The transition for children into early childhood education centres is an important milestone for children and families. This transition can be challenging and emotional for both the parent and the child. Therefore, we offer you this information to help the transition process.
We invite families to come and visit the centre, meet the educators and make yourself familiar with the centre prior to your child’s commencement. This assists you and your children to feel more at ease and comfortable.
How to Enrol
Once you have worked out your options for care and taken a centre tour, you’ll be in a good position to pick the right centre for your child. Enrolling at Kids Club is simple, and we’ll help you every step of the way. Your Centre Nominated Supervisor will give you an enrolment pack covering everything you need to know about the centre and your child’s routine. If you haven’t already checked your eligibility for government subsidies, talk to Centrelink. You’ll find more information on subsidies in our FAQ section.
How to prepare
The best way to prepare your child for childcare is to get excited! It’s the start of an amazing period of growth and development for them. If you’re happy they’re more likely to be happy. Also don’t forget to label your child’s personal items and read all the information provided by your Centre Nominated Supervisor.
What to expect on the day
First days can be challenging for both parents and children, so it’s natural to feel a bit anxious about this big change to the family routine.
Our centre staff are more than happy to explain the process of dropping off your child and saying goodbye. We encourage families to contact the centre at any time to check on their child and how their day is progressing. Families are also welcome to visit at any time of the day, without prior notice. At the end of each day you can talk to your child’s Room Leader or read through their observations to get a feel for how well your child is adapting to the change.
Your centre will do everything to help your child to settle in quickly. Before you know it they’ll have made new friends and be running in without even a wave goodbye! If you feel your child is having difficulty settling into the centre, please feel free to discuss this with the educators in your child’s room or the Centre Nominated Supervisor. Further information is provided to families in the Centre’s Enrolment pack to aid the transition and settling process.
What to bring
Consider packing your Kids Club Enrolment Bag containing:
- Kids Club Sun Safe hat
- Kids Club bed sheet
- Kids Club Drink Bottle
Also consider packing:
- Change of clothes
- Bib or two
- Comfort item (if required), such as a toy or blanket
- Dummy in a sealed, named container (if required)
- Expressed milk (if required)
- Any medications – please give these to centre staff to manage directly.