Handbook - Useful information

We understand starting childcare can be a little unsettling for your child and the whole family. We endeavour to make the transition as smooth as possible for you.


To support you and your child through this process we suggest you do some of the following

The Starter

What to Bring




Start your child at the Centre at least one week before returning to work as it is hard for both parents and children to deal with this big change at the same time


Plan your child’s first few days to be shorter where possible


We recommend at least 2 x 1hour orientation visits before leaving your child for the first time. Make the most of your orientation visit: ask questions, ensure your child meets his/her Educators and ensure that your child knows his/her way around the house, including knowing where the bathroom is and where to store personal belongings


Program the Centre’s number into your phone so you can call the us during the day!


Parents are encouraged to spend time in the Centre to show your child that you enjoy being there and are comfortable with the Educators


Expect your child to pick up some germs in the first few months, however feel confident that once your child builds up a resistance he/she will be less likely to pick up bugs when in preschool


Please feel free to call and check on your child during the day and be assured that we will call you if your child is unwell or unusually upset.

Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s clothing in an appropriate sized bag that is clearly labelled. Bags are stored in individual lockers.


Parents are asked to supply:


·         Coat and warm hat in winter

·         Toy of comfort for rest time

·         1 piece of fruit for morning / afternoon tea

·         One full set of clothing (including at least three pairs of underwear)


Additional pairs of underwear are required for children who are toilet training. If your child is toilet trained, please ensure he/she is appropriately dressed to allow them quick and easy access to the toilet i.e., no overalls.



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We enjoy celebrating your child’s birthday while at Co-op and are happy to help you celebrate this occasion!


We recommend plain cup cakes to be shared between the group for morning tea. Nuts and fresh cream are not to be used. Please see the Food Co-ordinator for further guidance. You will be required provide a full list of cake ingredients on the day.



Lolly bags are not permitted as part of the celebration.

Children’s Belongings and lost Property

Toys and items of value should remain at home. Educators cannot be responsible for items that children bring into the Centre. This obviously does not include a comforter that your child may bring for rest time.


At times it may be appropriate to bring special items from home for use in the Centre’s programs. Suitable items may include books, CD’s, photographs etc. Such items must be clearly labeled with the child’s name or family name and handed to a staff member.


A lost property box will be available to parents in the foyer of the Centre.


ICCC is a “violent toy free zone”. Children are not permitted to bring any toy which promotes aggressive or violent play.  If a child does bring such a toy into the Centre, Educators will ask parents to take it home or it will be placed in the office and returned home with the child at the end of the day.


Examples of a “violent toy” include:

pistols and guns of any sort,

swords, knives, bows and arrows

We aim to create a safe and hygienic environment that will promote the health and well-being of both the children and Educators.


As a general principle, children should not be brought into the Centre unless they are well enough to participate in normal daily routines and activities. A sick child needs the special one-to-one care that is only possible at home.


The following guidelines apply when deciding if your child is well enough to be in care:


If prescribed antibiotics, your child must stay at home for at least 24 hours from the time they start taking them.


If your child develops a fever while at Co-op, you will be asked to come and collect them or arrange for someone else to collect them.


Your child must be free from fever for at least 24 hours before returning to care.


Following gastroenteritis your child must be free from vomiting or loose bowel movements for at least 24 hours before coming into care.


Flu and Flu like illnesses- your child must be well before returning to care, in consideration for the child and others in care.


Head Lice- can return once appropriate treatment has begun.


Chicken Pox, Hand Foot and Mouth virus etc- can return once the blisters have ALL dried up.




Parents need to inform staff if any medication, including Paracetamol or cough mixture, has been administered to the child before arriving in care.


All medication to be administered while in care must be signed into the Medication Permission Form and the medication handed to a Team Leader before you leave.



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