Q. Do we pay extra for the Government Approved Kindergarten program?
A. The good news is that your regular daily fee covers the kindergarten program.
Q. Do your fees attract childcare subsidy?
A. Yes, we are a registered centre, so you can access the usual fee assistance arrangements through Centrelink.
Q. How do I enrol my child at Out & About Care & Education?
A. Enrolment is easy. You can call us any time to arrange a visit or you can complete the REGISTRATION FORM and email that to us. We will call you back to ensure we have the correct information for your child’s needs and to answer any questions you may have about enrolling at the centre. It is as easy as that.
Q. How do you manage rest time ?
A. This is a hotly debated issue. The AMA recommends that children in care for more than 3-4 hours need a rest period to recuperate and rest their muscles prior to resuming busy play and learning experiences. This means a physical rest, not necessarily a sleep. Some children need to sleep, and others do not.
Rest time allows children to learn about their own needs and those of others and to be respectful of others.
We expect all children to engage in rest time whether they sleep or not. After a period of 30 minutes or so of quiet resting on beds children may participate in quiet activities while others can sleep longer.
Q. Do we pay extra for meals?
A. Meals are included in your daily fee. We provide fabulous freshly cooked meals (morning tea, lunch, dessert, and afternoon tea) each day to support busy working families – we know it is hard to fit everything in so this is our way to help you manage life with a busy young family.
Q. Do we bring nappies?
A. We supply nappies for all children 0-3 years of age. All children need to be toilet trained before they move into our 3-4 years age group and would not need them.
If your child has eczema or other medical issues relating to nappies, we will discuss this with you and find a solution, but usually we supply all nappies.
Q. Will my child have regular carers and educators they know?
A. Yes, our roster is arranged so that each room has a core team of educators who will be consistently present. This assists young children to settle and feel comfortable. We also utilise a regular pool of relief staff members should carers be away, so children will be familiar with the replacement team member.
Q. How do you move children up from one room to another?
A. We consult with families to ensure they are comfortable that their child is ready to move to the next age group. Once all partners are happy, we begin short visits to the next room, so your child becomes familiar with the new space, routines, and people. After a few visits (some children take more and others less), we make the move to the new room. Settling in is monitored so we can ensure your child feels settled and happy.
Q. How will you communicate with me about my child’s development, wellbeing, and learning?
A. We will communicate with you using a range of methods including phone calls, face to face chats and discussions, newsletters, emails, posters, personal notes, photographs, communication books for infants and “About our Day” sheets in other rooms. As you can see, we have many ways to keep you in the loop about your child’s day.
Q. What makes your centre different to others in the area?
A. Our centre is designed and developed by a dedicated team of local people. We are a Sunshine Coast family, and we have a local builder, engineers and other ongoing local suppliers engaged with our centre. We support locals. You always know who you are dealing with at our centre. Our Approved Provider is a former award-winning Director with more than 40 years’ experience in early childhood care and education. She holds a master’s degree in education and provides training and mentoring support for our team to ensure we operate at the highest standard. Between them, members of our team have many years of experience in early learning.
Out & About Care & Education also offers busy families:
- Beautiful meals prepared daily by our onsite Chef.
- Appealing, creative, well equipped, unique, natural, and stimulating indoor and outdoor spaces.
- Provision of nappies for all children 0 – 3 years of age.
- An early learning program providing opportunities to develop creative ways of thinking and exploring multiple avenues of learning.
- An environment designed to offer exciting and generous play and learning spaces.