OUR CHILDREN
The Children


SETTLING NEW CHILDREN

Starting at the Centre is a learning time. It’s the time a child learns to leave the family to develop a sense of trust in others outside the home. If it is a happy experience the child will feel he/she can trust people. Separation from your child when they commence is often difficult for both you and your child. To assist in making this easier, we ask you to establish a routine and try to follow this through e.g. signing attendance book, putting your child’s sheet bag in the designated box and school bag in a locker, greeting staff and the settling your child to play for a short time.

Please tell a staff member when you are leaving and say goodbye to your child giving them a reassuring hug and letting them know when you will becoming back. When leaving, it is best to say goodbye and leave without hesitation. Your child will respond from the way you react and from your confidence in the staff who are caring for your child.

Please feel free to call the Centre to find out how your child is going through the day, as we are more than happy to talk to you. Between 11.30and 2.00 pm staff are very busy assisting the children with their meals, changing nappies, toileting the older children, small group sessions which include music and movement, and later assisting all the children in having a  quiet rest/sleep. However, one of the office staff will be pleased to pass on messages should staff be unable to talk to you directly.

For parents/caregivers and teachers to help make the adjustment between home and the Centre easier, we suggest:

Bring your child to visit the Centre before he/she starts, let them see what it looks like. This will help your child to become familiar with his/her new surroundings. A parent/caregiver will be required to stay at the Centre during this time. It is normally recommended to make the morning separation as smooth as possible. The child should learn that you will return. Do not slip away; tell your child that you are going.

Leave a possession for your child to mind if he/she is suspicious about your return. Then he/she will understand that you will come back for it.

Always tell a member of staff when you are leaving so that they can be with your child when you leave.

At this time in your child’s development, they are unable to predict or understand the concept of time as we as adults do.  It is a more effective strategy to tell your child you will be back “ after afternoon tea”, instead of “3.30”. This way, your child develops trust in your arrival and can predict and anticipate your arrival within their routine.

At our centre, we believe in making the transition from home to the centre as supportive and caring as possible for both your family and your child.

Please remember to bring in your child’s:

Enrolment Form,
Programming Suggestions Form and
Room Profile before or on your child’s first day.

The more we know about your child, the easier it will be to settle in and enjoy your time attending the Centre.


DAILY REQUIREMENTS

Please ensure that you provide for each day that your child attends:
* A school bag with their name clearly written on it
* Sheets (Cot size is big enough) in a sheet bag with their name clearly written on it (NO
plastic bags, please)
* Two (2) complete changes of clothes, please make sure you consider the changes in
weather that can occur in a normal day
* A beanie and jacket for the winter months
* Play clothes for art, craft and sensory experiences

Parents are required to provide a hat for their child. Either full brimmed or legionnaire style in accordance with our Sun Smart Policy. CAPS ARE NOT PERMITTED.


THONGS AND REEF SHOES are not an acceptable form of foot wear at Kookaburra Korner, as they can be dangerous when climbing, walking, and running. All clothing items including socks, shoes and underpants, MUST BE CLEARLY LABELLED.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY TOYS OR SPECIAL ITEMS FROM HOME

We are an educational service and do not require any additional toys from home as these often cause conflict and distress when they are broken or lost.

The Centre does not take any responsibility for children’s toys from home.

Children may bring a soft noiseless toy to the Centre e.g. teddy and keep it only with them if it is a comforter for them for rest or if upset. Please appreciate that staff are responsible for all the children in their care and may not be able to leave the group to search for misplaced belongings.


Needs for babies:-
Formulas for babies should be provided by parents in CLEARLY MARKED formula dispensers or formula tins. Please also provide a labelled bottle for your child if they are drinking formula or full cream milk. (Remember that we care for more children with the same needs and requirements - ensure that all your child’s possessions are clearly labelled at all times) You will be required to provide a fitted cot sheet and flat sheet, clearly labelled. Sheets are to be taken home to be laundered on the last day of attendance in the week. This applies to all children sleeping at the Centre. Dummies, if required, should also be clearly labelled.

Children in Nappies

The Centre uses and provides all disposable nappies throughout the day. Numerous pairs of trainers and suitable other clothes are necessary if your child is not fully toilet trained.


Toilet Training

Overalls and zippered pants are difficult and frustrating for children to undo and get down on their own. Please ensure your child is dressed in clothes that are easy for them to manipulate themselves, as part of toilet training is the ability to develop independence. Please send at least two sets of spare clothes.

All children - Remember your child’s comfort when dressing for the day, make sure that clothes are appropriate for play and “messy” activities.
We encourage children to try and dress themselves and this is much easier with pull on clothes. Overalls, belts and tight/grown out of clothing are not suitable for your child’s independence i.e. taking themselves to the toilet.

Please do not send children in special clothes. They can be lost or damaged by paint. Your child’s day with us is an enjoyable day, where they are encouraged to experience different activities through which they learn.

Rest Time

All children are encouraged to rest after lunch, but no child is forced to sleep. Parents are consulted frequently if they require their child to sleep through the day. The babies follow their own sleeping and eating pattern as they would at home. Information about your child’s eating and sleeping patterns are written on daily communication sheets which you are required to complete each morning. Each staff member's duty of care is to the child.