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Settling In

Settling In

Children settle into day care differently. We understand how distressing it can be for families to leave their children in care for the first time and we are aware of the anxieties and fears that families can have when starting care. Our educators are equipped with a number of strategies to assist in settling a child into care and are here to help you through the process. Children take their social cues from their parents, so the more confident you are, the more secure your child will feel in their new environment. Parents and staff are encouraged to communicate as much as is necessary at all times, but especially during this period. 

Health

Health

We provide a healthy and safe environment for children to grow and develop. Children with contagious illnesses are required to be kept at home and a doctor’s certificate must be presented to show that the infection cannot be passed on when the child returns to the centre.

Routines

Routines

Although the routines of each room and age group will vary, each room provides a welcoming environment, where the children feel comfortable and secure at all times. The routine is displayed in each room and is available in the Room Handbook. This is a flexible routine that takes into consideration changing weather conditions and the interests of the children. Throughout the day the children will experience a number of different activities which form part of their age-based educational and developmental programs.

Nutrition

Nutrition

Our service encourages good nutrition and healthy attitudes in all children and adults. We support and provide for children with food allergies, dietary requirements or restrictions, and specific cultural or religious practices. All meals are prepared in our commercial kitchen by our full time cook. The four week summer and winter menus are developed in accordance with the National Dietary Guidelines and are made available to families. Our meals reflect a variety of cultural influences, which the children are encouraged to appreciate. 

Collaboration

Collaboration

We recognise families as a child’s first and most influential educators and we believe that children benefit enormously from a working partnership between families and educators in support of their learning. We nurture partnerships with our families by embracing every opportunity for collaboration, inviting families to share with us their family, culture and community. We maintain an open dialogue through both formal and informal channels of communication, including providing detailed documentation of a child’s learning experiences and inviting input and feedback to a child’s learning program.