July 2018 Newsletter

CHILD CARE SUBSIDY CHANGES

Thank you to our families for working with us in these big changes to the Child Care Subsidy.

We sincerely thank your patience and understanding through these changes.

Complying written arrangements have been signed – thank you for your cooperation!

We have delayed our invoices to cater to the changes.

An email has been sent to keep you all up to date with payment periods etc.

GROUP CARE

Our Early Learning Centre is a Long day Care Centre. This means we are open for a longer day and follow the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011.

Long Day Care Services are a group care environment. This means we follow ratios of:

0-2 year olds – one teacher for every four children

2-3 year olds – one teacher for every five children

3-5 year olds – one teacher for every ten children

These ratios are for the teachers who are actively supervising the children.

Group care means that whilst we plan individually and have small group interactions, our care isn’t one to one.

If you have any questions about group care – please speak to Monique.

CHILDREN’S DIETARY REQUIRMENTS

We have many dietary requirements for our cooks. We are catering to our menu, allergies, cultural requirements, anaphylaxis, intolerances and fussy eaters. Please be very specific in what your child’s requirements are so we can best assist them.

Regarding fussy eaters, our first priority is to offer them the centre’s meal. We find 98% of the time they will eat the meal with encouragement and role modeling from their educators. At first this might start with only trying the meal and working up to eating most of the meal. It is a process that we have seen work. If we go straight to offering another option, it does make it difficult for the child to continue trying a variety of nutritious meals.

We understand food preferences and hope to cater to all children being fed well.

Please understand that if we do one thing for one child in the room, we need to do it for all children. Our cooks do an amazing job providing our meals on time for 59 children each day in addition to catering to dietary and medical requirements.

IMMUNISATION = ENROLMENT

Please ensure that throughout the year if your child receives an immunisation e.g.: 12 months, 18months or 4years, you will need to provide your child’s immunisation status record to us.

Due to Government regulations we are unable to enrol unimmunised children – failure to provide immunisation records = no enrolment.

We appreciate your cooperation.

WITHDRAWAL OF ENROLMENT OR REDUCTION OF DAYS NOTICE PERIOD

Parents must give at least three weeks written notice to the Director before withdrawing their child from Hunny Pots.  If the child does not attend the centre during this period, fees are still payable. If the child is withdrawn without notice, three weeks fees must be paid regardless.

Parents may reduce their child’s days of attendance by giving three weeks’ notice to the Director.

No notice period accepted in December and January for withdrawing or reducing days.

STAFF TRAINING

Miss Jess has been continuing her Leadership Academy training – ongoing webinars and coaching phone calls.

Miss Monique has been logging into HUBWORKS webinars each day this week 2/7-6/7 to get daily updates on changes to CCSS.

Tuesday 31st July we have a child protection refresher for our educators in the evening.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Week 2nd – 6th July – Coffee and portfolio viewing week. Come 3.30-4.30pm to see the wonderful work in your child’s portfolio.

 

8/7-15/7 NAIDOC WEEK – Our educators are attending community events throughout July for Naidoc Week. We also have an elder coming to the centre on Tuesday 10th July to spend time with our children.

 

Pyjama Day Friday 20th July – wear your PJs to Hunny Pots for a cozy, fun day!!! Gold coin donation for the Asthma Foundation.

 

23/7 – 27/7- Health and Safety Week .

 

Friday 27th July – National Tree Day.

 

Tuesday 31st July – National Friendship Day.

 

Rating and Assessment is coming up for Hunny Pots ELC. This is an exciting time for us to demonstrate our practices that promote the National Quality Framework, Early Years Learning Framework and our Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011. This will occur sometime from the 1st August to the 31st August.

 

SAVE THE DATES

Poohs Corner NSW Health eye test – Tuesday 11th September and Wednesday 12th September. More information closer to the date.

 

Hunny Pots school photos – Wednesday 8th August and Thursday 9th August. More information closer to the date.

 

ENROLMENTS FOR EARLY LEARNING CENTRE – 2019

We will be asking what your requirements are for 2019 in early August this year.

All families must complete the re-enrolment forms – no attendances ‘roll over’.

We ask our existing families what their requirements are at the end of each year (approx August). We don’t assume each family wants the same care or what their needs are each year. After submitting your form by the requested time, the director will confirm places in a formal letter for the following year.

Updated bonds are required to secure these positions. Bond will be non refundable upon non commencement of new attendance patterns.

Once a confirmation letter has been received and bonds are updated you are committed to this position for the following year. No reducing days or withdrawing your child after this date, then normal notice period (as above) occurs.

 

Centre Closure over the Christmas breakWe will be operating up to and including Friday 21st December 2018 and reopening on Monday 7th January 2019.


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