How long will I be on the waiting list before I am offered a placement?
A set time is difficult to predict. Please keep in contact with the Centre by calling our Director in the office. Please ensure you keep us up to date if there are changes to your application. If we have had no contact from you in 12 months, you will be removed from the list.
What do I need to provide?
A list of items that you will need to bring along will be discussed with you upon enrolment. However, a general list is spare clothes and underwear, hat, cot size sheets, a small pillow for rest time and a water bottle. Please label all your child’s belongings.
We ask parents not to allow children to bring toys along to the Centre. This often causes conflicts when toys are broken or lost.
What do the fees cover?
Your fee includes morning tea, lunch, dessert, afternoon tea, a late snack if your child is at the service late in the day, and all drinks throughout the day. We also provide nappies, lockers and program equipment and of course the dedicated service of our many qualified educators who genuinely care about you and your child.
What type of food will my child receive?
Children’s services are required to ensure children are provided with at least 50% of their recommended daily nutritional requirements, as directed by the NSW Department of Health.
Foods provided are based on the food groups recommended by the Department of Health including dairy foods, bread, cereals and pasta, meat and meat alternatives, fruit and vegetables. Menus reflect children’s dietary needs, interests and the multicultural nature of our society and are based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines as they apply to early childhood education and care services.
Children are allowed extra helpings of all courses and are encouraged to try all foods, but are not required or forced to eat. If children have not eaten their main meal, they will still be offered dessert.
What will my child drink?
Children are offered milk to drink twice daily. All dairy products for 0-2 year children are full cream and 2-5 year children have lite white milk as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. Only soy drinks that are fortified with calcium are used as a substitute to cow’s milk, when requested for special diets. Mothers who breast feed are encouraged to provide breast milk for their baby.
Water is available at all times.
If you have any recipes you think the children would enjoy or any suggestions, please see our cook.
I’m worried about separation issues with my child. How can your service help?
We realise leaving your child of any age can be stressful and upsetting for your child and yourself. We have many varied ways of helping with separation anxiety, starting with orientation for you and your child, which allows you to meet the educators before care commences. Your child will receive tailored help with settling once they commence at Maryland Care and Early Education Centre because we are very conscious that each child and parent reacts differently with the separation and settling- in phase. You are encouraged and most welcome to stay and play, telephone any time throughout the day, and engage in your child’s day when you are here.
What if my child has special needs?
If you are concerned about your child’s development or your child has special needs, please contact our Director and the Room Leader of your child’s room and discuss your child’s individual needs and how we can best accommodate them.
Do you provide a school readiness program?
Yes. We provide an extensive school readiness program for children aged 3-6 years based on the National Early Years Learning Framework. At Maryland Care and Early Education Centre we aim to guide your child in becoming an operative learner through creating an environment that is inspiring and thought-provoking. The overall aim of our programs is to help your child in developing all areas necessary for success now and in the years to come.
How can I help my child prepare for school?
Some simple activities that you can do to help your child get ready for school are:
- Read to your child and use books as a pleasurable daily shared activity.
- Make everyday things an exploration of language – ask the child questions, listen carefully to their answers, and encourage the child to ask why.
- Encourage your child’s natural curiosity – do different things with them, encourage them to try different ways of doing things. Make a walk in the park a nature tour.
- Encourage your child to learn to dress and undress independently, and to use the toilet appropriately.
- Make sure your child has crayons and pencils and a supply of paper to draw and write on, and always praise their efforts.
- Encourage your child to mix with other children in different supervised activities so they learn to socialise with their peers, take turns and share their toys and books.
Will I receive any written information about my child’s progress?
Yes. Staff plan, document and evaluate each child’s learning and development. Through careful observations staff compile detailed records of your child’s strengths, interests and developmental and educational information.
This portfolio is a ‘living document’ that embraces the concepts of Belonging, Being and Becoming from the Early Years Learning Framework. Families and educators work together to enhance learning opportunities for children.
Individual notebooks are available to view online on the Evernote app.
How do I know what my child did all day?
Information regarding your child’s day will be documented daily for you to view. This includes details of sleeping habits, toilet practices, child’s response to the day and any health and safety issues that may have arisen.
Our staff will also speak with you informally when you collect your child or through phone calls if any issues arise during the day.
Documentation regarding the daily program is available for viewing in each room on slideshow presentations. We encourage parent feedback regarding your child’s current interests and skills and endeavour to include this within our programs.
How can I be involved?
Our centre is community-based and managed by a committee comprised of dedicated parents and community members who meet once a month. The Management Committee has 12 positions available to be held by members of the Association. All positions are declared vacant at our Annual General Meeting, held in March each year. At this time parents are able to nominate for the positions within the Management Committee.