WSACC Weekly Update Edition 6 – Final: 24th January 2013
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome to our sixth and final edition on how WSACC is progressing toward our opening for OSHC business on 29 January 2013.
1. Service Approval:
We have Service Approval!
2. Enrolments and Orientation Meetings: We are still receiving enrolments and are pleased to report we have a really strong patronage. Thanks to all of you who sent through enrolments and participated in orientation meetings. If you still haven’t enrolled your child(ren), don’t panic, we are still taking enrolments – although we are reaching towards our licensed number – so don’t delay too long.
3. Open Days: We conducted the open days last Wednesday and Saturday. In total we had more than 200 parents come through the facility and we felt each event was well received by attendees. Thanks to all of you who made it along.
4. Transport Planning: The maxi taxi program is finalised and the hi viz sashes for ‘walking bus’ children have all been made and the transport plan is ready to roll. We will be doing final rehearsals over the long weekend to ensure all goes smoothly on Tuesday 29 January for our first day.
5. Setup at Bonython Street and Volunteers. We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents and our team members for all their efforts throughout the last couple of months. The new facility is now ready for next week.
6. Some FAQs about the new Facility and Service. During both the open days and orientation meetings a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been identified. These are:
• At the moment we don’t have a food licence from Brisbane City Council (BCC), although we are getting this sorted over the next few weeks.
• Once we have the kitchen fully licensed we will be catering exactly as we did at WSS.
• We will have a kitchen that is as capable as our old one; we just need a couple of weeks work to get it operational (getting tradesmen over the break was a bit of a nightmare).
• In the interim, we will be serving high quality, highly nutritious snacks that are made both on and off site.
• We just won’t be able to cook home meals etc. for a couple of weeks. Children will still get great food.
Where do I sign in?
• The sign in area will be at the St Mary of the Cross School Hall until we get the house at 12 Bonython St set up.
• Educators have been confirming these logistics with families at their orientation meetings.
• What happens in the rain with the walking bus?
• We have purchased rain proof ponchos that will be issued by educators if it rains.
• Children are encouraged to carry their own rain ware in their bag if that is their preference.
Do I need to fill in a new form?
• Yes, as we are operating under a new approval, you will need to complete a new enrolment form.
• Please contact Kathryn to send you an enrolment pack if you have not already received one.
• Once you have completed the forms, send them to WSACC.
What happens if I’m late getting here (e.g. after 8.30am)?
• For those children from Windsor State School that utilise either the vehicle or “walking bus” transport arrangements, the child(ren) must be dropped off and signed into WSACC no later than 08.30 am for Before School Care.
• Parents who drop off their children after this time incur a late fee equal to 1 ½ times the extra wages paid for one (1) educator for the time they are required to walk the child(ren) from WSACC to Windsor State School and then return to the centre.
Where do I park? How do I get in/out?
• There is on site and street parking at St Mary of the Cross School. Our Educators will be showing people exactly where the entrance and exit driveways are, where parking is permitted, and will walk each parent through at orientation meetings or on request.
• There is plenty of street parking in Bonython St, Windsor.
• See also the site map below.
Where will my child meet WSACC educators at WSS?
• After discussions with the WSS Principal, the meeting area for children is near the library, in the open space outside the computer lab doors and adjacent to the grade 2 classrooms.
• Our educators will be clearly identified in their uniforms and will be wearing hi viz vests. Prep children will be met at their classroom by our educators. Children who require additional assistance in being ready for school will be provided with the appropriate assistance. Educators will endeavour to visit children’s’ classes should they be invited or asked to ensure our care is meeting their needs.
Will my child be escorted to class?
• Prep children will always be escorted to, and collected from their classroom. Grade 1 children are escorted to class for the first term and we will assess if this needs to continue with the class teacher at that time. Other children will be supervised by our educators at the meeting area near the library, in the open space outside the computer lab doors and adjacent to the grade 2 classrooms until the bell rings.
What will happen if my child is sick?
• Ideally parents will collect ill children from school if they are notified in time. Should that not occur we will endeavour to allocate a seat on the vehicle (bus / taxi) transport for your child with a bucket, water, cup etc. in case they are needed. Children will be monitored while they await collection.
• See our Parent / Caregivers Handbook 2013: Policy 2.6 Illness and Injury:
• An educator will promptly telephone a parent/caregiver if a child has been involved in an accident or becomes ill where further medical advice/treatment should be sought. Qualified staff will administer basic First Aid only. If contact cannot be made and it is necessary to seek medical attention immediately, an ambulance will be called and the child will be taken to hospital.
• Children who become ill at the Centre will be provided an area that is as quiet as possible with a bed/couch to rest on while their parents/caregivers are contacted. Parents/caregivers are requested to advise the Centre (via enrolment forms) of their child’s particular health needs, including medication.
7. Site Map. To make it easier to find your way around the new facility: such as how to get in and out, where to sign in / out, where to park etc., we have prepared the following site map.
This will be formalised once we have incorporated the house in Bonython St into the facility.
We are ready to open on 29 January!!
That’s about it for our final edition of the Weekly Update. We can’t wait to see you all next week when we commence operations. Thank you so much for your continuing support and for being so active over the last few months.
WSACC Team and Parent Management Committee