Seagrass Early Learning is a childcare facility situated by the sea, in the picturesque township of Alyangula on Groote Eylandt. The centre provides a childcare service to local families who move to the island to work at the mine, school, health facility and police station as well as for a number of indigenous organisations on the island.
In northern Australia, seagrass meadows are important ecosystems that provide sheltered refuges and nursery grounds for juvenile fish, dugong and green sea turtles. Similarly, the children of Alyangula are very lucky to grow up surrounded by a lush natural environment and isolated from many of the limitations urbanised living now places upon our youth. They have wide spaces to play within a safe and supportive community setting.
The centre provides an extension of this community atmosphere, where children feel welcome and are encouraged to participate in play-based learning to meet developmental outcomes. With a preschool and primary school facility located directly across the road, Seagrass Early Learning is well placed to cater for the needs of Alyangula’s families as their children transition from home to school.
Staff are empowered to maximise their time spent with the children across our four age groups:
0 – 2 Years: Guppies
2 – 3 Years: Turtles