Families

COVID-19

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation unfolds both globally and locally, we continue to monitor all government advice and take precautionary and reactionary actions based on this. As always, the health and wellbeing of the children in our care, their families and our team members is our highest priority. More information and the latest government advice can be found on the Department of Health’s website, which is updated daily.

Any changes to our current protocols will be sent to your nominated email address. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Parent/Teacher Communication

Teachers are available at the start and end of each session. They also welcome emails and phone calls. Parents of children in our 4-year-old program will also have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher for a mid-year interview.

Drop-off and pick-up

A sign-in book is placed in the entrance foyer before each session. This book has a column with your child’s name and then columns next to it where the person dropping off the child is to fill in their signature, the exact time of arrival (i.e. 9:03am instead of 9am) and the full name of the person picking up the child. The person picking up the child is to fill in the exact time of pick up (i.e. 3:58pm instead of 4pm) and also sign in the last column.

This is to ensure accurate record keeping of children and adults on the premises as required by the Department of Education and Training (DET).

Alternate pick-up authorization

If someone other than Mum, Dad or the primary carer, is coming to pick up your child/children, please notify staff as an ‘alternate pick-up authorization form’ must first be signed.

Please note: WHPS requires additionally authorized people to supply ID on their first pick up. Download an alternate pick-up authorisation form here

Food & Hygiene

WHPS is a nut free zone. Please develop the habit of washing your children’s hands when they arrive at the centre to remove traces of food. This is required even when they have washed their hands at home before coming to the centre.

Clothing

Showing respect for children and appreciation of their individuality is important to the development of their self-esteem. The clothes we wear and the way we dress are an important part of our everyday experience. For many people, they also provide a way to express their culture, personality and individuality. In pre-school, what your child wears may also influence your child’s health, safety, comfort, and wellbeing.

Clothing should be comfortable and suitable for active and messy play. Whilst smocks are provided, they are not always entirely effective. It is important to dress children in clothes that you don’t mind getting spoilt and which allow for safe climbing and physical activity.

  • Please label all clothing with your child’s first and last name
  • Please provide a spare set of clothes in case your child has an accident
  • Encourage your child to dress appropriately for the weather
Footwear

Children need to wear safe, comfortable shoes that fit well. Shoes should provide support as well as protection for your child’s feet. Shoes with soles that grip make climbing and other physical activities easier and safer for children to enjoy and take part in.

WHPS is a Sun Smart pre-school

All students receive their own wide brimmed, sun-safe hats, which remain at kinder for the duration of the year. All children are required to wear a sun hat from 1 September until 30 April inclusively.

Parents are required to apply sunscreen to children before coming to pre-school during this period. Teachers will help them to re-apply after lunch time when going outside. Please ensure your child has sleeves on their clothing. (No tank tops).

Stay and Play

A current volunteer Working With Children Check is required by the family member or carer helping and will need to be sighted by your child’s Educator on your first visit. A volunteer Working With Children Check is free and can be obtained by visiting workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au

Celebrating Birthdays

Children’s birthdays are celebrated on their birthday or on the first session following their birthday. We celebrate by singing Happy Birthday and blowing out candles on a pretend birthday cake.