Orientation is an important start for your child and family to connect to our Service. We encourage each child to attend the Service in the company of a family member two or three times before they start the day with us. This gives you and your child the opportunity to gain an understanding of our program, the lay out of the room, where to find things, provide Educators with additional information about your child and how we can best support their transition and settling period.
If your child is reluctant to attend, please discuss this with their assigned Educator so that they can develop strategies with you to support the transition from home to the Service. You are welcome to take photos of your child in our environment to show and discuss at home. Some children like to take a book from our library to read at home and return on the next visit.
We suggest purchasing the following books you can read to your child prior to starting. ‘Preschool Day Hooray’ By Linda Leopold Strauss, ‘Maisy goes to Preschool’ by Lucy Cousins, ‘What to expect at Preschool’ by Heidi Murkoff and ‘I love you all day long’ by Francesca Rusackas.
Communication between home and the Service must be open and happen often to best support your child during this time. There may be tears and extra tight hugs when saying goodbye for the first few weeks but there are always cuddles, reassurance and genuine care from Educators for both the children and their families. Sometimes this experience is upsetting more so for the family, not the child. We understand this and offer support through phone calls during the day, photos and open communication.
What to bring to the Service
For independence, we work towards all children being able to recognise and open their own bag. Let them be involved in selecting the bag and taking ownership of it. Please ensure it is large enough to hold all their belongings and is clearly labelled.
We work towards all children being able to recognise their own drink bottle. Please bring a drink bottle that your child is comfortable with and that you don’t mind leaving at the centre. We will wash and refill your child’s drink bottle of every attendance.
Sun smart hat
All children must have a sun-smart wide brim hat when they attend the centre. The best type of hat for children is a wide brim hat with a cord for securing on their head as they play. Please note that caps are not considered sun smart.
Please bring along any item that your child will use for comfort and sleep. Items such as: dummy, cuddly toy, special blanket, a family photograph, sleeping bag are all items that might make your child feel more secure.
This Service supports breastfeeding. Families that are breastfeeding should speak to the Educator or Director to be aware of our policies on storing and serving breast milk. Families that are formula feeding should also consult our Educators to be aware on how we need the formula prepared and stored.
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