Platypus Room - 0-2 Years Old

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Our Program

Children learn through play and throughout the day we provide the children with a variety of experiences. The day is divided between indoor and outdoor play where the children fulfill their curiosity as they explore and discover the world around them

We use the following strategies to document our children's learning:

Child observations
Recorded in child's file and/or portfolio and analysed against EYLF learning outcomes. A follow up experience is then created & added to the next week's indoor/outdoor program using child's code
Weekly indoor & outdoor programs:
Documents planned group & individual experiences and spontaneous experiences for each day of the week. Incorporates EYLF learning outcomes into daily experiences
Daily diary reflection
Reflection of the day's actual learning experiences with corresponding photographs presented as a slide show
Weekly program evaluations
Reflection of the week as a whole to promote continuous learning and assess how the experiences are enhancing children's learning and skill development
Portfolios
Individual representation of a child's learning throughout the year which includes photos & captions, staff observations, work samples, activity blogs etc.

Group time

Our program also incorporates group sessions – small & large, where children engage in a variety of group experiences together to further enhance their social skills including turn taking, sharing, listening to others, speaking in front of a group, discussing/brainstorming, giving opinions etc. These planned & spontaneous group experiences cover all areas of development including gross motor, fine motor, language, social/emotional, creative & cognitive

Communication Books

Babies under 1 year of age will have staff-parent communication books which record the daily individual routine of your child. It will include nappy change times, bottle & meal times, sleep/rest times, and records various experiences your child participated in throughout the day

Parents Information

What to bring

  • 3 – 4 disposable nappies per day (more if needed)
  • Bottles with breast milk or made-up formula + water bottle
  • Comforter (dummy, toy, blanket) if needed
  • Routine of your child's day (given upon enrolment)
  • A wide-brimmed or legionnaire style hat
  • Changes of clothes – 2 complete sets
  • Bed linen including a sheet & a blanket (in a linen bag or pillow case)

Note: We provide regular sunscreen for children but if your child needs a sensitive sunscreen or certain brand you must provide that for each day of attendance

Staffing

The ratio for 0 – 2 year olds is currently 1:4 i.e. one staff member per 4 children under 2 years

The Nursery consists of staff members trained as follows:

  • Diploma in Children's Services
  • Certificate III in Children's Services
  • Trainee studying Certificate III in Children's Services

Movement to Koala Room

When each child is approaching two years of age, they are prepared for transition to the Caterpillar room. We begin transitional practices at approximately 20 months of age, depending on the individual, where they begin to spend short periods of time in the Caterpillar Room familiarising with their soon-to-be carers & friends! This is a very exciting time, but needs slow transition, therefore we aim to do it over a period of 2 – 4 months, for an efficient transition by each child's 02nd birthday!

Requirements for Platypus to Koals Room Transition

Children must:

  • Be two years of age
  • Be mostly independent with feeding
  • Be able to drink from a cup
  • Sleep on a bed (while at the centre)
  • Be able to wash own hands
  • Be able to sit for at least 5 minutes on their own

Daily Routine

7:00 am
Centre opens – combined indoor/outdoor play – weather permitting
8:00 am
Groups separated – Nursery begin programmed outdoor experiences Nappy changing
8:45 am
Group time & transition to handwashing Morning tea is served – along with bottles of milk, breast milk or formula
9:45 am
Transition to indoors Programmed indoor experiences
10:45 am
Group time & transition to handwashing Nappy changing
11:15 am
Lunch is served
11:45 am
Rest time commences (flexible) – quiet play for those not resting
1:30 pm
Children begin to wake, Nappy changing, Quiet indoor experiences
2:30 pm
Grouptime & transition to handwashing, Afternoon tea is served – along with bottles of milk, breast milk or formula
3:00 pm
Outdoor experiences continued
3:30 pm
Nappy changing
5:00 pm
Grouptime & transition to handwashing, Late snack is served
6:00 pm
Centre closes

First Days

The following is general advice that we give to all of our families upon commencement of care:

  • Be positive about coming to the Centre – talk positively to your child before arriving about the daily experiences & routines, their new carers, new friends they can meet, new environment
  • Stay with your child and help them settle in, but don't linger for too long – talk to the carers to let your child know that they are a person of trust and there to help, show them where their water bottle is kept, where the toilets are, show them some interesting activities, get them involved in an experience and be on your way. Don't encourage your child into believing you will stay with them for the day
  • Always say goodbye to your child and tell them who will be picking them up – don't sneak out! Explain that you/parent/guardian will be back to get them so they trust that you will return
  • Make the first day a short day if necessary – this helps to ensure the child that they are not left all by themselves with unfamiliar people all day. Once your child is used to the carers, friends & surroundings then long days are fine!
  • Parents may telephone the Centre at any time during the day to reassure themselves that their child has settled in and to check in on their progress
  • Staff will support and comfort children when saying goodbye to parents if necessary – although we try not to make it a big issue in front of the child
  • Staff will ensure that your child's usual routine is not changed too quickly. Children are not made to sleep, only have rest as regular periods of rest are required for a child to remain healthy
  • Information will be provided to staff for learning key phrases in your child's home language if it will make their days run more smoothly, and cultural music, songs, toys and books can be provided in the home language to assist settling in
  • Your child will be encouraged to try our meals, but you are welcome to send food along if necessary – we encourage a multicultural diet!
  • Ethnic child rearing practices will be taken into account and applied where appropriate, e.g. wrapping young children for rest, free practice of religious/cultural customs

Focusing more directly on babies and children 0 – 2 years:

  • Allow your child to create an attachment to one or two carers until they are comfortable with the new environment. This is the beginning of your little one's social awareness journey
  • Ensure you give lots of cuddles and attention when you get home after a day away from mum/dad
  • Show positivity around your child's carers – babies pick up on who to trust from their parents interactions
  • Ensure your child's comfort items are available both at home and during care
  • Give your child's carer advice on your own routine and practices from home

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