What Our Wonderful Families Think Of Us
💚 Clifton Family I don't even know how to begin to describe to you the people at Small Friends. We have had the honour of being part of their family for 3 years with my son and then my daughter. My son was apprehensive being left, and the staff treated him like their family. He then looked forward to attending twice a week, he became confident in himself and it was the best thing I did to prepare him for kindy. Both my children flourished in this nurturing, interactive, dynamic environment. It was like leaving them at a friends home.
Thank you Small Friends for being there to support me, and my children and for being my village. I am so sad not to have you in our weekly routine - but thankful for all you have taught my children xxx
💙 Williams Family I highly recommend Small Friends, my little boy loves it. He's always coming home with things he's made and making new friends. After moving over form the UK I was worried about finding somewhere he would be happy and fit in. Small Friends has been perfect for him.
💜 Arkell Family Thanks so much for all the great work you do. We are so grateful for the care you've given to Mitchell over the previous year and knowing he is leaving you guys with all you've given is so wonderful. We know he will miss you all, but he is looking to 'big school' - thank you for being part of preparing him.
💚 Gordon Family Thank you for all your fantastic mentoring, teaching, support and care. Mikayla has enjoyed and grown from it.
💛 Langford Family To the beautiful team at Small Friends. Thank you for nurturing and supporting Daisy through this year. Despite her early reservations, she has grown to love days with you all, and her Small Friends journey has been a perfect preparation for Kindy next year!
💙 Connelley Family Fantastic environment for the kids!!! The staff are amazing and have all been there for a long time!!!! they always have a smile ready for us in the mornings and my child Loves going there. They have different subjects each week that can include visits from people like firemen, ambulance officers etc.!!! I cant speak highly enough of Small Friends!!!!!
💜 McCarron Family The team at Small Friends are second to none! My son has been attending this centre for approximately a year & LOVES his time there, we are ALWAYS greeted with a warm welcome. The activities they do with the kids are great & the facilities are fantastic. The place is always clean & tidy and with the theme changing weekly the kids are never bored. I would never hesitate to refer Small Friends to anymore, you would not be disappointed.
💛 Brown Family Thank you all so much for taking such wonderful care of both my girls. I wish every child got to experience Small Friends. I truly cannot thank you all enough, my girls have loved every minute of Small Friends and leave with some wonderful memories and little friendships. I almost wish I'd had another child so they could start Small Friends...almost!
💚 French Family I cannot put into words how thankful I for you caring, kind and loving nature at your centre. Jett and Summer have absolutely adored their time with you. Thank you for everything you have done over the past couple of years. I recommend you to all of my friends and parents at work.
💜 Irvine Family Thankyou for all that you have done to help Amelia settle in away from Mum and Dad. She has come such a long way with you help and is no confident and happy to leave us at drop off.
💙 Sloey Family My daughter has been going to small friends for only a couple of months but she absolutely loves it and gets so excited for her "kindy" days. She used to have bad separation anxiety and be very shy, she now walks off happily with her carer and tells me all about her day the whole 30 minute drive home!
The carers are always so helpful and knowledgeable! We are always greeted with a smile and they are happy to talk you through any concerns you may have! My daughter will even say she sometimes gets "a bit sad and misses mummy but that a teacher gives her a cuddle and makes her happy again", it is so nice to know that they take the time to comfort her in these times. I always walk away from there knowing my child is being well looked after in every way!
Their program is amazing! I love the weekly updates i receive on what's happening that week, so that if i have time i can plan some activities around that theme!
💚 Hugall-McGarr Family As a mum first and a early childhood primary teacher as well. I found I had to let my little 2 1/2year old take the time to socialise away from me. I was president of a playgroup, so she spent loads of time there. She participated in toddler jam and also rhyme-time at the library. But also realised that all her socialising was with me as I was there all the time. It was suggested to me to find a place where my daughter could go and discover, learn achieve without me being there. I dreaded this idea but never the less did my research, we lived 1hour away from small friends at the time but knew we had found the very best place for our own daughter.
I took my daughter along always to the viewings of places and we all fell instantly in love with what was going to be her most favourite place for the next three years. There are so many great benefits here so where do I start. The room planning!
Straight away we loved the open rooms, not all confined to age specific rooms and bound up in one room area for the day. We loved how all children were able to learn and discover independently. The themes were child focused and changes daily the kids loved it, so much much. My daughter so engaged and stimulated educationally.
We noticed my daughter would come home so engaged switched on cognitively, talking more and excited about the learning and fun she had in her day. For us and her it became her second home. The staff so caring and loving of each child, she adored the staff and still thinks and talks about them fondly, even through now at school if she could get back in there she would!!
Personally what I loved was the caring nature of all the staff. They are really well trained, but not just that they actually care for your little beings. They know then well individually and what they need, we had some challenging times at home and they were so empathetic and helpful. We couldn't of done without their support for our whole family at these times.
On a day to day level they teach them spontaneously. One visit a bug was found outdoor just hanging around on a lead and this was the children's were investigating it, see it in its environment and learning about life just there in front of them. They had their magnifying glasses and staff where there fostering their language and discovers about parts of the bug its name and how it loved. That's small friends, learning is just natural.
Each morning we did our daily ritual of saying good morning to the bunnies who freely hop around and fish in the pond while talking about Fun she would have on the nature based toys like the stick swings. A place where unrestricted imagine could be developed over toys that were made from their imagination not for specific purposes.
My daughter thrived at small friends and initially I was recommended by a psychologist. As I was very nervous about giving over my child's care to someone else, she talked me into looking at all the day-cares/centres but as soon as she got inside and watching my daughter we were smitten with small friends!
The atmosphere, the curriculum, the friends they make and the beautiful caring staff who actually really do care individually about all aspects of your child. They really did become part of our extended family for those three years and it was such a blessing to find a place we could drop out daughter off and know she was well, loving it and was having the best day ever full of fun and learning with staff she totally loved to bits.
If you are umming and arrring over small friends and other places do look around but I have to say personally having done all the places in Mandurah to Waroona, you have already found the very best place for your child and that's not just a mum but being an educator myself.
Small friends was a pivotal start to my daughter love of learning and her socialising outside the close family unit. A Bonus too Is as a small friends ex mum I still other mums friends from small friends days as the events they organise involved all the families and be became a bigger like a little family with friends by daughter has had from 2yrs old .
I throughly recommend small friends for your most important little ones, we Loved it and still do!! It was the best we could give to my daughter out most precious princess and she thrived at small friends and are forever grateful we made the choice to sent her to such a professional m, suburb place for her to love learn and grow in a beautiful environment with people people fostering them on.
Thanks Small Friends, we love you guys xxx