All of the staff at our Centre will have had training and experience in areas of long day care and early childhood education. Due to our high standard and commitment of our staff, we are able to provide developmental and educational programs for each group of children.
The staff will develop a daily program, observe the children in their care and plan their programs around the needs and interests of the children in child free time.
Areas of development include:
If your teacher feels there is an area of concern, they will inform you and advise where help may be sought, e.g. speech therapist. It is always your decision to follow this up. Staffs are willing to discuss any aspect of development with parents.
A School Readiness Program is also implemented with the children who will attend school the following year. This Program is specifically deigned to prepare children for and ease the transition to School and is a very important part of our daily program.
At Scallywaggs Kindergarten we have a full time School Readiness program that is implemented by a University trained teacher. This program provides many exciting and challenging experiences including language and literacy skills such as pre-reading and pre-writing, dance and drama, numeracy, music and the occasional scientific experiment.
Overall, our program emphasises learning as an interactive process that encourages exploration and interaction that is challenging, cross-cultural and prepared to meet the individual interests of children.
Settling into the Program and Centre
The introduction into long day care can be difficult for children and parents. Children’s welfare and happiness are the priority for staff when welcoming new children to the Centre and when assisting the family to settle into the centre environment. It is recognised that families needs will vary greatly in the orientation process and individual needs will be met as best is possible.
The following outlines some helpful hints for parents on settling their child into care:
At first, some children protest strongly while others may take a day or two to realise that you are leaving them and begin to protest after several days. Children soon learn that you do return and in the mean time they are well cared for.