Scallywags opened in its current location in 1986, offering long day are for 41 children from 6 weeks to 5 years, with limited occasional care available for half days. The centre is centrally located in the heart of Bathurst, behind the ambulance station, with a view of Haymarket Reserve. Scallywags is committed to supporting the needs of families and children by providing high quality care and early childhood education.
There are three rooms in the centre, each staffed by experienced and qualified educators. Our staff turnover rate is very low with over half the educators being at the centre for more than ten years. The Tiny Teddies room has 10 children under 2 years with 3 educators. The Teddies room has 15 children, between the ages of 2-3 and a half, with 3 educators; and the Pre School room cater for children who are eligible to go to school the following year, with university educated teachers.
The educators use their diverse knowledge and years of experience to promote and support children’s learning through creating physical and social learning environments which allow for positive interactions and learning to occur. Educators at Scallywags provide a child focussed educational program, where children’s interests are supported and extended. Play based learning enables children to develop their creativity, imagination, resourcefulness and persistence through negotiation, turn taking and relationships and social interactions.
The Pre School room plans a Transition to School program in the second half of the year, with additional play based experiences to promote children’s emerging literacy and numeracy and an emphasis of developing children’s independence, listening and self help skills.
The centre has a leafy playground with many natural elements, providing children with opportunities to explore and investigate, with dirt and rocks, sand, mud and water and assist in the vegetable garden. The children help to care for the fruit and vegetables, and harvest the produce for the cook to use in their meals.
All meals are provided and the kitchen caters for children with food allergies and special dietary needs. The centre follows the guidelines for healthy eating supporting the messages from Munch and Move.
Scallywags supports sustainable practices, with solar panels for electricity and water, recycling bins in the rooms, use of recycled materials in the rooms and interaction of the natural environment.
The location provides the educators with opportunities for the children to visit the shops, post office, art gallery and library, Chinese restaurant and Annie’s Ice Cream as well as the local parks. These experiences support a program of visiting performers to the centre, including Taronga Zoo, Little Scientist and drama performances.