|Centre Policy Overview|
|Copies of all policies are available in each room and in the parent library for your convenience. Please ask the staff if you would like a copy of any of our policies. Our policies are regularly reviewed and parent’s input is greatly appreciated. This helps us to ensure that the centre is meeting the needs of our community. We include here a brief overview of our policies relating to health issues and also include a full list of all policies.
Clothing and Sun Protection All of our centres are sun safe accredited by the Queensland Cancer Council.
Outdoor activities will be placed in shaded areas where possible.
During summer, outdoor activities are planned before 10am and after 3pm.
Children and staff do not wear sleeveless items.
Sun protection awareness activities will be included in program.
Hats are to be worn by children and staff when outdoors.
Sunscreen to be applied to every child before exposure to the sun.
Health & Safety
All staff hold a current First Aid Certificate and blue card, as well as Anaphylaxis and Asthma training certificates.
Daily activities promote good health and safety for the well being of both children and staff.
On enrolment, parents are required to provide the centre with documentation of their child’s current immunisation status, with regular documentation as age appropriate immunisations are administered. An allergy list will be displayed confidentially in each room and kitchen.
Staff are to give due regard to cross infection procedures as set out Avenues Policy Manual.
Parents will be notified if there is an outbreak of an infectious illness.
Emergency evacuation procedures will be practiced monthly.
All centres have a nominated Work Place Health and Safety Officer who conducts routine safety checks on the centre and equipment.
Prescribed medication will be administered as directed by the child’s doctor in writing or as set out on the original bottle by the pharmacist with the doctor’s name on the label.
Non prescribed medication cannot be given unless prior written permission and instruction from the child’s doctor has been received.
We aim to provide children at the Centre with the recommended percentage of their daily dietary intake. We will take into consideration all children’s individual requirements and value the children’s home and cultural backgrounds and reflect this in our menu planning and activities. We will ensure that a nutritious diet will be provided each day from a variety of foods, chosen from the basic food groups. Meals provided by centres vary from location to location.
|Preparing Your Child for Kindy|
|The best way to prepare your child for child care or kindy is to get them excited about coming.To do this we recommend that you and your child come to visit the centre at least twice before their official commencement day for a “play and stay”. As the name suggests, this is when you visit with your child and stay for up to an hour or so, playing with them as part of the group. This will allow both you and your child to become familiar with your child’s Educators and some of the other children in the group. Remember if you are comfortable with the staff and surroundings, the more likely your child/ren will be too.|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
What if I would like to take holidays?
A holiday discount is applied to your fees providing you give the centre two weeks written notice and your fees are up to date.
What happens on public holidays or when my child is away due to illness?
Normal fees will apply when your booked day falls on a public holiday or absence due to holidays or illness.
What is the minimum booking?
We recommend a minimum booking of 2 days per week – some of our services have this as a requirement, please contact the specific Centre Director for more information.
What if my child is sick?
We request that you keep your child home if they are ill. This helps reduce the risk to other children and staff. If your child becomes ill during their day at the centre, we will ring the parent’s contact numbers on the enrolment form. Please ensure that all current contact numbers are correct to avoid any delay.
What happens when my child’s teacher is away?
We have a number of staff who work part-time – we ask these staff members to take on the additional days/hours wherever possible. This provides continuity for the children as the staff are familiar to them. In some instances, it is necessary for us to use staff from a relief agency. These relief staff are fully checked by the agency and have the relevant qualifications and certificates.
What do I need to do on the first day?
Each centres Parent Handbook will have a list of what to bring on the first day. On arrival, a staff member will take you and your child to their group, where your child’s bag will be placed in their locker. Staff will show you where the sign-in sheet is located. Parents/guardians are required to sign their child in upon arrival and sign out at the end of the day. You are welcome to stay as long as you wish. Please ring through the day to see how your child is settling in.
What about fees?
We ask that you contact Family Assistance Office to arrange your CCB and CCR entitlements. On your first week, your account will show the current week plus two weeks in advance. Following payment of this account, your weekly account will be placed in your child’s information pocket. Fees are to be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. There is also a non refundable enrolment fee for your child.
|Child Care Benefit|
|Child Care Benefit helps you with the cost of your fees.To find if you are eligible please go to http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/
services/centrelink/child-care-benefit or Call Family assistance office on 13 61 50. Child Care Benefit is based on your income and is different for everyone.
|Child Care Rebate|
|Child Care Rebate (CCR) assists parents and guardians with your out-of-pocket expenses if you are working, training or studying. Out of pocket expenses are total child care fees less CCB. CCR covers 50% of your out of pocket expenses, up to a maximum of $7500 for each child per financial year.|