Just as adults are often anxious about meeting new people or starting in a new job, commencing child care and kindergarten can be an anxious experience for you and your child. Let us reassure you that this is completely normal. Our early childhood educators are experienced and can help you and your child settle into the centre.
On your first day, you will be greeted by your child’s educators and they will discuss the orientation process with you. Orientation within each educational program will differ according to the needs of the children.
For our babies the children have an orientation period than can progress up to 4 to 5 weeks. This time is so important as it is often the families first experience in leaving their child with new people. As educators we understand this and aim to create a process in which the child, parents/guardians feel comfortable, safe and secure in their new environment. Participation in the orientation process is highly encouraged and recommended and ensures the settling in process is a positive experience for all.
This is also a valuable time to exchange information about your child with their educators. It helps us to understand their routine, likes/dislikes and for us to observe the parent/child interactions so that we can better understand your child’s needs. Every child’s needs differ, and therefore the orientation process can differ too. Together we can tailor to meet the individual needs of each child and family. The process may be longer for some children for others shorter. Each child is different and settles at their own rate. A child that has been in care before may take less time than a child who has not been in care before.
Older children settle in at their own pace too. Staying with your child for the first 1-2 weeks will assist them to feel comfortable and secure in their new environment. We encourage and recommend that you spend the time to allow you both to become familiar with the early childhood educators, the children and the educational program.
- Start with 1 hour visits
- Lengthen the time of each visit and after consulting with your child’s educators, leave your child for a while on their own.
- Lengthen the time of each visit, building up to a half day until your child is settled
The Early childhood educators will always consult with you to discuss your child’s individual needs.
Sessional Kindergarten and Pre Kindergarten children orientate for the fist week, attending short hours during their booked session with half the group in attendance.
Parents/Guardians are welcome to contact throughout the course of the day.
Please speak to Centre Management if you and your child require additional support to settle into the centre. Our aim is to support the diverse needs of all families within the community in all aspects of its operation, and within the children’s educational program. Your input is therefore valued and encouraged.