Some helpful information
How we provide for you and your child.
- The service provides morning tea, cooked lunch and afternoon tea. Our meals are varied to encourage the children to try new foods and to develop an interest in healthy foods. Our menu provides the daily recommended dietary intake of nutrients for children, based on a day in care.
- Reverse cycle air-conditioned classrooms.
- Safe, secure outdoor environment.
- Children’s garden including vegetables, herbs and flowers. The service is very much involved in a program of environmental education for sustainability.
- Our educators are strongly committed to providing a positive environment for young children. The service's aim is to foster discipline or behaviour based on control of one's self; and understanding and appreciation of other people’s needs, rights and feelings. We like to support this through our social programs developed for the children.
- Individual digital portfolios of observations, learning stories, reflective journals, work samples and project work the children have been involved in.
Gumleaf Cottage is licensed to provide long day care for 28 children per day.
The service is open from 7.30am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday for at least 48 weeks per year. The service is closed on all Government gazetted public holidays and usually for a four week period during the December/ January school holidays.
Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities
“Learning outcomes are most likely to be achieved when
educators work in partnership with families and communities”
(Early Years Learning Framework, page 12)
- Gumleaf Cottage is committed to maintaining positive lines of communication when collaborating with children, families and staff to meet the individual needs of the families and children.
- The staff, educators and families share a common goal to provide positive outcomes for the children attending the service. Each partnership is unique and is dependent upon the specific needs, interests and communication styles of the participants. We respect the differences in cultures, structures, values and beliefs that each family brings to the service.
- The relationship between the child’s family and the service is crucial to a child’s wellbeing, health, development and progress. Children benefit most when this is a trusting and mutually supportive partnership.
- When families, staff and management work together and communicate openly, the transition of the child and their family into the service is positive and meaningful. Having extensive knowledge of each child and their family can assist staff to develop strategies that are consistent with home, reflect common values and provide learning opportunities.
- Families are encouraged to participate in the service’s activities in whatever way is comfortable for them, and depending on their available time. Families will never be made to feel they have to give time to the service, but they will be encouraged to be part of their child’s happenings in the service.
- Our educators work closely with Hawkesbury Early Childhood Intervention Service (HECIS); Sydney North West Inclusion Support Agency; Hawkesbury Community Health Centre and other professionals such as speech therapists, psychologists, and occupational therapists, to meet the needs of children with additional needs, and to support the families and educators in their work.
Explanation of Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate
- Our daily fees are very competitive and are kept as low as possible. Our schedule of fees will be discussed at the time of enrolment; or may be obtained through a phone enquiry.
- Fees for the year are set at the beginning of each preschool year.
- Each family will need to contact Centrelink to determine their eligibility for Child Care Benefit (CCB). Child Care Benefit will also determine whether the family is entitled to 24, 50 or 50+ hours of care per week.
- Child Care Benefit can be received as: a reduction of fees through the service each week; or as a lump sum payment at the end of the financial year in which the family attended the service.
- Child Care Rebate (CCR) entitlement is calculated as 50% of the out-of-pocket child care expenses for approved child care up to an annual cap.
- To be eligible for CCR, families must: have used approved child care; and have been eligible for CCB (entitled at a rate of zero or more); and have met the work, training, study test (for the purposes of the CCR).
- Families have the option to receive their CCR through the child care service as a fee reduction; or to receive the payment as a lump sum fortnightly, quarterly or annually into their bank account.
- Choice of payment for CCR can only be changed once per year at the beginning of the financial year. It is important that families choose their options well before setting them for the year.
Our service also supports families accessing the Jobs Education and Training (JET) Scheme for eligible families wanting to study or enter the workforce. The current fee for those families is $1.00 per eligible hour of care per child. CCB and CCR are then applied to the hourly rate Application for JET is made through Centrelink.