Fact Sheet

Enrolments

We strongly recommend you visit us, to ensure you are happy with our facilities. If you wish to enrol, you will be required to complete our enrolment form a long with a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunisations record.

Hours of Operation

The Centre operates between the hours of 6.45am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. The Centre is CLOSED on Public Holidays and Christmas.

 

Parent Involvement

Parents are encouraged to contribute ideas or suggestions regarding the children’s daily programmes. At the Centre, there are a number of ways you can become involved in the running of the Centre, these include; becoming a committee member, input into our newsletter, visiting the Centre and sharing your talents and skills with the educators and children, collecting resources for our programme i.e.: collage materials, sea shells, paper, cards etc, attending parent information nights and social evenings.

Partnerships with families, we believe that parents are the primary educators of their children and should be centrally involved in their child’s experiences and development.

Effective communication means there is a two-way flow of information, knowledge and expertise between parents and educators. Educators are always available to give feedback about your child’s day and talk about significant events with you.

Settling your child

Beginning child care can be both an exciting and emotional time for families. Children and parents often experience some anxiety about going to child care for the first time, but there’s a lot you can do to make it easier for your child and yourself.

Children have different experiences of settling into child care.

The way they settle can be affected by temperaments, which will affect the way they respond to any sort of change, including a new care setting. Personal preferences, such as how they like to be fed, how they like to be comforted and soothed, and how they ask for and accept affection, are often happy to be left with carers because they haven’t yet developed separation and stranger anxiety.

Number of days in care – for example, a child who attends care one day a week will often take longer to settle than a child who attends five days a week. This is simply because children attending fewer days a week have less time to become familiar with and comfortable in their new setting.

Separation and stranger anxiety

Separation anxiety is when a child gets upset when you leave them and stranger anxiety is when a child gets upset around other people. These are a normal part of development. Almost all babies and children go through them to some extent. They usually start at around six months and peak at 12 months, though older children can also experience separation anxiety.

Around six months, babies develop an understanding of object stability. This means your baby understands that you can leave; however, unfortunately they don’t understand that you’ll be back, so they might initially get upset when you go. This generally passes once they learn, through experience, that you’ll come back.

This is all going on just as many parents are thinking about going back to work and leaving their child in care. It’s not your fault – it’s just how babies develop. Try not to worry; children usually adjust as the new faces in their care setting become familiar.

You can help your child overcome these anxieties by spending some time together in the new care setting, before you start leaving your child there without you. If you can, try leaving your child for just short periods, and build up to a whole day.

Permanent Bookings

We have a number of booking types to suit the needs of your family.

Child Care Benefit

The Child Care Benefit (CCB) is a payment made to families to assist with the costs of child care. This subsidy is means tested, by Centrelink, according to gross family income and the number of dependent children.   Child Care Benefit is available to most parents who access the centre, applications are made through Centrelink. Centrelink Reference Numbers (CRN) for both parents and each child are essential to register on our system.

Families will only be eligible for the Child Care Benefit if daily sign in/out sheets are accurately completed and signed by the parents/guardians.

Child Care Rebate

The child care rebate (CCR) is a payment made to the families to assist with the costs of child care. This subsidy is NOT means tested; however, you are only eligible if you are working or studying.

Key Educator

Research has shown that a Key Educator approach is the most effective way of ensuring that children develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the centre. The Key Educator approach gives every child the reassurance to feel secure and cared for, helping them to become familiar with the centre’s environment and to feel confident and safe within it.

We recognise every child’s individuality, efforts and achievements and believe that relationships between adults and children are crucial for the child’s happiness and security.

The Key Educator meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings ideas and behaviour.

The Key Educator will offer security, reassurance and continuity, and they will usually be the one to feed, change and soothe your child’s experiences in the centre.

The Key Educator will help each of their children develop relationships with other educators and children. They will observe them in their play so that they can plan future opportunities and experiences that best meet their needs and interests.

What to bring with your child
  • Child’s own bag
  • Nappies if required, please provide enough for a full day
  • A labelled drink container
  • Changes of clothes, weather appropriate
  • A dummy, cuddle toy or blanket, if your child requires at sleep/rest times
  • A hat, for outside play (broad brimmed, bucket or legionnaire style)
  • Your child’s lunch

Please ensure that everything is well labelled.

What not to bring to the Centre

We ask for your child’s sake, that toys are not brought from home to the centre. We are unable to take responsibility for their loss or damage. It is upsetting for the child if this happens. Sharing and turn taking is fostered at the centre, so it is contradictory and upsetting for young children if they cannot play with a toy that may be special to the child that owns it.  A cuddle toy, blanket or similar is recommended for rest time only.