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General Procedures and Information

Recognising that children are a gift from God, Burdekin Christian College Early Learning Centre exists as a ministry arm of the Burdekin Community Church. Established in 1982, we aim to provide a balanced education which imparts Christian values and develops the leadership potential of all children. We provide a range of educational experiences, environments and training which allows each child to discover their personal gifting mix in all aspects of their make-up: physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. We place strong emphasis on relationship, both with God and each other and know that if you choose to send your children to the ELC you'll be making a great investment that will establish strong foundations in order to help them grow into the person that God has planned for them to be. We look forward to having you as part of our community and getting to know you. God Bless Pastor Peter Holmes Chairman Burdekin Christian College Board

Early Learning Centre Contact Details Postal & Street Address: 2-12 Melbourne Street, Ayr Phone: 07 4783 5552 Fax: 07 4783 5926 Email: office Website: Hours of Operation 7am to 6pm – Monday to Friday The Early Learning Centre is open all year, including school holidays, except for two weeks over the Christmas period. Dates will differ each year – please contact us for this years closure dates. Burdekin Christian College Early Learning Centre

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License The Early Learning Centre is licenses under the Child Care act 2002 and Child Care Regulation 2003. The Early Learning Centre is licensed to take 31 children each day. Owner and Management The Early Learning Centre is part of the Burdekin Christian College. The Director is accountable to the Principal and the Board of the Burdekin Christian College. If you have a concern you should approach the Director. If your concern is not resolved you can then approach the Principal of the Burdekin Christian College. If the matter is still not resolved you can contact the Office for Early Childhood Education and Training on 4726 3111. Key Staff Principal Director

Andrew Evetts Jayne Orchard, Group Leader, Kindy & Pre Prep Section Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Early Learning Centre Staff Gelsomina Wilson Senior educator and relief nominated group leader Kindy & Pre Prep Section Diploma of Children’s Services Toni Smallman Senior educator and nominated group leader Toddlers Section Certificate III, Diploma in Children’s Services Natasha Patterson Educator Certificate III in Children’s Services Jill Sutcliffe Educator Certificate III in Children’s Services, currently studying Diploma in Children’s Services Raywin Mayor Educator Certificate III in Children’s Services Joanne Ford Relief Educator Certificate III in Children’s Services Cheryl Taylor Relief Educator Certificate III in Children’s Services, currently studying Diploma in Children’s Services Donna Piva Relief Educator

There are two groups at the ELC – Toddlers and Kindy/Pre Prep. The toddlers group caters for children aged from fifteen months to three years and Kindy/Pre Prep are from three years to school age. The maximum class size for the Toddlers is ten and for Kindy/Pre Prep it is twenty-four. Philosophy  Children should be provided with quality care regardless of this background, race or religion.  Children should at all times be made to feel good about themselves and their family and be able to express themselves regardless of their ability, age or culture.  Children have the right to feel safe to learn and play in a secure, warm, friendly and caring environment  Children should develop through positive learning activities and experiences  Children should have the opportunity to make choices that will enable them to make choices that will enable them to make positive contributions to society Burdekin Christian College Early Learning Centre

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Children should be provided with activities that will help develop all areas of development Children should be encouraged to love one another and be kind to others

Our goals are:  Provide a positive, friendly environment where each child feels comfortable to explore and try new things  Reinforce Christian family values  Develop children spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially cognitively  Provide experiences for children that are fun, safe and educational  Respect and value each others’ differences while developing a positive environment to promote selfesteem that is respectful to diverse cultures  Encourage children to care and have a respect for the natural environment  Encourage children to have a positive self-esteem through play and learning experiences Program Our program is a play based program. We use an emergent curriculum approach to our planning. This means we base our program on the interest of the children and extend their interest wherever possible. However, we use the following to guide our planning which has been taken from the Early Years Learning Framework: Belonging Being Becoming

knowing where and with whom you belong is integral to human existence recognizes the significance of here and now in children’s lives children’s identities, knowledge, understanding capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood

