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VACANCIES

Lidcombe
Betty Elaine Kindergarten enrol now for 2020 and beyond.

Merrylands
Little Explorers Early Learning Centre
Now taking enrolments for 2020 and offering 1st week gap-free for all new enrolments.

To take advantage of this offer and secure a place for your child, please call (02) 9897 7254 or 0432324300

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RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
PROFESSIONALS FOR CHILDREN
ADDITIONAL NEEDS PROVIDERS
RESROURCES FOR CARE PROVIDERS
CHILD CARE DIRECTORY

Carlingford
Carlingford Multipurpose Learning Centre
Carlingford West Kindergarten Inc 
Families @ Carlingford Education Service
Munchkin Manor Early Learning Centre, Carlingford

Constitution Hill 
Greenleaf Early Learning Centre

Ermington
Active Kids Ermington
Colour My World Children's Centre 

Greystanes
Munchkin Manor Early Learning Centre, Greystanes
TLC Early Education & Care Centres

Girraween
First Academy Child Care Centre

Guildford 
Leaping Learners 

Lidcombe
Betty Elaine Kindergarten
Scribbles & Giggles Child Care Centre @ Botanica

Merrylands
Little Explorers Early Learning Centre
Merrydays Kindergarten Society Inc 
Thrive Early Learning Centre Merrylands

North Rocks
Little Green Treehouse Early Education Centre
North Rocks Community (Uniting) Church Preschool

Parramatta
Growing Minds After School 
MindChamps Early Learning Parramatta

Rosehill
Explore & Develop - Parramatta
Fun2Learn Early Learning Centre

Rydalmere
Rise & Shine Kindergarten Rydalmere
Scribbles & Giggles Child Care Centre @ Rydalmere

South Granville
Scribbles and Giggles Child Care Centre @ South Granville

Toongabbie
Mani's Family Day Care, Old Toongabbie

Wentworthville
Scribbles Long Day Care Centre
The Little Kids School 
Learning Through Play Preschool & Long Day Care Centre  

West Ryde
Colour My World Children's Centre


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Sutherland Shire Local Child Care

St George Local Child Care

Liverpool Fairfield Local Child Care

Canterbury Bankstown Local Child Care

Western Sydney Local Child Care

Inner West Local Child Care

Camden Macarthur Local Child Care

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Ryde Eastwood Local Child Care

Hills Local Child Care
North Shore Local Child Care
Northern Beaches Local Child Care
Illawarra Local Child Care

NOVEMBER 2019

Welcome to the Parramatta Local Child Care & Services Directory newsletter.

This month we welcome

Read all about these great services below.

Be sure to check out all our Detailed Listings to find all the information you need to make the right choice for you and your family when selecting child care.

This month’s parent/carer resource is a brief guide to the Assessment and Rating process under which Child Care services are rated.  If you are like me sometimes it’s very confusing about different ratings and what they mean.  Read more below.

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FEATURED SERVICES

TLC Early Education & Care Centres
Being in the childcare industry for over 10 years, TLC has built a great foundation to support, develop and nurture your child’s strengths, interests and individual needs. With passionate and dedicated qualified educators, nothing but the best quality of education and care is promised for your child here at TLC Early Education and Care Centres.  We are exceeding in our National Quality Standards in our Educational Program and Practice and Relationships with Children.  

We are confident your child will be prepared for their next chapter into Kindergarten with our strong educational school readiness program which has been developed with a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. We provide a play based and intentional teaching program to foster all areas of development including: confidence, social skills, fine motor, self-regulation and language as well as name writing, alphabet, numbers, shapes, colours.

Communication between families and educators is very important at TLC.  With our Kinderm8 APP you won’t miss out on anything.  All notifications, events, Day book stories, individual observations and eat/sleep charts are accessible directly to your smart phone. You can even send messages to room staff and receive individual photos from staff.

Our large outdoor environment allows lots of physical development and play opportunities. Children can make mud pies in the messy mud kitchen, dig deep in the sandpit for treasure, run climb or chill out with a book. Their imagination can take them anywhere. At TLC we support the NSW Health by implementing the Munch & Move Program. We support Fundamental Movement Skills daily, limit screen time and promote an active lifestyle. 

We provide all meals at TLC. Our children are always asking for seconds at meal times and there is always plenty of it. We have a 4 week rotating Summer & Winter Menu which supports 50% of their RDI. Lunch is usually a hot meal with fruit as dessert and morning tea and afternoon tea consists of vegie platters, assorted dip, crackers, vegie muffins, scones and cheese toasties just to name a few. 

Contact us for more information.


Rise & Shine Kindergarten Rydalmere are excited to be opening our amazing new service located in Rydalmere.

This picturesque historical landmark building offers multiple light filled spacious rooms ready for exploration and play. Comprising of multiple classrooms catering to children aged 2 - 5 years, our centre features a literacy room, construction and dramatic play room, library, alfresco dining, art studio, yoga / exercise room as well as our unique Smart Start room. Our facilities are completely unique and truly amazing, and reflect our philosophy of the environment being the 3rd teacher. Our philosophy sees us valuing children's innate connection with nature, so at our service you will see amazing natural play spaces with water creeks, real grass, gardens, and a design around outdoor classrooms and learning.

Contact us to book a tour and see our amazing facilities for yourself


Colour My World Children's Centre, West Ryde & Colour My World Children's Centre, Ermington focuses on becoming a “Home away from Home” for our children.  

We want our children to feel safe, secure and happy…..enabling the education to follow from this. Where children learn through play and environments are another teacher. Our centre operates from 7am – 6pm : Monday – Friday for 50 weeks of the year. 

Our waiting list is free of charge, located via our website www.cmwchildrenscentre.com.au   Come be a part of our CMW family.


