Starting out looking for childcare can raise many questions!
Here are some of the regular questions answered about our Early Childhood Education at Sunshine.
We have an open-door policy to families. You can introduce yourself to our Centre Coordinator and she will arrange a tour and play visit for you and your child.
On accepting an enrolment offer, parents will be provided with information as to their expected start date and the orientation of your family into our environment.
During your orientation visit you will be introduced to our childcare Professionals who will be caring for your child and provide you with information as to the curriculum and program offered in that learning environment. Parents are encouraged to provide us with information about their child, what their special interests are.
On the first day at Sunshine we encourage parents to spend some time involving your child into an activity or settle with an educator. When it comes time to leave, your child’s educator will support you with saying goodbye and re-assure your little one that you will be back later to collect them. Please be assured that most children settle in a short time frame. Feel free to call us throughout the day to see how your child has settled.
This is of high importance to us and has a qualified educator present from open to close every day. Each of our Childcare Professionals hold senior first aid, Anaphylaxis, Asthma training and are Allergy aware.
All children adjust differently to the new routine of Early Education and the physical environment. This will vary depending on each individual child, however we expect most children to settle into Sunshine within the first fortnight. Whatever the situation, we at Sunshine do not allow children to become distressed for a long period and will notify you if required.
Sunshine is committed to providing children with the best possible start to their education and preparing the children for their transition into the school environment as smooth as possible.
In our Sunshine programs, we provide activities to foster each child’s school readiness, including:
• Supporting independence and responsibility for own belongings
• Valuing children’s input into the program and the things they want to learn about.
• Focus on social skills such as sharing, co-operating, negotiating, listening, and working together as a group.
• Extended opportunities for exploration and discovery.
• Developing the literacy and numeracy foundations for future learning.
• Encouraging decision making and thinking processes through meaningful teacher questions and support.
At Sunshine children are grouped into rooms per their age to ensure they are provided with the best opportunity to develop alongside their peers. Once they reach an appropriate age, your child may be transitioned to a new group depending on their readiness to cope, family needs and available spaces. You will be consulted on any proposed change in groups for your child. Siblings can connect throughout the day.
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 Sunshine Childcare 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.
If you are concerned about your child’s development or your child has special needs, please contact our Centre Coordinator and the Room Leader of your child’s room and discuss your child’s individual needs and how we can best accommodate them.
Yes, our Sunshine program provides an extensive school readiness program for children aged 3-6 years based on the National Early Years Learning Framework. At Sunshine Childcare centres, we aim to guide your child in becoming an effective 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.
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.
Yes. Professionals plan, document and evaluate each child’s learning and development. Through careful observations, Professional 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.
Information regarding your child’s day will be documented daily for you to view through a variety of means, the most readily our story park app which is accessible 24/7 to our families. Information includes details of sleeping habits, toilet practices, child’s response to the day and any health and safety issues that may have arisen. Our Educators 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 via our learning diary. We encourage parent feedback regarding your child’s current interests and skills and endeavour to include this within our programs.