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.

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Maragon Early Learning Balcatta Centre -219 Cedric Street, Balcatta, Western Australia, 6021

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 7:00am -6:00pm

Centre Director: Karen Kelly

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