Learning Links

If your child is showing signs that they struggle with learning, have social, emotional or behavioural issues, or are behind their peers with speech development or fine and gross motor skills, Learning Links is here to help.

We have a range of assessments to support your child’s NDIS plan, including cognitive/IQ, academic skills, dyslexia, autism, ADHD, behavioural, speech and language, and occupational therapy. We also offer NDIS registered services, including speech therapy and psychological therapy.  

Bulk billing for psychological therapy is also available to help children struggling with anxiety and depression, social skills or making important transitions. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for weekday appointments 9.30am-2.30pm when referred by a GP under the Mental Health Care Plan - for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. Saturday sessions are currently run for families unable to attend during the week.

Learning Links has over 47 years’ experience in helping kids learn. Our mission is to provide children who have learning difficulties with the skills, services and family support to empower them to reach their full potential.

To find out more, contact our Customer Care team on 1300 003 900 or visit www.learninglinks.org.au. Our Liverpool Learning Centre is located at Shop 2, 54-56 Macquarie St (North), Liverpool NSW 2170.


PARENT INFORMATION

Below is a brief guide to the Assessment and Rating process under which Child Care services are rated

What are the ratings criteria?
Early childhood education and care services (long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, outside school hours care) are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard (NQS) to:

  • promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care
  • improve knowledge and access to information about the quality of services to help families make informed decisions about their child’s education and care.

The NQS is part of the National Regulations and includes 7 quality areas that are important to children’s learning and developmental outcomes.

  • Educational program and practice
  • Children's health and safety
  • Physical environment
  • Staffing arrangements
  • Relationships with children
  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • Governance and leadership

 Who rates services?
Services are assessed and rated against the NQS by the state or territory regulatory authority (RA) and given a rating for each of the seven quality areas and an overall rating based on these results. The quality ratings are published on the national registers on the ACECQA website and on the Starting Blocks website.
What does it mean if a service is rated Significant Improvement Required?

If a service has been rated as Significant Improvement Required, the regulatory authority has determined that there are identified risks to the safety, health and wellbeing of children. The approved provider is required to take immediate action to rectify these risks, and the RA will monitor the service closely to ensure those improvements are made.

Continuous Improvement
It may take time for new services to meet each element required in the standards, which can result in a Working Towards NQS or Meeting NQS rating. To find out more about how your child’s service is striving to achieve quality, you can ask to see the service’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).

A QIP is the document which records the service’s self-assessment of the quality of its practices against the NQS and National Regulations. It also identifies any areas for improvement and contains their statement of philosophy. Educators, children, families and the community should all be involved in the development and maintenance of the service’s QIP.

Why are services with no ratings operating?
Services that have not had an assessment and rating visit hold a rating of “Provisional – Not Yet Assessed”.

Education and care services must undergo many processes and approvals in order to be approved and operate under the National Quality Framework (NQF). This is also a way of ensuring quality and compliance prior to their assessment and rating.

The service will receive a rating when it is assessed and rated by the RA.

If you would like to know when the service will be assessed and rated, please contact the service directly. The RA in your state or territory, responsible for assessment and rating, may also be able to assist you.

You may also like to ask the service for their QIP and their family handbook. This will help you to make a more detailed assessment of the service’s strengths and could also help with identifying the criteria you wish to find in a service.

How often are services assessed and rated?
When regulatory authorities schedule quality rating assessments, the goal is to assess and rate the quality of services, drive continuous improvement and keep information for families and communities accurate and up to date.

To focus resources on services most in need of service improvement, the actions of the RA are responsive and risk-based. Services with a lower quality rating will be re-rated more frequently. Services with higher quality ratings will generally have a longer period of time between assessment and rating visits in recognition of their ability to meet the NQS.

RA’s consider the following factors when managing assessment and rating schedules:

  • The previous quality rating of the service, including results against the quality areas, standards and at the element level.
  • A change in service attributes that could be reasonably considered to affect the service’s quality – for example, changes in approved provider or service management team.
  • Events that occur at the service – for example, serious incidents, complaints or non-compliance with the National Law can indicate a change in quality and a higher scheduling priority.
  • The length of time since the last assessment – for example, over time a quality rating can lose its currency and value for families.

Each RA manages its assessment schedule in a responsive manner, making adjustments to the schedule as new information emerges and making best use of their available resources.
It usually takes a regulatory authority 10 weeks to assess and rate a service. The rating report or rating certificate should be made available to families.

How do RAs ensure that services keep delivering quality after receiving their rating?
RAs make unscheduled and scheduled visits to services in addition to assessment and rating visits. These include monitoring, spot check and compliance visits to ensure the service is operating within the national legislation.

Summary of the steps in the Assessment and Rating process

  • Self-assessment and quality improvement
    Approved provider conducts a self-assessment to determine the quality of current practices against the NQS and linked regulatory requirements.

    Approved provider identifies strengths and where improvements can be made which is documented in a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
     
  • Notice of visit
    Regulatory authority provides written notice to approved provider that the assessment and rating process has commenced. The QIP is submitted to the regulatory authority prior to the visit, along with any additional information requested by the regulatory authority.
     
  • Assessment and rating visit takes place at the service.
     
  • Draft report
    Regulatory authority provides the approved provider with a draft assessment and rating report.
     
  • Feedback on draft report
    Provider can give feedback on any factual inaccuracies in the report and evidence to support feedback.
     
  • Final report and notice of final ratings is issued to the provider

    Feedback considered before final report is finalised and issued.
     
  • Final report
    Approved provider may choose to apply for a review of final ratings within the set review period.
     
  • Ratings published on national registers
    Once the review period has ended, the final ratings are published on the national registers on the ACECQA website and on the Starting Blocks website.
https://www.startingblocks.gov.au/other-resources/factsheets/assessment-and-rating-process/
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