Important Information

What Children Need to Bring

  • Please label everything your child brings to pre-school.
  • A backpack or bag (no plastic bags please).
  • A broad-brimmed hat or legionnaire cap. Pre-school hats are available for $20 at the office.
  • Lunch. The pre-school encourages healthy eating. Lunch must meet current standards and recommendations in relations to nutritional requirements (see details on back page).
  • The pre-school is a Nut Free Zone, please do not send your child with any nuts or nut products.
  • A refillable water bottle with screw cap or cover over the top is recommended.
  • Rest time bedding is required. A fitted cot sheet is ideal. This is a requirement of our regulations. A second sheet and small cushion are optional. Items should be named and stored in a fabric bag or pillow case.
  • Children should wear sensible clothing. Messy activities are part of the programme. Please do not dress your child in party or good clothes. The pre-school practices skin protective behaviour. A top with collar and a minimum of short sleeves is required., no singlet tops please. Shirts and hoodies are for sale at the office. Children need to be able to manage their clothes unaided. Overalls, braces and belts are discouraged. Remember safety: no thongs, clogs, slippers, ugg boots, shoes without tread or platform shoes. Wearing jewellery is discouraged.

No Pay—No Stay

If your account is not up to date, your child may not be able to attend and may lose their spot. If you have trouble paying fees, please talk to the Director to organise a Payment Plan.

Absences

Children suffering infectious illnesses must not attend pre-school. We have a list of diseases and exclusion periods which you may look at, or phone us about, if you require more information. Please notify the pre-school if your child contracts an infectious disease. If your child is unable to attend due to illness, family holidays etc please let the staff know. Fees must be paid if the child is absent, as the vacancy in the group is reserved for your child.

The most common exclusion in 24hours from the last time a child has vomited.

Notice of Withdrawal

To terminate a child’s enrolment, at least 2 weeks term time notice must be given at the office. Failure to do this will mean that parents are liable for 2 weeks fees. If a child fails to attend for 2 weeks without notifying staff, their position may be given away.

Sunscreen

The pre-school provides sunscreen and will ensure that children have 50+ water resistant, 3 hour sunscreen applied every 3 hours if going outdoors.

Photographs and Videos

Staff take photos and videos of children doing activities each day. Photographs are used in children’s individual profiles and are displayed on the Smartboard and Daily Journal. These photos are not distributed and are only viewed by parents and children. Videos are used in a similar way, but are also shared with additional needs workers if required.

Website and Facebook

The pre-school maintains both of these social media. We welcome parents to gain immediate access to information about the pre-school by liking our Facebook page—Gunnedah pre-school.

Excursions

Children are taken on various excursions during the year. Notes are given to parents in advance. It is your responsibility to return permission slips and money by the due date and ensure that your child wears appropriate clothing or the child will not be able to participate. Parent helpers are required on most excursions, so please volunteer.

Allergies

Please ensure you inform staff, as well as noting on your child’s enrolment form, if they suffer from any allergy.

Medication & Illness

There are strict regulations governing what medication staff can give to pre-school children and how they can give it. If your child requires medication please see a staff member. Medicines are never to be left in a child’s bag (including asthma puffers). The pre-school is not able to care for sick children. Please take time to read 3.26 Illness, Injury, Accident & Medical Emergency policy.

Additional Needs

Children with additional needs are welcomed at the pre-school, however time must be taken to ensure that appropriate and adequate supports are in place. Staff is well trained to provide additional assistance with children’s developmental needs.

Birthday Cakes

We encourage parents to send cupcakes (or a cake for staff to cut) to pre-school for their child’s birthday. The cakes are shared with all of the children who attend that day. Children with allergies will have their own frozen cupcakes but it is great if you are aware of any allergy alerts when bringing in cakes.

Occasional Care

Enrolled children may attend an extra or occasional care day. You will need to ask at the office to make sure a vacancy exists on the day you require. Occasional care is charged according to the fee policy and the number of days your child attends.

Assessment of Children

Staff continually assess children and records are kept on each individual’s progress. If additional assistance if sought by professionals outside pre-school, parents are approached before the assistance is sought.

Parent Participation

There is no compulsory parent roster. Parents are encouraged to visit the pre-school as often as they like. If you have a particular skill, talent or interest e.g. craft activity or play a musical instrument, please share it with us. You may choose to assist with excursions and take washing home as the pre-school does not have a washing machine. Your contributions to the children’s programme, policy/QIP development, board of management and service direction are also welcomed.

Reverse Garbage

The Pre-school would love your egg cartons, wool, string, material scrapes, match boxes, polystyrene trays, magazines, ice cream, yoghurt, milk, cardboard cartons etc so save them up and bring them in.

Security Items

These are welcome at pre-school, especially for rest time. Parents will need to ensure that the child takes the item home with them, as staff cannot be held responsible.

Toilet Training

Children do not need to be toilet trained. The pre-school has nappy change facilities and are able to toilet train children.