6. Emergency Planning
7. Infrastructure and Environment

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GENERAL

Purpose

This Policy and Procedure Manual has been developed to provide guidance to Board, Management, Staff, Parents and other relevant stakeholders of the Baringa Childcare Centre Association Incorporated.  The policies and procedures contained herein have been developed with consideration to the Baringa Childcare Centre philosophy and goals.

Philosophy

Baringa Childcare Centre offers a comprehensive integrated service including care; education, health, safety and nutrition programs which seek to foster all aspects of children's development. Baringa aims to provide quality care for children incorporating best practice.

  • We provide quality education and care, building strong relationship with great inclusion and consistency throughout the service. We ensure as Educators build secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships with the children and their families supporting them every step of the way.
  • We work in partnerships with all stakeholders and the broader community involved in every child's life to ensure a holistic approach is used for their teaching and learning.

At Baringa, we integrate the Framework "Belonging, Being & Becoming" and practice on a continuing basis.

  • Holistic Approach
  • Responsiveness to children
  • Learning Through Play
  • Intentional Teaching
  • Learning Environments
  • Cultural Competence
  • Continuity of learning and transitions
  • Assessment for learning As educators, we reflect upon our practices so we can learn and seek new understandings of our existing culture and continue to grow to become better Educators. We believe that as Educators we should hold high expectations for children's learning so children can progress to their own learning outcomes.

Baringa Child Care Centre makes certain that we prepare children for lifelong learning throughout the rest of their lives including but not limiting respect for diversity.

Goals

The goals of the Baringa Childcare Centre are to:

  1. Provide a friendly and caring environment for children and parents.
  2. Recognise all children as individual.
  3. Provide equal opportunities for children by providing non biased and non sexist activities.
  4. Provide developmentally appropriate experiences.
  5. Provide stimulation and a space for activity time for free play.
  6. Provide a positive response to the children’s activities.
  7. Provide the children with at least 50% of their daily recommended dietary intake of nutrients in the form of safe and appetising foods.
  8. Provide care for:
    1. 24 babies aged from birth to 18 months (6 staff members);
    2. 45 toddlers aged from 18 months to 3 years (5 staff members); and
    3. 33 pre-school children aged from 3 to 5 years (3 staff members). 
  9. Provide a place of employment where staff will:
    1. have opportunities for professional development;
    2. be well remunerated; and
    3. be recognised for excellence in child care.
  10. Be open to provide flexibility for families.

Structure of the Manual

The structure of the manual is to facilitate ease of use by staff, parents and the board.   Application and adherence to the policies and procedures will realise the philosophy and goals of the Baringa Childcare Centre. 

The manual contains three parts:

  • General;
  • Policies and Procedures; and
  • Annexes.

The Policies and Procedures part is divided into 9 sections:

  1. Social Standards
  2. Parents and Children
  3. Developmental Program
  4. Staff, Students and Visitors
  5. Health and Safety
  6. Emergency Planning
  7. Infrastructure and Environment
  8. Accounts and Administration
  9. Board of Directors

Policy Directive

Each section contains Baringa Child Care Policy Directives and where applicable, subordinate procedures.  Policy Directives may be readily identified as it will appear as depicted below.

Policy Directive

There may be more than one policy directive in a section.

Review of the Manual

The philosophy and goals that form the basis of this manual, and the subsequent policies and procedures, will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, and formally reviewed every two years.

Amendments to the Manual

Any proposed amendments to the manual are to be forwarded to;

The Centre Director.
Baringa Childcare Centre
64 Baddeley Crescent
SPENCE. ACT. 2615  
mailto:baringa@actweb.net
Ph: 02 6258 8891
Fax: 02 6259 8006

Approval

Version 1 of the Policy and Procedure Manual has been approved for use by:

Judy Small (Centre Director) 1 July 2010

Rachel Campbell (President of the Board) 1 July 2010

Last update: 29 March, 2012