Attending the Centre

WHAT TO BRING

6 weeks to 2 ½ years:

In a bag that fits into your childs locker please include (ALL NAMED) the following:

  • Sheet or blanket etc for sleep time (stored in a material drawstring bag)
  • bibs, bottles with milk and /or trainer cup if used at home
  • Security toy (if required)
  • At least two complete changes of clothing
  • Trainer pants or pull-up nappies if toilet training
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+  recommended
  • Hat
  • Plastic drink bottle (to be left at centre)

THE CENTRE SUPPLIES DISPOSABLE NAPPIES AND ALL MEALS

2 ½ years to 5 years:

In a bag that fits into your childs locker please include (ALL NAMED) the following:

  • Sheet or blanket etc for sleep time (stored in a material drawstring bag)
  • At least two complete changes of clothing
  • Security toy (if required)
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+  recommended
  • Hat
  • Plastic drink bottle (to be left at centre)

IT IS A GOVERNMENT REGULATION THAT CHILDREN DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO CLING FILM (GLAD WRAP). 

LOST PROPERTY

Lost property will be kept at the centre for eight (8) weeks. If it is not claimed during this period, it will be donated to a charity in the area. REMEMBER, MARK ALL PROPERTY CLEARLY TO AVOID SUCH ACTION.

HEALTH, INJURIES AND SICKNESS

Parents are requested to keep all immunisations up to date. Please be aware that if the centre does not have up to date immunisation records for your child, and a vaccine- preventable disease is present or suspected, your child will be excluded for the appropriate period.

From 1st January 2016 the Centre has adopted the new immunisation requirements for Children in approved early childhood services allowed under changes to the Public Health Act 2005. From this date parents and guardians must prove to the Centre with proof that your child’s immunisation status is up-to-date before they can enrol or attend the Centre. For more details regarding this policy please contact the centre.

Hygiene is an important factor in the maintenance of proper health standards.  Our hygiene policy is available in the parent information folder in the foyer.

Sooner or later all children get sick, so please be prepared and have a contingency plan should illness occur. Please inform the Centre if your child has been in contact with an infectious disease such as whooping cough, rubella, chicken pox, mumps, measles, conjunctivitis, school sores, or bacterial meningitis.  In all instances, a certificate clearance from your doctor will be required upon returning your child to the Centre.

If your child develops any of the following conditions please do NOT attend until symptoms disappear or your doctor states in writing that your child is no longer infectious and is able to return to the Centre:

Diarrhoea                    Vomiting                     Thick runny nose

Fever                           Severe coughing          Head Lice

Rashes                         Severe itching             Cold sores

Information on symptoms and exclusions periods on a number of illnesses is available on request.

Please consider your child when they are sick as they want more attention, rest and quiet which is impossible to give to a child in a group situation in child care.  Please consider the other children and the staff who catch these illnesses. If all parents restrict attendance of their children when they are ill, this should mean all our children will be healthier, have fewer absences and minimise disruption for parents.

If you child sustains a serious injury, your Doctor should state in writing that the child is able to return to the Centre at the appropriate time.  In the case of illness or accident, if a parent cannot be contacted, the Director may seek medical attention.

The Centre does not accept responsibility for any costs associated with medical treatment of your child.

MEDICATION

Medication will be administered when accompanied either by a certificate from your medical practitioner or on a pharmacists dispensing label and should include:

  • Date of issue
  • Name of Child
  • Name of Medication
  • Amount and time of dosage

All details of the medication must be entered in the Medication form on each day and every day that it is to be given. A letter from your medical practitioner may cover a three month period. Please ensure that any medication is not left in your childs bag.

If your child requires medication while attending the centre, you must:

a)      Complete the MEDICATION BOOK in your childs room

b)      Hand the medication to a staff member who will then store it safely

NO MEDICATION IS TO BE LEFT IN YOUR CHILDS BAG OR LOCKER

In an accordance with regulation, children displaying signs of an infection and/or temperature over 38.5 degrees will be excluded from the centre. If already at the centre parents will be contacted to collect their child.

BITES, STINGS, MINOR ABRASIONS

Staff are trained in First-Aid and in all cases of an accident you will be informed. In minor cases antiseptic and a bandaid may be all that is needed or stingose or calamine for an insect bite or itch.  If your child is allergic to any creams please advise centre on your enrolment form.  If your child is allergic to bees, wasps etc. you must advise us also of treatment required.

HYGIENE, SAFETY AND EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES

Hygiene:

  • All children must bring a NAMED sheet for rest time. The sheet is to be taken home and laundered weekly. To prevent cross infection, the sheet must be stored in a sheet bag.
  • Children are encouraged to wash hands before meals, after using the toilet and after messy activities
  • Children are encouraged to flush the toilet after use.

Safety

  • Toys and equipment are always checked for broken pieces, sharp edges, etc.
  • The sandpit is raked daily to check for hidden objects that may be buried in the sand.
  • Students and volunteers will not be left alone to supervise children.
  • Safety rules will be taught to children eg”…. walk inside, not run….”
  • Court orders affecting custody must be documented in writing and on file at all times.
  • All doors and gates to car park will be closed at all times.

EMERGENCY AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES

An emergency evacuation plan is displayed in each room. The centre conducts a practice drill every three months. The aim of the drill is to ensure that in the event of a real emergency, the children can be evacuated easily.

ROLE OF THE PARENTS AND PARENT-STAFF MEETINGS

As a parent, you play a vital role in your childs life. The staff at Yeronga Child Development Centre believes that both the centre and parents should work together. Parents are encouraged to join in with centre activities, special events and are welcome at our Parent Meetings. These meetings are an important link between parents and staff where the centres activities and future developments are discussed. The dates and times for these meeting are posted on the notice board.

 EXCURSIONS

Throughout the year, excursions will be organised as an extension of the classroom program. Detailed notices will be sent home with a permission slip. Without this authorisation, your child will not be included in any such activities