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Covering all areas
All Areas Family Day Care educators wanted/educators available. 
Baulkham Hills Family Day Care educators available

Baulkham Hills  
Little Bunnies Childcare Centre  enrol now! All five days are available!   Call us and book a centre visit today! 02 9639 4478.


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RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
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CHILD CARE DIRECTORY

Covering all areas
All Areas Family Day Care 
Baulkham Hills Family Day Care

Baulkham Hills
Baulkham Hills Family Day Care
Hillsong Child Care Centre
Little Bunnies Childcare Centre

Bella Vista
Explore & Develop Norwest

Castle Hill
Castle Grove Early Learning Centre
Kings Road Long Day Preschool

Cherrybrook
Cherrybrook Community Pre-school 
MindChamps Early Learning Cherrybrook

Dural
Endeavour Early Education Dural
Learning Blocks Child Care Centre Dural

Glenhaven
Rainbow Haven Kindergarten

Kellyville
Kiddie Academy Kellyville

Middle Dural
Dooral Early Learning Centre

Rouse Hill 
Rouse Hill Preschool Kindergarten 

Seven Hills
The Hills Little Learners Childcare Centre

Thornleigh  
Normanhurst West Community Preschool
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Northern Beaches Local Child Care


 
NOVEMBER 2019

Welcome to The Hills 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

Cherrybrook Community Pre-school Inc is licensed by The Department of Education and Communities for 3-5 year olds.

The centre caters for a maximum of 25 children a day and operates between the hours of 8.30am and 3.30pm during school terms.

Contact us for more information.


Kings Road Long Day Preschool is a smaller, highly resourced preschool, with a broad educational program dedicated to learning and creativity through art and craft, nature, and the environment.  Our Preschool is rated ‘Exceeding’ under the National Quality Standards.  We have been serving children and their families in the community since 1989.  

Our contemporary curriculum is delivered by two highly skilled Early Childhood Teachers and a team of multi-lingual, dedicated and nurturing educators.  Our program enhances your child’s ‘school readiness’ in areas such as sociability, independence, confidence, creativity, as well as pre-reading and writing skills. We focus on developing skills and attitudes that support your child in their transition to school.

Our Preschool is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and cater to children between 3 and 5 years of age.  Contact us for more information.


Grace Children's Therapy
We are launching our specific NDIS Goal Setting Sessions to assist parents with identifying their child’s goal and aspirations for the next 12 months in preparation for their NDIS Planning sessions. 

We specialise in the treatment of children from birth to adolescence. Our practice provides innovative and practical therapy for children and their families. We assist children that may have difficulties with; their daily living tasks (writing, dressing, eating, and personal care), sensory processing disorders, general fine motor & gross motor skills, coordination & balance, pre-writing skills and handwriting, concentration & attention, play or social skills. We have been specifically trained in helping children manage their anxiety towards performing their daily tasks and building their resilience.  

Our specialist areas also include treating children with a range of disabilities and learning disorders including; Autism (ASD), Developmental delay/global delay & Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, ADHD, Behavioural and Sensory Processing disorders and Dyspraxia.

We also have a specialist feeding clinic and offer the SOS Feeding program over 12 weeks for children with feeding avoidance behaviours and sensory aversions to food. We aim to help children increase their sensory resilience & food anxiety, increase their dietary repertoire and confidence around trying new foods. 

We have a fully equipped sensory centre, with on the spot claim facilities for Medicare & Private Health Funds. We are also a service provider for NDIS and Fahcsia under the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with a Disability initiative and offer goal setting sessions to assist parents with preparation for NDIS planning. 

Our focus is on the priorities of the child and family, to assist them with achieving outcomes that will most benefit their life. Operating days:  Tuesday to Saturday.

For more information contact us.


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 learning, 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 Bella Vista Learning Centre is located at 6a/7 Meridian Place Bella Vista NSW 2153.


Little Bunnies Childcare Centre 
Our 2020 enrolment starts now! 

Contact us today for more information! 02 9639 4478.
We have received a number of good feedback from our families this year who are very happy with us and this is a big encouragement for our team to continuously improve our care and education for our children and families in 2019!

We look after and educate children from 2 to 6 years in a healthy and interactive learning environment.

Operating hours: 7:30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, meals are provided and included in the daily fee. The meat is Halal certified and prepared freshly everyday. Meals with individual eating requirements are available and prepared fresh to meet families' expectations.  

Our ultimate goal is to provide a holistic support for all children in our community across different learning areas. Our team aims at helping children succeed based on their learning interests and strengths. 
 
Why choose Little Bunnies?

  • Affordable fees (Childcare Subsidy available)
  • Quality care and education programs
  • Strong Transition to School programs for preschool age children
  • Fresh and nutritious meals provided daily 
  • Experienced educators with passion in working with children and families
  • Highly engaging experiences and activities for children at all age groups
  • Open to Families' voices and suggestions
  • Flexible routines
  • Positive parent feedback

Contact us for more information.


Learning Blocks Child Care Centre Dural 
Located at 242 New Line Road Dural on the way to the city, this centre is a 79 Place brand new centre catering for 0-6 proposed to open soon.

We are a family owned Early Learning Centre.   We aspire to “offer the best care in the suburbs we operate and create a nurturing environment for you and your child’s individual needs.”   Our focus is to provide individualised care for your child that will meet your families’ specific needs.

Contact us for more information.


Growing Early Minds
Is your child a Fussy Eater? Do they have Food Allergies or Poor Nutrition?

Growing Early Minds can help! Our expert paediatric dietitian is taking appointments now. We support families with everything from general nutritional advice to more complex issues such as weight management, food aversions, gastrointestinal disorders and more.

We can help your child overcome challenges and create positive mealtime experiences. Call our friendly team on 02 9622 8500 and self-refer today!

For more about dietetic and nutrition services click here.
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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