A place of discovery and adventure
Sophie’s Cottage is our home for the youngest members of our School Community. Named after Madeleine Sophie Barat, the foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Sophie’s Cottage provides a warm, innovative and exciting place for our youngest members to learn.
Sophie's Cottage operates as a long day care centre.
“Let us respect childhood; let us honour the soul of that small creature of God who can already make choices of the best if we take the time to awaken her reason and make her use her judgment.”
Madeleine Sophie Barat
Sophie's Cottage FAQ's
Centre is open 7.30 am to 6 pm five days a week.
Centre is open 48 weeks of the year. The centre closes for a 4 week period over the Christmas break every year. We do not run according to school terms.
There is a five day, three day and two day program available. The three day program will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The two day program will run Thursday and Friday.
Children must turn three before 31 March in their starting year to be eligible for enrolment.
Refer to the KRB schedule of fees and the fee policy.
The KRB kitchen will provide nutritional based morning tea, afternoon tea, and lunch for the children at the 3 year old ELC. Breakfast and late supper will also be available.
The children will wear a uniform available at the School Shop. Each child is to bring a labelled change of clothes including underwear each day.
Philosophy and Curriculum
The philosophy will be based on the five goals of Sacred Heart Schools and the Reggio Emilia philosophy already in place at the Joigny centre. The service will work with the National curriculum – Early Years Learning Framework.
There will be a rest/sleep time for children based on their individual needs.
Children must be toilet trained.
The family will follow normal interview procedures and orientation. The 3 year old program is an entry point for the school.
Early Childhood Teachers and Educators
The 3 year olds' ELC will be run by a university trained Early Childhood Teacher supported by educators with a Diploma in Child Studies or a Cert III in Child Studies.
Parents will have access to an individual eduKite page for their child where observations, events and photos will be posted. They will also have access to the School’s portal.
All children must immunised before starting at Sophie's Cottage. All children who are receiving CCR or CCB must be immunised.
Childcare Rebate (CCR) and Childcare Benefit (CCB)
The three year old ELC will attract CCR and CCB. It is the families’ responsibility to apply through the Department of Human Services.
For more information about Sophie's Cottage or to register for an Open Morning, please contact Geraldine Kondilios on email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 9388 6159.