Placing your child in child care is a big decision for some parents; the more you know about child care and the centre you choose, the easier that decision will be for you.
The best way to get the feel of a centre and find out more about it is to visit the centre. Talk to the manager and teachers, have a look at the activities the children are doing, do they seem happy and settled? Read through the room program, newsletters, and policies. Is the centre assessed? Is it well maintained? Are the teachers interacting well with the children? Asking lots of questions is welcome at Bumblebee anytime.
Here are some of the questions that we are asked most often. If you have a particular question you would like to ask us before you visit the centre, please feel free to get in touch with us via our “contact us” page, phone or call in to the centre.
Q. What is the best way to settle my child into the centre?
- Visits/play dates prior to commencement of care.
- Talk about the Centre often including the teachers, children and types of activities.
- Prepare your child before it happens, talk them through each step.
- Have a set routine on arrival.
- Send positive messages to your child, if you feel comfortable your child will too.
Q. What is a “Pre School program?”
A. A preschool program involves providing a variety of activities that will stimulate children’s learning in all developmental areas. To develop skills required for life on their own at Primary School where they can practice pre-reading, pre-maths, pre-science, pre-writing, etc. Teachers introduce new concepts in a fun way both formally and informally where children have time to learn. Children experience many activities to develop numeracy and literacy skills as well as further developing social and emotional skills holistically through play and directed learning.
Q. What if my child is a fussy eater?
A. We provide lots of encouragement, role modelling and most importantly offer children choices so they feel they are in control of the situation. Children watch others eat the food and will usually try different things after they have settled in. Meanwhile the chef can prepare a simple sandwich, plain pasta, vegetable or rice, etc to suit your child’s individual needs.
Q. How do you assess if my child has any learning difficulties?
A. Children are observed on a daily basis and developmental summaries completed. Any problem areas are detected and discussed with you – we will either refer to a specialist or implement additional programs at school or at home. Communication is always open and honest and any input you have towards your child’s areas of development is essential and welcomed.
Q. What do you do about sick children?
A. We have a strict illness policy that protects all children and teachers. We ask that ill children do not attend the centre until they are well.
If children become ill whilst in care, they are monitored by teachers and an illness observation chart completed. Parents are informed and given choice of follow-up based on the teacher’s recommendations and on the centre policy. Your child is made comfortable and continually monitored until collection.
If your child requires medication teachers may administer prescribed medication whilst they are at the centre. Paracetamol/ibuprofen will not be administered by teachers unless prescribed by a doctor. If your child is attending the centre with symptoms of a communicable illness, a letter of clearance will need to be supplied first to clear the child of being contagious and possibly infecting others.
Q. How do I know if my child is enjoying his/her time here?
A. Teachers will communicate to parents about their child’s day by providing a ‘first day’ information sheet. The child will be observed in the daily record written for parents to view and teachers will verbally communicate with parents on collection of their child. Parents are invited to call the centre to check up on their child and speak to the teachers throughout the day.
Q. Are there any ways I can get involved with the centre?
A. You can be involved directly or indirectly, either by spending time playing with your child, sharing a specific skill, reading, doing an art and craft experience, playing an instrument, etc.
You may like to fill out the feedback slips which come home every month alerting you to the fact that your child will be coming up in the next week’s focus group. This allows you to have some input into the program and communicate your needs and ideas to the teachers.
You may like to take part in the formal and informal parent gatherings we have at the centre at one of our information nights or at our annual picnic. You may also like to take part in the teacher-parent meetings where you are welcome to come and discuss your child’s development with the class teacher. (We also have this option as a phone meeting to fit in with busy schedules.)
We are here to provide care for children whose parent’s are working and studying and we understand that your spare time is precious. The important thing is to provide a variety of opportunities for parent involvement on a regular basis. It’s your choice at what level you would like to participate.
Q. Is there any difference between Long Day Care and Preschool?
A. Yes. There are more opportunities for spontaneous learning with the flexibility of starting and finishing times. Long Day Care is much more individualised and involves the family more in the learning process, providing developmental summaries with suggested activities for home. A child can develop long-term secure ties with the centre creating a sense of community as he/she begins in the babies’ room and continues through to the Pre School room, making lasting friendships.
Long Day Care Centres, such as Bumblebee Early Education, opens for 12 hours a day, does not close down for school holidays, does not require parents to work at the centre for working bees or on committees, and provides everything for your child’s day including nappies, drinks and meals. We do not need to do fundraising so you won’t be asked for extra money and donations. This means more flexibility for families to utilise their day to suit their needs. Many people work up to 9 hour days (incl travel time) so a long day care centre can enable you to have time to get your children settled before starting your own day and at the end of the day, leave you with time to talk to your child’s teacher about their progress.
Your child will receive a comprehensive Pre School Program where all developmental needs are met to help them prepare for Primary School. All childcare centres and Pre Schools in Australia must educate children based on the requirements within the National Quality Framework which includes “Being, Belonging, Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework.” So educationally, there is no difference at all.