Yera Children’s Service

‘Yera’ meaning young child, is a service located in the community of Batchelor at the entrance to Litchfield National Park.

Yera Children’s Service works with and acknowledges the traditional owners of country in Bachelor, the Kungarakan and Warrai people. Local language, culture and learning are embedded in our program and environment. Our service reflects the beautiful environment in the Litchfield National Park with carefully built rock pools designed to echo the local landscapes. Children at the service enjoy rich outdoor experiences with opportunities to climb, explore and discover.

A family centred practice model allows children and staff to actively engage with and explore local culture and language. Community connections help our staff to incorporate culturally rich activities such a dance, song and storytelling with children.

Yera Children’s Service is located within the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education campus (BIITE). The Institute significantly provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lens to mainstream education systems. Students are encouraged by the service to use both short term and long-term childcare to support their attendance at the campus.

Our approach

You will notice that our service has a warm, homely feeling enhanced by the rich natural materials, wooden furnishings and multi-use equipment. This is because our program reflects the Reggio Emilia philosophy which has strong roots in nature and creates learning environments enriched with creative and sensory experiences.

We focus on sustainable practices by re-using and upcycling materials sourced through the wider community. Our program reflects the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which has strong roots in nature and focuses on a learning environment enriched with creative and sensory experiences

Our services

We are a 34-place service operating Monday to Friday 7.45 am – 4.15pm.

All meals are provided (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea), with a carefully selected nutritional meal plan.

  • The Joey Room caters for infants from 0 to 3 years with a maximum of 12 children.
  • The Kangaroo Roomcaters for children from 3 years to 6 years, with flexible half day sessions available for children attending preschool and full day bookings available on Fridays. The room has a maximum of 22 children.

Our staff will collect children attending preschool from Batchelor Area School at 11.45 am to attend the service for an afternoon session. Please discuss this with the director for further information.

Enrolments

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If you would like any further information, please contact our Enrolments Team:

Alternatively, you can contact the director to organise face to face support to enrol your child and to receive assistance in applying for Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

Fees

Fee information can be found in the fees section of the website.

Families are assisted to access child care through Child Care Subsidy (CCS) to reduce the cost of child care, with the service supported by funding through the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to ensure fees are flexible and affordable in remote community to support every child to attend.

If you are concerned about the cost of child care, you may be eligible for flexible fee support called ‘Additional Child Care Subsidy’ (ACCS) which the director can provide information on. Don’t let cost be a barrier to your child enrolling with our service. One Tree strongly support all families to attend the service.

Contact us

BIITE Campus, cnr Kurrajong Drive & Wattle Place, Batchelor, NT 0845

PO Box 41, Batchelor, NT 0845​

Hours: 7:45am - 4:15pm Monday to Friday Phone: (08) 8976 0934 Mobile: 0499 799 888 Email: yera@onetree.org.au

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One Tree Community Services acknowledges the traditional owners of country where we operate. In the spirit of reconciliation, we recognise their continuing cultural connections to their land, waters and communities. We pay our respect to their Elders both past and present and to all First Australians of today.

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