Your Child's First DayWe're here to help your child have a fantastic first day
Essential items for your child’s first day
Please bring along an original or copy of:
- Child’s Birth Certificate
- Vaccination Documents from Medicare online
- Parent Identification (Passport, Driver’s license)
- COMPLETED ENROLMENT FORM
As well as:
- 3 small photographs for name tags
- 2 family photos
- Sun hat (no hat means shade play!)
- A change of clothes
- If child requires a sleep – a cloth bag with sheets for sleep
- 1 piece of fruit
- A cup to drink water when in the classroom
- Drink bottle for water
Please make sure all items are clearly labeled with your child’s name.
Separation anxiety is not unusual – in fact, it’s quite common. With a few tried and tested strategies, ewe can help overcome separation anxiety and make drop off time easier for everyone.
Separation anxiety tends to be caused by two things: a change in surroundings, such as moving house, changing schools/care providers; the appearance of parental separation anxiety.
Strategies to soothe separation anxiety
Help your children and yourself feel less anxious at drop off-time and keep separation anxiety under control.
1. Get ready
A good orientation process can be really effective at reducing the onset of separation anxiety. Whether it’s a new room, new educators or a new centre, guide children to prepare for the impending change in advance.
2. Create a routine
It’s not just children who love routines – adults benefit from them too! Try to create a regular, reliable routine for childcare/kinder days, to help everyone understand what to expect. On arrival, knowing what will be happening in the centre will assist children to be even more confident and settle into the day better. (This will help you relax too!) At the door, we have some lines for parents to say to their child and the educator on leaving.
3. Focus on relationships
We believe that collaboration with families is essential for the best outcomes for children in early childhood. We will take a photo of the hug/cuddle on departure to go up on the wall near the gate. Children love to be added to the gallery as they can see that this is not just happening to them alone.
Each year families are invited to Meet and Greets: Harmony Day in March, the shortest day of the year in June is Movie Night, we celebrate the International Day of Peace in September and a final graduation and concert in December. Each term we host events to discuss aspects of our program. Mothers, fathers and grandparents are acknowledged with an open invitation for observing and interacting with their child on specific days throughout the year.