Every parent deserves peace of mind that quality care and education is being provided to their child

For parents, quality child care safeguards a child’s health and safety; the child is happy and the program is conveniently located and affordable.


Quality child care is the key to balancing work and family so that parents have peace of mind while they are at work.


Each parent will have a personal definition of what a high quality program should include for their child. Some of these may include incorporating tangible school readiness activities and learning social skills such as cooperation or they may define a quality environment as one in which their families’ culture and their child’s abilities are respected.


Parents may define high quality child care as an environment in which their child is happy, makes friends and the child has fun.  While there is no single definition of quality in child care, there are some overall elements of child care that are identified as critical to the well-being of children. These might include:


  • Health, safety and good hygiene

  • Good nutrition

  • A well-maintained environment and well designed playspaces for children

  • An adequate number of staff who are sensitive and responsive to children

  • Opportunities for active play—especially outdoors

  • Opportunities for quiet play and rest

  • Opportunities for developing motor, social, language and cognitive skills through play

  • Positive interactions with adults

  • Practices that support positive interaction amongst children

  • Facilitation of emotional growth

  • Participation of, support for and communication with parents

  • Respect for diversity and difference, gender equality and inclusion of children with disabilities

  • Broad learning and development goals for children, going beyond narrow academic aims like early literacy and numeracy to social, emotional, cultural, artistic and physical goals

  • An approach that “lets children be children”, which means learning through play and experiencing a wide range of artistic, cultural, cognitive, social and physical activities.


Sparrow Early Learning Centres provide for and encourage constant communication with our parents to ensure that their individual needs and standards are being met.