Frequently Asked Questions
Research shows that children who start ahead tend to stay ahead. Notable differences in children's development are apparent by age two and have a trend not to stop over time. Early years provide the grounds for the rest of a child's life.
Children are born ready to learn, and the best learning occurs in nurturing, positive, stimulating environments. That's why high-quality early learning experiences are so meaningful. By building these environments, we're providing the best opportunities for children to fulfil their potential.
The Learning Environment and planned curriculum is guided by The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, Belonging, Being and Becoming. The vision encapsulated in the Framework is that ‘All children experience learning that is engaging and build success for life.’
Our educators understand the impact relationships have on a child’s learning journey and are committed to continuous professional development to stay current in their awareness of how to best program and plan for every child’s developing mind.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principles, practices and outcomes essential to young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. It's part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.
The framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning, recognising the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. There are five learning outcomes defined by the EYLF:
- Children have a strong sense of identity.
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
- Children are confident and involved learners.
- Children are effective communicators.
The NQF introduced a new quality standard in 2012 to improve education and care across long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care.
The National Quality Standard (NQS) is a crucial aspect of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and sets a high, national benchmark for early childhood education and care. The NQS brings together the 7 key quality areas that are important to outcomes for children:
We recommend that parents pack clothing for children that will protect them from the sun, including a hat, long-sleeved t-shirts and loose clothing which covers all of their body (i.e. no midriffs, singlets or bare backs).
Sunscreen will be applied to those children with prior written permission. Sunscreen will be applied to these children 20 minutes before going outside and is then regularly reapplied. The literature on sun care is available at the centre. For more information on the centre’s Sun Protection policy, please ask the Nominated Supervisor.
Please dress your child in play clothes that wash easily. In choosing what your child should wear to Kids Choice Granville, please consider the following:
- Your child will be working with messy materials such as paint, glue, water and sand so clothing must be able to stand a little wear and tear.
- Children will be climbing, running, jumping and swinging so they will need clothes that neither restrict their activity nor reduce their safety.
- Clothing must provide some protection and be suitable for both indoor and outdoor experiences.
- Children will need clothes which allow for growing independence, i.e. pants that can come off quickly for toileting.
- Please name all clothing and footwear.
- A sunsafe hat which covers your child's face, neck and ears
- Change of clothes (when involved with hands-on play-based learning, your child may get a little messy!)
- A bib or two (if needed)
- Comfort items (if needed), such as a toy or blanket
- Dummy in a sealed, named container (if needed)
- Sleeping sheet set or blanket for nap time
- Expressed milk (if needed)
- Water bottle with a lid or a sippy cup
- Any medications – please give these to Kids Choice Granville educators to manage directly. Please note Kids Choice Granville has formal processes in place to support children who require short or long-term medications as well as management plans for children with any known medical conditions. Please speak further with the Nominated Supervisor regarding this.
Children and educators are actively urged to practice good personal hygiene to minimise cases of illness. Kids Choice Granville believes that if your child is ill, the best place for them is to be at home where they can recover faster. If your child arrives at the centre with signs of illness, the nominated supervisor may advise that they are not well enough to stay at the centre. You will be asked to make alternative arrangements until they are well or the exclusion period has ended (you may be asked to provide a medical clearance letter before your child can return). Although this can be untimely for parents, it is in the interests of all children and families at the centre to minimise the risk of infection.
Should your child become ill during the day, documentation and first aid will be given, and you may be contacted to collect your child from the centre and seek further medical advice (please note that paracetamol is not regarded as a first response and can only be administered in emergency situations and with prior written parental consent).