On the First Day
Be brave and smile!

On your child’s first day bring your child into his/her room in a confident and friendly manner. Your child is very sensitive to your fears and apprehensions. It is in the best interest of your child that staff and parents work together. Your child’s first day is automatically considered a trial period, however, this period will be extended if your child is suited to our program and we are suited to your child’s needs.

Drop-off and Pick-up

Due to the safety issue of the other children we would appreciate parents to be responsible for their own child and any siblings once they are on the premises. We ask that you also be mindful when having in-depth conversations with the staff as this could distract staff supervision for the other children. If parents need an in-depth discussion a suitable time can be arranged.

Procedures for settling new children

A welcoming environment is provided where we hope parents will feel comfortable to spend as much time as discussed to settle new children. If your child is apprehensive it would be preferred for parents to let the staff member who is the primary care giver know when you are leaving so we can help your child. When your child is first left it is encouraged to make the child’s day a shorter one until they are settled. Staff will be sensitive to the cultural background of the new families and will ensure that they use the child’s familiar words, toileting procedures, and any other concerns that you may have.

Orientation process

When you are bringing your child for an orientation process it is essential that you phone prior to arriving at the centre to make sure that we don’t have too many parents/children at the same time which may cause disruption and a safety issue with the children already in our care. Staff are always ready to welcome and talk to parents/guardians about our program, philosophies, and wherever possible meet any requests. It is also a good time for us to learn as much about your child so that the transition from home to the centre will be a smooth one.

Parents are encouraged to come and spend time with their child prior to starting to familiarize themselves with the staff, the other children, and the environment. For younger children try to allow them to spend shorter days and gradually increase as your child settles. Advise staff of routines or times of the day that your child finds difficult or unsettling and discuss how we can manage this.

What to wear

(Sourced from Sun Smart and Kid Safe. Monitored by staff and parents)

Please supply a spare set of clothes suitable to the climate and a hat. All items must be clearly marked with your child’s name on them. Please don’t send your child in anything that you don’t want ruined in case we have mucky play, even though we will try and keep them from getting paint on their clothing it does not always happen. Please dress your child for comfort and mobility as they may want to ride a bike, go on the climbing frame or in the sandpit etc. Due to our Sun Safety Policy please dress your child in sun-protective clothing. NO SINGLETS or shoestring tops. Staff will always assist your child with clothing when needed.

What to bring
  1. Two pieces of fruit or vegetables (all fruit and vegetables are washed and shared for morning and afternoon tea).
  2. A lunch to suit your child’s needs. Perishables should be placed in a named bag which the staff will put in the fridge. Check the fridge at the end of each day for any unopened perishables to be taken home. Suggestions for lunch include sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt, a popper or water. No soft drinks, chocolates, or lollies.
  3. If your child uses a certain sunscreen please give it to your child’s teacher (no aerosol cans), otherwise the centre supplies one for the parents who want their children to use it.
  4. A named insect repellent if you want your child to use one (no aerosol cans).
  5. A named sheet bag or pillowcase (no plastic bags) with a fitted sheet for your child to lay on at rest time.
  6. A named small pillow if your child wants, and a blanket in the cooler weather.
  7. A change of named clothes as accidents may happen.
  8. A hat. It is important that the children become accustomed to wearing a hat. A hat will be worn all year round. NO CAPS! Please read our Sun Safety Policy.
Please name all of your child’s belongings.