General Information

Drop off and collection of Children

Regular attendance is important as this allows the children to settle into routines and establish themselves as part of the group. In accordance with the National Quality Standard, collection of children must be by a parent or authorised nominee. Teachers require verbal or written permission to release preschool children to any other person other than their parent/guardian.

As the doors of the preschool open at 9:00, it is a requirement that all parents/guardians must be accompanied on arrival into the preschool classroom.

As there is an issue with car spaces during peak times, we have a 15 minute puzzle time each morning which allows both a settled start to the morning as well as the enabling parents to come a few minutes after the major drop off from the primary school in the morning.

Changes to Details

Please keep staff and the school informed of any changes to address, home/work phone numbers, child care arrangements, medical information and emergency contact phone numbers. All these records need to be updated at both the preschool and the primary school. However, please keep telephone calls to the preschool during session times for urgent matters only as it is disruptive to the program when staff leave the children to answer the telephone.

Medical Condition Management

Immunisation

The ACT Department of Health advises that all children attending school in the ACT should be immunised against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and HIB (Haemophilus influenzae type b). We would ask that you check your child's present immunisation status to see whether it is complete for his/her age. ACT Public Health regulations require schools to request proof of up to date immunisation when enrolling. Failure to provide this may result in your child being excluded from school should an outbreak of an infectious disease occur. A copy of exclusion periods for students with infectious diseases is available. Parents are asked to adhere closely to these requirements unless medical advice to the contrary is provided in writing.

Medical and Accidents

Due to growing number of food allergies our site is nut and egg free. Please refer to Preschool Handbook located at the site or speak with staff for further information.

It is important that sick children are kept at home for their own comfort as well as the comfort of other children and staff. If a child becomes ill or is injured at school appropriate First Aid will be given and if necessary parents will be notified and asked to take their child home. If emergency treatment is required parents will be notified immediately and the child will be transferred by ambulance to hospital. In such cases ambulance services and treatment are free. All students who have an ongoing condition (e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, allergies) must have a treatment plan completed by parents and their GP and lodged at the school. Plan proformas are available from the Front Office or from a staff member in the preschool.

Exclusion periods for infectious diseases such as mumps, German measles, measles and chicken pox are provided at the end of this handbook.

If a child is to take a prescription medicine while at school, written directions and medicine must be left with staff. Information on a child's health status eg. epilepsy, diabetes, allergies, should be given on enrolment or on diagnosis. If the health problem is serious please provide an up to date photograph of the child so it can be placed on our Medical Alert board.

Head lice are extremely contagious but easily eradicated. Children with either eggs or live lice will be excluded from school until evidence of treatment is produced. Please report any cases of head lice to the School Office. 

Excursions

Excursions are an exciting part of the educational program at Caroline Chisholm Preschool. On enrolment, parents are asked to give permission for their child to go on incidental excursions e.g. walk to the shops. If children use any form of transport, parents will be advised in advance and asked to give permission, in writing, for the child to attend. The adult/child ratio is 1:5 on major excursions or less as required.

Unfortunately siblings will not be able to attend excursions due to ratios and numbers on the bus and at venues.

Physical Activities

Physical activity is very importance for children so educators provide opportunities for structured and unstructured physical activity.

During the preschool sessions, your child will be involved with some hands on experiences both inside the classroom and in the outdoor area. These activities can, at times, be very messy. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately so that they feel confident to participate in all the challenges provided throughout the session. In keeping with the sun safe policy, children will need to wear either a legionnaires or wide brimmed style hat. Please ensure that cords on hats are detachable in compliance with Directorate regulations. If children do not have a hat, they will only be allowed to play in the shade. A warm coat and hat is required in winter. The children will be challenging themselves on the climbing equipment so sensible footwear is essential and long dresses and skirts can be dangerous. Please label all of your child's clothing and pack a spare set in case of extremely messy play or accidents.

Information on Hygiene Procedures

Staff, children and volunteers must adhere to the hand washing procedures.
All children are encouraged to wash their hands at the following times:

  • on arrival
  • before and after eating or touching food
  • after toileting
  • after blowing their nose and wiping tears and dribbles
  • when leaving the centre

All scratches and cuts must be covered. 

Transitions

Your child is a member of the Caroline Chisholm school community. By enrolling your child into the Caroline Chisholm preschool unit your child will automatically move on kindergarten in our school. As with all transitions the staff will ensure that the move from preschool to kindergarten is successful. To do this we have implemented a transition program for our preschool children. This involves:

  • Regular visits to the library
  • Inclusion in activities with the kindergarten children
  • Classroom and playground visits during term 4

For more information about this topic visit the DET website the DET website (www.det.act.gov.au) and follow the links to handy tips for starting school.