Transitions & orientation
For information regarding the orientation process please see the About tab of the menu.
Transitioning into the toddler group from the babies group, or from the toddler group into the pre-kindy can be exciting and daunting for child and family alike. This process can be discussed with your child's educators and will often start a couple months prior to your child's birthday.
The Possums' group will have 2 permanent educators present on any given day: a group leading educator (qualified with a Diploma in Early childhood Education and Care or ACECQA approved equivalent training) and a second Educator or assistant educator (holding either a Diploma or Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care respectively, or ACECQA approved equivalent training). If the permanent educators are absent, the centre has a very consistent group of relief staff to fill in for their absence which the children generally become familiar with.
Our Program has been developed using the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Our vision encompasses belonging, being and becoming.
Our program itself is child-centered, child-initiated, spontaneous and ever-changing.
Children may participate in colouring, painting, gluing, play-dough, sand play, water play, bike riding, jumping, reading, and singing. This list could go on forever. What you need to know is this, your child will smile, laugh, learn to make friends, build, create, be inspired, inspire others, learn conflict resolution, learn to wait for a turn, learn to help themselves and others, sing, be sung to, read, be read to, run, jump and hop but more than anything they will have FUN.
Sometimes, based on recent observations, we plan experiences. These may be due to a particular interest an individual or group may have or there may be a celebration or event that the children wish to further investigate.
You will be able to see what happened each day by reading the Program journal located inside the room.
We welcome and encourage family participation so please feel free to chat to any of our Educators about anything regarding our Program.
All meals are to be provided by families for their children. Please pack all food items that your child will need for their stay in care. Please inform staff of any food allergies your child may have. The centre asks that families do not pack nuts or nut products (peanut butter, nutella, some muesli bars) for their child as some children and educators can have severe allergic reactions to these items. The centre has a microwave & fridge to prepare meals as necessary, and we also provide bibs, face washers, bowls and cutlery (it is not necessary to pack these items). If your child is present for a routine meal time (10:15am, 12:15am, 3:15pm) we would appreciate you packing a snack for them so they can sit and eat with the group. If you are looking for meal or snack ideas, our educators are always available and happy to discuss healthy eating ideas for children.
What to bring?
Pack everything together in a clearly labelled bag for your child:
All items of clothing, nappies, bags, food containers, bottles (including caps, teats and other loose parts) and water bottles. It would be greatly appreciated if children could arrive with a fresh nappy on, and sunscreen applied
This is the standard routine for the Possums, however the routine has some flexibility and variation dependant on spontaneous activities and children's temperaments.
8:00am Centre opens. Meet outside if weather permits, or find centre educators in the pre-kindy, babies or toddlers room to transition your child.
10:00am Mat Session: songs, stories, group games.
10:15am Morning Tea
10:40am Free play and creative experiences
12:00pm Mat Session
12:45pm Rest Time
3:00pm Mat Session
3:15pm Afternoon Tea
3:45pm Free play
5:00pm Centre closes
'Free play" can occur inside or outside depending on the weather. Free play is an opportunity for the children to explore their environment and play with the available toys. Educators offer planned and spontaneous experiences during this time such as dancing, craft, bubble blowing, water play etc.
The Possums' group has a rest/sleep period from 1pm-3pm daily. Each child has their own bed with fresh linen provided to lie on. During rest/sleep the room is dark and soothing music is played. This rest period is essential for children of this age to recharge for the afternoon. If you do not wish your child to rest/sleep, we recommend you book either a morning or afternoon appointment outside of the sleep period.