Our Programs


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boomerang bags

Boomerang bags creates recycled shopping bags from donated recycled materials to reduce the use of plastics in the community. Every member of the community is welcome to attend and are given an opportunity to learn to sew, build relationships and share a coffee while caring for the environment.

All materials needed to make the bags are provided, however if you have a sewing machine you are welcome to bring it along. 

Boomerang Bags is on Every Sunday 1pm to 3pm

For more information see our Facebook page or call the centre 9493 3122 Monday to Friday
 


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Forest Lakes 3's plus Kindy

Forest Lakes 3's Plus Kindy is a tailored Kindy program offered by the Family Centre for over 25 years. The program is aimed at children who are 2 ½ to 4 years old, the year before they start 4-year-old Kindy in an education setting. The program aims to enable children to be ready for school in a fun, supportive & interactive learning environment. Our program is designed and delivered by Early Childhood Teachers and Supported by Early Childhood Educators. We offer classes Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm. The children are left in the care of our staff during this program.

Our Philosopy:

“Learning through play in a fun environment”
We believe the aim of the Three-year-old Program at the Forest Lakes Family Centre is to provide a happy, stimulating environment in which children are given the opportunity to develop cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically as individuals through play and encouraging independence. We believe that each child is unique and therefore should be encouraged to develop in an individual way. Each child needs to feel special, to help develop POSITIVE SELF CONCEPT.

Forest Lakes 3s Plus Kindy is a caring, inclusive family orientated centre that respects the diversity and the wide range of social backgrounds, abilities and experiences within its community. Forest Lakes 3's Plus Kindy is in compliance with The Early Years Learning Framework and The National Quality Framework. We operate an outstanding facility which nurtures and enhances the Belonging, Being and Becoming in each child. 

 


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Forest Lakes Discovery Club

The Forest Lakes Discovery Club is a program that the Family Centre established in 2015, to provide a tailored program for children aged 2 to 4 years of age. This program is delivered by an Early Childhood Teacher and the aim of the program is to assist parents and children to develop the skills they need to meet developmental milestones, particularly fine and gross motor skills, before the children attend pre-kindy or kindy. We also provide the opportunity for parents to be visited by other services such as child health, speech therapists, occupational therapists and any other services that parents feel will assist them.

We believe the components of this program should be:

•     Appropriate, consistent modelling. 
•     Knowledge of child development. 
•     Parent Involvement. 
•     Effective Communication – Children, Staff, Parents & Community. 
•     A Safe, Hygienic, Caring & Challenging Environment. 
•     Balance between active and passive activities. 
•     Balance between indoor and outdoor activities. 
•     Staff qualities which allow children and staff to form a trusting bonding relationship. 
•     A programme which meets individual children’s developmental needs.

This program is offered on:
Fridays, 9:30am to 11:30am (Parents stay with the children) 

Wednesday's 12pm to 2:15pm (Without Parents)


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Playgroups

"The objective of Forest Lakes Playgroup is to provide stimulating play experiences for all children at their level of ability. To encourage parental participation, to ensure parents learn and understand more of their children’s interests and behaviour, and to give children opportunities of interaction with other children and adults.

We aim to respect the diversity of a wide range of social back grounds, and the abilities and experiences within it's community. Forest Lakes Playgroups are organised by 2 volunteer group leaders. The group leaders organise an activity each week and coordinate a roster for families to assist with morning tea, including set up and pack up. Positions are offered on a yearly basis, unless you choose to withdraw. Preference for enrollment will be offered for the next year to existing families first, and then open to the public by the first week of December each year.

Playgroups are run during school terms and are offered on:
Monday and Tuesday: 9:30am to 11:30am

Wednesday: 9:15am to 11:15am

 
 
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Computer Help and free wifi for seniors

The Centre offers free wifi for all seniors in the community. This service is available Monday to Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm from our office, a desk with a computer is provided or if you have your own device a couch is available, Tea and coffee is also available while you are using the wifi.

Basic computer help is offered for things such as setting up an email account, completing online forms, simple microsoft office use and if we can not help we will find a service that can. Computer help may require an appointment please speak to staff.