Depending on your family income, caregivers’ activity levels and other factors, you may be eligible for the Childcare Subsidy (CSS).
To register for CSS, parents must fill out an assesment form on MyGov.
As soon as we have a vacancy that suits your needs we’ll ask you to complete an enrolment form and a profile for your child. Simply return it and pay your enrolment fee and bond, and book your child in for an orientation session (or more if needed). They’ll then be able to commence care.
It’s our policy that, after accepting a childcare place, you start care within four weeks. Unfortunately we can’t hold positions for longer except under special circumstances (e.g. coming up to Christmas and New Year holidays some vacancies may be offered and confirmed in advance to hep you plan for the next year).
It’s hard to say exactly – there are a lot of contributing factors including:
Your child’s age
How many days per week you need our service
Your preferred start date
Priority Access Guidelines set by the Government.
When we’re at full capacity, you may have to wait until another family’s childcare needs change to enter our program. Once a vacancy becomes available, we’ll refer to our waiting list and contact the families at the top of the list first.
It’s therefore important to make sure you’re on our waiting list and we know your care requirements – it’s a good idea to put your child’s name down at least a month (or two) before you need care.
You select your child’s permanent attendance days when you enrol at Aurora. To reduce your permanent childcare days, we’ll need 4 weeks notice in writing. If you’d like to increase or change your permanent childcare days, you’ll need to speak to us to check if any vacancies are available.
We don’t require a long-term commitment or contract from you, but we do like to create a permanent positive environment for your child. For this reason, we ask you to provide us with a minimum 4 weeks notice in writing before ceasing care.
At the end of each year, we’ll invite you to request your care requirements for the following year. Each family is responsible for returning these forms by the nominated date to reserve their child’s position. Early confirmation will ensure we can meet your exact care requirements. Any additional vacancies will then be offered to families on our waiting list.
We take the children’s health and safety seriously – it’s our highest priority. Please don’t attend if your child is unwell. We’re unable to provide the one on one care required by a sick child and their illness may compromise the health and safety of all attending children.
Early childcare attendees participate in an integrated age group program. This is a great opportunity for siblings to spend time together and children of different ages to interact and learn from one another.
As more children arrive, our educators move children into age-appropriate rooms and their day begins following their own programs and routines, including meal times and rest/sleep times. They will take part in both indoor and outdoor educational programs specifically designed to cater for their strengths, interests and learning opportunities.
As children start to go home toward the day’s end, remaining children once again participate in an integrated age group program.
Our educators record important information about your child in our daily information sheets or communication books. These are always available for you to view. They include details about what your child has eaten, how long they’ve slept and what bottles they’ve have during the day.
Our educators also record which activities your child has participated in throughout the day, so you can discuss the day with your child. You can see your child in action in our digital photo displays.
From January 2014, 50% of all educators must hold a minimum Diploma of Children’s Services or be working towards this qualification.
A qualified room leader oversees each of our rooms, with a minimum Diploma in Children’s Services (two year TAFE course). Some Aurora staff members have a University degree or are working towards a higher qualification.
Our assistants must hold a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services.
Only university degree qualified teachers deliver our 4-year-old kindergarten programs.
Our educators are responsible for the overall operation of the room including implementing learning and developmental outcomes for your child.
We encourage and support all our educators to continually upgrade their formal qualifications and provide traineeships to support them in this endeavour.
It’s our policy that all educators working directly with your child must maintain a current first aid qualification, anaphylaxis qualification and an asthma management qualification in readiness for any emergency. Please notify us at enrolment if your child requires asthma medication, an epi-pen or ana-pen, so we can be fully aware of their needs.
When you enrol, we ask you nominate those you have authorised to pick up your child in your absence. It’s a legal requirement that you record the name of who will collect your child each day in the sign in/out sheets provided.
If staff members are unfamiliar with the person collecting your child, we’ll ask them to produce photo ID, which we will then cross check with your child’s enrolment form. If that person is not on your nominated list, under no circumstances will we release your child from our care.
We use the latest security access systems – only authorised families and staff have access to our facility. Unauthorised visitors will need to ring the front door bell to request access, after which we require they sign our visitors register book.
Our educators will work with you on the appropriate and most effective strategies for your child. We have purpose built facilities fitted with convenient nappy changing benches up to and including our 3-year-old Kindergarten program as well as age appropriate toilets.