Policies and Procedures

 

Irymple Kindergarten ensures its policies and procedures are available at all times for parents.

 

Please make yourself aware of these policies as they cover many important areas concerning our kindergarten.

Immunisations

To attend Irymple Kindergarten children must be fully immunised under the 'No Jab, No Play Legislation'. Contact Mildura Rural City Council 50188100 to organise Immunisations.

Illness

If your child is unwell, please keep them home until he/she is well.  We will miss your child if they are not at Kindergarten, so please ring and inform us of any absence. We have an exclusion period for certain infectious diseases outlined in our policies.

 

If the teacher suspects that your child may be suffering from an infectious disease they will contact the parent/guardian and may ask for the child to be seen by a General Practitioner.

 

Please refer to some common infectious conditions and exclusion times as recommended by the Department of Human Services Regulations and has been downloaded from the Official DHS website.

Delivery and Collection of Children

Under the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011, parents must sign their child in and out AT THE TIME OF ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE in the attendance book. If someone other than those people nominated on the enrolment form is to collect your child written authorisation must be given before your child can leave. Please remember to tell your child of the change. Written authorisation means informing the staff of these changes so that they are recorded on the enrolment form. Age minimum for collecting children is 16 years of age.

 

Late Collection of Children

It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to collect their child promptly at the conclusion of the session. The Committee recognises however, that there may be isolated occasions when parents/guardians may be delayed through no fault of their own.

 

The Committee also has a responsibility for staff who have other tasks to complete after the conclusion of the session and who must be paid if they remain after their rostered finishing time. The late collection policy is as follows:

  • All children are to be collected from Irymple Kindergarten at the stated session times. 

  • Parents/caregivers who advise of late arrival may be excused from the late fee policy at the committee’s discretion.

If a Parent/Caregiver is 10 minutes late the following procedure is followed:

  • Any Parent/Caregiver who arrives late to collect their child with or without notification will be required to sign the late collection book. Details to be included are – Date, Time of parent/caregiver arrival, was Notification given, Reason for late arrival, Late fee application, Staff and Parent signature.

  • Parents/caregivers who have signed the book once (1) during the entire year will not be subject to any late fees.

  • Parents/caregivers who have signed the late collection book for the second (2) and all subsequent entries during the entire year will be subject to the following late fee penalties:

  • A late fee of $60 is to apply on each occasion

  • Late fees will be invoiced by a separate invoice within the week

If a Parent/Caregiver is 20 minutes late the following procedure is followed:

  • Any Parent/Caregiver who arrives late to collect their child with or without notification will automatically be charged a late fee of $60.

  • Any Parent/Caregiver who arrives late to collect their child with or without notification will be required to sign the late collection book. Details to be included are – Date, Time of parent/caregiver arrival, was Notification given, Reason for late arrival, Late fee application, Staff and Parent signature.

If a Parent/Caregiver is over 20 minutes late the following procedure is followed:

  • Any Parent/Caregiver who arrives late to collect their child with or without notification will automatically be charged a late fee of $60 per 20 minutes or part thereof they are late.

  • Any Parent/Caregiver who arrives late to collect their child with or without notification will be required to sign the late collection book. Details to be included are – Date, Time of parent/caregiver arrival, was Notification given, Reason for late arrival, Late fee application, Staff and Parent signature.

Clothing

Please name all items of clothing so we can return them to the right owner.

As your child will be involved in using a variety of craft materials (e.g. glue, paint, clay, textas, dyes) and outdoor activities that may include water, it is necessary for them to wear practical clothing. Protective clothing is provided but accidents do happen and the digging pit and sandpit are very popular.

 

Minimise stress to yourself by being practical in what your child wears to kindergarten. It is highly recommended that children with long hair have it tied back away from their face. Children with earrings are asked to wear only studs to prevent any mishaps in the playground.

 

Suitable Clothing – Tracksuits, t-shirts, shorts, pants. Because of our Sun Smart Policy tops must have sleeves; no strapless, sleeveless tops or dresses, no singlets.

Please send an extra set of clothes in your child’s bag in case of emergencies (toileting, water, sand, mud, food). 

 

Shoe Policy

Children attending Irymple Kindergarten must wear shoes that are secure on the child’s feet, both back and front with a non slip sole eg: sneakers, school sandals, enclosed shoes.

 

NO THONGS, NO SLIP ONS, NO HIGH HEELS, NO SLING BACKS, NO PLASTIC SHOES, WATER BOOTS, CLOGSOR MOCASINS.
 

A bonus is shoes and socks that children can take off themselves and be assisted to put on.

 

This is to ensure the safety of the children when moving about the playground/playroom and when they are utilising the play equipment. Shoes that enclose the child’s feet assist the child’s balance and offers support to the child in their movement around the playground/playroom.

 

Children with inappropriate footwear may be excluded from some activities due to safety issues. 

 

Nutrition

For the 3 hour sessions children are to bring either fresh fruit or vegetables each day to be placed in baskets to be shared by the children at snack time.  For 6 hour sessions (4-5 year old groups only) we ask that lunch boxes contain only everyday foods, ie: sandwiches with plenty of filling, a piece of fruit, and water.

 

Children bring their own water bottle daily. This is to be placed in the trolley’s provided for ease of access.

 

The Committee of Management remains firm on ONLY Everyday foods NO sometimes foods ie: SWEETS, CAKES, Biscuits, SOFT DRINKS, ROLL UPS, FLAVOURED MILK, JUICE (with additives) and CORDIAL.

 

NO NUT POLICY – children are NOT to bring any nuts or foods containing nuts. Thank you for your co-operation. This is for the wellbeing of all our children.

 

All Kindergarten policies are listed below and are available from the Kindergarten Foyer.  These are reviewed each year or as required.

Quality Area 1

  • Curriculum Development Policy

  • Inclusion and Equity

Quality Area 2

  • Acceptance and Refusal of Authorisations

  • Administration of First Aid

  • Administration of Medication

  • Anaphylaxis

  • Animals in the Environment

  • Asthma

  • Child Safe Environment

  • Dealing with Infectious Diseases

  • Dealing with Medical Conditions

  • Delivery and Collection of Children

  • Diabetes

  • Emergency and Evacuation

  • Epilepsy

  • Excursions and Service Events

  • Food Safety

  • Hygiene

  • Incident, Injury, Trauma and Illness

  • Nutrition and Active Play(including Food, Beverages and Dietary Requirements)

  • Relaxation and Sleep

  • Road Safety and Safe Transport Policy (Early Childhood Services)

  • Sun Protection

  • Supervision of Children

  • Water Safety

Quality Area 3

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

  • Occupational Health and Safety

  • Staff Health and Wellbeing

Quality Area 4

  • Code of Conduct

  • Determining Responsible Person

  • Participation of Volunteers and Students

  • Staffing (including Qualifications, Supervision and Working with Children Checks/Criminal History Record Checks)

Quality Area 5

  • Interactions with Children

 

Quality Area 6

  • Enrolment and Orientation

Quality Area 7

  • Fees

  • Governance and Management of the Service

  • Complaints and Grievances

  • Information Technology

  • Privacy and Confidentiality (including Confidentiality of Records)

  • Budget