We understand it can feel a little daunting when your child is heading off to a new childcare centre. In order to keep stress levels low, we have put together some information that might help.
If you can't find the answer you are looking for, or need more information, please get in touch. We are always happy to help!
What are your policies around health and safety?
Health and safety are a top priority at our centre, and our policies are continuously reinforced by our staff. These include (but are not limited to) regular safety checks of all equipment, identification of and mitigation of any hazards, the storage of chemicals and hazardous items in locked cupboards, and educating children on personal safety matters such as walking inside, staying seated while eating, not throwing equipment and encouraging respectful caring behaviour at all times.
At our centre we have at least one first aid trained staff member per 50 children onsite at all times.
How will you help my child settle in?
We work closely with you to ensure your child settles well, and that you feel comfortable leaving them with us. To do this, we build a relationship with both you and your child, and spend time helping you get to know our centre and our programme.
We start off with a one hour visit, in which you’ll spend time talking and discussing your child with their key teacher before preparing to leave them for the first time. On returning, we’ll discuss how this went, and make a plan for moving forward. The next visit may be 1.5 hours or just another hour.
Most children settle quite quickly as we have a quiet, respectful environment that allows them to feel safe and cared for – we find usually two visits are enough. However, for those that have never been in early childhood education it may take a bit longer, and we’ll work with you until you are ready.
When leaving, we ask that you let your child’s teacher know, so they can be supported through the goodbye process. Please feel free to call to check up at any time, and know that if there are any concerns, we will call you to discuss.
We also ask that when you come for a visit, please turn your mobile off so that we maintain a calm, respectful environment for our children.
What should my child bring every day?
Your child will need to bring a named bag, big enough to fit their clothes and other belongings in. The bag should contain:
- At least one change of named clothing
- A drink bottle
- A sunhat for the warmer months and a raincoat and gumboots for winter
- Nappies if required
Will you provide food?
We provide morning and afternoon tea, however you will need to pack a healthy lunch for your child. We are a Healthy Heart centre and encourage and guide the children into good eating habits. We provide information on this on enrolment.
How do you communicate with parents?
We’ll communicate with you regularly on staff news, centre news, policy updates and upcoming events and activities. We put out weekly newsletters, contact you via email and also communicate with you via our centre noticeboards. Our online tool Storypark is a great way to share centre news and keep you updated on your child’s progress. All children also have a portfolio to share their stories.
Remember, we are always available to discuss any matter regarding your child and preschool. We recommend that you make an appointment so that teachers can be available without interruption.
Do you participate in the 20 hours ECE scheme?
Yes, we do! Under this scheme if your child is aged 3, 4 or 5 they can receive fully subsidised care, up to 6 hours per day for a total of 20 hours per week. For more information, please get in touch.
Why should I choose a Little Earth Montessori preschool?
Recent studies have shown that a child’s early years are critical to their brain development and this development is influenced by the child’s experiences. The Montessori programme and learning environment is designed to enhance that development during those critical years. Children learn through hands-on activities, they can repeat activities as much as they wish (repetition is important), they are encouraged to explore and experiment, they get to make decisions, use their judgement, think laterally, use initiative; all in a safe and encouraging environment.