Our Family Handbook has all the information on the day-to-day expectations for current and new families and everything in between from Curriculum, Heath and Safety, more About Us and Family Involvement. The Family Handbook is emailed to families once we have confirmed enrolment. We encourage newly enrolled and current families to take a read through this important information – please contact the pre-school should you need access to this handbook.
We encourage parent and family involvement in all aspects of the program. Throughout the year a Parent Participation Roster is available for parents to ‘stay and play’ with the children and assist in the kindergarten sessions. ‘Stay and play’ sessions can involve interacting with the children and assisting them with activities as well as being an extra pair of hands to help with tidying up. Carers and special friends (Grandparents, Aunties, Nannies etc.) and of course baby and toddler siblings are welcome too.
A current volunteer Working With Children check is required by the family member 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 going to workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au.
Some parents and carers may have special skills or interests they can share, demonstrate or discuss. This is a wonderful way to contribute to the kinder. In the past we have had visits by parents who are nurses, airline cabin crew, TV cameramen, radio news readers, art teachers, and others who have performed Greek dances and bathed new babies. We have also been privileged to have parents and families who speak languages other than English share songs and stories with the children. We also welcome this involvement as an opportunity to actively address gender stereotypes, for example by encouraging mums to come in and do some sporty activities and dads to bring in and talk about baby siblings or demonstrate cooking skills.
Teachers are available at the start and end of sessions and also welcome emails and phone calls from any parents. Parents of Red and Grey Kangaroos will also have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher for a mid-year interview.