Welcome to Blue Mountains Occasional Childcare Service BMOCCS. For all enquiries please call Cathryn Ferreira – Coordinator on 0412 932 801, or leave a text message and I’ll return your call. My office day is Tuesday between 8.30am and 4.30pm.
Open Hours: 9.30am-2pm
St. Johns Road Complex, St. Johns Road, Blaxland.
Lawson Mid Mountains Community Centre, New Street, Lawson.
Baptist Church Hall, Kubya Street, Blackheath.
All Bookings & inquiries please phone 0412 932 801
Please click here to view our fees.
We run a mixed aged program at Occasional Care for children 4mths – 6yrs. We offer long-term or short-term bookings so that parents can take a break, study or attend appointments. Older children enjoy leadership opportunities and pre-school learning with an Early Childhood Teacher and team of Educators. Caring Educators also nurture the youngest children closely and all children are enriched by the social nature of the service.
On arrival children and parents wait for the Early Childhood Teacher to open the door and wE welcome them in. Children place their morning tea and lunch, and a drink into a separate basket for the fridge.
Great care is taken to set up natural looking play and learning spaces. Artistic activities and or group projects or cooking are a highlight of the day. Time for learning through play and social engagement is the main flow of the day with indoor and outdoor play choices.
Natural items such as leaves, sea shells, pine cones, logs, wooden bowls, blocks and wooden toys are selected to inspire children’s imagination and provide a connection to nature and sense of belonging to the Blue Mountains.
Music is an integral part of the day with music and movement as part of our gentle transition times, meal times and story times. Each day the children are told a story where books or puppets and props are used. Movement or social games follow story times.
We base our curriculum on the Australian Early Years Learning Framework as do all Regulated Children’s Services including Long Day Care and Preschool. We also take inspiration from the Italian Reggio Emilia approach (a world class approach) that values art, drama and science experiences. From this approach we take into practice, project work and learning via social engagement.
We also take inspiration from the New Zealand Te Whariki approach (a world class approach). From this we take ‘Learning Stories’ into practice. These are very positive, culturally inclusive stories that document children’s learning. These beautiful stories are shared with our children and parents. We are also motivated by the Te Whariki approach that weaves their indigenous Maori culture into their curriculum. At MOCS we have a Reconciliation Action Plan and so we too aim to make our indigenous Australian Aboriginal culture an important part of our curriculum.
Occasional care is very much like preschool; although, it offers more affordable and flexible arrangements with a Government Rebate via Medicare and a mixed age program. You are welcome to visit our not-for-profit community service for a ‘No Charge’ orientation where you and your child can stay and play or book in for short-term or long-term care as needed.
Morning tea and Lunch in separate containers
and with name labels. Bottle of water. Bottle of milk if needed.
Change of clothes and sun hat.
2 nappies if needed, please label everything.
No raw carrots, popcorn or NUTS.
Parents must provide a copy of their Child’s Immunisation Statement History or other official form in-order to enrol.
You can get this from Medicare or call 1800 653 809 to order a copy.