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FACING EACH DAY WITH A SMILE: Children are encouraged to learn from nature at Big Fat Smile and love the environmental focus of offer at both centres in the Southern Highlands. Photo: Supplied.

FACING EACH DAY WITH A SMILE: Children are encouraged to learn from nature at Big Fat Smile and love the environmental focus of offer at both centres in the Southern Highlands. Photo: Supplied.

Imagine a place where your little ones can spend their days growing and learning and being inspired in nature.

Big Fat Smile is a not-for-profit, industry leading provider of child education, care and inclusion services in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

With centres in Robertson and Bundanoon, centre director, Jenine Callaghan said Big Fat Smile offered tailored learning programs for children aged from three to five.

"There is a huge focus on sustainable living and our Bundanoon district service offers a Nature Quest program," Ms Callaghan said.

"On Tuesdays and Thursdays we run our Nature Quest outdoor learning program where we enjoy cooking over a campfire, using real tools, climbing trees, observing and collecting items from nature. It incorporates literacy, mathematics and scientific learning, as well as encouraging independence, resilience, problem solving, and teamwork".

At Big Fat Smile they focus on natural outdoor play spaces, encouragement of risky play, connection to the environment through play, play-based learning and quality transition to school.

Children love the environmental focus at Big Fat Smile, where they grow, harvest and sell produce, including incubating and growing their own chickens.

"In the Highlands region we have two centres Bundanoon District Community Preschool and Robertson Community Preschool and these centres have been operating for 35 years."

Both the Bundanoon District Community Preschool, and Robertson Community Preschool are rated as "Exceeding" under the demanding national quality standards.

"We offer a caring, nurturing environment with "Transition to School" and "School Readiness" programs."

Ms Callaghan said thankfully their services continued to operate throughout this challenging year.

"We are following COVID-safe practices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children and staff. This includes minimising external visitors, ensuring that drop off and pickup are conducted at the front door and families are not able to enter our services for the time being."

"We also launched an online learning platform - @Home with Big Fat Smile to allow families to engage in exciting, fun and educational activities at home."

Ms Callaghan said the community feeling of belonging and close ties to local schools were great assets for Big Fat Smile centres.

At Big Fat Smile they are committed to providing a positive, nurturing and safe environment where children are encouraged and supported in their strengths, interests and emerging skills.

Visit www.bigfatsmile.com.au to fill in an enquiry form, or call 1300 001 237 to chat to the client engagement team.

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