What does my child need to bring along on their preschool day/s?

  • Backpack for their belongings
  • Change of Clothes
  • Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea
  • Drink Bottle
  • Hat

Please dress your child in play clothes only.  There are lots of messy activities and it would be a shame to wreck their special clothes.  Elastic waisted shorts or pants allow children independence at toilet times. It is essential that all clothing and belongings be clearly marked with the child’s name.

Do you provide meals?

No.  All meals are provided by the parents in accordance with the Good for Kid, Good for Life Policy.  We believe this helps children to make healthy choices for the transition to school.

Are we Accredited?

Yes, through the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC). The NCAC is responsible for the administration of Child Care Quality Assurance systems for children’s services throughout Australia.  It’s aim is to ensure that children in child care in Australia have stimulating, positive experiences and interactions that nurture all aspects of their development.

As part of the accreditation process our service has a visit from a validator every two (2) years, and during this time they will observe all aspects of our services within seven (7) quality areas.  Skallywags Preschool is currently accredited by NCAC to a high quality standard in all areas.

What are the staff to child ratios?

The Department of Education & Children’s Services has strict regulations on staff child ratios for children aged between 0 and 6 years of age. Our service adheres to these regulations at all times. The regulations for Skallywags Preschool with children aged 2 years old is 1 staff to 5 children and for children  between 3 and 6 it is 1 staff to 10 children.

How can I be re-assured that my child is happy and content?

During your child’s first few weeks of preschool we encourage you to contact us throughout the day regarding your child’s well being.

How do you foster my child’s development?

We run a weekly programme that focus’s on the following developmental areas:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of well-being
  • Children are confidence and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators

The programme is set to meet the interest and needs of the individual child.

How do I pay my fees?

Parents may pay their fees by:

  • Direct Debit,
  • Cheque or
  • Cash.

Fees are to be paid weekly or fortnightly or by an arrangment with the Centre Manager.

What kinds of Policies does the Centre have?

The Centre has policies to cover the whole operation of the Centre and these are made available for you to read at any time.

If my child is absent, what do I do?

If your child is absent, please contact the Centre as early as possible on the day.

What does the Centre do if my child falls sick at the Centre?

Teachers will contact you and request you or one of the persons you have authorised to collect your child to come to the Centre as soon as possible and take your child home.

If your child has a temperature, teachers may ask your verbal permission to issue paracetamol. If you give this verbal permission you will need to sign appropriate Medical Forms when you are next at the Centre.

Will the Teacher give my Child Medicine?

Centre Policy allows teachers to administer medications only if the parent has given correct written authority according to the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011.

Will you help me Toilet train my child?

If your child is not fully toilet trained (using pull ups rather than nappies) we will support this transition with strategies used at home along with the Centre strategies.

Will my child have his/her own locker?

Yes, sometimes children may have to share a locker with another child who attends on a different day, but all children have their own space to store their bags and work. Parents also have a special space allotted where newsletters and notices are placed (parent pockets).