MCCC Welcomes you to 2015!

We look forward to building our Community with you!

Director's Note

Hi everyone, we are off to a flying start in 2015! We have and will continue to welcome at least 16 -18 new families into our small community! We would like to welcome you, especially!

If you are one of these new families, we would like to embark on this journey with a vow and a small excerpt from our Code of Conduct; with respect to Relationships with families:


In their relationships with families, all staff, volunteers and students at the Centre will demonstrate their commitment to collaboration by:

· being respectful of, and courteous towards, families at all times

· considering the perspective of families when making decisions that impact on the education and care of their child

· communicating with families and responding to any concerns in a timely and sensitive manner

· respecting the cultural context of each child and their family

· working collaboratively with families

· respecting the privacy of information provided by families, and keeping this information confidential, as required under the Privacy and Confidentiality Policy.

We hope that we may demonstrate these values in our practices and successfully build strong partnerships with all!


Teams are also settling in to their new roles and establishing their practices; we thank you for your support through this transitional period. Look out for lots of communication regarding children's programs; we will be scheduling some welcome information evenings for February for all groups, please look below for event details.


In the meantime, we are scheduled for a Rating and Assessment visit on Wednesday the 21st of January, details below!


All the best for the year ahead and thanks for taking us along on your family journey!

Warm regards,

Rukmini

National Quality Standards: Rating and Assessment

When: Wednesday 21/1/2015; from 8.00 am till 4.30 pm

Where: here on sight

Please view the video below for further information regarding this. We are excited and nervous as this day approaches and look to your support as always to have a successful day!

Topic 4: How are services assessed and rated?

Settling your child into childcare, what to expect

Starting child care? Your child will probably need a little while to get used to the new routine – and you might too! You can take the stress out of things by planning ahead, preparing your child and settling your child in over a few weeks.

Starting child care: planning ahead

Preparing children for their first day in child care will help them settle more easily. It’s a good idea to start several weeks before the big day.

Getting your child used to the child care daily routine is a good first step. To do this, you can ask the child care setting for a copy of its daily schedule and make this part of your child’s routine at home. If you try to follow the setting’s lunch, play and nap times, your child might take less time to adjust when care starts.

Young babies will usually follow their personal routines in child care settings.

If your child knows who will be looking after her, it might make things easier. In the weeks before starting, you can find out who your child’s main carer will be. If you can get a photo of this person and talk about the person by name, this person will be more familiar to your child.

You and your child can also get to know the new child care setting and carers by making short visits together to the setting. Your child will get used to the new smells, toys, sounds, faces and voices. You can gently encourage your child to play with the toys and do some activities while you’re there.

Reading or telling stories can be a safe way to explore strong emotions and help your child understand new events. You could try picture books about starting child care or making new friends. Your local library might have some suggestions. Or you could make up stories to share with your child about the experience. It’s good to include all the feelings and experiences your child might go through – for example, happiness, fun, friendship, sadness, anxiety, apprehension and tiredness.

And talking positively with your child about the new environment, friends, carers and activities will help both you and your child feel positive too.

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/child_care_planning_settling_in.html

Easing Separation Anxiety

Settling into new environments

Attending an early-learning program such as long day care, pre-school or family day care is an important and exciting stage in a child’s development. They will have opportunities to interact with other children and educators, and benefit from a stimulating learning environment. Some children embrace this change with an enthusiasm that can leave parents feeling confident and comfortable, and perhaps even a little left out. Other children may feel afraid, upset or anxious. It may be the first time they have been in the care of adults who are not part of their family, or the environment could be noisy and crowded compared to being at home, making it all feel a bit too much. It is actually quite common for children to show some signs of discomfort when they first start in a new program. From about six months old, most children begin to show distress when they are away from their parents or carers, as they don’t yet have a separate sense of self, so can feel a part of them is missing. While this can be worrying for parents and carers, it is normal for children to find the transition to childcare upsetting and it is important to remember the distress is often short-lived.

For suggestions about you can do to help your child settle into the new environment click here.

http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/parent-resources/separation-anxiety/

Changing the names of our Rooms

This is a project that we have been carrying forward from 2014; whereby we are talking to the children and families about some name changes for our rooms. We will be finalising this project in early February with a special visitor who will guide and support an Aboriginal education program at the Centre.

We are reading stories to the children to raise their awareness around the various Aboriginal language groups and some animal names.

We look forward to launching these names ceremonially early in the year so we all get accustomed to the new names!