The five learning outcomes are:  Children have a strong sense of identity  Children are connected with an contribute to their world  Children have a strong sense of  Children are confident and involved learners  Children are effective communicators Our Toddler program is developed using the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The pre Prep and Kindergarten group use the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines. This is offered from 9am to 3.30pm, 40 weeks a year, commencing on the first day of the school year and concluding on the final school day of the year, and includes school holidays. The Learning and Development areas are:  Identity  Communicating  Active learning  Connectedness Assessment The usual assessment technique is observation. National Quality Standards From 1st January 2012 all Childcare Centre throughout Australia will have to comply with the National Quality Standards for Early Education and Care and School Age Care or QAS. This replaces the National Childcare accreditation Council (NCAC) and the Child Care Act 2002. The five new rating systems are:

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unsatisfactory operating level National quality standard high quality excellent

At the Centre there is a Christian input into the program in the form of grace at meal breaks, some Christian songs and stories, a devotional time, and a Christian outlook regarding themes and attitudes. Firm Foundations We aim to create a nourishing Pre-Prep program that is rich in culture and where the curriculum is enhanced with a variety of information. Everyone is part of the teaching and learning process and acts as coach, aiding children to investigate and not settle for the first answer. We believe this enables children to learn and grow to the best of their potential. At the Early Learning Centre we believe we are beginning their journey in faith and education. Our hope is that with confidence the children will continue their schooling, healthy in mind, body and spirit; secure that their ideas and thinking are valued. Such a strong foundation provides our children the opportunity for the growth of a love for learning which will assist them in their life-long education. The Early Learning Centre is a happy, relaxed environment where learning experiences contribute to each child’s understanding of themselves, others and the created world. Godly attitudes and values will be encouraged. Behaviour Expectations Strategies for discipline are used to guide and encourage the children  Staff should display positive role models for the children as well as encourage and promote desirable behaviour  Consistent management of children’s behaviour  Praising children for their desirable behaviour, rather than criticism and comparison  Positive techniques used to redirect and reinforce the appropriate behaviour  Realistic guidelines, appropriate expectations for the child’s age and giving choice when appropriate  Co-operative, helpful behaviour is encouraged and staff work toward building children’s self esteem and competence The strategies put in place are to encourage self control and conference in children. If conflicts continue without resolution, the child’s parent/guardian will be contacted and discussions held to rectify the behaviour. Important Partnerships Our staff and children work in partnership as researchers seeking out answers to questions and supporting investigation. In a sense, the child becomes the architect or designer of their own learning while the teacher is their recorder of information and aid in choosing what path to take. This partnership has meaningful outcomes for the child and develops the staff professionally.

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What to bring and wear All children will need:  Backpack  Lunch box (named) that your child can open by themselves if appropriate  Spare changes of clothes including underwear (named)  Water bottled (named)  Sheet set (named) including a small pillow (optional) in a large drawstring bag  Small light blanket in Winter  Hat without a drawstring etc (named) Sheets contained in a child’s own sheet bag will need to stay at the Early Learning Centre for the days of attendance and placed in the storage facility until rest time. Sheets should be taken home each week for laundering and then returned to the Early Learning Centre the following week. Special toys and belongings – Please do not send any special toys from home as they can be lost or broken. A soft toy for sleep time is permissible. What to wear Please dress your child in play clothes as they do tend to get dirty or stained even with the utmost care. Send a spare set of clothes and ensure all personal belongings are clearly marked with your child’s name. Printed ELC tshirts are available at a cost of $12. They are available in jade, purple, hot pink and royal blue.

Footwear must be worn to the Centre. However, children may take their shoes off when they have outdoor activities.

Arrivals and Departures Childcare Regulation Section 43

Signing in and out Each day, parents are required to sign their child in. The child must also be signed out, giving the actual time collected. Staff must also be informed of the child’s departure. The child must be signed in and out and accompanied to and from their room by an authorized adult of 18+ years. These records are used for attendance checks and it is a legal requirement that they are completed correctly and on a daily basis. These attendance sheets are used during emergency evacuation to ensure all children are accounted for and safe. Persons authorized to collect children It is a legal requirement that you complete the Attendance Register upon arrival and departure at the Early Learning Centre. Legal requirements dictate that children can only be collected by an adult (over 18 years of age, unless they are the parent). NO child will be allowed to leave the ELC without parental permission or without an authorized adult of 18plus years. For this purpose we request parents to authorise persons who may collect their child in the event they are unable to do themselves. Parents are expected to keep the Collection Permissions List up-to-date at all times. Only the persons nominated by parents will authorized to collect a child.

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What you do when you arrive Childcare Regulation Section 10

Help your child to become independent by asking them to perform these routine tasks. Always encourage your child’s little steps of success:  Place lunchbox in the fridge  Place water bottle in the designated area  Remove shoes and place them on the shelf with bag  Place bag in their port rack  Hat on and begin playing Parents  Sign the attendance register  Remember to say goodbye – this is an important aspect of successful transition What to do when it’s time to leave Remember to sign the Attendance Register Open Door Policy The Early Learning Centre has an Open Door Policy and welcomes parents and guardians to visit any anytime. When children see a connection between their parents and teachers, it assists in making them feel safe and secure. If you have any skills, interests or knowledge that you would be wiling to share with the Early Learning Centre, please let us know. Parents who wish to take advantage of the Open Door Policy need to be actively involved with their child. This is a great time to take advantage of the resources available and build an active interest in the classroom with your child. Attendance When you enroll your child you will select the days and hours you wish your child to attend the Early Learning Centre (subject to availability). You will be billed for these hours each week plus any extra hours your child may have attended at the ELC. If your child is away on one of the booked days you will still be charged for that day, however Centrelink will be advised that your child was absent. If you provide two weeks notice to the Early Learning Centre of upcoming holidays you will only be charged the minimum attendance rate which is four hours per day (and only for those days you have booked hours). Please complete a Leave Form which is available from the ELC or the school office. Fees and Charges ELC is billed at $5.80 per hour. Accounts are issued weekly and will be inserted into your child’s pocket located on the wall just outside their room. If you prefer we can email your account to you. Accounts are to be kept current, and no more than 2 weeks in arrears. Please see the ELC Fees and Charges sheet for more information. Child Care Benefit (CCB) and eligibility Early Learning Centre is a registered Child Care Provider. As such, parents may be eligible for Child Care Benefit from the government. The CCB is means tested, and parents must register with Centrelink to find out if they are eligible. This can be done either online or through the Family Assistance Office located at Centrelink in Wickham Street, Ayr. Once parents have registered for the CCB, the Early Learning Centre needs both the parents and the child’s CRN numbers and dates of birth (this information will most likely already be on your enrolment form). Once the ELC have the CCB information your accounts will include your Child Care Benefit paid by the Government if this is the option you chose (some families choose to have their rebates paid yearly or quarterly). Burdekin Christian College Early Learning Centre

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Health and Medical When your child is ill In the event of a child becoming ill at the ELC an authorized member of staff will contact parents to request that the child be collected and taken home as soon as possible. The ELC does not have the facilities to care for sick children and will contact parents if:  Their child’s temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees  Their child has diarrhea  Their child has vomited  Their child is generally not coping with the day’s activities  Their child is not their usual self Policies and procedure are developed based on the recommendations of the Staying Healthy in Childcare publication distributed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). No child can attend the ELC until vomiting diarrhea has ceased for 24 hours. When antibiotics have been prescribed, children need to have been taking them for 24 hours returning to the ELC. Please notify the ELC immediately if your child has been exposed to any communicable diseases eg German measles, so that we can notify other parents. The ELC will post notices of illness in the rooms where cases have been reported. Contagious conditions/diseases The ELC appreciates the value of a safe and healthy environment for children. We ask parents to take their child home from the ELC immediately when it is known they have a contagious condition until the contagious period has passed. These conditions include:  Hand, foot and mouth disease  Parvovirus B19 (slapped cheek syndrome)  Conjunctivitis  Chicken pox  Cough and cold viruses  Diarrhea  German measles  Measles  Mumps  Nausea  Ringworm  School sores  Head lice  Vomiting Please ensure that you do not send your child back to the ELC prematurely and that they have made a full recovery before returning. If you child has a temperature (38dC or above) they are to be kept home for a minimum of 24 hours with out fever. If in doubt, the family doctor should be contacted. ELC reserves the right to insist on a doctor’s letter stating a child is well enough to attend and is no longer contagious to other children. Burdekin Christian College Early Learning Centre

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Head Lice Please do not send your child to the ELC if they have head lice or head lice eggs. Head lice must be treated and children are not to return until after treatment has occurred and all lice and eggs are removed from their hair. Head lice is an issue that requires a proactive approach and all families are encouraged to check their children daily, treat quickly and notify the ELC of an outbreak. Communication with the ELC is very important so the appropriate action of alerting others to check their own children can be carried out. The presence of head lice is not a sign of dirty hair or bad hygiene. In fact, head lice prefer a clean environment. If a child is found to have head lice, the parents will contacted and asked to collect their child from the ELC Impetigo (school sores) Impetigo is characterized by collections of small, crusting blisters that usually form on the face or limbs. The condition looks unsightly, but it isn’t dangerous and doesn’t cause any lasting damage to the skin. HOWEVER IT IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS. A child with a case of impetigo should be kept home from care until the sores are fully healed. The child may return earlier if appropriate treatment has begun (usually antibiotics), the sores must be fully covered with a waterproof dressing, and the child must have a doctor’s certificate/clearance letter. Impetigo is more common during warmer months. Immunisation Parents must supply a record of their child’s immunisation upon enrolment and every six months from then on. Children must be fully immunised or have exemption documentation to attend the ELC and claim the Child Care Benefit. Children who are not immunised can be enrolled at the ELC but must be withdrawn for the exclusion period if a vaccine-preventable disease is confirmed within the ELC eg a case of measles. The exclusion table adopted by the ELC is that recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council and is displayed at the ELC. Medical Information State and Territorial Governments protect the health and safety of the community from the injurious effects of medicinal drugs by a range of acts and regulations which includes lists of drugs and poisons. These are categorized as follows:  Schedule 2 (S2) Pharmacy Medicine (Pharmacy only sale)  Schedule 3 (S3) Pharmacist Only Medicine (Supervision of sale by pharmacist)  Schedule 4 (S4) Restricted Drugs (prescription only medicine)  Schedule 8 (S8) controlled drugs (prescription only medicine) Paracetamol and other analgesics are S2 medications. These and all other medications, both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, cannot be administered to children by staff without authorisation. The parent must make a written request to the Director on a Medication Request Form obtainable from the ELC or the College office. All prescription medication must be in a container labeled by a health care professional or pharmacist filling a medical prescription.

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The following details need to be provided:  Name of medication  Name of the doctor prescribing the medication  Name of the student  Dosage  Time medication needs to be administered  Commencement and conclusion dates  Any special arrangements The same procedures apply to over-the-counter medication. This includes Paracetomol, Nurafen and cough mixtures. The ELC will not accept any medication which is not labeled in this way. Please ask the pharmacist to label the bottle and not just the box. The medication must be delivered to the ELC before the start of session each day. Staff will record that the medication has been administered to the student by an authorized member of staff as per the Medication Request Form. Parent helpers, children and visitors are not permitted to administer any prescribed medication. Staff are not permitted to administer a dose of paracetamol if children have a high fever. When a child has a fever and they are showing signs of being unwell the child should be collected from the ELC as soon as possible. If parents are requesting staff to administer paracetamol throughout the day, we believe the child is not well enough to attend. Anaphylaxis Anaphylaxis is a severe, life threatening allergic reaction. The reaction can develop within minutes of exposure to the allergen. An increasing number of children experience a severe reaction when they eat or have contact with nuts and other allergens. The ELC is committed to provide a safe and healthy environment for all children and especially the well-being of children at risk of anaphylaxis. As part of our preventative strategy at ELC we remove as many products and food items as possible that contain nuts. Complete removal is difficult due to manufacturing and processing schedules, but to assist in reducing the risk we ask that NOT NUT PRODUCTS, including Peanut Butter, Nutella or Muesli Bars containing nuts are to be sent in lunch boxes. Emergency Medication If a child has a serious medical condition that requires emergency treatment eg Epipen, it is the parents responsibility to supply this medication so we can provide adequate care for their child. Food and Nutrition At ELC we want to ensure that all children who attend have food and drink and that is safe, nutritious and culturally diverse. Good nutrition is vital to growth and development of young children and the foods we provide them often become the basis for lifelong food choices. The Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents recommend that children eat a wide variety of nutritious foods each day and that care is taken with children’s food so that is served to young children safely and hygienically.

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Nutritional tips Children eat different amounts of food according to their growth patterns. For smaller appetites, pack smaller serves – cut sandwiches into quarters and chop up fruit.  Calcium is lacking in many children’s diets – provide a calcium-rich food like chees or yoghurt every day in their lunch box  Fruit has more fibre and fewer calories than fruit juice. Make fruit a regular lunch box item  Use only small amounts of oil, margarine and butter  Offer water to drink instead of juice  Have plenty of fruit and vegetables available  Choose snack foods based on breads, fruit, vegetables and dairy foods that are filling and nutritious. NO NUT PRODUCTS, including PEANUT BUTTER, NUTELLA, or MUESLI BARS containing nuts are to be sent in lunch boxes. Parents are to provide children with a variety of nutritional foods from the five food groups. This consists of breads, cereal, rice, pasta, grains, vegetables, legumes, fruit, yoghurt, cheese, dairy and/or alternatives, lean meat, fish, poultry. The exception applies only to birthdays or special cooking activities within the ELC. Parents are free to provide patty cakes or similar for their child’s birthday. ‘Sometimes Foods’ are to be kept for consumption at home. We are dedicated to the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity, therefore strictly no ‘sometimes foods’ will be given to children whilst in our care. Examples of ‘sometimes foods’ include:  Chocolate and confectionary (lollies etc)  Artificially flavoured and coloured fruit snacks  Sweet biscuits, cakes, cream buns, donuts, chips and high-fat savoury biscuits  Fried foods  High sugar-content, artificially coloured and flavored puddings, - these are often sold in the guise of yoghurt. Please check labels to ensure yoghurt is in fact yoghurt  Pastry-based foods such as pies, sausage rolls, pasties  Fast food and take-away food  Soft drinks, cordial, sports drinks, flavoured milk and flavoured mineral water  Highly processed fruit snacks (resembling lollies) The following are links to websites that have great lunch box ideas:  

SAFETY Emergency Contact Persons In the event of illness or emergency, initial contact will always be made to a parent/guardian. Only the persons nominated by parents will authorised to collect a child, and will required to provide photo identification to staff on arrival at the ELC (if the person is not already known to staff) Changes to contact details Please notify the ELC immediately if there are any changes in your address, phone numbers, or emergency contact persons. Burdekin Christian College Early Learning Centre

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Minor accident reports Any accident or injury which occurs to a child during care at the ELC (no matter how minor) will be documented on an Accident/Incident Report Form. Staff will inform parents/guardians of any accident/injury either by phone or at a collection time and parents/guardians will be required to sign the form to acknowledge that they have been informed of an accident or injury to their child. In the event of a child’s injury involving a bump to the head or teeth the parent will contacted by telephone immediately to allow the parent/guardian to assess the situation in consultation with staff. Court orders and shared custody arrangements If there are Family Law Court orders, restraining orders, shared custody arrangements or parenting laws pertaining to the child, the ELC must be supplied with current copies of such orders and parents are expected to keep the ELC informed of any changes to orders or agreements. Failure to provide current orders may result in cancellation of care. Child protection policy ELC recognizes that protecting children from harm and the risk of harm is fundamental to maximizing their personal and academic potential. For this reason the welfare and best interest of the children within the ELC will always to be of primary consideration. We expect children to show respect to staff and volunteers and to comply with safe practices. We expect all employees to ensure that their behaviour towards, and relationships with children reflect proper Christian moral and lawful standards of care for children. The ELC will respond diligently to a report of suspect or actual harm or risk of harm to a child. Queensland legislation defines harm as: Any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the child’s physical, psychological or emotional well-being. It is immaterial how the harm is caused. Harm can be caused by:  physical, psychological or emotional abuse or neglect  sexual abuse or exploitation  domestic or family violence

Security To enable the ELC to maintain the highest standards of security we ask parents to ensure gates and doors are closed behind them. We would ask that parents encourage their children to walk and not run at the ELC and to stay with parents whilst walking to and from the ELC. Fire drills Fire Drills are held regularly and we ask all people in the ELC at these times to join in the drill with the children and staff members. Evacuation procedures are outlined in all rooms with diagrams and steps to follow. In the case of an emergency, the ELC will follow the evacuation procedures and relate the children to a safe place. Parents will be notified as soon as possible to collect their children if needed. Car park etiquette As the ELC shares the car park with the Burdekin Christian College parents of the ELC should be aware of the peak congestion periods between 8.20-9am and 2.45-3.15pm. Please hold your child’s hand in the car park, teach your child to use the footpath where possible and be a good role model.

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Please be considerate to and respectful to all other drivers and please observe the speed limit – small children do not have good peripheral vision and all students can sometimes do silly and unpredictable things when near roads.

COMMUNICATION At the ELC we believe that constant communication needs to take place between parents and staff throughout the day via staff/parent conversation, interaction, daily notices, telephone conversations and email. WE aim to develop trusting relationships with all families to enable us to work in partnership with you Sharing home life Events in the family life such as major illnesses, visits of grandparents and relatives, accident or death of relatives or pets may be a cause of major concern or excitement for children and markedly affect their behaviour. It is important for the home and ELC to share this information and we would appreciate parents informing teachers of any unusual happenings of this nature for the benefit and well-being of the children. Meeting with Staff An opportunity for our staff to share information with parents is valued and from time to time the ELC may request an interview with parents for that purpose. Staff on duty are responsible for the safety and well-being of the children in their charge. Therefore, they are not available for lengthy consultation whilst overseeing the children. IF you wish to speak at length, please advise the Director who will arrange supervision for the children and a quiet place for you to talk.

Communication with Parents Information pockets are located outside the classroom for newsletter, accounts and other communication for parents. Regular checking of the contents of the pockets will ensure messages are received. Communication pockets will only be used by the ELC and College. Junk mail including private advertising will not be permitted. Role of Parents We actively encourage parents and guardians to become involved with their child’s education. Parents and guardians are welcome to come into the ELC at any time to observe their child’s play. As well as observing, parents often bring with them special skills such as diverse languages, cooking, carpentry, gardening music, storytelling and so on, and these become a valuable part of the program. The teacher may have particular areas of the curriculum which they ask parents to participate. We value your participation and involvement in any of the following ways:  sharing languages from parents unique cultural background  sharing information and/or experiences from parents unique cultural background  sharing skills and interests in the education program  spending time reading stories and playing with your child  participating in special activities, excursions and celebrations  assisting the Staff with educational program Process for dealing with any concerns of parents, staff members or carers If you have any concerns about ELC please make an appointment at the ELC or the School office indicating the topic you wish to discuss and the relevant staff member.

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Behaviour Guidance The Bible reminds us that the purpose of discipline is to help each of us to grow in a loving, Christ-like manner. This is an important part of our understanding of Christ. Discipline also protects and safeguards us physically, spiritually and emotionally so that we may grow into responsible servants of Christ, acting at all times in a Godhonouring and upright manger (Hebrews 12:11 & Proverbs 12:28) Behaviour Expectations Strategies for discipline are used to guide and encourage the children  Staff should display positive role models for the children as well as encourage and promote desirable behaviour  Consistent management of children’s behaviour  Praising children for their desirable behaviour, rather than criticism and comparison  Positive techniques used to redirect and reinforce the appropriate behaviour  Realistic guidelines, appropriate expectations for the child’s age and giving choice when appropriate  Co-operative, helpful behaviour is encouraged and staff work toward building children’s self esteem and competence The strategies put in place are to encourage self control and conference in children. If conflicts continue without resolution, the child’s parent/guardian will be contacted and discussions held to rectify the behaviour.

GENERAL INFORMATION Birthday celebrations If your child has a birthday during the school year, you are welcome to send a cake or cupcakes to share the celebration with your child’s group. Please ensure all cakes do not contain nuts. NO smoking environment – it is strictly applied in all areas of ELC and the Burdekin Christian College. NO toys Children are not permitted to bring toys to the ELC as they could become lost or broken. The ELC will not be responsible for lost toys that are brought to the ELC. Photographs Periodically the ELC staff will take photograph as a pictorial record of the educational programs and of children’s participation in them. These photographs maybe displayed for parents to view. Photos may also be used in media presentations, newsletters and on the College website. All parents are required to complete the publicity section on the ELC Enrolment Form. Sleep and Rest A rest time provides your child with an opportunity to sleep, unwind, a time to help them to learn to relax and a time of uninterrupted quiet. It is a requirement of the Licence that the children have a rest time. Rest time is as follows: Toddler Group – midday to 2pm

Pre Prep/Kindy – 12.30pm to 2pm

Establishing patterns of rest and relaxation, like good heating habits, are benefits which a child can carry into later life. The children spend an average of one hour on the beds and then quiet activities are provided for those children that are still awake.

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Mishaps If a child has a mishap they will be showered and changed into clean clothes. Any clothes that the children soil or wet will be rinsed as clean as possible and then placed in a plastic bag for sending home to parents. Volunteers Occasionally, there will be new faces in the ELC when volunteers visit. These new faces will also include relief staff who will sometimes be present at the ELC. All visitors will be under the supervision of permanent staff members at all times. All parent helpers and volunteers will be required to officially register in the sign-in book at the ELC. A Working with Children ‘Blue Card’ will be required by all volunteers. Application forms are available from the College office. Sun protection The outdoors is an important part of the ELC and consideration of sun safety is paramount. Despite avoiding exposure to the sun in the hottest part of the day, children and staff are still required to wear sunscreen and a hat when outside. To assist in the skin care of our ELC children it is compulsory for every child to war a hat. The ELC and Burdekin Christian College is a SunSmart school and our policy is not hat – no play. Please ensure all hats are clearly named, do NOT have chin tie/drawstring and are washed on a regular basis. Please apply sunscreen to your child each morning and staff will reapply every 4 hours whilst in the sun.

And finally …..

A child’s thoughts on going to Pre-Prep or Kindy  please plan the beginning of the day so that I don’t have to be rushed there or I may become confused, worried or irritable  please don’t push me inside the door and run. It makes me feel unhappy, as if you want to get rid of me. Come with me and look at all the interesting things I can do  Please don’t slip away without saying good-bye, or I will be afraid that you may leave me for good  When you leave, tell me when you will be back and try hard to be on time or I will worry  Sometimes I spend a long time making something and I am proud of it. If you call it rubbish, the time seems wasted, but if you show you value it too, even to say I have been working hard on it, that makes me feel happy and successful and ready to tackle more difficult things  Please come and visit me at ELC and I will feel proud to say to my friends, ‘that’s my Mummy’, or ‘that’s my Daddy’ and then I know that you really care about what I am doing  Please don’t discuss me when I am in earshot. I don’t miss much and I worry about what I hear. I know the teacher will be happy to find somewhere private to talk to you.  When you come for me, please don’t ask the teacher if I’ve been good. I try to be, but sometimes things go wrong and teacher and I have worked it out and I don’t want o reminded of my mistakes  What makes me feel good is if you show that you are really pleased with me, and are ready to look if I have something to show you, as the process of making it was very important and this object is the result  But most of all JUST LOVE ME!!!

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The Early Learning Centre is situated on the Burdekin Christian College grounds. The Burdekin Christian College is a rapidly growing Prep to Year 7 Christian school. Enrolments are welcomed all year round and we would be delighted to make a time to show you around our school. Please contact the office on 4783 5552.

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