Lauderdale Early Learning Centre is located near Lauderdale Primary School, on Acton Road. The service has been purpose built to provide an innovative and dynamic learning environment, including a central hub room which brings children together and creates a sense of community and belonging.
Our service is a valued part of the local Lauderdale community and educators have well developed and meaningful connections with families and children. This enables opportunities for children to grow and learn in an environment where they are connected to people and community in a purposeful way. The service is set in a community based between farming, bush and beach environments enabling children many opportunities for exploration. Our service has a strong focus on sustainability and nature play, ensuring children are connected to and learn from our expansive natural environment.
Lauderdale Outside School Hours Care, including Before School, After School and Vacation Care operates from Lauderdale Primary.
The service employs an experienced cook to prepare nutritional meals, including breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Seasonal rotating menus are designed to take into account children’s likes and dislikes, special dietary requirements and the Australian Dietary and Infant Feeding Guidelines.
Lauderdale Early Learning Centre is a Move Well Eat Well accredited service.
At Lauderdale, we have developed a nationally recognised inclusion support program for children with additional needs. Our educators are trained in the delivery of specific programs and work closely with external agencies to assist children to develop social skills, resilience and a sense of belonging in a supportive and inclusive environment.
The aim of our beach program is to provide an opportunity for all Discovery children to imagine, explore and discover in a natural beach setting. When visiting local beaches such as Frederick Henry Bay, Lauderdale Beach, and Roches Beach, children participate in unstructured activities and explore the natural environment. This nature play and connection with the natural environment builds resilience, self-confidence, initiative, creativity and creates healthy, happy minds.
EXCURSION YARD - 'THE BEYOND'
Our service is fortunate to have an extension to our outdoor play environment that we are able to access as an 'excursion yard.' We call this space 'The Beyond' and utilise the area to extend on children's learning in the outdoors by engaging them in experiences such as, tending to the veggie garden, playing in the mud kitchen, caring for our pet chooks and collecting their eggs, climbing and rolling on the hill, and using the fire pit as a focal point for group experiences such as story time and outdoor cooking.
The Discovery bus enables regular opportunities to go on excursions and strengthen links with the local community. These excursions expose children to a range of different experiences and enable them to further connect with their community. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy regular walking excursions to a variety of locations.
During Vacation Care, school age children participate in a range of excursions within the local community and the greater Hobart area.
Full day session
Long Day 1
Long Day 2
Long Day 3
Long Day Early
Long Day Late
Before school care
After school care
DirectorLaura de Haan
Laura is passionate about creating enriching learning environments through innovations for educators, children and their families with a high focus on embedded inclusive practices. Originating from the Netherlands she’s a proud advocate for cultural inclusion and sharing in each other’s cultures as a way to learn and grow. She’s worked in the sector for 13 years across a variety of roles which has helped her adapt her leadership style to help the people she engages with to better suit their needs.
Assistant DirectorJodie King
Jodie has worked in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector for 9years in services across Queensland and Tasmania. She is a proud advocate for children, wanting the best for them in all aspects of their life and development. Jodie thrives on building trusting and meaningful relationships with children, families and educators - supporting them in every possible way. When she's not at work, Jodie enjoys spending time with her dogs, Monty and Bella, and her nieces and nephews.
Our Early Learning Centres offer play based learning in a safe, nurturing environment.
Our preschool program focuses on the importance of developing life skills in preparation for entering primary school.
Outside School Hours Care
Including Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care.