SETTLING IN OF CHILDREN
All new and existing children are settling in to their rooms beautifully.
Please be aware of how normal it is to have some tears in the first few weeks. Even for the children moving rooms, it is normal to have a few tears throughout this transition time. We are very understanding of this and provide a lot of comfort to children settling in. If you have any concerns, please let us know.
Please know you are welcome to attend more orientation to help the break between attendance days e.g. Come and say hello on a day your child doesn’t attend for 30 minutes – you will need to stay. This does help in developing relationships, particularly with your child’s educators.
CHILD CARE SUBSIDY
There have been some glitches in the Child care subsidy – particularly last invoice period.
We are working closely with the families to find out the issues and are working with someone from the CCMS helpdesk to let us know of any issues. Unfortunately, the responses haven’t been very clear and not very well informed.
We strongly suggest looking at your invoice every fortnight – even if you have no changes etc, please open it to see if it is the normal amount. Let us know immediately if it appears different.
We invoice on a Friday and submit direct debit (iPay) on a Tuesday. This is to assist families transferring money into appropriate accounts if needed and to clarify the amount is correct.
Please be aware that our software is linked with the family assistance office, it estimates what your gap fee is each week.
This can change if you have updated your income or work hours (activity hours).
It is not something we manually enter – it comes from the child care management system.
• Please note iPay direct debit will only take out what is owing. If you have any credit etc it will be adjusted accordingly.
Just a friendly reminder that our car park is for use only on the days your child attends.
Please use the car park for drop off and pick up times of your child attending Hunny Pots.
Due to the cameras, we have noticed many families are picking up their school age child (parking in the car park) and then returning a few hours later to pick up their child from Hunny Pots (parking in the car park) – whilst we would love to provide this service, it is not practical as it is taking up valuable car spaces for families who are picking up their child from Hunny Pots at this time.
You are welcome to park in our car park and drop off/collect your school age child whilst drop off/collecting your Hunny Pots child.
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
We have an exciting menu offered to our children daily that has been planned to meet all the dietary requirements of children whilst in care.
We have had our menu approved by NSW Health Munch and Move.
Our children are constantly eating! Our meal times for each room are:
Breakfast 7am-7.30am, Morning tea 9.15am, Lunch and second course 11.15am, afternoon tea 2.30pm, late snack 4.30pm.
Breakfast 7am-7.30am, Progressive Morning tea 9.30am, Lunch and second course 11.30am, afternoon tea 2.15pm, late snack 4.30pm.
Breakfast 7am-7.30am, Progressive Morning tea 9.30am, Lunch and second course 11.45am, afternoon tea 2.30pm, late snack 4.30pm.
Please look at our menu to see the healthy options that are available. We also include the meals offered in our emailed Daily diary.
Our morning tea is always a delicious fruit and vegetable platter with something else with it eg: wholemeal crackers with spreads, wholemeal raisin toast, cheese cubes and crackers.
Our lunch options cover meat options as well as vegetarian meals. Did you know that we offer wholemeal pasta, breads and brown rice? Your children are eating well!
Afternoon tea is fruit and vegetable platters with a cup of milk.
Late snack is Lebanese bread with spreads. This late snack is not to fill your child up, it is a snack to tie them over to dinner – we hope they are hungry to have a lovely dinner.
Children in Tiggers Place and Pooh’s Corner are required to bring in a piece of fruit or vegetable each day.
We are receiving a great variety of fruit and vegetables in our baskets this year. Thank you to our Tigger’s and Pooh’s Corner children for providing fruit and veges to enjoy! Keep it up.
WITHDRAWAL OF YOUR CHILD/REDUCING DAYS
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 full fees must be paid regardless. (Please see the below section: A child who has not yet received care or who has ceased receiving care).
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.
A child who has not yet received care or who has ceased receiving care:
Below is from the Child Care Handbook Australian Government Department of Education and Training:
Child Care Subsidy will not be paid for absences where a provider charges a family to reserve a place for a child who has not yet physically started care.
If a child is booked in to start at a service on a particular date, and does not start on that day, no Child Care Subsidy will be paid until the child physically attends a session of care.
Similarly, a child care service is taken to have permanently ceased providing care for a child on the day the child last physically attends a session of care. This means that Child Care Subsidy will not be paid for absences submitted after a child last physically attends a session of care.
If a family has confirmed their child’s last day at a service, but that child does not attend their last booked sessions of care, no Child Care Subsidy will be paid for any days after the child’s last physical attendance at the service.
If a provider continues to charge fees for sessions on days after a child has left the service because the family did not give the agreed period of notice, Child Care Subsidy will not be payable for these sessions of care. If absences are reported in the above circumstances and Child Care Subsidy is incorrectly paid, these amounts will be recovered from the service.
Please don’t allow your child to stand on our front gate.
When standing on it, it puts the gate out of balance to close properly.
We hope you can work with us to stop this from happening.
We are able to view through our security cameras children ‘riding’ on the gate.
Office hours are: 8am – 4.00pm
IMMUNISATION = ENROLMENT
Please ensure that throughout the year if your child receives an immunisation eg: 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.
LOCKERS FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S BELONGINGS
Please ensure you check the room locker chart on a regular basis. We are constantly updating the locker charts to accommodate extra days, new children etc. Your child may have a different locker for different days. Please put your child’s bag in the correct allocated locker.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILIES
We believe in communicating with our families and passing on as much information as possible to you – without overwhelming you! Throughout the day we write in our curriculum planner(on display in the foyer), complete eat/sleep charts, write a daily diary for each room (on display in the foyer), complete observations and try our best to inform you about your child’s day. We always endeavor to speak to you about your child’s day upon departure. Some parts of the afternoon are peak times, so please be aware that our teachers may not have great lengths of time to speak with you (due to supervision), but we do our best to inform you of any developmental changes, incidents and achievements.
For families who have participated in our orientation program, we would love your feedback on how this may have assisted your child/family. What did you like? How did this help? What can we improve? Please send us an email with your feedback! Thank you.
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.
CLOTHING /HATS /BELONGINGS
Please remember, our sun protection policy states for all children to wear a broad brimmed, legionaries style hat or bucket style hat – NO BASEBALL HATS ALLOWED!
Also, children should wear clothing that covers their shoulders – NO SINGLETS, STRAP DRESSES OR MUSCLE TOPS. NO THONGS ALLOWED.
This is to encourage lifelong sun protection skills for your child.
Please also dress your child appropriately for going to the toilet – no belts, buttons and not having lots of layers that need to be removed.
Please label EVERYTHING; we have many similar items eg: drink bottles, bags etc.
UPCOMING EVENTS :
Tuesday 5th February – Chinese New Year. Come dressed in red!
Tuesday 12th February – Puddle ducks swim school water safety talk to Tiggers and Poohs Corner.
Friday 22nd February – come in your favourite dress up for FANTASTIC FRIDAY!
Monday 11th March – Catrina Buzzy Bee Show $8 will be added to your invoice for Tiggers and Poohs Corner children attending Mondays.
Wednesday 13th March – Crazy Hair day – come with the craziest hair!
Thursday 21st March – Harmony Day – wear orange ready to participate in friendship games/activities.
Simon and Monique