Early childhood is, undoubtedly, the best time for children to grow and develop. So we believe that families and educators need to capitalise on the learning opportunities that present themselves during this early period. At Buggles Beckenham, we believe that any child – no matter how young – is capable of “learning”, “doing” and “achieving“ with a little encouragement and support.
Through play based learning, children identify their innate potential, interests, preferences and skills. They can express all these through various cues like body language, art, drama, music, and dance – what has been referred to as “the hundred languages of children”. For these very reasons, we have incorporated the tenets of Reggio Emilia as an integral part of our centre philosophy.
At Buggles Beckenham, we believe that our environment plays a crucial role in the child’s development. Be it indoors or outdoors, visual and auditory cues encourage children to question, understand and create. In essence, the environment at Beckenham acts as the Third Teacher and is constantly modeled and remodeled to keep children stimulated and curious. On clear and pleasant days the children are encouraged to have fun outdoors, while on very hot days or during winter, we try and bring the outdoors into our rooms. A lot of sensory experiences are planned, as well as play activities that help the children enhance their developmental skills in the five domains – physical, intellectual, emotional, social and language.
Self-help skills are also a big part of our curriculum, as we strongly believe in building children’s sense of independence, resilience, and the ability to arrive at their own decisions from a set of alternatives or choices. We also believe that it is important for all parents to act as co-educators for their child and we value and respect all parent involvement and input into their child’s progress each day.
Our educators hold qualifications from Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services through to BA level Early Childhood Qualifications as well as speaking many languages. Our educators are professional practitioners and observe closely, listen to children carefully and give value to their ideas and then create strategies to build on their interests.
- Know each child
- Support and encourage children
- Get them to reflect on their learning
- Allow children to make mistakes and solve problems
- Research the ways in which children learn and the best practices around
- Have a clear vision and positive values which are shared by every one at Buggles
- Actively listen to the children and respect their ideas
- Foster children’s creativity
- Facilitate the time for children to build on their current knowledge and interests
- Maintain effective and attractive environments for development and learning
- Value the contributions of carers, families and parents
We hope to teach children the need for a healthy balance between “right” and “responsibility”. We strive to encourage care and respect for others and the environment and instill a sense of self-respect and joy in living through everyday learning and play.
Buggles Childcare Beckenham has proudly received an Exceeding rating under the National Quality Standards!
The National Quality Standard encompasses the 7 key quality areas that are important for children’s learning and development.
How long have you been working in childcare?
What is your favourite part of working at the centre?
I love getting to know the children and families. I love being a part of making the time they spend at our centre of benefit to them.
What qualifications do you hold?
Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I’m currently completing a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies).
What inspired you to become an educator?
I have a huge belief in value of childhood. It is a blueprint for one’s life. And I love children. They are endlessly curious, funny, uninhibited, imaginative and creative.They remind us of what is important in life and they usually see the best in the world!
What values are most important to you in your team members?
A genuine passion for working alongside children, kindness, integrity, compassion, creativity, hardworking and reliable! Our team is amazing. I am so lucky.
What message would you like to tell parents considering your centre
Our aspiration is to be a ‘home away from home’ for children and their families. A place you feel like you belong and are valued for being you. Relationships are at the heart of our centre. Our children’s relationships with their Educators is so important. Our educational programs are heavily focused on the natural world. We love plants and animals! Through our learning experiences, activities and excursions we aim to develop children’s confidence, resilience, self-identity, independence, social skills and creative thinking.
Come in and say hi – we’d love to meet you!
Our centre provides care for the following age groups:
0 – 2 years
2 – 3 years
3 – 5 years
5 – 8 years
Our service provides the following facilities:
- Morning Tea
- Afternoon Tea
- Other meals
- Petting zoo / animals
- Sustainability program
- Veggie Garden
- On-site parking
- Before and After School Care
- School Holiday Club Program
- Music program
- In-house cook
- Halal meal options
- Fully air-conditioned
- Large, natural play environments
- Water Play Area
- Early Childhood Teacher
Our centre also offers a vacation care program for children from 5-12 years old. We make life easier for our parents with extended operating hours and affordable fees. Our vacation care programs has a variety of activities with a focus on fun and learning! Your child will have endless amounts of fun with a mix of in-centre activities, indoor and outdoor play and visits to the community. Don’t miss out on a spot in our vacation care this coming holiday, Enquire today!
Testimonials and Reviews
See what some of our parents say about our centre:
“Buggies Beckenham is an amazing centre! My kids have been attending the centre for 4 years. They really achieve an excellence 5 star rating. The team there are impressive and make it a positive happy experience for the children. They have excellent programs for the children who learn well through play. The centre is extremely clean. They have excellent resources and play equipment. Great healthy food plan that caters for all cultures. Imogen the centre manager makes the children a priority. My children love going everyday. I can only say positive things and recommend you send your children to this centre.”
“I am very grateful that my little one is part of the Buggles Beckenham family. The staff are friendly and caring. They have lots of different activities for the children, I particularly like the excursions. Every time I have issues with billings, the centre manager always responds promptly. They are also very accommodating when it comes to special requests. The ladies go above and beyond their duties, which is why I am happy that they are the ones helping us raise our only daughter. Highly recommended.”
“Amazing place to send in your kids. I have been sending my kids for the past four years and now that we are moving we feel like I’m leaving behind a family. Buggles has been a constant in our lives. A very good managment, loving and supporting staff and educators and very clean. Highly recommended!!!”
“I had two of my kids attend this centre from babies to kindergarten over the last four years and I have nothing but absolute praises for all their staff, teachers and administration. The teachers are very caring, they have learning and development program for children where every play activity is designed to accomplish a learning goal. Photos, and stories of kids day at the centre are available on the app. We have absolute zero worries after dropping our kids at this centre. Their current centre manager Imogen is an absolute gem. Both our kids love being at the centre. All the Teachers here have played a really vital role in the development of our children during most important years of their lives for which I will be forever in their gratitude. And this google review will serve as a reminder to my children to be thankful for their future achievements in life to the very first teachers of their life which was at this centre.”
“The care is top notch, good facility and staff are experienced. My 2 year old always looked forward to go to day care. Would definitely recommend. Thanks Buggles Beckenham.”
We’d love to welcome you to one of our Buggles Childcare & Early Education centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Buggles Childcare Beckenham, please fill out the form below. One of our educators will then be in touch to discuss your needs.
Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place. We recommend visiting a centre for a tour and meeting our friendly educators.