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What Is Long Daycare?

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    Long childcare services can be a beneficial option for parents who are employed outside the home. Children as young as birth up to those who are 12 years old receive both an education and care from this organisation.

    A childcare centre or just a daycare are common names for a long daycare facility. Still, it is center-based childcare offered by trained professionals that allows babies and children up to the age of starting school to be cared for while their parents work, study, or tend to their other responsibilities. The workplace, the community, or private businesses can all host childcare centres in some kind.

    A lot of long daycare facilities provide a kindergarten programme that is officially recognised, and some of them also provide care for school-aged children outside of school hours. Every lengthy day care facility that cares for children who are not yet old enough to attend school is required to either employ or have access to a competent early childhood educator.

    It is of the utmost importance that you get your child ready for the move from home to school. It's possible that you're on the fence about whether or not you should put your child through a conventional sessional kindergarten or a Kinder programme at an extended daycare centre. Searching for a Sydney childcare that helps your child develop, keep up & excel. Check us out! 

    How do you decide? Here are some of the main similarities and differences between the two:

    Traditional Sessional Kindergarten

    • Often run by not-for-profit organisations or affiliated with schools.
    • For children from 4 years of age (by 30 April)
    • Fully qualified Kindergarten Teachers deliver the program with Bachelor &/or Masters of Early Childhood Education.
    • Play-based program following ACECQA guidelines and the National Curriculum (EYLF)
    • School term operation only.
    • Set days and times, programs offered 2-3 days a week with times similar to schools hours (9.00 am and 3.00 pm)
    • Set drop off and pick up times
    • Meals are not provided. Parents must supply all food.
    • Children are often required to be toilet trained to attend Kinder.
    • Casual Days are not available.
    • May be required to wear a uniform.

    Explorers Long Day Care Kindergarten

    • Run by professional childcare providers
    • For children from 4 years of age (by 30 April)
    • Fully qualified Kindergarten Teachers deliver the program with Bachelor &/or Masters of Early Childhood Education.
    • Play-based program following ACECQA guidelines and the National Curriculum (EYLF)
    • Centres offering care from birth
    • Operates 52 weeks of the year, closed only for public holidays.
    • Flexible days and drop off and pick up times, with program available Monday to Friday between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm – parents can choose which days and how many they require.
    • Smaller groups of children and more educators
    • One convenient drop off with siblings able to attend the same service
    • Add casual days when required, supporting working families.
    • All meals provided – no need to pack lunches!
    • A child is not required to be toilet trained – If your child is not toilet trained, we supply nappies.
    • Fee assistance with Child Care Subsidy as we are an approved childcare service
    • No school uniforms
    • Access to an Extra's program: including creative arts, music, language and sports.
    • Reggio Emilia inspired curriculum and play-based learning.
    • Both traditional kinder and long day care kinder have strict government requirements for staffing, space, facilities, and equipment.

    There is evidence that children's academic success can be improved through participation in extended daycare and kindergarten programmes.

    In addition, children's overall development can benefit from being in an environment that is known to them. This can be accomplished through a combination of familiarity, consistent attendance, and high-quality educational and social experiences.

    When is long day care open?

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    Long daycare centres are typically open beginning early in the morning and staying open until six o'clock in the evening; however, the hours may be extended to accommodate the needs of a particular community.

    The choice of full-time care from Monday through Friday or part-time care on the other days of the week is often offered as an option to families.

    How much does it cost?

    The cost of long daycare was estimated to be $233 per week on average in a survey of childcare facilities conducted by the United States federal government in 2006. There is a high level of competition for real estate in the urban cores of Australia's main cities, which can result in prices that are significantly higher than average.

    Through a programme known as the Child Care Subsidy, the federal government helps families with the financial burden of the expense of child care. Please see the My Child website of the federal government for further details. The government provides funding to registered childcare centres, which helps eligible parents reduce their child care costs to a minimum. In most cases, the subsidy will be sent directly to the child care centre, which will result in a reduction in the fees that you are responsible for paying. The following factors are used to determine eligibility for the Child Care Subsidy:

    • your family's income
    • the hourly rate cap based on the type of childcare you use and your child's age
    • the hours of recognised activities you and your partner do.

    Additionally, the government gives financial assistance to licenced child care facilities that operate kindergarten programmes. It's possible that a child has to go to kindergarten for a certain minimum number of hours per week before the centre can be considered for funding.

    What will my child do at long daycare?

