Bursting with incredible potential, babies absorb the wonder of the world around them. They are filled with curiosity as they play, listen, learn and explore.
At Harmony, we’re different than other centres because we take special care in ensuring your baby has a safe, secure and encouraging environment for their growth and development.
We are committed to the daily wellbeing of your baby and foster a sense of home right at our centre.
Nursery (0-2 years)
Our early childhood educators greet each new baby with love and wonder. They learn about, carefully observe and communicate with parents to understand the unique needs of each baby.
And we constantly communicate with you to make any changes along the way.
In our studios designed especially for children 0-2 years, we utilise and follow these key concepts:
- Free Movement: We believe in Emmi Pickler’s philosophy that, “Babies are never put into a position they cannot get into by themselves.” We don’t want them to feel or become ‘trapped’. Environments at Harmony are designed to allow children free movement and encourage infants to reach out and develop their core muscles enabling them to explore and move freely.
- Baby Led Weaning: We let children feed themselves from the time they commence solids, following the infant’s lead. We provide a healthy, balanced mix of finger foods and allow the child to control how much they eat.
- Individualised Care Moments during Toileting: Educators remain ‘present’ during nappy change times and communicate respectfully with children. Magda Gerber and Emmi Pikler believe that caregivers need to take the time to make nappy-changing, feeding, bathing and dressing an unhurried and pleasant quality time – with the baby being an active partner.
- Exploratory Times: Each day children at Harmony are given uninterrupted time for play and interaction. Children freely explore our outdoor areas and gardens, interacting with nature, each other and the world around them.
“What infants need is the opportunity and time to take in and figure out the world around them.” – Magda Gerber
A Seamless Transition
Feel confident with your baby being in the safest of hands – the hands of those who deeply care about your child’s wellbeing, happiness and natural learning. Know each day that your child is learning and growing in a peaceful, holistic environment.
We take special care at Harmony with each new baby by creating an environment that nurtures and encourages them.
To make it easy on you, we provide all nappies, wipes, and linens. We also open our doors if you wish to visit during the day.
Each of our studios incorporate daily rituals such as meal times, toileting, rest and group time into their programming. The most important practice being that rituals throughout the day are calm, unrushed and respectful for all children.
Each studio embraces the individuality of each child within their care. Daily rituals will look different from studio to studio and across different age groups and Centres. Please speak with your child’s educators and view the studio routine displayed in each studio.
We believe that healthy foods and drinks impact the growth and wellbeing of your baby. We are committed to providing wholesome, nutritious, balanced meals each and every day.
You can learn more about our nutrition philosophy and meals plans on our Nutrition Page.
Communication with parents and families is especially important when it comes to children ages 0-2. We are always open to learning more about your child’s needs and desires, along with any feedback you have about the centre.
A Typical Day
|Time||Nursery (0-2 years)|
|6.30am||Children + Parents Welcomed, Breakfast is served|
+ Free Play
|9.30 am-11.30am||Nursery Program
Exploration of Natural World
|2.00pm – 3.00pm||Child Interest Led Indoor Experiences|
|3.00 pm||Afternoon Tea|
Outdoor Experiences + Free Play
Late Snack provided
Note: Children in the nursery are provided opportunity to rest and sleep in our climate/light controlled sleep studio. Calming music is played softly throughout the day to ease your child into relaxation and restful sleep.