLF), the standard curriculum which every government-funded Early Learning Centre must follow, Choklits does things big, really big!

Choklits fee inclusions :
  • Sports program tailored for each age group (Mondays)
  • Music and Movement Lessons (Tuesdays)
  • Yoga Tuition (Fridays)
  • Weekly Library Excursions and language classes for our Kindergarten children
  • All meals, nappies and consumables
  • All additional incursions throughout the year, in the past 12 months that has included: animal experts, drama and dancing, indigenous awareness, animal farm visit, dentist visit, photographer visit, road safety awareness, pet awareness, water safety awareness, a visit from Father Christmas and our annual Christmas concert and BBQ.
  • A welcome pack and sun hat
A big space for flourishing minds.

It is within these nurturing and stimulating environments, our highly qualified educators implement the Choklits curriculum; an educational framework which is led by the interest of the child to build knowledge and critical thinking. This high quality educational program encompasses literacy, numeracy, science, art, music, and language and is under-pinned by a focus on social and emotional development. This contemporary approach to learning sets the platform for successful transition to school and successful life-long learning.

Choklits follows the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework (VEYLF) and Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), please click here for further Choklits specific information.

A Partnership with Parents

Parents and families are always welcome to visit Choklits Child Care Centre. Our ‘open-door’ policy encourages parents to visit us and discuss their child’s progress.
The benefits of a supportive relationship between home and Choklits cannot be over-emphasised, as children develop confidence and a healthy understanding of themselves and others in a social context which respects and recognises individual differences.

The Environment

Choklits is most often described as “homely”. We have a humongous backyard and believe in large amounts of outdoor play. When you visit Choklits you’ll hear constant laughter, children singing, playing and busy at work. Over lunch, you’ll smell the home cooking and hear young voices cooperating and planning, discussing and sharing.

Music & Movement

Music and movement are an integral part of each room’s program on a daily basis. The aim of the music program is to familiarise children with instruments, different forms of music, dancing and songs as well as group participation and interaction. Movement develops gross motor skills, co-ordination and cognitive skills. Additionally and complimentary, we offer a weekly music incursion offered by specialist outside music teachers.

A Partnership with Parents

Parents and families are always welcome to visit Choklits Child Care Centre. Our ‘open-door’ policy encourages parents to visit us and discuss their child’s progress.
The benefits of a supportive relationship between home and Choklits cannot be over-emphasised, as children develop confidence and a healthy understanding of themselves and others in a social context which respects and recognises individual differences.

The Environment

Choklits is most often described as “homely”. We have a humungous backyard and believe in large amounts of outdoor play. When you visit Choklits you’ll hear constant laughter, children singing, playing and busy at work. Over lunch, you’ll smell the home cooking and hear young voices cooperating and planning, discussing and sharing.

Music & Movement

Music and movement are an integral part of each room’s program on a daily basis. The aim of the music program is to familiarise children with instruments, different forms of music, dancing and songs as well as group participation and interaction. Movement develops gross motor skills, co-ordination and cognitive skills. Additionally and complimentary, we offer a weekly music incursion offered by specialist outside music teachers.

Funded Kindergarten Program

Choklits has a funded four-year-old kindergarten program run by Wei Xing who holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Our Kindergarten programs are the same as council run Kindergartens and private schools. The difference is we operate from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, are open 52 weeks of the year including all school holidays and cater for all family and work situations. We opened our brand new Kindergarten Room in June, 2018. Here’s a look inside –

Governance & Our rating

At Choklits we are guided by the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 and Education and Services National Law Act 2010.

Governance arrangements

Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA)

  • Oversees implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF).
  • Makes the Education and Care National Regulations.
  • Appoints members of AECQA Board.

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

  • Guides the implementation of the NQF.
  • Publishes guides and resources for the sector, parents and the community, approved providers, approved education and care services and their ratings and certified supervisors.
  • Promotes the consistent application of the National Law across all states and territories.
  • Provides national oversight of the NQF and ensures consistency.