    If you choose quality daycare services, the environment that your infant or young kid will be in will be one that is both stimulating and caring. In addition, many people work in professions that provide early childhood education, which allows them to develop a curriculum for preschool.

    A good daycare provider should provide toys, games, and activities that are appropriate for the children's ages. Your child will be able to eat, sleep, and be soothed throughout the day in a quality daycare facility if the schedule is flexible enough to accommodate his or her needs. This is especially important for very young newborns. If you're looking for a Early Learning Centre Sydney that develops children's unique capabilities, you’re in the right place. 

    How do I find a long daycare centre?

    Waiting lists for childcare services are often rather lengthy in many parts of Australia. If you believe that you will require childcare services at some point in the future, you should submit your applications as soon as possible. In most cases, you are not required to accept a space if you are offered one and you don't need it later; however, it is important to read the terms and conditions carefully before signing up for a waiting list, especially if you paid a deposit. Your neighbourhood moms' group, the other parents at your place of employment, and your existing circle of parent friends are all excellent places to begin.

    Keep in mind, however, that the requirements of each individual will vary, and it is essential that you visit the centres in order to evaluate them for yourself. An investigation of childcare facilities is being conducted by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority. In addition, you are able to search for child care providers in your neighbourhood and check the accreditation status of any agency that provides childcare. This will offer you with a list and information on the services' accreditation history; nevertheless, you will still need to go to the service in question and conduct your own investigation into it.

    Additionally, the federal government maintains a list of childcare centres that can be searched in order to obtain information on indicative pricing. Since participation in the registry is voluntary and only covers services that have been approved for the Child Care Benefit, not all services have added their contact information. You can also phone the Child Care Access Hotline at 1800 670 305, and they will offer you a list of all of the Child Care Benefit-approved services in your area as well as a notion on vacancies. The Child Care Access Hotline can be reached at this number.

    When it comes to providing services for children, several types of benefits have laws that dictate who should be given priority. Some of these priorities are established by the federal government. For instance, each service ought to give priority to children who are at risk of severe abuse or neglect, followed by children whose parent or parents can demonstrate that they are working, attending school, or looking for job. There are several employer-sponsored centres that may allow employees priority access.

    Because some child care facilities maintain lengthy waiting lists, you should make it a priority to initiate the process of researching your long daycare alternatives as soon as possible. Some centres may accept applications for the waiting list before your child is born; however, they will require that you apply after your child has been delivered. Be warned that some centres may impose a fee in order to put a child's name on the waitlist. Long daycare centres are often independently owned and run, which means that each facility has its own method of operation. The following are some of the most important distinctions:

    • Operating hours
    • Fee structure
    • Centre size
    • Room set-up, size and the number of children per room
    • What the centre provides - e.g. meals, nappies, sunscreen

    You should get in touch with any centre that piques your interest to book a tour of the facility, and once you're there, you should be sure to ask a lot of questions.

    Facts about long daycare services

    • Usually operate at least 10 hours a day, Monday to Friday, for 48 weeks a year.
    • Provide full or part-time care.
    • Before and after school care and vacation care may be offered (check with your long daycare service).
    • An approved kindergarten program taught by a qualified early childhood teacher may be offered. Talk to your service about their programs and the qualifications held by staff.
    • Each long daycare service has its fee structure—contact the service to discuss their fees.
    • Children may be grouped according to their age and developmental stage.
    • Services must comply with a range of legislative requirements, including physical environment requirements (e.g. space, facilities and equipment) and staffing requirements, including minimum educator-to-child ratios.

    Quality standards and assessments

    • Long daycare services are assessed under national quality standards, and their ratings are published online. The quality rating helps you decide which one to choose.
    • Find out more information on how services are assessed.
    • A small number of services are regulated under the Education and Care Services Act 2013

    Enrolment requirements

    There are long childcare services that accept new students at any time, while others may have a waiting list for new students. You will need to get in touch with the service in order to discuss the enrolment requirements they have.

    When you sign up, we will ask for the following information from you:

    • the child's full name, date of birth, gender and address
    • the name, address, and contact details of each known parent of the child
    • details of any people:
    • authorised to collect the child
    • to notify in an emergency involving the child if a parent cannot be immediately contacted
    • authorised to consent to medical treatment of, or to authorise the administration of medication to the child
    • who can authorise an educator to take the child outside the education and care service premises
    • details of any court orders, parenting orders or parenting plans in relation to the child or access to the child
    • the language used in the child's home
    • details of any special considerations, e.g. cultural, religious or additional needs
    • Other relevant health information, e.g. details of the child's registered medical practitioner, any specific healthcare needs, allergies, medical management plans, or dietary restrictions and immunisation status.

