Hours of Operation PDF Print E-mail


The Centre is open for 49 weeks of the year, closing 3 weeks over the Christmas period and all Public Holidays. The Centre is open from 7.30 am until 5.30 pm 5 days per week, Monday to Friday. Due to our licensing and insurance regulations, we are unable to open the doors to parents and children prior to 7.30 am regardless of the circumstances. Kookaburra
Korner closes for all Public Holidays and does not charge for Public Holidays.

A late reimbursement of 2 staff wages (at time and half rates) will apply to any family where a child is still at the Centre after 5.30pm (see Arrivals and Departures Policy)

If your working hours necessitate that your child must be at the centre until late, we ask that you arrive no later then 5.25pm in order to give you enough time to collect your child’s belongings and talk to staff regarding your child’s day.

Please telephone the centre if for any reason you are running late – This is very important.

LATE DEPARTURE POLICY

A charge will be made for late collection of a child. Late collection distresses the child and staff regularly have personal commitments, appointments and children of their own to collect from other care facilities. When a family is late to arrive, staff are required to remain on the premises. If parents are late, they will be expected to pay the 2 staff member wages that are required to stay on the premises (at overtime rates of time and a half).

 
Immunisation PDF Print E-mail

Upon enrolling at Kookaburra Korner families are required to provide their child’s immunisation statement for the centre to determine the child's immunisation status. Immunisations are required to be kept up to date. You must obtain you immunisation history statement from www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/online. If you choose for your child not to be immunised, in the case of an outbreak of an immunisible preventable disease, your child must be excluded for the prescribed exclusion period and you must provide either a medical contraindication form or conscientious objection form.



 
Assessment and Rating System PDF Print E-mail


The Service is assessed under the National Quality Framework which includes:-

  • Education and Care Services National Law ("National Law")
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations ("National Regulations")
  • A National Quality Standards consisting of 7 Quality areas:

QA 1:Educational program and practice
QA 2:Children's health and safety
QA 3:Physical environment
QA 4:Staffing arrangements
QA 5:Relationship with children
QA 6:Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
QA 7:Leadership and service management


A National Quality rating and assessment process through which services are assessed against the National Quality Standards by Regulatory Authorities and provide with a rating from 1 of the 5 levels:

  • Unsatisfactory
  • Significant Improvement Required
  • Working Towards National Quality Standards
  • Meeting National Quality Standards
  • Exceeding National Quality Standards

Excellent rating Awarded by ACECQA


We are currently rated as "Exceeding National Quality Standards".

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For more information please visit www.educationandcommunities.nswgov.au and www.acecqa.gov.au.

 
Fees PDF Print E-mail

PAYMENT OF FEES

The Centre’s fees for this year are approximately:
Minimum Fee: $30.00 Maximum Fee: $98.20

Fees for 2017

Minimum Fee: $30.00 Maximum Fee: $102.70

The fee you pay is dependent upon your combined gross family income. No position will be held without payment of fees. If the position cannot be accepted when offered and the placement is still required, payment of fees applies from the date the position is offered.

Kookaburra Korner offers a variety of fee payment options. They include: Cash, cheque, internet banking, direct debit and centre pay. (please contact Centrelink for the Centrepay option) If you would like to pay fees using internet banking or direct debit, please see Louise or Judy for Kookaburra Korner account details.



Because Kookaburra Korner is a non-profit organisation which relies on fees to cover the everyday running costs of the Centre we need to have strict fee paying guidelines:-

Fees in arrears:-
* one week behind: A reminder sticker and note from the office
* two weeks behind: An account posted and call from the office
* three weeks behind: A management Committee letter regarding outstanding fees and action to be taken.
* four weeks behind: A final notice sent by the Management Committee, child excluded from the Centre, debt collection service enlisted for recovery of debt.

Fees are paid by Cash. For cash use the envelope which is located next to fees box. Please fill in the date of payment and the amount of money enclosed each week, and place the envelope into the locked fees box located on the wall next to bench at the front entrance.

If the fees are paid via internet banking or direct debit, please put a copy of your transaction in the fees box with the date and amount. You are required to put your surname in the reference field to be able to identify your payment on our bank statement.

A receipt will be issued and placed in your file. Please assist by providing the exact amount, as the Centre does not provide change.

Please make cheques payable to Kookaburra Korner. If any cheques presented to the bank are dishonoured, the drawer of the cheque will be liable for any bank charges incurred.

As the Centre is a non profit community organisation, fees are budgeted on the break even running costs for 49 weeks of the year. To maintain your child’s placement at the Centre, it is necessary to charge your daily fee for holidays, sick days or any other absence that your child may take during the year. The exception is Public Holidays.





FEE PAYING & DIFFICULTIES

If a family is experiencing difficulties in paying fees, they should contact the Director immediately. Please do not wait for a debt to accrue before discussing your situation. As the Centre is a non profit organisation, we rely on fees to meet our obligations such as our running costs and staff wages, it is necessary to make immediate arrangements if you fall behind in payments.
Where fees are in arrears, it is the policy of the Centre to terminate care.

 

HISTORY

Kookaburra Korner Early Education Centre Incorporated is a non-profit community based service which opened in February, 1987. The building plans and construction was supervised by Maitland City Council and funded by the Department of Health and Family Services. After initial guidance by the Council, the responsibility of management was handed over to Kookaburra Korner Parent Management Committee. The Centre operates under licensing regulations known as Education & Care Services National Laws & Regulation 2010

During its years of operation, the Centre has provided affordable quality education and child development. The service places an emphasis on providing a developmentally appropriate educational program for all children, which has also enabled children with additional needs to be integrated into a high quality program.

1994 saw the change of name to Kookaburra Korner Early Education Centre Incorporated, which has enabled the community and families to recognise the service as that of an Early Learning Educational Environment.

1998 was again another year of change, with the extension to the existing building to allow our service to operate with three different rooms, and three separate playgrounds. This allows the Centre to cater for Possum (0-2 years), Koala (2-3 1/2 years) and Wombats (3-6 years) children in more age appropriate environments. This has enabled the Centre to increase licensed positions from 40 children to 51 children per day. We provide a home like environment for our families, whilst best meeting their educational needs, and the needs of their children.


Throughout the years Kookaburra Korner has continued to provide high quality education for all children, families and the wider community.


2014/2015 saw another year of change as we began the project of renovation our aging playgrounds into natural play spaces. Play is a vital part of childhood and growing up. Children learn through play to develop social, physical and emotional skills. Providing children with an outdoor learning environment that incorporates for quiet, natural creative activity and stimulates play will allow children to learn whilst using their imagination. By inviting a child to use their initiative and explore possibilities we provide them the best opportunities to learn. Natural spaces create opportunities for children to experience both risk and challenge and can also be a safe place for children to explore.

 
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