INFORMATION FOR NEW FAMILIES
Important dates for your diary
We aim to provide a warm, safe, caring and welcoming environment for each child and their families; in accordance with the guidelines of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework – Belonging, Being and Becoming.
We promote cultural awareness and value the unique qualities of each family. Strong partnerships with families are integral to support a child’s learning and wellbeing. Families are encouraged to contribute to and participate in the program, sharing their beliefs, traditions and skills.
THE FIRST DAYS OF PRESCHOOL
Your child will be starting Preschool with new adults in an unfamiliar environment. Some children feel overwhelmed and shy when they start preschool. If your child is feeling uncertain, we encourage parents to stay and help them settle in for a few sessions until they become familiar with their new surroundings.
During the first four weeks of term 1 we start with smaller groups and shortened session times. This allows the children to successfully settle into the preschool environment and allows us to get to know your child and establish trust. The small groups also assist the children in becoming familiar with their new routine without feeling overwhelmed in a large group. Your child’s program will be provided to you on orientation day.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
We communicate with families via our weekly emails. This includes both reminders and reflections of our time spent at Preschool. Please ensure that you are receiving these emails.
We also have a quarterly newsletter, a Facebook page, the notice board and your child's individual pigeon hole.
WHAT TO WEAR
The staff will do their best to protect the children's clothes. The children will wear smocks when painting, playing with clay and other such activities. However, it is not possible for children to stay clean at all times and so it is best for children to wear clothes that wash easily.
Preschool is a place where children are encouraged to get involved in activities of all kinds. They need to be able to get dirty, climb freely and move without restriction.
Please remember to dress your child in clothes that they can manage themselves. For example, pants that pull down easily when children go to the toilet. Children should wear shoes for playing (no thongs or crocs). Long dresses, singlets and high heeled shoes are also inappropriate for playing.
Jackets, Hats, Sunscreen
In winter the children will need to bring a warm coat or jacket as we will be playing outside for part of each session. The children can also bring their gumboots, but we ask that they also bring shoes to wear inside.
We are a Sunsmart preschool. From September to May the children will need to bring a hat (bucket or broadbrim hat style). Please leave a hat in your child’s Preschool bag. “NO HAT - NO OUTSIDE PLAY” Please apply sunscreen on your child before they arrive at Preschool. 50+ sunscreen will be available at the Preschool for reapplication from staff to your child when required. We have suitable hats available for purchase. Please refer to our ‘Sun Protection Policy’.
WHAT TO BRING
Spare clothes in a bag
We love to get wet at Preschool both inside and outside. It is also common in the early stages of Preschool that children in both age groups have the occasional accident. Please keep labelled spare clothes in their bags.
Children are asked to bring a Preschool bag each day, big enough to carry artwork home in. Each child will be given their own hook where these bags can hang. Please ensure that your child has a spare set of clothes including a sun hat. Please label the bag clearly with your child’s name and ensure they can open and close it independently.
During there is a rest/relaxation time. You will be provided with a shopping bag to put a small blanket and pillow to be used during this time.
We ask parents to provide a healthy snack such as fruit in a container with your child’s name clearly labelled. Please also provide a water bottle. For our 4 year old group, please also pack a healthy lunch. (No soft drink, juice or cordial).
Please ensure your child has at least one piece of fruit or vegetable for snack each session. Please bring snacks in reusable containers without wrapping. This teaches the children to care for their environment and reduces the rubbish at Preschool.
Food for 4YO long days (Tues/Thurs)
A substantial lunch and 3 snacks, in a named lunch box (as above) should be supplied. At least 2 pieces of fruit should be included, one for morning fruit snack and one for later in the day. Children can become quite hungry on the long days so it is advisable to pack extra food.
Food allergies of other children should be considered therefore we request that you do not bring foods that may contain nuts.
HEALTH AND ABSENCE
Contagious infections exclusion times set by Victorian Health Regulations
Gastroenteritis - 48 hours after symptoms subsided.
Conjunctivitis - Until discharge from eyes has ceased.
Chicken Pox - Until all blisters have dried. This is usually at least 5 days after the rash appears in unimmunised children, but may be less in previously immunised children.
Diarrhoea - Until there has not been a loose bowel motion for 24 hours.
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease- Until all blisters have dried.
Measles - For at least 4 days after onset of rash.
Mumps - For 9 days or until the swelling goes down (whichever is sooner).
Ringworm, Scabies, Pediculosis (Head Lice) - Until the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.
Whooping Cough - For 21 days after the onset of cough or until they have completed 5 days of a course of antibiotic treatment.
Streptococcal (Scarlet Fever) - Until the child has received antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours and the child feels well.
Other illnesses - Please see teachers.
It is now a requirement that all children enrolled in the service are fully immunised. All families must provide an up-to-date copy of the child’s immunisation record to staff before their first day.
FAMILY INVOLVEMENT AT PRESCHOOL
Volunteering to help at preschool is a wonderful way to observe your child in the preschool environment, for your child to share their favourite preschool experiences with you and to become acquainted with their friends. Parent helpers' assistance can also free up the teachers to focus on teaching tasks.