Statement of Philosophy
Lindfield Activity Centre is an Out of School Hours Care Centre, that strives to cater to the needs of the Lindfield Public School community. Our aim as a not-for-profit organisation is to provide accessible and affordable quality care in a welcoming and nurturing environment. This is achieved through an inclusive child-centred program, quality staffing and the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices.
We believe that the children who attend our centre should participate in a program that reflects their diverse interests. We value play based learning and the opportunity it creates for children to explore, experiment and engage with one another in our environments. Our hope is that through our program we can acknowledge our children’s ideas, whilst utilising the knowledge of our Educators to create moments of intentional and spontaneous learning.
LAC strives for the inclusion of all children who attend our service. We understand that each child has differing needs and that everyone develops in different ways. We are committed to supporting all children to access opportunities regardless of their diverse circumstances and abilities.
At LAC we recognise the importance of establishing healthy lifestyle choices with children from a young age. We understand that this is crucial to developing a strong sense of wellbeing and confident identities. We aim to establish this through healthy eating, hygiene modelling and providing ample opportunities for active play. We aim to empower children to cook, prepare and serve their own meals. This provides opportunities for intentionality while cooking to talk about healthy food choices and hygienic practice.
As a community based service we recognise that every child’s sense of being and belonging is shaped by their family’s culture and the diversity within our community. Therefore, we encourage families to be involved in ongoing programming and evaluating. We also strive to be active participants within our community by networking with other OSHC services, utilising professional learning and support networks.
Lindfield Activity Centre is located on the lower grounds of Lindfield Public School. We have access to a large outdoor environment that includes play equipment and large open spaces that promote exploration and imagination in a natural environment. Our indoor environment provides the children with access to a variety of activities and resources to stimulate their learning and autonomy.
Number of Places
The centre can cater the following places for our programs:
Before School Care: 110
After School Care: 155
Vacation Care: 110
Staff : Child Ratios
We operate in accordance with the recommended ratio of 1 staff member to 15 children whilst at the centre. Whilst on excursion we oprate in accordance with the recommended ratio of 1 staff member to 8 children.
Hours of Operation
Before School Care: 7:15am - 9:00am
After School Care: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Vacation care: 7:15am - 6:00pm