Importance of Early Learning

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principles, practices and outcomes essential to young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. It’s part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.The framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning, recognising the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. There are five learning outcomes defined by the EYLF:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity.
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
  • Children are confident and involved learners.
  • Children are effective communicators.
The National Quality Framework (NQF) was the result of an agreement between all Australian governments to work together to provide better educational and developmental outcomes for children.  The NQF introduced a new quality standard in 2012 to improve education and care across long daycare, family daycare, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care.The National Quality Standard (NQS) is a key aspect of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and sets a high, national benchmark for early childhood education and care.The NQS brings together the 7 key quality areas that are important to outcomes for children:

  1. Educational program and practice
  2. Children’s health and safety
  3. Physical environment
  4. Staffing arrangements
  5. Relationships with children
  6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  7. Leadership and service management

Learn more on the ACECQA website

Educators and psychologists are in agreeance that the single most important period in a child’s development occurs from birth to age six. Evidence shows that participating in a high quality early education program delivers lasting health and educational outcomes preparing children for school and beyond.

Facilities & provisions

Operating hours vary between services.  Generally our services are open from 7:00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks a year. We’re not open on weekends or public holidays. We recommend checking with your local centre about their operating times.

SCECS provides breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack (when required).

We provide for a qualified onsite Chef catering for each child and providing fresh, nutritious and healthy meals. Meal time is a special time for children and staff to come together and enjoy a diverse range of cuisines.

Yes, nappies are included for 0-2 year olds.  Children of other ages requiring nappies and who are not toilet training, should bring them along to the service.

Enquiring about care

Toilet training usually occurs between ages of 18 months – 3 years.  We work in partnership with families to encourage and implement toilet training when you feel your child is ready, based on their individual stage of development and need.

At SCECS we are an inclusive environment who provides for children with additional needs and is available to every child.  For specific advice on how we could best accommodate your child/ren, you should speak with the Director at the SCECS service you are interested in.

Yes you can join the waitlist.  We will require your baby’s surname and for their first name, write ‘baby’.  We also require an estimated date of birth. Once your child is born, please contact us to update your details.

New enrolments

Before enrolling online, we love our families to visit and experience our service firsthand. Come in a have a private tour where you get the opportunity to meet our amazing staff and discuss your personalised needs with the Centre Director. They’ll then be able to help with your enrolment and tailor your transition into the service, supporting your child’s settling in process.

Every child will be different.  Some children settle quickly, while others can take longer. Children who attend three or more days per week, are more likely to settle sooner than children who attend less days. Our caring team will work with you and your child/ren to make the transition smooth.

Families are welcome at anytime. Families are encouraged to come on their first day at the time they would normally be dropping off their child, so they become used to the routine.  

We also encourage dropping children off no later than 10am as it assists your child’s connection to the service and familiarity with the routine of the day.

We provide everything children might need during their day, however children should come with the followed labelled with their name:

  • A water bottle
  • spare clothes (for some of our messy experiences)
  • any comforters (sleep blanket etc) that your child may like to help them feel settled
  • Sun Safe hat, covering your child’s face, neck and ears
  • Bibs – if required
  • Dummy – if required
  • Sleep sheet and/or blanket
  • Bottles, formula and/or expressed milk
  • Any medications – please speak with staff further regarding how to provide these
  • Barrier cream
  • Wipes
  • Nappies

Don’t leave it too late.  We want to ensure that every child has care and that you don’t miss out, so remember to put your child’s name down on the waitlist early and confirm your requirements as regularly as possible.

If there are no vacancies at the service, you can join the waiting list. These waitlists are regularly reviewed and families are contacted once a place becomes available.

Ages vary between services.  SCECS caters generally from 6 weeks to school age.  Please check with your local SCECS service to confirm the ages they accommodate.

After you have submitted your online enrolment, we will:

  • Call you to arrange a time to visit the centre
  • Understand yours and your childs needs
  • Confirm your enrolment or add you to the services waitlist

SCECS provide child-friendly sunscreen, however if your child has sensitive skin please feel free to provide your preferred brand.

Existing enrolments

Transitions into an older room are based on developmental readiness and availability.

Fees, benefits & the Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

SCECS closes for public holidays. If your scheduled booked day falls on public holidays, fees will still apply as staff and operating costs still need to be covered. The Australian Government’s Child Care Subsidy (CCS) covers up to 42 absence days a year, which includes public holidays. So unless you exceed this quota, you will be eligible for the CCS discount on public holidays.

Yes, fees still apply for sick days. The Child Care Subsidy will cover up to 42 absence days a year with no documentation and unlimited sick days if you’re able to provide a medical certificate or similar.

Normal fees apply for all absences (including Public Holidays) that fall on a usual day of attendance.

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a payment offered by the Australian Government for which you may be eligible. To find out if you are eligible for CSS visit the Department of Human Services website humanservices.gov.au

Depending on your personal circumstances, there may also be other government funding available.

There is a refundable holding deposit of two weeks fees in advance.  This will be refunded if care is no longer required.

You will have 72 hours to complete and return the paperwork along with your child’s birth certificate, direct debit form, immunisation records, Medical Action Plan (if required) and other associated documents.  If we do not hear from you within this time, the hold on the position will be removed.

You will need to accept the enrolment, complete and send the

  • Direct Debit Form
  • Immunisation Records (from Centrelink)
  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Medical Action Plan (if applicable)
  • Other associated documents

As gathering these documents together can take time, please ensure that you have these available prior to submitting your request for enrolment online.

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is the main way the Government assists families with their child care fees. The CCS helps parents/carers by funding childcare for children aged 0 – 13, if parents/carers, work, train, study and/or volunteer.  Find out more by visiting: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy

There is a different fee dependant on the service you attend and the room that they are enrolled in. There is a different fee for Nursery, Toddler and Preschool age groups. You can visit www.scecs.nsw.edu.au, search for your service for details or call us at anytime.

Immunisation

SCECS requires children to be fully up-to-date with their immunisations, or be on a catch up schedule, or have a medical exemption to be enrolled into care.  Documentation supporting the child’s immunisation position, must be provided at the time of enrolment. Children who are not vaccinated will not receive the Child Care Subsidy and are not eligible for enrolment.

The following are acceptable to prove immunisation:

No other documents will be accepted and the enrolment cannot be confirmed without one of these.

Our staff

The NSW Government requires ratios of one educator per four children for children under two years, one educator to five children for children under three years, and one educator per ten children for students under six years.

SCECS works to this as a minimum and in most circumstances employs more staff to children than this minimum standard.