Cubbyhouse Goals

  • For children to settle in and interact appropriately with peers and build special friendships.
  • To develop positive relationships between families and staff and facilitating interaction within the program.
  • For each child to reach their potential at their own pace in all developmental areas.
  • For children to understand and be involved in the routines of Cubbyhouse.
  • To provide a warm, stimulating and fun environment for all children during their time at Cubbyhouse.

The Cubbyhouse offers you a warm welcome. It is our aim to provide an environment which is safe and includes challenging experiences with interesting materials which can be explored at the child’s own pace. One objective is that the experiences your child has while attending The Cubbyhouse, may be rewarding and happy. After all, “The Cubbyhouse is where your child will feel at home”.

The Cubbyhouse is a family owned business, managed and directed by Robert and Kristan Hartup. They purchased The Cubbyhouse Taree in 1998, The Cubbyhouse Wingham in 2004, The Cubbyhouse Kempsey in 2010, they have undertaken extensive renovations to improve the quality of all premises and provide a safe, pleasant and secure environment for families.

National Quality Framework /Early Years Learning Framework

The National Quality Framework (NQF) aims to raise quality and drive continuous improvement and consistency in education and care services through:

  • The Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations
  • The National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care (NQS)
  • a national rating and assessment process
  • streamlined regulatory arrangements
  • a national body known as the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) to oversee the new system

The National Quality Standards bring together seven key Quality Areas that are important to outcomes for children. These are:

QA1- Educational program and practice

QA2- Children’s health and safety

QA3- Physical environment

QA4- Staffing arrangements

QA5-Relationships with children

QA6- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

QA7- Leadership and service management

Belonging, Being and Becoming: the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia outlines practices to support and promote children’s learning. The aim of the EYLF is to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school.

The elements of the EYLF are practices, principles and learning outcomes.

Practices include:

  • holistic approaches
  • responsiveness to children
  • learning through play
  • intentional teaching
  • learning environments
  • cultural competence
  • continuity of learning and transitions
  • assessment for learning

Principles include:

  • secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
  • partnerships with families
  • high expectations and equity
  • respect for diversity
  • ongoing learning and reflective practice

Learning Outcomes and their sub-elements guide educators’ planning for children’s learning and include:

  • children have a strong sense of identity
  • children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • children are confident and involved learners
  • children are effective communicators

The assessment and rating process involves services reflecting on their education and care practices and developing a Quality Improvement Plan which is then submitted to the regulatory authority. The QIP and a site visit are used to form a ratings assessment.

For further information visit www.acecqa.gov.au