Berrimba Childcare Centre
Phone: 5481 1900
Long Day Care
8.30am – 5.00pm
8.30am – 3.30pm
(Parents/guardians/carers studying/not working)
Babies Room – 6 months (if working) or 1 year old to 2 year old
Toddlers Room – 2 years old to 3 years old
3-5 year Old Room – 3 Years old to 5 Years old
3.30am – 5.00pm and 8.30am – 5.00pm School Holidays
6 Years old to 12 Years old
3 & 4 Year Old Kindergarten Programs
Days and Times organized annually according to enrolments.
Berrimba operates from 8.30am to 5.oopm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.00pm on a Friday. If you arrive early you will be asked to wait with your child until 8.30 and if you are running late you need to notify Berrimba staff as we have to have two staff stay at the premises and wait for you.
Current Staff at Berrimba are:
- Leona Cooper ~ Co-ordinator
- Joyce Ward ~ Assistant Coordinator/Kinder
- Sharni Celli ~ Assistant Coordinator
- Marley Day ~ Kinder Assistant
- Cath Andrews ~ Room Leader
- Therese Shelley ~ Room Leader
- Khayla Wanganeen ~ Assistant Educator
- Casey McHale ~ Room Leader
- Sissy Cooper ~ Room Leader
- Kaiella Bulled ~ Trainee Receptionist
- Tamika Morgan ~ Cook
- Robert Tyrell ~ Bus Driver
- Karen Firebrace ~ Bus Assistant
Update Family Information
Can parents please inform the Coordinator if your personal details have changed, such as phone numbers, home address. If staff need to contact parents in an emergency then contact details must be up to date.
Berrimba means “forever learning”
In 1983 a group of young Aboriginal mums and Aunty Melva Johnson along with Aunty Val Mitchell got together and decided to form their own playgroup. This playgroup was run once a week in the Church of Christ hall. One mum cooked lunch for the children and the other mums set up and participated in activities with the children. Resources for the playgroup came from the Op Shop.
The playgroup then moved to the co-op in High Street because it became too expensive to use the hall. In 1985 the Uniting Church donated the current facility to the Aboriginal community for our child care centre.
In order to better improve the children’s service, Aunty Melva and the late Kerry Johnson attended a meeting in Swan Hill and fought for funding from Canberra to set up a Multifunctional Aboriginal Child Care Centre, which includes an after school program and holiday program. This is termed a MACS centre.
In April 1990 Berrimba Child Care Centre was officially opened as a 25 place facility which operates under the regulations of the Department of Human Services and the DEEWR.
BERRIMBA’S VISIONS STATEMENT
That all Aboriginal children have the opportunity to access a high quality child care service that:-
Provides care and education in a safe, stimulating and enriching environment which strengthens their Aboriginal identity.
The main aim of Berrimba is to promote a positive self concept in all Aboriginal children. Children need to experience success and positive reinforcement in all areas of their learning, while being encouraged to do their best.
Children learn through actively being involved in the environment and participating in experiences that provide balanced opportunities for all aspects of the child to grow and develop.
Staff create an environment of learning which is relevant to the concept, skills and interest appropriate to the age and stage development of the child, allowing children to develop their own individual pace. Co-operation and respect for the rights and feelings of others is also encouraged, with disagreements being resolved through discussion rather than aggressive behaviour. Berrimba aims to develop and extend children culturally, socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and creatively.
FOREVER LEARNING – A Digital Story from Berrimba Child Care Centre
IHHP – Echuca/Moama – “3 Rivers Flow”