February Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly Newsletter and Happy Chinese New Year, what a busy start to the year it has been. Welcome to our new families we hope you enjoy your time at Underwood. 

This month has seen us go through Assessment and Rating  on the 6th & 8th February, with all the educators welcoming the chance  to show our governing body the great work we are striving to achieve here every day. I will let you all know the outcome of this assessment when we receive the final report.  

We have celebrated Chinese New Year with Mimi cooking up some very tasty Chinese inspired dishes. many of the children trying some of these for the first time and also using chop sticks for the first time. The children also enjoyed dressing up in traditional costumes for the occasion. 

Before School and After School Care bus service. At present we are dropping off and picking up from Eight Mile Plains State School, we will be starting this service to and from St Peters Catholic School on Monday 11th February. If you would like your school aged child to attend any of these sessions please let the office know or if you know families at the school that might be interested in the service please send them over to talk to our bus driver or they could pop into the centre any day for enrolment forms. 

Book Club  

Book Club is due Monday 18th February 

Extra Curriculum Activities 

We offer Grasshopper Soccer on Wednesday mornings and Ha Dee Ho Music on Thursday morning, brochures for both can be found in the office with pricing and extra information about the lessons.  

Review of our Centre Philosophy 

Each year we ask families to review our centre philosophy, to make sure you feel we are still being true to our believes and to provide change if  and when it may be needed below is our current philosophy please have a read and let us know if you would like to change anything or even if you like it. 

Centre Philosophy

Here at Underwood Early Learning Centre we believe Early education is fundamental for future learning, and we aim to deliver quality care to our families.

The heart of our learning program is built on the principles of The Early Years Learning Framework: Belonging, Being and Becoming.

We welcome people from all domination to join us on this journey, to share their believes and cultural uniqueness.

The Child

We offer a safe and supportive environment where children are valued and encouraged to develop to their full potential. We will do this through providing an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming, nurturing and enjoyable with plenty of play and laughter.

Interactions with children will be positive, constructive and always encouraging. Team members will role model the behaviors that we are teaching the children.

Will provide children with a regular routine where they will be given adequate time for meals and rest and will provide experiences which will give each child the opportunity to explore music and movement, language, science and art.

All children will have an equal opportunity to learn and will be respected and not discriminated against no matter what gender, age, ability, economic status, family structure, ethnicity, lifestyle, religion, culture or language

Role of Family

  • Families are children's first and most influential teachers therefore learning outcomes are best achieved when educators, families and children collaborate and experiences are relevant to children in their local context.
  • We respect the diversity of families and communities to foster children's motivation to learn and to reinforce children's sense of selves as competent learners.

The Environment

To provide a total learning environment where children are free to observe, question, experiment and explore. Our programs will be led by the children's interests with opportunities for children to interact with nature and the world around them.

Healthy choices

We believe it is essential to provide a variety of good food and nutrition to help the children grow, develop, learn and establish lifelong healthy eating habits. We aim to help families to extend this into their daily life as well. We provide opportunities for children to learn new ways to move and be physically active each day.

To be reviewed by May 2019


Centre Representative:

Head Office Representative:

References Australian Department of Education

Early Years Learning Framework

United Nations Rights of Children

Australian Early Childhood Code of Ethics

ACECQA National Quality Standards



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