Welcome Information Evening for Kinder Families

Tuesday, Feb. 17th, 5:30pm

Monash Child Care, Caulfield East, Victoria, Australia (Kinder Room)

Caulfield East, VIC

Your Leadership Team along with the Kinder Educator team will welcome you to the room with Kindergarten educational program as well as general information. Please do not miss this opportunity to share your thoughts and get a deeper understanding of events, programs and goals for the year ahead. You will also have a chance to meet other families in your child's room in a social setting.


5.30-6.00 pm: Arrive/ meet and greet/ light refreshments served

6.00 -6.15 pm: Presentation including Question Time from Leadership team/ Room Educators

6.15-6.30 pm: Socialise/ Mingle

Welcome Information Evening for Toddler and Babies' Room Families

Thursday, Feb. 26th, 5:30pm

Monash Child Care, Caulfield East, Victoria, Australia (Toddler/Babies Room)

Your Leadership Team along with the Toddler/ Babies' Educator teams will welcome you to the rooms with important educational program information. Please do not miss this opportunity to share your thoughts and get a deeper understanding of events, programs and goals for the year ahead. You will also have a chance to meet other families in your child's room in a social setting. Light refreshments provided.


5.30-6.00 pm: Arrive/ meet and greet/ light refreshments served

6.00 -6.15 pm: Presentation including Question Time from Leadership team/ Room Educators

6.15-6.30 pm: Socialise/ Mingle

Babies' Room 2015

Wadia (Team Leader)

Meherun (Co-educator) Dimple (Co-educator)

Lunch Cover: Rebecca (Co-educator)

RDO & Planning Cover: Lita (Co-educator)

Toddler Room 2015

Dinata (Team Leader); Thanuja (Team Leader)

Cristina (Co-educator); Shavi (Co-educator) ; Maria (Co-educator)

Lunch Cover: Lim (Co-educator)

Kinder Room

Anella (Senior Kinder Teacher/ Team Leader)

Josephine (Kinder Teacher)

Trupti (Co-educator)

Nishanthi (Co-educator)

Planning Cover: Lita (Co-educator)

Kitchen Menus

Enrolment and Fees Policy

The following procedures have been established to ensure goals are met:


  • Families requesting child care services need to complete a waitlist application form; which can be obtained from the Centre or on the Monash University website.
  • Ø Completed waitlist forms are lodged at the office of the Centre.
  • Ø Fees rates are outlined below.
  • Ø Please note that you may be eligible for Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR). See attachment for more information on CCB/CCR.


DAILY FEES FOR MONASH STAFF AND COMMUNITY USERS:

2015: $90

DAILY FEES FOR MONASH STUDENTS:

2015: $86

Sessional: $54

FEE STRUCTURE:

The Centre’s fee structure will be reviewed annually at the discretion of the Committee of Management. Fee increases are based on projected expenditure for the following year.

PAYMENT OF FEES

The Centre prefers that families pay their fees via Direct Debit. A Direct Debit form will be included in enrolment information.

STATEMENT OF FEES

Fee statements are electronically emailed to families on a fortnightly basis.

OVERDUE FEES

It is the responsibility of the family to contact Centre Management, should difficulties arise in fee payment. If fees are overdue by more than two weeks, the child’s place may be denied and/or revoked.

NOTICE PERIOD

A minimum of 4 weeks’ notice must be given if a family wishes to terminate care; this notice must be discussed with Centre Management and provided in writing to the Centre. If the child/ren do not attend during this notice period the family will be responsible for paying full fees (not subject to CCB discount).

If families wish to terminate their place before they start at the Centre, they will be required to pay four (4) weeks fees (not subject to CCB) comprising of their allocated days.

ACCEPTANCE OF AN OFFER

Once a place has been offered and a family wishes to accept this offer, they are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 4 weeks of childcare within 5

business days, $60 of which is an administration fee.

This deposit is then credited to the family’s account, once they start attending the Centre. If the family decides not to take up their place after accepting in writing and paying their deposit, the deposit will not be refunded.

The Centre is unable to hold a place for any length of time. Families will need to begin care no more than 2 weeks after the place becomes available, unless otherwise negotiated with the Centre.

If the offer of a place is declined, the applicant may elect to remain on the waiting list. A parent will be removed from the wait list if they do not respond after an offer has been made. A parent who has refused three offers may request to remain on the wait list, but will be moved to the end of the list.

PRIORITY OF ACCESS

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Priority of Access Guidelines for child care services will be followed when offering a child care place. Please refer to the Enrolment and Orientation Policy and Inclusion and Equity Policy.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS AN ANNUAL LEVY:

The Committee of Management sets a levy fee each year, which is a flat rate fee per family, charged in addition to regular daily fees. The current levy fee is $200 per family. Levies help to cover the ongoing maintenance costs of the Centre. Levies are charged at the start of the Centre’s financial year (July).

