The decision to put my son into child care was not one I took lightly. It was a huge leap, with a 1 year old who had only ever known Mum, and was breastfed to sleep. I looked into family day care, long day care, occasional care, babysitting and family arrangements, but with work commitments the casual approach didn’t work out. So I chose a centre I loved.
As a Ballarat local, driving 10 minutes bothers me, and I’ve long wished for care on my side of town where I could walk or ride. So when Village Early Education came up, I was in! But seeing them develop their new centre, I’ve realised they are WAY MORE than just child care. And I love this!
I visited a couple of weeks ago to see the progress, as a mum interested in enrolling my (now 2.5 year old) son, so obviously some things were of particular importance to me.
Location, yes! They are opposite the Eureka Stockade on Eureka Street, so for me this is brilliant. And from the moment I walked in the door it felt open, fresh, friendly and natural. The style of the brand new building pays homage to nature and the furnishings, toys and equipment are largely timber, metal, cloth and other natural materials. It is obvious the centre is conscious of environment, sustainability and the child’s imagination.
Back inside is a shared dining hall, where all the children come together for meals on their tiny timber chairs and tables. It’s so adorable. All food is prepared by in house chefs and the big question for me was catering to dietary requirements, which of course, is no drama.
And although it’s not time for us, it’s great to know that Village Early Education are an approved, funded kindergarten. So for kinder drop offs, I have the option to pair it in with full day care and continue working similar hours.
After meeting Emily, the amazing woman behind Village Early Education, I am confident they are not just ticking boxes. Emily’s background and belief in childhood learning and development is inspiring, which is cemented by the inclusion of a Second Language Program (Chinese), and Sports & Healthy Living Program. There are so many layers to the care they provide our kids.
I encourage you to get down to Village Early Education and have a look for yourself. Chris, the Centre Director is just lovely and has over 40 years in the industry around Ballarat. So she is just beaming with pride at this beautiful new centre that really exceeds all the expectations she has had over the years.
If you’re unsure about daycare, or wanting a new centre, have a look. You won’t regret it.