As a new parent the word ‘childcare’ can be a complicated word. At a time when emotions can be running high at the thought of parting from your little one, all too often finding childcare can be a lottery of where your child sits on the waiting list, let alone finding one to suit your family’s values and ideals of early education and enjoyment. Local mum Michelle Davies knows this all too well. When it came to finding childcare for her own little people, she struggled to find a daycare that was convenient for home and work and fitted with her aspirations for her children. You need to know this one thing about Michelle: when she sees a problem she won’t rest until she’s come up with a solution … so she’s built her own childcare centre.
The result is Little + Co soon to open on Thynne Rd, close to the local park, police station, ambulance station and Beelarong community garden. Little + Co was inspired by Michelle and her partner’s desire for their own young children to be safe in an educationally focussed, beautiful environment that was part of the community that they love so much. Their dream encompassed the centre building strong links to the community through outings in their ‘hot wheels super prams’ specially purchased for the purpose whilst involving family members in the day to day activities of raising children.
The centre is a small, boutique operation with 5 activity rooms from 6 months to school age staffed by a passionate team of educators. Education is at the heart of Little + Co with every facet of the building and furniture being considered for its tactile, curated opportunities of function and form from shadow making shade structures through to water and mud kitchen play outside areas. Its kindergarten program is led by highly experienced, local, fully qualified early childhood teachers for both 3 – 4 year olds and 4 – school age in Junior and Senior Kindy Studios offering many children two years of pre-school prep which is so often needed for children’s emotional maturity before starting school.
Long-loved local music school Wee Make Music is partnering with Little + Co to deliver a musical program for every age group as music has been proven to be integral to children’s learning and well-being. The children’s nutritional needs will be met by a fully qualified chef preparing meals in a commercial kitchen with food sourced from local suppliers and the daycare centre’s own garden where children can put their Green Fingers to good use. Little + Co’s chef is also looking at other ways he can make working parent life easier (pick up snack packs, anyone?)
There’s a famous saying “It takes a village to raise a child” and Michelle and Simon are determined that Little + Co will be our village centre for their own children and for yours. There are limited vacancies remaining from opening (anticipated to be in late October 2018) so for more information, contact Michelle and Little + Co’s Director, Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org or express interest in a particular studio for your child through Little + Co’s website www.littleandco.net.au.