Policies

Set out below are some of the Centre’s policies concerning the care and well-being of your child. Please take the time to read this information prior to your child’s first day. We have many more policies and procedures which are kept in our Policies manual and available for your perusal.


Settling in

Centre staff will ensure that children are settled into the Centre as quickly and happily as possible by encouraging parents to follow this procedure:

  • Wherever possible it is a good idea for you to come with your child to the Centre once or twice before starting and spend some time with them here. This helps your child to become familiar with our daily routine, staff members and other children.
  • The child’s first day is important and we suggest that you stay for a while, perhaps 10-15 minutes and then tell them you are leaving but will return soon, then walk out positively – whether your child cries or not, staff are well trained in methods to meet the needs of unsettled children and assist them to settle into the programme.
  • We suggest that on the first day, you return, if possible a little earlier.
  • One staff member will take responsibility for your child ensuring that they are not alone or upset until they settle. This may take one day or two, sometimes longer.
  • If you have any concerns be assured that staff will be happy to discuss them with you. Feel free to phone us at any time during the day if you feel concerned.

Arrival and Departure
  • All parents must sign children in and out each day.
  • In an emergency the sign-in book is used to ensure all the children are accounted for.
  • A child may only leave with adults listed on the enrolment form or with an adult whose name and relationship to the child have been made known to staff, by parents, prior to picking up the child.  Details will be entered into the Centre diary and signed by the staff member responsible for receiving the information.
  • Parents must notify the Centre if the child is not attending.
  • Parents should notify the Centre if their children are being picked up later than the regular time.

Clothing and Footwear
  • Parents are required to provide a minimum of one complete change of clothes daily (more if your child is toilet training)
  • Dirty clothing will be sent home daily in a plastic bag. The bag will be placed in the child’s bag at the end of the day.
  • It is preferred that children’s clothing is suitable for messy play. Good clothing is not recommended as it may get stained.
  • Children are encouraged to bring clothing and hats which cover as much of the body as possible from the sun, especially in the hotter summer months (October to March).
  • All clothing should be clearly named. Staff will not be held responsible for lost clothing.
  • Children are taught and encouraged to be responsible for placing their shoes, socks and hats in allotted spaces.  This saves the search at the end of the day and also encourages independence.
  • Children are required to wear practical footwear, which is suitable for all activities, e.g walking, climbing, running.
  • Jandals, high-heeled or strapless sandals are not considered suitable footwear. They do not support the foot and fall off frequently.
  • Children will not be able to play outside on cold days without shoes or suitable clothing.

Sun Protection
  • Sun-sense will be incorporated into teaching programmes for children, so that they have a good understanding about sun protection and skin cancer prevention.
  • Children and staff are required to wear a sunhat outside.
  • Children need hats that shade the face and neck (legionnaires or wide-brimmed), and which stay on in the wind.
  • Children are required to have a spare T-shirt in their bags that may be worn as an alternative to a sleeveless top or singlet on very hot, sunny days.
  • Children are encouraged to wear clothing which covers as much of their body as possible from the sun.
  • Sunscreen is applied to any exposed skin before children go outside, morning and afternoon.
  • The Centre will provide a suitable sunscreen with a broad spectrum of 30+ that is waterproof.
  • If your child has any skin allergies to sunscreen, parents will be required to provide a suitable cream that will not react with their child’s skin.

Medication
  • If your child is on prescribed medication which is required to be administered whilst at the Centre, parents must complete a medicine authorization form. Please see a staff member about this.
  • Parents must record the child’s name, medication name and dosage and the times at which it should be administered to the child.
  • Only staff with the appropriate training and/or information will administer the medication.
  • Staff will sign the medicine book when they have administered the medication.
  • All medications will be kept out of reach of the children. Please do not leave medication in your child’s bag, this includes inhalers. The medication should be handed to a staff member.
  • Medication requiring refrigeration will be kept in an appropriate refrigerated container.
  • No prescribed medication will be given to a child that is out of date or has another person’s name on it.
  • If your child has an allergy, please see the Supervisor about an “Allergy Action Plan”
  • If your child has asthma, please see the Supervisor about an “Asthma Action Plan.”

Illness
  • Children should not be brought to the Centre if they have diarrhoea, vomiting, high fever or nuisance diseases such as head lice or conjunctivitis.
  • We require a minimum of 24 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting before your child may return to the Centre - such exclusion protects well children.
  • Children will be excluded for chicken pox until such time as all their scabs are dry.
  • If your child becomes sick during the day at the Centre you will be contacted immediately. Your child will be kept comfortable away from the other children until you can collect him/her. If you cannot be contacted, your child will be taken to the local medical Centre if necessary.


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