19 Apr

Working Bee this weekend 20-04-13

admin Weekly Update

A date for the working bee at 12 Bonython Street has been set for this weekend Saturday 20-4-13 and Sunday 21-4-13.  Two days of tidy up for the old place to get it ready for use with the kids.  There is a sign up sheet located where the sign in and out sheets are.  Select a day to help out and sign up or just come along there will we plenty to do.

We really need people who are attending to bring some things with them such as:

  • Paint brushes
  • Sand paper
  • Buckets
  • Cleaning clothes
  • Drop sheets
  • Ladder
  • Drill
  • any other tools you can get your hands on.

Hammers and any other tools that may be necessary.

There is a lot of preparation for paining and plenty of cleaning jobs.  No skills necessary just a keen sense of adventure and some elbow grease.

13 Apr

Are your children fighting?

admin Weekly Update

WSACC - Fighting siblings

Researchers from the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program at The University of Queensland are interested in seeking the views of parents of siblings.

If you are a parent of siblings aged between 2 and 10years, with no more than 4 years separating your children, please visit our their website.

Eligible parents will also be invited to register their interest for participating in a FREE Triple P course targeting sibling conflict.

Download Informaiton Sheet (PDF).

Triple P Parenting Program

 

 

03 Apr

WSACC – Is expanding

admin Weekly Update

Windsor School Age Care Centre (WSACC) has just signed the lease on 12 Bonython Street Windsor.  The old house was where it all began for WSACC twenty years ( or so ) ago and now it is in service again.  The acquisition of the premises will enable WSACC to expand by up to 50 new child care places, so good news for those who are on the waiting list at the moment.

The old house does need some work to make it suitable for its new purpose and we will be needing volunteers to assist with a working Bee in the not too distant future. A date has not been set yet but will be posted as soon as arrangements can be made.

Windsor School Age Care Centre
WSACC new residence
Windsor School Age Care Centre
New art room
Windsor School Age Care Centre
Kitchen
Windsor School Age Care Centre
Dress up room?
Windsor School Age Care Centre
Art clean up area.
25 Jan

WSACC Weekly Update Edition 6 – Final: 24th January 2013

Kathryn Mahoney Uncategorized

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.

UPDATES

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:

Catering

• 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.

WSACC Site Map
Sitemap

SUMMARY

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.

Yours sincerely,

WSACC Team and Parent Management Committee

25 Jan

WSACC Weekly Update Edition 5: 18th January 2013

Kathryn Mahoney Uncategorized

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to our fifth edition on how WSACC is progressing toward our opening for OSHC business on 29 January 2013.

UPDATES

1. Service Approval: We had the Department through today for review and have been informed we will be receiving approval shortly. This is the final step in official approvals, although we will have a follow up visit in 2-3 weeks as a review on operations. We are really pleased with this critical milestone achievement, and recognise (and thank) you all for your help and support over the last few weeks in getting the Centre ready. We waited to send this update out until today’s inspection.

2. Enrolments: The enrolment packages were sent out last Thursday and we are receiving responses in great numbers. As we are operating under a new approval, you will need to complete a new enrolment form. Once you have completed them, send them to WSACC. As a reminder, if you don’t have a printer / scanner at home, let Kathryn know and we will make alternative arrangements.

3. Open Days: We conducted the first open day on Wednesday 16 January. We had a huge turn out and we felt it was a fabulous event. Thanks to all of you who made it along. As a reminder, we are running another open day (with two sessions) at our new facility on Saturday:

Session 2: Saturday 19 January from 9:00-9:30 am.

Session 3: Saturday 19 January from 11:00-11:30 am

If you missed Wednesday, or want to come back for another look, we would love to see you and your children there.

4. Orientation Meetings: Orientation meetings between parents / caregivers / children / WSACC commenced this week and will continue next week.

The date and time for your individual meeting will be arranged with you personally by phone and email. Once you submit your enrolment forms, Kathryn or one of the Assistant Coordinators will call you and organise a time for the meeting.

Orientation meetings for existing families are expected to take around 20 minutes and will be run in both work and out of work hours. Please allow 45 minutes for a new enrolment meeting.

5. Transport Planning: As we identified last week, we have received an overwhelming number of “walking bus” requests – and have slightly modified the Transport Plan.

The main changes are:
• The meeting area at WSS has changed. 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; and

• Vehicle Transport has changed to Taxis. As the numbers of children scheduled for vehicle transport is low, we will start off by using maxi cabs with WSACC Educators on-board for the vehicle transfer (based upon numbers so far this may be the most efficient solution). WSACC will be supplying accredited booster seats for eligible children.

• We have revised the routes. After discussions with WSS we have revised the route plans for both walking and vehicle transport. These are provided below:
WBR1and2

TAXI

6. Setup at Bonython Street and Volunteers. We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents and our team members (our staff has volunteered their time to get the set up done) who turned up last Saturday and throughout this week Its looking great and all our key tasks have been completed for opening. We do still have lots of little maintenance and gardening jobs to do, so if you would like to volunteer some time to help please email Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com with your skills / preferences.

SUMMARY

All plans are moving along well and we are ready to open on 29 January.

There are a couple of things we ask of you in this Update:

1. If you have yet to do your enrolment package can we ask that you complete the forms and send them through as quickly as possible.

2. If you can make it to one of the Open Day sessions this Saturday morning please come along.

That’s about all until our final Weekly Update next week before we commence operations. Thank you so much for your continuing support.

Yours sincerely,

WSACC Team and Parent Management Committee

16 Jan

Some FAQs Relating to the new Service

Kathryn Mahoney Uncategorized

Catering

• At the moment we don’t have a food licence from BCC, although we are getting this sorted over the next few days.
• 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 Library until we get the house at 12 Bonython St set up.
• Kathryn will be showing people exactly where the sign in area is at the open days on 16 and 19 January, and will walk each parent though at orientation / on request.

What happens in the rain with the walking bus?

• We have purchased disposable rain proof ponchos that will be carried by educators if it rains.

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.
• These have been sent out to you last week. Once you have completed them, send them to WSACC.

What happens if I’m late getting here (e.g. after 8.30am)?

• As we are transporting a large number of children to and from WSS we must depart WSACC no later than 8.40am.
• 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.

Where do I park? How do I get in/out?

• There is on site and street parking at St Mary of the Cross School. Kathryn will be showing people exactly where the entrance and exit driveways are, and where parking is permitted at the open days on 16 and 19 January, and will walk each parent though at orientation / on request.
• There is plenty of street parking in Bonython St Windsor.

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.

Will my child be escorted to class?

• Prep children will always be escorted to, and collected from their classroom. 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?

• It is anticipated that if your child is sick the school will notify you as per the School’s policy and that you or a delegate will collect the child prior to after School Care.
• If the school is unaware and the child is collected by our educators, we will transfer that child immediately to the vehicle (bus / taxi) transport with bucket and we will immediately call you to collect you child.
• See our Parent / Caregivers Handbook 2013: Policy 2.6 Illness and Injury:
1. 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.
2. Children who become ill at the Centre will be provided an area this is as quiet as possible with a sick bed/couch to rest 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.