    Roles and qualifications to work in long daycare

    The state of Queensland is home to a plethora of lengthy childcare facilities. They have thousands of employees filling a variety of positions, each requiring a unique set of skills and credentials. These include:

    • Early childhood teacher-approved Early childhood teacher qualification
      • Works directly with children and their families.
      • Plans and delivers educational programs.
      • Supervises, mentors and coaches other educators.
    • Early childhood educator-approved Certificate III level qualification
      • Provides education and care to a group of children.
      • Helps plan and develop the group's educational program.
    • Early childhood educator-approved Diploma level qualification
      • Supports children's learning and development.
      • Helps design, plan, implement and evaluate educational programs.
    • Nominated supervisor (service director)
      • Provides day-to-day management of approved service.
      • Ensures the safety, health and well-being of children at the service.
      • Ensures the program delivered to children is based on an approved learning framework.
      • Works collaboratively with the regulatory authority.
      • There are no legislative qualification requirements to manage a long daycare service unless you work directly with the children. Most services, however, will require the service director to have a diploma, degree or higher.

    Benefits of Long daycare

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    We have included a programme to prepare your kid for the transition from kindergarten to school as part of our long day care kindergarten programme. This programme will ensure that your child is well prepared for the change. The goal of this uniquely developed programme is to help children become self-assured, productive members of their communities as well as ready for life and school. See our list of available early learning programs Sydney to help you make an informed decision for your child. 

    Family familiarity

    Your family will have the opportunity to have multiple children attend the same centre if you choose long day care rather than kindergarten. Your children may derive a great deal of comfort and certainty from the fact that they are aware that their siblings are around. In addition to that, having one location where you can drop off and pick up your items is convenient!

    Close friendships

    During the course of childcare, strong ties and friendships are developed, which subsequently continue to develop and expand during kindergarten. When it comes to developing vital social skills like language and cognitive capabilities, having supportive companions and engaging in social activities are absolutely necessary.

    The most important aspect of being ready for school is the child's social and emotional growth. Your child will feel more at ease when they are surrounded by familiar faces, environments, and routines, which will allow them to concentrate more on their education and growth. Your child will be able to thrive and flourish thanks to our Kinder programme, which helps develop social and self-help skills through play-based learning. This allows your child to explore and grow from infancy all the way through kindergarten, inviting these friendships to continue on through school and beyond.

    Nutrition

    You can help your child's learning, both mentally and physically, by providing them with meals that are nutritiously sound, freshly prepared, and healthy. Meals and snacks are freshly cooked on a daily basis by in-house chefs at the lengthy childcare kinder. When preparing menus, each establishment is required to follow the recommendations of the Healthy Eating Advisory Services (HEAS). The NQS and the Australian Dietary Criteria can both be satisfied by following these guidelines.

    Attendance

    Because we are open five days a week, long childcare centres provide the convenience of being able to accommodate the needs of your family however they may arise. It is not required that you show up five days a week; however, you have the choice to do so should you desire it. Every child is unique and has specific requirements that must be met. There is the possibility, which is not constrained by set days or hours, of easing children into the Kindergarten programme gradually.

    Learn, laugh, grow & explore

    Your child's growth will be supported by Explorers Early Learning because they provide a learning atmosphere that is safe, respectful, and supportive. Our enthusiastic and well qualified kindergarten teachers work hard to make their classrooms warm and inviting while providing support for both you and your child at every stage of the learning process.

    FAQs About Daycare

    Daycare centres mimic the idea of classrooms in the school and help better transition children to the next phase of their lives. Long day care centres consist of qualified educators who care for children grouped by different ages.

    Based on CAP's models, the cost of providing care for an infant is, on average, 61 percent higher than the cost of serving a preschooler. However, the infant subsidy rate is, on average, only 27 percent higher than the preschool subsidy rate.

    Family care remains the most common type of child-care arrangement across all marital and employment statuses. Three-quarters of full-time employed mothers (75.2 percent) utilize some form of family care at least part of the time, compared to 86.3 percent of part-time employed mothers.

    Long day care is often called a childcare centre or simply daycare. Still, it's centre-based childcare provided by professional staff where babies and children up to school-starting age can be cared for while their parents work, study or have time for their other commitments.

    Beyond maintaining a sensitive bond with your child and finding the highest-quality care you can, the best rule of thumb is to keep time in child care at the lowest level that makes sense for your family -- and below the 45-hour mark.

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