We are registered for 32 “preschool children” each day, with a ratio of 1 adult to 10 children. However, to support best practice, our ratio equates to 1 adult to 8 children.
Parents are asked to provide the following items each day they attend:
- Water bottles
- Change of clothing (labeled) in a clearly marked bag (non plastic) including socks and jumper for cold days and gumboots and water proof jackets for rainy days.
Families are kindly asked to donate a piece of fruit daily for Crunch & Sip.
Preschool children can use the red sun hats that are provided by Chuckles Childcare, which are washed daily.
Each child is encouraged to put their piece of fruit in the bowl, place their water bottle in the tray and put their bag in the locker with their name card daily.
Both classrooms run a 'school readiness program' each day between 9am and 3pm. We kindly ask for children to arrive before the 9am register, as it is important children become familiar with class routines in preparation of attending school. Children in these groups are toilet trained but may still need reminding at regular intervals.
For more information on our 'school readiness program', please refer to the Curriculum section of this handbook.
Mattresses are provided for pre-kindy children to rest between 12pm to 1.30pm. All sheets and blankets are provided by the centre and washed regularly in our centre laundry. Sleep patters may vary as group care has many distraction but educators will do their best to follow parent's requests. Children will not be forced to sleep but encocuraged to rest. Children who do not sleep will be able to participate in quiet activities within the classroom. However, parents who request a child not to sleep must acknowledge that at times some children may require a short nap due to recovering from an illness or busy weekend. Cosy corners are proveded for children who wish to rest at other times during the day.
Kindy children do not sleep but may rest upon request. They participate in dental care, yoga and daily news during quiet time around the centre.
We encourage all children to become responsible for their own personal belongings. Please dress your child in clothing that is easy for them to remove as we encourage children to undress and dress themselves when using the bathroom. To prevent accidents, please do not dress them in overalls, tights, stockings, jeans, belts or tight fitting clothes.
We discourage parents from bringing food, lollies and toys to the centre.
We understand that many children like to bring in their own toys, however ‘sharing’ these items can be a difficult concept for young children to grasp. The centre takes no responsibility for lost or broken items. To avoid lost items we request that items are clearly labeled, each classroom has its own lost property box for all unlabeled found items. All unclaimed class items will be moved to the foyer stand at the end of each month, then donated to St Vincent’s charity shop on the 20th of each month.
Sometimes children accidently take the centre’s toys/hats home in bags and pockets. We kindly ask that you return any items to an educator so we can clean and place them away. Replacing ‘lost’ items is very expensive.