"The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be."
MARIANNE E. NEIFERT
Cradle to crayons preschool supports and respects the uniqueness of every family, child and individual and actively works to promote a nurturing environment that mentors, champions and supports the rights of all.
- We recognise and respect that children have their own sense of identity, that they are capable, active learners and that they have the right to a holistic, non-biased, non judgemental , caring environment in which to grow and learn.
- Small group numbers ensure all children are valued as individuals; they are actively encouraged to participate in and develop their own learning program.
- We respect that parents are experts in knowing their own children and we actively encourage them to participate in their children’s early years education.
- We acknowledge the strengths, knowledge, culture, diversity and experience of our educators and whenever possible encourage them to share these skills with the children, staff, parents and other educators.
- Children develop a sense of belonging to a community when they have access and a connection with their community. The school provides this through excursions to local play areas, events, library sessions, playgroups, kindergarten sessions, toy libraries and school.
- The promotion of sustainable play experiences and practices supports children’s understanding of the importance of protecting our fragile environment.
- The ability of parents and children to bond with one educator in a recognisable environment allows for a closer relationship to be formed and for children to settle more quickly into care.
- The scheme actively promotes a well rounded, holistic approach to working with children that involves having fun, active outdoor play, exploration of nature, time for relaxation and rest, multi-media experiences and spontaneous play as well as structured, thoughtful programming.
- Educators provide flexibility within a routine and limits and expectations are clear and consistent.
- Flexibility within a daily routine ensures children have time to rest when required, eat nutritiously and regularly and that programs can be altered to reflect an individual or group’s interests.
- Small group numbers, documented observations, individual planning and play-based learning programs ensure children are given every opportunity to develop at their own pace.
- Each child is seen as a successful learner. Experiences are designed to support children’s natural curiosity and programs are designed to support and extend children’s development and interests.
- Regular professional development is offered in a variety of ways to extend an educator’s knowledge base and to ensure best practice.
- Highly experienced support staff are available for guiding and mentoring educators.
- Children are actively encouraged to have a voice within the service. Their opinions, thoughts, likes, dislikes and interests are valued and considered a vital part of the programs that are provided.
- Parents, families and community members are encouraged to provide feedback at various times throughout their period in the service, in writing, via email, face to face and through the use of customer surveys.
- The use of electronic communication is considered an important part of sharing information and creating an environmentally sustainable scheme, but we also respect the rights of those who chose more traditional means of communication.
- We respect that we serve a multicultural community and have access to many support services to ensure all families and children feel included.
- We believe families, children and educators have the right to contribute to the scheme, its policies and procedures and seek to provide such opportunities.
"Ora na azu nwa" It takes a village to raise a child - ancient Africa
Staff are committed to responding to all telephone calls in a courteous and prompt manner
Quality Area 1
- Information gathered about child’s background, likes, dislikes with family on commencement.
- Routines established and written out.
- At any given time, a minimum of 5 of these experiences must be accessible to children throughout the day. This must include, but is not limited to:
Art/Craft (children to have choice of resources)
- Children under the age of 12months/non mobile children must have a stimulating designated area for safe play.
- Menus available for parents to view and designed in consultation with parents and children (if applicable).
- Children must be able to make decisions related to their day in care and given opportunities where ever practicable.
Quality Area 2
- All children have the opportunity to rest/sleep as required.
- Hygiene procedures are actively promoted eg hand washing, nose wiping, toileting etc.
Tables and bench tops are to be wiped down immediately prior to meal times.
Children’s and educator’s hands washed immediately prior to meal times.
- Each child has individual implements (linen, plates, cups etc).
- Diaper checks/changes are to occur (as a minimum)
- Equipment is maintained in a safe and hygienic manner at all times.
- Healthy eating is modelled and promoted.
- There are opportunities everyday for active play (indoor, outdoor and excursions)
- Visitors book available and completed at all times.
Quality Area 3
- All children have access to inviting outdoor spaces.
- All equipment indoors and outdoors is in good condition and well maintained.
- Environments are flexible with enough room for all children to play together or separately.
- Play areas are inviting and free from clutter.
- There are separate areas for play and sleep.
- Children have access to more than one play area. (indoors, outdoors, dining room, lounge, playroom, etc)
- There are adequate amounts of equipment to ensure that all children are catered for.
- Children have access to recycled materials and sustainable practices are embedded into the daily program.
- Children have access to natural materials everyday
- Sustainability eg recycling, water conservation, or growing plants are encouraged everyday and is evident in the educational program.
- Children are provided with a degree of privacy when toileting or changing.
Quality Area 4
- Physical, intimidatory or emotional discipline towards children is unacceptable at all times.
- Educators must ensure responses and interactions with all children are positive, respectful and warm.
- Enriched care giving must be exercised at all times.
- Children have the ability to control some elements of their day eg routines, food choices and activity choices. This should be respected and visible in the daily program.
- There are opportunities for children to ask questions, to voice their opinions and to be listened to. This should be evident in the daily program.
- Children are encouraged and supported where appropriate to manage their own behaviour in a safe and respectful way.
- Educators will ensure children are provided with individual, quality 1:1 time each day.
Quality Area 5
- Orientation period is offered to all families.
- Time is set aside to induct a family on their first visit.
- Educators/service should make time available when requested by a parent.
- All family requests should be respected and acknowledged. Where appropriate, should be acted upon or incorporated into the daily program and routine.
- Children should have opportunities to engage with the local community through excursions or incursions and discussions, on a regular basis.
- Shared information with other agencies is available and utilised eg speech therapist.
- Educators should seek feedback from the families about their individual service.
When children leave, the following information is to be returned:
- Family/child enrolment (including Medical Action Plans, Medication, Accident/Incident forms etc)
- Absence records
- Child detail cards
Sandpits provide many hours of fun for children, and allow for lots of different types of play, but unclean sandpits are also a potential source of infection. With a small amount of care they can be kept clean and safe for children to play. Sandpits;
- Need to be cleaned regularly as children can acquire infections from animal faeces and urine.
- Sand should be raked daily and all obvious faeces removed. This will prevent germs or parasites (worms) from multiplying and developing in the faeces, and therefore children won’t catch infections when eating or playing in the sand. Raking also stirs up the sand which allows airing (fresh air is a good disinfectant)
- Should be well constructed and have adequate drainage.
- Should always be covered when not in use.
- That become contaminated with human body fluids such as blood, faeces or vomit should be emptied and the sand replaced.
- Children must wash and dry their hands with soap after playing in a sandpit.
The early years from birth to six years are crucial, when the child is building networks in the brain for overall development. Researched and purposeful transactions, manipulative play, sensory stimulation enhance not only 3Rs( Reading, wRiting and aRithmatic) but also compassion, independence, empathy, strength of character and a love for learning.Extended Hours
With modern families becoming more and more nuclear and double income based families the need for a safe and comfortable environment for the child’s extended hours after school is becoming an important and mandatory need for most parents. To help parents get a sense of security and comfort the school has given the facility of extended hours/ day care facility. This assistance is optional and may or maynot be opted for by parents.
The school will arrange for a homeroom mother/mentor whose predominant focus will be to ensure the child’s safety, security and comfort.
The child’s routine will be thus:-Lunch
Activity time (dance, music, art and craft, sports)
Days for extended hours:- Monday to Friday (except for holidays shown in the calendar)
Timings for extended hours:-
Morning hours –09:30 – 14:30 hrs
Afternoon hours – 12:30 – 16:30 hrs
Evening hours – 12:30 to 18:00 hours
Fee- A separate fee will be charged on a quarterly basis for the extended hours
Incharge- Dimple Arora