How do I enrol?
The first recommended step is to put your child's name down on our waiting list. This is free of charge. If you are offered care and you want to wait until later, you do not lose your position on the list.
Please contact us every three months if you want to stay on our waiting list, or if your personal or work details change. As the time becomes closer to your child gaining a position, you will be contacted about the days available. This is when a full orientation will be organised and you will be given all the information, enrolment forms, CCB information and relevant policies required to start your child at daycare.
Who will look after my child?
Your child will form a close relationship with all educators in their room. A specific educator will become your child's primary educator. You will notice that your child will quickly form a close bond with their primary educator, often talking about them at home. Primary educators frequently become a great source of support & information for the whole family.
Most educators at Kinda Kapers have a formal early childhood education qualification. The others are studying early childhood education and Kinda Kapers supports all staff who wish to continue study. In addition, it is a requirement that all staff hold a current Working with Children Check, First Aid certificate, Child Protection certificate and Safe Food Handling certificate.
What is your typical daily schedule?
Each room's routine is slightly different to accommodate the group's needs. We are flexible with our routines when needed, and we will work with you to ensure your baby's sleep and meals are as close as possible to their routine at home. This helps the home to care transition and for your child to feel comfortable while in care.
A general daily routine would look like this:
• Opening-8am - Family grouping inside (all of the children group together and split into smaller groups as more children and educators arrive)
• 8:00am to 10:00am - Outdoor play
• 10:00am to 10.30am - Morning tea
• 10:30am to 12:00pm - Learning places
• 12:00pm to 12:30pm - Lunch
• 12:30pm to 2:30pm - Rest time / quiet activities
• 3:00pm to Afternoon Tea
• 3:30pm to 5:00pm - Outdoor play
• 5:00pm to 6:00pm - Family grouping inside
Your child's group may be outside while other groups are inside, this allows children the best opportunity for learning and makes maximum use of each space. The routine is flexible and during the colder months the children generally stay inside in the mornings and make use of the warmer part of the day outside.
How do the daily fees & subsidies work?
Fees at Kinda Kapers are principally subsidised by two different payments - childcare benefit (CCB) & childcare rebate (CCR). In addition a small number of families may also benefit from Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JET).
• CCB is a subsidy that helps with the cost of approved care such as long daycare. All families are entitled to up to 24 hours per week of CCB and up to 50 hours if both parents are working, looking for work, training, or studying for at least 15 hours per week (or 30 hours per fortnight). The rate of CCB depends on the combined family income and how many children are in care. Please contact us or see the link below for further details on the eligibility for CCB.
• CCR is a subsidy that covers 50% of the out of pocket cost (ie the daily fee less CCB & JET). This is currently up to a maximum of $7,500 per year per child and is not income tested. To be eligible for CCR you must meet the criteria for CCB (even if your income means that you receive a zero CCB subsidy). Also, both you and your partner must meet the 'Work, Training, Study' test or be exempt from it.
• JET is a subsidy for childcare fees to assist certain families in training &/or seeking work that are eligible for other benefits. Please contact us to learn more about fees and understand how childcare subsidies would work for you, and understand what your out of pocket expense may be. We may also be able to assist explain subsidies for special circumstances such as children at risk or where grandparents are primary carers and others.
Further reading - CCB
Further reading -CCR
Further reading -JET
(A change to the childcare subsidies was announced in May, 2015 that may be introduced in July, 2017. This would combine the CCB & CCR into a single system and focus on providing additional funds for working families that have a combined income of less than $170,000. For families on higher incomes, the 50% subsidy will still apply and the annual maximum is planned to be increase to $9,600 - details may change).
Do you provide meals?
Yes - all Kinda Kapers services have qualified cooks who prepare nutritionally balanced meals. Meals are provided throughout the day including morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea. Each day the children are provided with nutritionally balanced and delicious meals and snacks. Food preparation is not confined to the kitchen, we endeavour to create room programs designed to encourage children to participate in cooking. These are used to reinforce nutrient and healthy eating.
If your child has medically diagnosed food requirements, we will work with you to meet the needs of your child. You are welcome to have copies of recipes of your child's favourite meals.
What do I need to bring?
0-2 year old Rooms
• Labelled spare clothes
• Wide brim hat
• Breast milk / formula in pre-made clearly marked bottles - for children up to 12 months
• Pacifier (dummies) - optional for children up to 12 months
• Disposable nappies - large packet
• Thick wipes in a box
• Nappy sacks
• One fitted cot sheet, one flat cot sheet and a blanket for rest time
• Bottle / sippy cup containing cooled boiled water
• Drink bottle / cup to be filled with water throughout the day
2-5 year old Rooms
• Labelled spare clothes (extra for toilet trainers)
• Wide brim hat
• One fitted sheet, one flat sheet and a blanket for rest time
• Water bottle - to be filled with water only
What are your operating hours?
Maitland: 6:30am to 6:00pm
Mount Hutton: 6:30am to 6:00pm
Tighes Hill: 7:00am to 6:00pm
Adamstown: 7:30am to 6:00pm
Belmont: 7:30am to 6:00pm
Charlestown: 7:30am to 6:00pm
Do you have a school readiness program?
Yes - Kinda Kapers runs an educational program which assists children to develop all the skills, knowledge and attitudes to ensure a smooth transition to the school environment.
School readiness is sometimes considered developing specific skills such as numeracy, prewriting, literacy and others to a specific 'school-ready' level. While Kinda Kapers philosophy supports the development of these skills in a play based learning environment, we place significant emphasis on "foundations for learning".
Skills Numeracy Pre-Writing Literacy Drama Science Music Language (And Others) Foundations for Learning Independence & Self-help Positive interactions to develop & build friendships Confidence Communication Sharing and turn-taking Participating and understanding rules, routines & fairness Ability to function and learn in a group (And Others)
"Foundations for learning" are characteristics which our professionally developed teaching programs seeks to maximise. To nurture these characteristics a focus is placed on developing social competence including confidence, communication, independence and more. This allows each child to develop skills, knowledge & attitudes needed for the next phase of their learning and development.
What is the difference between long daycare centres and preschools?
Long daycare centres (LDCC) provides extended hours of care to cater to working parent's needs. LDCC also generally provide meals for children and also cater for under three year olds. Both preschools & LDCC's are required by law to provide a structured educational preschool program.
Does my child need to be vaccinated to attend?
Changes were introduced on the 1st of January, 2014 that means child care facilities cannot enrol a child unless approved documentation has been provided that shows the child:
- is fully vaccinated for their age, or;
- has a medical reason not to be vaccinated, or;
- has a parent/guardian who has a conscientious objection to vaccination or;
- is on a recognised catch-up schedule if the child has fallen behind with their vaccinations.
Please also note, the ability to receive CCB & CCR subsidies can also be affected if age appropriate vaccinations are not maintained.
(Further changes may come into effect on the 1st of January, 2016 that will remove the ability to allow conscientious objection to be considered.)
Further reading - Vaccination & Child Care in NSW
Further reading - Vaccination & childcare benefit
How do we communicate with parents?
General communication with families occurs verbally, through phone calls and emails. Educators like to greet each family each morning and discuss your child's day with you in the afternoons. You can also find out about your child's day through communication books (0-1 year olds) and communication boards in each room.
Educators will call you throughout the day if there is something they want to let you know about. We welcome your calls throughout the day to check on your child's day, this is especially so as your child settles into their new environment. Your call will be put through to your child's educators so you can speak directly to them.
Most other communication is done via email. Parent newsletters, letters and reminders, family statements will all go to your email address. Receipts from fee and bond payments will be in your child's pocket, along with artworks and other brochures.