FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED CHRISTIAN CHILD CARE CENTRE - BEVERLY HILLS “we believe that all children are special, individual, precious gifts from God...”
Con & Dora Savva always dreamed of opening a child care centre - and in January 2006, their dream finally came true with the opening of Barfa Bear Child Care Centre, 2 Alkoomie Street, BEVERLY HILLS.
Barfa Bear has a real warm home-like setting. From outside the building you would not think it was a child care centre, and that’s how we like it! Barfa Bear is licensed for 36 children per day, between the ages of 2yrs-5yrs. We are open 7.30am - 6.00pm approx. 50 weeks per year, closing at no charge to families over the Christmas/New Years period.
Barfa Bear is an air-conditioned building with security intercom for parental access.
There are 2 playrooms with a minimum of 3 Bear Team Educators for each playroom, being 2 qualified Educators (including min 1 Early Childhood Teacher ECT), plus one playroom assistant who will hold either a Children Services Cert III or be studying a Children Services Cert III Traineeship. We are always working well over staff regulatory ratios, which ensures the best educational outcome for your child.
Each Playroom will have a playroom leader who will supervise the operations of the playroom environment and Bear Team, ensuring that the Playroom Daily Routine, and Policies & Procedures are adhered to, in addition to preparing their Weekly Interest-Based Program and Pre-School Readiness Program.
Each Educator has their own group of focus children, so they can program, reflect and prepare opportunities based on your child’s interests and developmental needs, and assist in the implementation of the Pre-School Readiness Program.
Playroom equipment is interest based and age-appropriate for each age group. This is another benefit of separating the older children, 4yrs - 5yrs from the younger groups so that they may be challenged at a higher level, and best prepared for Big School.
Barfa Bear has one L-shaped outdoor area equipped with both fixed and removable structures. The Educators prepare a Weekly Outdoor Interest-based Program providing varied and exciting physically active or quiet opportunities in the fresh outdoors for your child. The new side outdoor area accessible from the PSC Playroom, can also be prepared for specific Pre-School Cub activities.
Monthly visits are made by the Pre-School Cubs to St Basils Nursing Home to visit and share experiences with the elderly, with a end of year Christmas performance to entertain the residents. Social events and charity fund raisers are held throughout the year, with a huge Christmas celebratory concert every December.
Barfa Bear also has a kitchen with a cook who provides wholesome, nutritious meals for your children; a Laundry for laundering sheets, blankets and uniform hats; and a staffroom and staff bathroom for the Bear Team. The children’s washroom is shared between the 2 Playrooms and has nappy change, shower, and toileting facilities.