Programs and Structures

Open for 48 weeks per year 7:30am- 6:00pm.

School Term

Early Care Program                  3-5 year olds       7:30am -8:30am

3 and 4 year old
Early Learning Programs        8:30am – 3:00pm (see minimum attendance below)

Extended Care Program         3-5 year olds       3:00pm -6:00pm

School Holidays

Vacation Care Program           3-5 year olds       7:30am – 6:00pm

We are an approved long day care centre enabling our parents to access the Child Care Subsidy.  Most children attend the 3 and 4 year old Early Learning Programmes 8:30am-3:00pm during the school term. Children must be 3 years old before they can start due to our Licensing Agreement and turn 3 before the start of a term. We do not have an intake in Term 4. Children who turn 3 after 1 September need to start the following year. This allows children to be grouped with children they will start school with.

Every Early Learning Program Room has a registered teacher with a minimum bachelor of early childhood education qualification. Each teacher has an early childhood assistant and the class adult to child ratio is 1/10 in the 4 year old room and the 3 year old room at the most.

Minimum Attendance Requirements.

3 year olds to attend a minimum of 2 full days per week for 38 weeks per year

4 year olds to attend a minimum of 3 full days per week for 38 weeks per year.

Our parents pay the daily fee for 38 weeks per year. They pay the additional extended care and vacation care fees only if they are booked or attend.

To support each child to build connections with other children, adults and the environment, to provide continuity and to engage children fully in a quality program we have minimum attendance requirements.

When making decisions about your child’s attendance at Ignatius Early Years we ask that you consider this continuity factor in all their care. In an endeavour to reduce the fragmentation of children’s lives we encourage parents to place their child solely with Ignatius Early Years rather than splitting care and learning programs between other centres. This gives your child predictability with people and environments, allowing the continuity required to build identity and self confidence within relationships. As Carla Rinaldi writes in her Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Report (2012-2013)

“Rituality, rhythms, relationships and continuity are giving the child the possibility to recognise himself and to overcome small and big stresses and predicted change”. Carla Rinaldi

Extended Care

Many of our parents also require extended care for their child and to meet this need we also provide the early morning and extended care programs and vacation care programs. More about these programs can be found on their link below.

Click here for further Information on IEY Extended Care Program.

Click here for further information on the IEY Vacation Care Program.

The 10 weeks of the IEY vacation programs, plus the 38 weeks of the 3 &4 year old programs and the extended care programs make up our 48 weeks during the year. Ignatius Early Years is closed for 4 weeks (click here for college calendar) over the Christmas and New Year break for everyone to have a rest and for necessary upkeep of this beautiful building to take place.

To provide continuity to the early learning program our Coordinator of the extended care program works with all the children from each room over the week from 10:15am each day to 6:00pm. The Vacation Care program is staffed by educators that know the children well having worked with them during the term. The educators from the early learning rooms start their day at 7:30am throughout the week and are joined by the Director to provide the Early Morning Care program. During Early Morning Care the children contribute to the setting up of the centre for the day with their ideas on what to include actioned. This gives them a developing sense of helpfulness and contribution to the group. There is also time for play or a special project.

All programs focus on:

Play – curiosity, exploration and making sense of the world around the child.

Inquiry – teachers look for the awe, wonder and special interests of the children that can link to a big idea or enduring understanding. Teachers then use these links to build, extend and co-construct their knowledge and understandings.

Creativity – the great minds of the world regard creativity to be of number one importance. The children are encouraged to express their imaginations and creativity in many ways.

Environment – awareness, respect and responsibility for the care of our environment is embedded into our program and practices.

Community – learning to be part of our vibrant and caring Ignatius Community as full participants also extends to opportunities in our Norwood Community where children’s voice can be raised.


Further information is available under curriculum.