MARAGON EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
Hi, my name is Karen Kelly, I am the Centre Director at Maragon Early Learning Centre Balcatta. Our Centre provides exceptional care for children aged 8 weeks – 5 years. A favourite with the children, our Centre has a pet bunny, teaching them about care and, empathy and responsibility. One of the core focuses of our Centre is on school readiness, closely aligning to neighbouring West Balcatta Primary School to enable a smooth school transition. I believe children are infinitely competent, active and come equipped to guide their own development and learning, striving to integrate their physical, cognitive, social, emotional, moral and spiritual aspects of being. I strongly believe in the Montessori approach whereby ‘Play is the work of the child ‘and such activities are essential to healthy development for children and adults. Children are given time and can learn through first hand experiences in activities they have chosen. Children are given opportunities to test their ideas, themselves, their relationships and materials. Play fosters imagination and flexibility of mind, promoting children’s ability to be ‘players’ now and in the future. Children’s competences and confidence are developed through play. Children are given opportunities to explore their fears and anxieties in their play. During play children’s concepts, skills, attitudes and achievements are extended. The most important role that play can have is to help children to be active, make choices and practice actions to mastery.
Meet the Balcatta team
The Balcatta team is led by Centre Director Karen Kelly and Educationa Leader Jilna Dutt. The majority of the Centre team have been in their role long term which demonstrates their love and commitment to the children, the families and their career. The team have an excellent relationship with neighbouring primary school West Balcatta, keeping across developments in Kindy and Pre-Primary education as part of their school readiness program.
What People Say
My daughter just loves it and so do we. A very professional business but very friendly and personal. The management and day to day staff are caring and passionate about looking after children. The updates via Storypark are fantastic (they must take a lot of time). Always extremely clean, healthy menus and a big variety of activities for the children (including cooking and cleaning!). Highly recommend the Kindy program.
My little boy loves Maragon Balcatta. His language has developed so much since attending. We always feel welcomed and that our little babe is in safe caring hands.
I’m so grateful that I found such a perfect day care for my son. He’s been attending since October 2017 and was one of the first in the cocoon room (age 1-2) He has come on leaps and bounds in all aspects of his development and is so attached to his educator Charlotte it’s heart-warming. It’s not the closest day care to us but am more than happy to travel there.
My daughter has been attending since she was 10 months old. The educators and management have always been so caring and supportive of the children’s development. Highly recommend.