Please find below a selection of our Frequently Asked Questions.
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How long is your waiting list?
At different times of the year our centres do have a waiting list, but it is difficult to say how long it will take for a position to become available as this is determined on how old your child is, what days you are looking for and when you require the care. That means that even if you need care immediately, it is well worth giving us a call as we may be able to accommodate your needs. When joining our waiting list, if you can be at all flexible in the days of care you need, we are more likely to be able to find you a position.
What is included in the daily fees?
Please see the centre’s page you would like to enrol with for an outline of the daily fees.
Varying meal programs are offered at each individual centre, please see each centre’s page to determine what meals are offered. Nappies and sunscreen are provided at all centres.
Parents need to provide sheets for children who sleep, bottles need to come in filled while the child is taking bottles, a hat (which is given out on enrolment) and change of clothes.
What age do you take children from, and how are the children grouped?
We take babies from 6 weeks of age through to 6 years. For info on the room groups for each centre please view the centre info for the specific centre you would like to enrol with.
Are your staff qualified?
The number of trained staff we have on the premises is well above our legal requirements.
All staff have a minimum Certificate III in Children’s Services.
Most have a Diploma level qualification and we also have university qualified early childhood teachers.
Do you have a preschool program?
Like all of our age groups, each room has both focuses on individual and group needs.
Our preschooler’s undertake a comprehensive transition to school program which covers all areas of development. We use a learning through play school readiness approach, allowing children to explore literacy, numeracy and structured experiences.
What is Long Day Care?
Long Day Care is a centre based form of child care service. Long Day Care provides all day quality education and care for your child. Through having age specific classrooms it allows your child to participate in fun filled educational activities to build upon peer social skills by interacting with children of their own age.
What ages do we cater for?
Our centres cater for children aged 6 weeks to school age.
What are the operating hours?
Our centres are open from 7am and close at 6pm Monday to Friday we are open 50 weeks a year excluding public holidays.
Does the centre provide meals?
Our centres have individual meal plans on offer which may include breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. We research and design our menus based on the nutritional guidelines for children as well as the ‘Get up and Grow’ program. Please contact your centre directly or through our enquiry form to find out more about meals at each centre.
Does the centre provide nappies and wipes?
Our centres do provide nappies and wipes and will assist with toilet training. Through contacting your nearby centre they will be able to provide you with specific details of what they provide.
What do I need to pack and bring for my child?
During orientation the centre director will provide you with information on what you need to bring each day. It is important that each item is clearly labelled with the child’s name and some of these items will include:
- Change of clothes
- A hat which covers your child’s ears, neck and face;
- Comfort item such as teddy, blanket, dummy (in a sealed container) or photo;
- Formula or expressed milk (if required);
- Sipper cups or water bottles;
- Nappies, wipes and creams
- Any medications – this will need to be given directly to the educators on arrival
How much does it cost to send my child to The Beach Early Learning Centre?
The cost for individual families will also vary depending on the amount of days your child attends and what age group they will be in. You may also be eligible for government assistance. Through contacting The Beach Early Learning Centre as well as the Family Assistance Office we will be able to give you an estimation or quote based on your circumstance.
What happens if we are absent for the day or my scheduled day falls on a public holiday?
Long day care secures your bookings for 52 weeks a year. If you are absent for the day or your scheduled day falls on a public holiday we still need to cover operating costs and therefore you are charged for the day. (Make Up Days are available for Public Holidays) This is an industry standard practice. The Australian Government Assistance Child Care Benefit is payable for 42 absent days a financial year.
What government assistance, benefits or rebates are available?
There are two main subsidies provided by the Australian Government, these being Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR). By contacting the Family Assistance Office/Centrelink they will be able to determine what each family is eligible for.
More information on CCB and CCR is available on www.mychild.gov.au or www.humanservices.gov.au.
What educational programs does The Beach Early Learning Centre provide?
The approved framework we follow is the Early Years Learning Framework which caters for 0-5 year olds.
Please see the ‘Our Program’ page for more details.
What support is available to children with additional needs?
The Beach Early Learning Centre will accommodate, facilitate and support children with additional needs as best as they can. Additional needs can vary from minor allergies to learning/development delays and behavioural issues.
Our centre director will work closely with their inclusion support facilitators within their local community to provide the best resources and outcomes for the children. It is best upon enrolment to discuss this with the centre director so we can work together on getting the best outcome for your child.
What is the enrollment process?
We recommend contacting The Beach Early Learning Centre by filling in our enquiry form online to make an appointment to look through the centre. This allows the centre director to discuss all your questions and for you to feel at ease about where you are enrolling your child. It also gives you the opportunity to meet with the Educators in the classroom and see the environment that your child will be involved in day to day.
Upon enrolment you will be requested to complete an enrolment form and return this prior to starting. Orientation times will also be discussed to allow your child settle in at their own pace.