The levy is rebatable in $50 increments in return for contributions that families make to the Centre, which equate to approximately 3hrs worth of work.

There are a variety of ways families can make rebatable contributions to the Centre. Please refer to the Policy and Procedure manual for more detail.

Sun Protection and Chidren's Clothing Policy

Objective


To ensure that

· children, staff, volunteers and others participating in Centre programs and activities maintain a healthy balance of ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure

· information is provided for families, staff, volunteers, students and children attending the Centre regarding a healthy balance of UV radiation exposure

· children’s clothing is appropriate for participation in Centre activities and adheres to the Centre’s Sun Protection policy, and is in line with Sun Smart recommendations

· children’s clothing promotes safe sleeping practices as identified by the SIDS foundation.

Procedure


Specified times: Sun protection procedures are implemented from the beginning of September until the end of April the following year. Sun protection may be required at other times, when the UV Index Level is at 3 or above. Staff should refer to www.sunsmart.com.au or phone app, as required.

It is important that children are dressed in clothes that allow them to feel comfortable, move freely and safely. Clothes that children can manage themselves are recommended, as this will encourage independence and self help skills especially for toileting and rest time.

Staff are responsible for:

· accessing the SunSmart UV Alert on the SunSmart website (or phone app) to check the daily local sun protection times to assist with the implementation of this policy

· wearing sunhats, clothing for sun protection and sunglasses (optional) when outside, applying sunscreen and seeking shade during specified times

· ensuring each child, and any other participant at the Centre, wears an appropriate sunhat, clothing for sun protection and sunscreen for all outdoor activities during specified times

· checking that all sunhats brought to the Centre meet the SunSmart recommendation for adequate protection, are named and stored individually

· ensuring spare sunhats are laundered after each use

· applying sunscreen to children’s exposed skin – except in cases where families have not given authority. Where possible this should be done 20 minutes before going outdoors. Children, where appropriate, will be encouraged to apply sunscreen with the assistance of an educator (sunscreen is to be reapplied every two hours).

· storing sunscreen in a cool place and monitoring the expiry date – including for sunscreen supplied by families

· ensuring that children without appropriate sunhats or clothing for sun protection play in the shade or in a suitable area protected from the sun

· encouraging children to seek shade when playing outside and utilise shaded areas for outdoor equipment that is not fixed during the times specified

· encouraging children to wear sunhats when travelling to and from the Centre

· ensuring that sun protection strategies are a priority when planning excursions

· co-operating with their employer with respect to any action taken by the employer to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

Families are responsible for:

· providing a named, SunSmart approved sunhat for their child’s use at the Centre

· providing written authority for staff to apply sunscreen to their child. Families of children with naturally very dark skin may decide not to provide this authority to ensure their child receives adequate levels of vitamin D (Appendix 1)We have this covered in Enrollment form. This should also be discussed with educators at the Centre

· providing, at their own expense, an alternative sunscreen to be left at the Centre if their child has a particular sensitivity to the sunscreen provided by the Centre

· wearing a sunhat, clothing for sun protection and sunglasses (optional) when outside at the Centre

· The following are guidelines regarding appropriate clothing for children to wear while at the Centre, in order to ensure they can participate fully and safely in the program:

- safe and sturdy footwear is preferable (thongs or similar offer little protection for children, can catch on climbing equipment and should not be worn at the Centre)

- clothing suitable for the child’s level of ability to manage independently (ie if children are going through the process of learning to use the toilet independently, zips/buttons etc can be difficult for them to manage). Staff encourage children to become independent in the skill of dressing and undressing, allowing sufficient time for children to explore and learn these skills

- Clothing with cords, drawstrings and long ribbons such as parkas, hooded windcheaters and capes can present choking or suffocation hazards, and can catch on play equipment and should be avoided

- The educational program consists of many hands-on experiences and often includes “messy play” activities. The Centre is not responsible for protecting children’s clothing beyond providing smocks for the children, as appropriate.

- All children should bring a complete change of clothes to the Centre, as garments may get wet and/or soiled during activities. Families should provide a range of weather-appropriate clothing for children, including a warm coat in cold weather and a labelled sun-hat for warmer weather

- If families wish for children to sleep in sleeping bags or with specific sleeping equipment, they should ensure that these meet SIDS and Kids safe sleeping and wrapping guidelines. Staff will speak to families about the suitability of sleeping equipment, as required