State / Territory based Regulatory Authority
Approved providers, services and certified supervisors will primarily interact with the Regulatory Authority in your state.
The State Regulatory Authority will:

  • Administer the NQF
  • Issue approvals and supervisor certificates
  • Assess services against the National Quality Standard
  • Monitor and enforce the National Law
  • Review and investigate complaints
Rating and Assessment

All centres, Australia wide, are assessed by their state/territory regulatory authority to ensure that they are meeting the National Quality Standards. Choklits has recently been through this process and have obtained the rating of ‘meeting national quality standards’.

Funding

Choklits is an approved provider eligible for all the Government funded Child Care Subsidy, please click here for further Choklits specific information.
Our Kindergarten program is also funded by the Government, please click here for further Choklits specific information.

Facilities

The site of Choklits Child Care Centre was originally an old homestead which has now been converted into an Early Learning Centre boasting one of the biggest outdoor natural playgrounds in Melbourne.

The Nursery

Our Nursery caters for up to 12 children aged between 6wks-15mths, cared for by a qualified room leader and two assistants. Upon enrolment into our Nursery, parents are given routine forms to complete which help us gain knowledge and understanding about each baby’s individual routine. Our goal is to provide a warm, safe and trusting environment for the babies, making them feel at home. Educators follow the routines given by the parents and meet with parents regularly as routines change. Outside, the babies have a brand new colourful playground keeping them safe and secure. The Nursery also has a separate sleep room.

The Pre-Toddler Room

Our Pre-Toddler Room caters for up to 16 children aged 15-24 months. The room consists of two qualified educators and 2 assistants. The program ensures that each child’s individual needs are met while they gain confidence in their exploration of their environment. Programming includes a variety of music and movement, story time, creative and sensory activities and plenty of outdoor experiences.

The Toddler Room

Our Toddler Room caters for up to 28 children aged 2-3 years. The room consists of two qualified educators and 2 assistants. The program ensures that each child’s individual needs are met while they gain confidence in their exploration of their environment. Programming includes a variety of music and movement, story time, creative and sensory activities and plenty of outdoor experiences.

The Pre-Kindergarten

Our 3-4 year old Kindergarten class caters for up to 17 children and we employ one kindergarten teacher who hold a Bachelor of Education and have two assistants. They all have access to one of the biggest outdoor natural playgrounds in Melbourne. This enormous outdoor playground invites young people to explore and investigate in a variety of spaces for socialisation, while the indoors provide ever changing worlds of interactive learning for a child’s eye view of the world. The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten groups also have their own private yard which includes their own vegetable garden and provision for extended projects and learning through loose parts play.

The Kindergarten

Our government funded 4-6 year old Kindergarten caters for up to 17 children and we employ one kindergarten teacher who hold a Bachelor of Education and one assistant. Our focus in this class is to build the children’s confidence and resilience in preparation for school. The children take on more leadership roles across the centre and are taken out into their broader community through excursions to start to making sense of the world around them and to learn how to navigate through it. They all have access to one of the biggest outdoor natural playgrounds in Melbourne. This enormous outdoor playground invites young people to explore and investigate in a variety of spaces for socialisation, while the indoors provide ever changing worlds of interactive learning for a child’s eye view of the world. The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten groups also have their own private yard which includes their own vegetable garden and provision for extended projects and learning through loose parts play.
our team
Sam De Mel
Pre-Kindergarten Educator
Sammy Faulks
Educator
Fiona Geng
Kindergarten Teacher
Leonie Mapperson
Pre-Toddler Room Leader
Fionna Hird
Educator
Elly Husdon
Educator
Kelli Membrey
Educator
Mel Judd
Toddler Room Leader
Elena Ermakova
Educator
Sarah Boland
Educator
Christine Picone
Kindergarten Assistant
Amy Magoga
Toodler Room Educator
Wei Xing
Kindergarten Teacher
Talia Waters
Educator
Phoebe Chen
Educator
Cassandra Godfrey
Pre-Kindergarten Room leader
Tracey Perkins
Educator and Centre Operations Manager
Diane Collard
Nursery Educator
Jodi McVea
Nursery Room Leader and Educational Leader
Jade Ingleby
Centre Owner
Sue Brewer
Centre Director
Helen Rooney
Choklits Chef
Our Partners

Choklits is proud to hop, skip, jump, walk, run and fly alongside many organisations who are working with our youngest Australians and investing in tomorrow’s leaders.

Some of the organisations we are currently supporting include: