What is a Kindergarten Program
An integrated kindergarten program is specifically designed for children aged 4 years and over. This program can be accessed as either a sessional program or as an extended hour’s program with access to Long Day Care. Kindergarten operates between 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday
|School Terms (Hours)||** Subsidised payments are available|
|** Health Care Card, Pension Card,||Monday 8:30am - 3.00pm||15||N/A|
|Visa 786 & 785 & Gold Card||Tuesday 8:30am - 3.00pm||15||N/A|
|Group 1||Wednesday 8:30am - 11:30am||15||N/A|
|Wednesday 1:00pm - 4:00pm||15||N/A|
|Thursday 8:30am - 3.00pm||15||N/A|
|Group 2||Friday 8:30am - 3.00pm||15||N/A|
Times may vary each calendar year.
To be determined by the end of the calendar year and are payable prior to each new Term. Families may be eligible for the State Government Concession. For eligibility details please see office staff.Families accessing the extended hours Kindergarten program are required to attend all three days in the Long Day Care program and staff will ensure that children access their Kindergarten sessions on the relevant days and times. Children that attend Long Day Care have access to care during the term breaks.
What is an integrated service?
Laverton Community Children’s Centre provides an integrated service model that supports affordability, accessibility and flexible care to members of our community. The environment we provide delivers a variety of quality, safe and “play-based” learning experiences for all children. The Kindergarten program is supported by a range of child and family services including Maternal Child Health Nurse, Laverton Community Centre and Neighbourhood House andthe Laverton Education Centre, we encourage families to access these services. The foyer area contains a range of external services that are available within the municipality.
What to bring to the Kindergarten program
Please ensure that your child’s bag contains a change of clothes and clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions. Children will have access to the outdoors as part of their program and it is essential that they have access to clothing that is comfortable and promotes independent dressing and toileting.
Children attending as “sessional” are required to bring a piece of fruit to share and also their healthy lunch. Please provide lunches in appropriate containers that are easy for the children to open and close. Families are encouraged to bring foods that are listed in the foyer outside the kindergarten, as part of our healthy eating program.
Children attending as “extended hours” have their food provided.
Parents are required to participate in kinder duty. Kinder duty encourages families to participate in the program and spend time volunteering alongside the teachers and staff. This is a unique opportunity to spend time in the program. The duty roster is available next to the sign in sheet, families can write their availability well in advance to ensure each session has an active participant to assist in the program.
As we are regulated by “Sun Smart”, all children must have a wide brimmed or legionnaires hat for outdoor play. Children who require particular sunscreen due to allergy or skin sensitivity are required to bring their own and leave it at the Kindergarten. Children requiring particular medical treatment or Management Plan must provide relevant documentation to the office prior to commencement i.e. Asthma Management Plan and Anaphylaxis Management Plan. All Plans must be signed by a medical practitioner and appropriate medications remain at the service.
“Please remember we are a Egg & Nut free centre as we have children with life threatening allergies”
Enrolment Procedures and Orientation
All relevant Enrolment Forms must be completed prior to your child/children commencing care. It is the responsibility of the family to ensure that their child/children’s Enrolment Forms are current and up to date. Upon Enrolment families are required to present children’s Immunisation Records. Enrolment procedures include payment of fees in advance. An orientation program will be designed to assist each individual child to settle into the Centre, this program is developed in partnership with family members and staff.
Releasing children from our service
Children will not be released to anyone other than those previously authorised by the parents/adult guardians on the Enrolment Form. The service must be notified if someone other than those nominated are collecting child/children and photo identification must be presented.
All families will receive an entry code prior to commencement.
Late pick up
If children are not collected on time, staff will transition them to the Long Day Care program. Parents will incur any additional costs associated with this program.
Accident and Medication Book
Staff will notify a parent/adult guardian in a timely manner if children are involved in an accident or incident. Staff will complete the appropriate reports for a parent/adult guardian to sign upon arrival. If your child requires medication, the appropriate forms must be completed and signed when the child is collected. DO NOT leave any medications in your child’s bag. If your child suffers from Asthma or Anaphylaxis a medical practitioner must complete the appropriate management form, all medications must be within the written expiry date and all prescription medications must be with the child’s full name.