Conder Early Childhood Service
A nurturing service in the heard of the Lanyon community
Conder is a 47-place centre located in the Lanyon Valley. We have called the Lanyon Valley home since 1994 and we are deeply connected to our local community. We care for children age six weeks to five years.
The Centre has a strong relationship with Charles Conder Primary School. Not only do we offer before and after school care arrangements for children attending the pre-school, but we foster the smooth transition to school by participating in regular visits to the school throughout the year.
The team at Conder commit to providing a warm, nurturing, high-quality experiences through collaborative partnerships with their families and community.
Megan has 30 years’ experience in early childhood education. In addition to her early childcare qualifications, Megan holds an Advanced Diploma and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Beginning her career in early learning as an Assistant Educator, Meghan realised her professional interest was in education and becoming an advocate for children. Throughout her professional career, she had been fortunate to enjoy many leadership roles, enjoying 10 years as a Director and more recently as acting Area Manager.
She develops strong working relationships with her team by providing them with ongoing leadership and supporting them to complete their studies. She is passionate about advocating for children, families and the wider community.
She believes that every child has the right to feel safe and secure and focuses on providing children with a rich environment where they feel safe to explore, initiate learning and express themselves.
Conder’s rich educational program offers indoor and outdoor play in a natural home-like environment. Sibling and family connections are supported through mixed-age play.
We have three rooms:
• Earth Room is the nursery
• Water Room is for toddlers
• Sky room is for preschool-age children.
Our learning environments are designed to be welcoming and inviting, so that every child feels comfortable, safe and secure to explore, discover and make choices and decisions. They reflect and enrich the lives and identity of children and families while being responsive to their interests and needs.
The physical aspects of our environments support each child’s physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive needs.
At Conder, we focus on meaningful relationships with our children and their families, promoting a strong sense of belonging. These relationships are supported through the continuity of long-term educators and small group sizes in our educational spaces.
We believe children are capable and competent learners that construct their meaning of the world around them. We believe that children learn through play and that play can take many forms.
We also believe that the environment is the third teacher and the resources we provide reflect the children’s interests and strengths and are inclusive of all children regardless of cultural background or ability.
We believe that establishing effective partnerships with families will better inform our practice, as families are the first educators of their children.
We always strive to engage positively with our families and the wider Conder community. We know that nothing occurs in isolation, and the community in which we live and work has an important impact on our lives and those of the families and children.