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Does my child need to be immunised to attend child care?

Is Scots Early Learning Centre accredited?

Who is responsible for Scots Early Learning Centre?

Are the staff qualified-do any of the staff have first aid certificates?

Why is early learning important?

What is the Early Years Learning Framework?

What are the operating hours? How long is your waiting list?

What is included in the fees? What do children have for lunch?

What happens when my child is sick?

What clothing should I send with my child?

How do you get children to go to sleep? Do they have to sleep?

What does my child need to bring?

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Does my child need to be immunised to attend child care?

It is a requirement of Centrelink that children are immunised (or a conscientious objector) to receive child care assistance. Children who are not immunised may attend, but may not be able to attend during an outbreak of an infectious disease in the Centre.

Is Scots Early Learning Centre accredited?

Yes, Scots Early Learning Centre has passed full accreditation.

Who is responsible for Scots Early Learning Centre?

Scots Early Learning Centre is a Christian based child care service. The center is part ofUnitingcare Tasmania and is managed by a Director who answerable to the CEO of Unitingcareand is responsible for all aspects of the service.

Are the staff qualified-do any of the staff have first aid certificates?

All of the educators have or are working towards formal child care qualifications, several teachers are employed across the service and all staff are required to do some professional development throughout the year. All educators have current first aid certificates.

Why is early learning important?

Research shows us that children who start ahead tend to stay ahead. Significant differences in children’s development are evident by age two and have a tendency not to close over time. The early years provide the foundation for the rest of a child’s life. Children are born ready to learn and the best learning happens in nurturing, positive, stimulating environments. That’s why high-quality early learning experiences are so important. By creating these environments, we’re providing the best opportunities for children to fulfil their potential.

What is the Early Years Learning Framework?

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principles, practices and outcomes essential to young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. It’s part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.The framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning, recognising the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. There are five learning outcomes defined by the EYLF:

• Children have a strong sense of identity.
• Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
• Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
• Children are confident and involved learners.
• Children are effective communicators.

What are the operating hours?

Operating hours are from 7.45am to 5.45pm, Monday to Friday, 52 weeks a year. We’re not open on weekends or public holidays and you are not charged for these.

How long is your waiting list?

We do have a substantial waiting list, but it is difficult to say how long it will take for a position to become available as this is determined on how old your child is, what days you are looking for and when you require the care. That means that even if you need care immediately, it is well worth giving us a call as we may be able to accommodate your needs. When joining our waiting list, if you can be at all flexible in the days of care you need, we are more likely to be able to find you a position. We ask all families to ring every month and confirm they still need a position once you have been placed on the waiting list.

What is included in the fees?

• Stimulating educational program
• Morning tea
• afternoon tea
• Lunch
• Resources
• Portfolios (a keepsake for your family)
• Sunscreen

What do children have for lunch?

We have a chef who prepares a nutritious hot meal every day for the children. It is varied over a 6 week rotation and can be viewed on this web site or in the foyer of the center.

What happens when my child is sick?

When a child becomes sick in care, parents are contacted and informed. The child receives appropriate care as decided between parent and educators and are usually sent home. Children with infectious diseases will be excluded from the Centre as per the recommended guidelines. If your child wakes unwell please do not send them into care to infect other children, we aim to minimize outbreaks of sickness for your child and the other children in their room. Please notify Scots before 10am if your child will not be attending so we can plan for meals etc. If families notify the center before 10am they are not charged full fee for that day, it is reduced to half fees for notified absences.

What clothing should I send with my child?

Scots has two main play areas which we use all year round and children need appropriate clothing for all weathers. We encourage children to enjoy all seasons, including playing in puddles, wet sand etc, so all children need to bring their own gumboots, waterproof coats and wet weather gear for winter. In summer children need clothing that protects them from the strong sun, sun hats (that cover their faces and necks), light weight long sleeves and long trousers during extreme weather. All year round every child needs at least one change of clothes in their bags. Children in nappies need to bring their days’ supply of nappies. We ask that you put names on coats and hats and any other clothing that is brought into the center tomake it less likely that these items will be lost.

How do you get children to go to sleep? Do they have to sleep?

We seldom have problems for long as most children are tired after a busy morning. . If necessary an educators will stay in the room or by their bed to comfort a child, often by stroking or patting, until the child settles to sleep. It generally takes only a short time for a child to feel secure. Children who don’t need or want to sleep either do a quiet activity in their room or go outside to play.

What does my child need to bring?

• Child size backpack
• Drink Bottle
• Hat
• Coat
• Gumboots
• Change of clothes (as well as warmer / colder clothes)
• Bottles for babies drinking from bottles
• Nappies
• Formula/ breast milk
• Asthma plan (if needed)
• Security Toy (if needed)
• All items must be labelled