Monash Caulfield Childcare Centre
January/ February Newsletter 2014
A word from Rukmini
I enjoy and look forward to this part of the year very much, as we successfully embrace families into our fold, forming nurturing and lasting relationships! 2014, brings the introduction of a new concept into my "Centre vocabulary", I am entering into a relationship with each new family and I must invest time and energy into building trust and getting to know each and every one of you. There will be many spoken and many more unspoken rules established along our journey and in the centre of this, is your child, your family's most precious and prized member, entrusted to our community, may we uphold every aspect of responsibility with professional integrity and love! This is the journey of building a partnership.
This year, we have identified several goals for the Centre, and one that is of particular interest to all of you is to organise some shared learning opportunities for families and staff, starting with a training session with renowned Educator and trainer, Jo Lange. Jo will deliver a session to parents titled "Why won't they do as they're told?" (April 3rd.) Please look out for advertising regarding this session.
In addition, I would like to take the opportunity to invite everyone to our annual welcome event on February the 27th, here at the Centre.
Each new family will also have the opportunity to review and reflect on their orientation into the Centre around March, you will be able to do so via survey or face to face contact with myself or your child's room leaders.
Did you know
Signing in and out
Parents must sign their child in and out of the Centre each day. This is a legal document used for government auditing and role-call purposes in the event of an emergency evacuation. If there is any variation to the normal pick-up and delivery arrangements please write them in the book. Change of daily contact numbers must also be noted.
If you will be delayed more than half an hour past your scheduled pick-up time please call the Centre as your child may become worried if you fail to arrive at your usual time.
Incident, Injury, trauma and illness
The staff will maintain a record of any accidents that occur at the Centre and will inform you if your child has hurt him/herself.
If your child has been ill during their time at the Centre or is taking medication, this needs to be documented in the medication book. Parents must complete and sign the
medication administration book each day on arrival and departure or medication will not be administered.
CENTRE CLOSURE PERIODS:
Monash Caulfield Child Care follow Monash Holidays with regards to public holidays and some other closures:
Professional development day (TBA at the start of each year via the Centre newsletter and notice boards).
All other public holidays as per Victorian closures.
The Centre closes for approximately 2 weeks during the Summer/Christmas period. Dates will be announced at the start of the year, Fees do not apply during this period.
Fees apply to all Victorian public holidays if it’s your child’s regular day. CCB and CCR is applicable to these days.
Please discourage your children from reaching for the buttons at the front doors.
Kinder room children have made these signs for the front doors. They have been learning a little bit about safety. The children have been told that only adults are to press the buttons for the door but they can help by pushing or pulling the door open.
Please see the link below for more information from KidSafe Victoria
Information about CCB and CCR
Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) are Commonwealth Government subsidies to help cover the cost of child care. A child must attend a child care service approved for CCb in order to be eligible for CCB or CCR.
To learn more about the types of Government payments available to assist with the cost of childcare and your responsibilities for receiving these payments, visit: http://mychild.gov.au/pages/ccbenefit.aspx
Calendar of Events February/March 2014
Toddler Room Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 9903 2307
Kinder Room Email: email@example.com Ph: 9903 2308
Kindergarten Program and subsidy; we hope to bring you detailed information regarding this topic in each newsletter!
- The education and care service or Victorian
Children’s Service from which the kindergarten
program is offered must be located in Victoria.
- If a service has been assessed by the Regulatory
Authority (the Department) against the National
Quality Standard, the service must have a rating
of ‘Working Towards National Quality Standard’
- Service providers must have a business plan and
budgets showing ongoing financially viability.
- Service providers must demonstrate that the
service aligns with the Municipal Early Years Plan
- Service providers must offer a kindergarten
program delivered by a qualified early childhood
teacher, holding a qualification that appears on
the list of early childhood teaching qualifications
approved by ACECQA and published in accordance
with the National Regulations.
- Service providers must offer a kindergarten
program offering a minimum of 15 hours of
kindergarten per week for 40 weeks per year, or a
minimum of 600 hours per year, delivered by an
early childhood teacher.
- Services must have a minimum of 20 enrolments
• are operated by an approved kindergarten
cluster manager or a school
• are operated as part of a long day care service
• are eligible for funding at the rural per capita rate
- Service providers must sign and comply with
a DEECD service agreement and operate in
accordance with the standards and guidelines
detailed in the agreement.
New appointment 2014: Leadership role for Partnerships with Families
Position Description/ Desired outcomes:
- Be viewed by families as valued extensions of the family support network
- Exchange information because you feel we need to know or we care; not just to keep us informed
- Raise the families' perceptions and views of us which will in turn enhance our value.
- Declare these outcomes to families regularly
- Increase opportunities for participation/ involvement in daily program
- Increased spontaneous communication in a variety of ways, phone, email, sms
- Build relationships with families across the Centre, not only in their own rooms, but also spending time in other rooms/ family grouping time
- Share desired outcomes via newsletters and verbal communication
- Plan and organize systems to invite and plan activities for families, e.g. booking sheet linked with program activities and interests for families to participate in.