Parents are invited to participate in the life of the Centre at a level appropriate to their personal circumstances and needs. We appreciate that time is precious to working parents, but the Centre recognizes the important role parents play in the education of their children, and as such value parents participation and involvement on a variety of levels. Here are some ways you can offer support and also be involved in your child’s day.
- Spend some time with your child at the Centre – when you have a day off, join us for lunch, or share a “cuppa” at the beginning of the day. Tea and coffee are available in the staff room. (However, HOT DRINKS are not permitted in the children’s area);
- Helping staff in developing interests for children by sharing ideas and/or resources, completing child’s interest sheets weekly;
- Acting as volunteers;
- Joining the parent group/committee;
- Attending parent meetings;
- Attending social and fund-raising events: our annual Mother’s Day & Father’s Day events, Easter Picnics, Christmas Celebrations;
- Collecting scrap materials for children to use in creative pursuits.
The Benowa Hills Early Learning Centre is very proud of our Parent Committee. Made up of any interested parents, we meet usually every couple of months to discuss any future planned activities and excursions for the children, fund-raising activities, accreditation activities, special days and dates including Mother’s Day Outings, Father’s Day Celebrations, Christmas Concert etc. We really welcome any new parents who might like to come along and share a cup of tea or coffee and a chat at the meeting. It is a great way to develop new friendships.
COMMUNICATING WITH EDUCATORS
Families are encouraged to speak with their child’s educators about their child’s progress or any concerns they may have. Open communication between families and educators facilitates positive home/child care relationships based on trust and positive co-operation.
Much of the communication between educators and families occurs quickly, on the run, at an informal level as parents drop off and pick up children. Both families and educators need to be aware of the importance of passing on information which helps both parties better anticipate children’s behaviour. From the family’s perspective, it is sensible to inform educators, e.g. if your child has had a bad night, or if there are any changes occurring in the pattern of family life etc.
If families need to have longer talks with educators it is important to make an appointment with the educator outside of session times rather than take the educator’s attention away from the children. This also gives the educator the opportunity to refer to developmental records and observations.
The Director’s role is to spend time working with children and educators, and on administration matters. When the Director is in the Centre, she is available at any time to come and talk to you. Just phone during the day to arrange a meeting.
Families can ask for information about the following:
- A general description of the activities and experiences given by the Centre:
- The Centre’s philosophy about learning and child development outcomes and how it is intended the outcomes can be achieved.
- The goals about knowledge and skills to be developed through the activities and experiences.
- Viewing of the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care Compliance history log book which is located on the front desk of each centre. This log contains any history from the 1st of July 2010 of compliance notices given to the centre from the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care. To date Benowa Early Learning and Benowa Early Learning Babies Centre have not received any compliance notices from 19th of April 1993 to date.