Parent information – long daycare at Mundamia, Nowra
The Mundamia Early Learning Centre Parent Handbook contains all the important information you will need to know so that you and your child have a smooth transition to our Centre. Please let us know if you need any additional information.
Fees and rebates
We work hard to ensure you get the best value for money for your fees. The rates are set by the Noah’s Board and reviewed annually.
Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible to claim government assistance for fees. If this is the case you can choose for Centrelink to pay directly to our centre and your fees will be reduced. For further information contact Centrelink on 13 61 50.
If you have not applied for, or do not qualify for, government assistance the full fee is applicable.
The daily fee for Mundamia Early Learning Centre is $106.00.
The fee includes highly qualified educators, above regulation educator to child ratios and also a nutritious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Your child’s first day
One of the most important aims of the Mundamia program is to support a sense of belonging for you and your child. We value parents and caregivers as the first teachers and partners in developing meaningful individualised learning programs for your child. In so doing we try to ensure that you and your child feel welcome from the very first day. Below are some of things that you and your child may experience on your first day:
Connecting with educators:
An educator will introduce you and your child to other educators and children and the relevant aspects of the daily program. You will have an opportunity to share information about your child. The educator will also support you when you are ready to say goodbye to your child.
Bringing along family photos from home on the first day will provide some connection with home for your child and can be also be used by educators to stimulate social interaction discussion with other peers.
You will be encouraged to call at any time if you would like to find out about how your child’s day is going.
This experience is unique to each family and child. You are encouraged to stay for as long as you need on the first day. If you find the separation particularly difficult educators will be there to offer support and ideas about how to make the experience as positive as possible for you and your child. Educators are sensitive to the wide ranging needs of children during separation. Once you have made the decision to leave an educator will be there to help you follow this through. Although it can be hard at times, it is important to not change your mind as this can become confusing for your child and further adds to their stress if they are already distressed about your departure.
Bringing along your child’s comforter can also support your child’s transition on their first day.
You will be shown your child’s labelled locker and nappy pocket (if required) and where hats are stored.
You will be shown where menus, meal and sleep times are recorded and displayed.
If you have an infant, you will be shown the ‘Individualised needs’ folders that you will be asked to complete. This will inform educators about your child’s routine and needs for the day and then educators will add to the chart thoughout the day to inform you about your child’s day.
What to pack
Please ensure that EVERYTHING you leave with your child is clearly labelled with your child’s name.
- Full set of spare clothing (extra if toilet training or in summer when water play occurs)
- Comforter or cuddly toy for rest time (if required)
- Wide brim sunhat
- Jacket and beanie for cold days; raincoat and rubber boots for wet days
- Drink bottle
- Nappies if applicable (at least 5).
- Several changes of clothes
- Disposable nappies
- Bottles (breast milk or tin of formula and boiled water) complete with teat & cap (for babies under 12 months)
- Dummies, if required
- Wide brim sunhat
- Comforter or cuddly toy, if needed.
What not to pack:
- Lollies or sweets
- Beaded necklaces, badges or hair clips
- Toys from home (as they could be misplaced or damaged, in particular we do not allow guns or other aggressive toys)
- Thongs are not recommended for safety reasons.
Food & recipes
The food and drinks we provide our children are nutritious and take into account dietary requirements appropriate to each child’s growth and developmental needs, and any specific cultural, religious or health requirements.
Everything is freshly prepared on-site, the menu changes weekly and is displayed in the centre.
A typical day
Daily routine for 0 – 3 year olds
|7.00am-9.30am||Mixed Age Grouping-Indoor and Outdoor program|
|10am-10.30am||Fundamental and Creative Movement program|
|10.30am-11.30am||Spontaneous and planned art, music, sensory, cognitive, manipulative, creative and language experiences|
|12.00-2.00pm||Sleep and/or relaxation program
Small group experiences
|4.30pm-5.30pm||Indoor/Outdoor mixed age grouping program|
Daily routine for 3 – 5 year olds
|Early morning||Family grouped in 0-3 room
Transition outdoors (weather permitting
|Mid morning||Small group to transition to bathroom
Roving morning tea provided on table (inside of room)
|Lunch to early afternoon||Morning gathering on round mat (indoors)
Transition to the bathroom to wash hands
Rest/ relaxation time
Children find a pillow or a bed (if needing a sleep)
Children are provided quiet music and movement to rest their minds and bodies
Quiet learning experiences
Fundamental movement experiences through dance
Group Literacy experience
Sunscreen and transition through the bathroom to outside for outdoor learning experiences
Roving afternoon tea on table in room
|Late afternoon||Combined with 0-3 in outdoor area
Family grouped in 0-3 room until close of centre at 5:30pm
“They are friendly and will help you out in anyway possible.”
“Most up to date knowledge in practice.”
“Organisation, clean environment, routine.”
“The location is unique and gives a natural feel.”
“Warm welcoming staff who I feel comfortable with my child.”
“Always puts the children first.”
“I love the natural feeling and how they teach children to appreciate nature.”
“Fantastic learning centre. Very family orientated. Caring and compassionate teachers.”
“They take amazing care with the children and are very accommodating to parent’s and children’s needs.”
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