The policies of Blue Skies Child Care are developed by the Director with input from Staff and Parents.

FEES

Fees are charged either on a daily or weekly basis. Full fees are payable unless parents have a current Child Care Benefit (CCB) percentage.

To apply for CCB parents need to contact the Department of Human Services on 13 6150. Our Organisation Id is 1-6IXC5C. You may need to quote this number when speaking to the Department of Human Services.

Families eligible for the Child Care Tax Rebate (CCTR) can elect to have the rebate paid directly to the service on a weekly basis, reducing the out of pocket expense by 50%. This is also organised through the Department of Human Services. Please see Reception for details about these issues.

Accounts are issued weekly and are payable within 7 days. Accounts are emailed every Monday. Accounts must be kept up to date to avoid late payment fees. If accounts remain unpaid for an extended period then they will be referred to our Debt Collection Agency.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Blue Skies Child Care aims to provide a service that supports and compliments the needs of the community. We believe that children have the right to enjoy child care in a safe, happy and healthy environment.

Blue Skies endeavours to provide a stimulating program that develops and extends children’s skills and interests. All children are encouraged to reach their full potential in their individual way. The Centre’s programs will promote an awareness of different cultures through activities, routines and interactions. We believe that children have the right to express themselves freely and encourage development of independence.

Blue Skies welcomes parents and caregivers’ input and will provide opportunities for families to participate in our activities and decision making. Staff will work hand-in-hand with families to encourage a consistency in care, where possible.

The Centre endeavours to provide families with information about community services and resources pertaining to children’s needs. We will communicate effectively between staff, families and the community in order to provide the highest quality of care.

ENROLMENT AND ORIENTATION

Blue Skies Child Care is licensed to enrol children aged between 6 weeks and school age. Blue Skies is also an approved provider of a Kindy program which is available to children over 4 years of age all 5 days of the week. This approval was granted by the Education Department and the Curriculum is overseen & delivered by our Early Childhood Teacher. We aim to give parents the opportunity to discuss family values and any concerns they may have about placing their child into child care. Our aim is to ensure that a child’s participation in child care is a positive and happy experience.

When you arrive with your child at Blue Skies Child Care you enter through Reception where you will find the sign-in book. This book needs to be signed every time you bring your child into child care and again when you collect your child at the end of the day. There will also be a pocket with your family name on it. Notices and update forms are deposited here as well as any other information that is sent home.

When your child comes to Blue Skies we ask that you bring with them a bag containing a hat, changes of clothes and any comforter that may make settling in for the day a little easier. You will then be greeted by staff as you enter the main room. Blue Skies Child Care provides all drinks, snacks and nappies as required. We ask that you do not send in food, pop-top bottles or personal toys.

We have a policy to protect children from the effects of food allergies, poor dental health, and the trauma associated with the loss of a favourite toy.

MEAL TIMES

All meals are provided at Blue Skies Child Care. Blue Skies is an approved Start Right-Eat Right centre. Following the Start Right-Eat Right program our menu provides at least 50% of a child’s recommended daily intake. We are committed to the provision of a well-balanced and nutritious diet with an emphasis on introducing children to a variety of foods.

We offer a diet based on the 5 food groups. We provide the meals partly to make life easier for families when getting their children and themselves ready for the day, and also to provide quality control over the foods that children are consuming during the day.

Meals provided are low in sugar and salt and are free from peanuts, nuts and any other substance known to cause severe allergic reactions in children.

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

Blue Skies Child Care believes that children should respect themselves, other people and their environment. Behaviour management is carried out in a positive and caring way and under no circumstances will a child be punished physically, verbally or emotionally.

Parents are most welcome and encouraged to discuss strategies with the Director and Staff where required.

HEALTH AND WELL BEING

The safety of children at Blue Skies Child Care is of paramount inportance. All possible precautions are taken to ensure that areas used by children are physically safe and kept clean.

We know and understand that any person who is charged with the care of children is placed in a special position of trust which carries with it responsibilities. If children or staff have illnesses which are infectious or contagious, or if they are unwell, they will be either excluded from child care or parents will be asked to collect them from child care.

The safety and security of children is of great importance to staff as well as to you as a parent. We aim to provide an environment in which parents can confidently leave their children.

SUN PROTECTION POLICY

Blue Skies Child Care is an accredited “Sun Smart” Centre. Everyone needs protection from the sun – regardless of skin type or colour, and regardless of the season. Blue Skies provides 50+ sunscreen which is applied & reapplied regularly throughout the day.

We promote positive attitudes towards skin protection and we encourage practices in every day life that can help to reduce the incidence of skin cancer and related problems.

We have a “NO HAT – NO PLAY” policy. Hats are compulsory for outdoor play from the beginning of September until the end of April. However, hats are not discouraged in the other months.