We are proudly community based, not for profit and operating at a level exceeding the National Quality Standards.
Children need an environment rich in natural elements that is safe, clean, attractive, healthy and familiar and where awareness of environmental and sustainable practice is promoted. Within this environment Educators will provide encouragement, expectations of competency and success with support for children’s learning across all areas.
We acknowledge that each child is a unique individual with different needs, abilities, strengths and interests. We believe each child requires experiences that encourage and support self-reliance, curiosity, positive self-concept and respect for others and opportunities to learn and reach their full potential.
In order to reach their potential each child needs opportunities to:
-form strong attachments with familiar, caring adults
-express thoughts and feelings
-deal positively and honestly with emotions
-practice and master skills
-follow curiosity, imagine, solve problems and express creativity
-explore ways of thinking, knowing and learning.
We acknowledge that children belong to a family first and develop a sense of belonging to other groups and communities. In this context we value interactive decision making between educators, children, parents, families and the broader community and recognise the importance of maintaining a positive relationship with the community, encouraging the development of community networks.
We believe family values, beliefs and cultures must be respected with an aim to promoting cultural awareness and understanding and developing a curriculum that is appropriate for culturally diverse families including indigenous families.
We believe our educators are our greatest asset. We value the long-term commitment and the supportive professional community provided and nurtured by the staff team.
We acknowledge the importance of supporting Early Childhood Educators to:
-engage in professional learning to further their knowledge of Early Childhood development, curriculum and pedagogy as well as the Early Years Learning Frameworks and the National Quality Standard.
-develop and practice skills in critical reflection of day to day practices, personal and centre philosophy and goals.
-participate in a mentoring program.
We acknowledge the importance of a learning environment where open communication, support and mutual respect form the basis for the partnership between educators, parents and children. We believe this forms the foundation for children’s sense of wellbeing, belonging and potential for learning.
Progressive morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea allows children to decide where and when to eat as there are indoor and outdoor options. This model allows children to finish activities without rushing to eat at set times. Children eat when they are hungry within about an hour window in the morning, middle of the day and afternoon allowing educators to have more in-depth conversations with children at mealtimes as there are fewer children eating at the same time.
Children choose what to eat from their lunchboxes. There is no expectation that they will eat any kind of food before another. We will heat food for children at lunch time adhering to food safety guidelines.
Enrolment, Fees & Child Care Subsidy
No child will be accepted in to Kath Foley centre without a completed enrolment form and current immunisation status from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register which is accessible through your MyGov account. Please ensure that any changes to information on the enrolment forms are made in Smart Central, including updated immunisation details as soon as available. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure all information is up to date, true and correct, and valid at all times.
Current centre fees are available on request. If fees are to be increased due to an increase in operating costs, one month notice will be given to parents via the Flexischools App.
It is the centre’s policy that all accounts are paid via direct debit through Child Care Easy Pay with a nil balance at the end of each week or fortnight depending on payment frequency. Accounts in arrears will be subject to care being cancelled. See payment policy.
Child Care Subsidy is a Government subsidy for families to reduce the fees they pay for childcare, to a registered or approved child care service. This subsidy is paid as a fee reduction to the centre. CCS is income and work/study test dependent. Applications can be made through Centrelink.
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Once a child is enrolled at the centre, payment of
fees will continue on days booked during the child’s absence for illness,
public holidays or any other reason. When a child is absent for any reason we
must be notified.
Please note, we do not offer replacement days when your child
has been away due to illness, holiday or public holiday. Families are not
charged over the centre’s Christmas closure period.
Two weeks written notice is required when withdrawing your child from the Centre. If your child is absent on their last booked day you will be charged full fee back to their last day of attendance.
Hours of Operation
Kath Foley Centre is open between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. We are closed for all Victorian gazetted public holidays
There is a close down period during Christmas and New Year of 2 weeks. Each year the dates will differ depending on Christmas day. The centre will display our closure dates by November each year.