As your child’s first day at St Marina Child Care Centre draws nearer, you may experience a range of emotions about the upcoming day, such as how well your child will settle-in after you have left. For this reason, we offer an orientation period for children in the periods leading up to their first day. That way we have already met you and your child, and have learnt much about you already. That way on your child’s first day our Educators will use this knowledge to help your child through the settling in period to the time when your child will excitedly come into the room anticipating the day at the Centre.
Our centre provides an orientation program for all new children and families to reassure and familiarise them to staff, routines, activities, procedures and to exchange information.
The orientation period is not limited, as all children are different. Parents must remain with their children during the orientation period however they may leave the room for short periods to have a cup of coffee in the office or read further policies etc.
The orientation period is completely free of charge. Once normal attendance has commenced, parents are welcome to spend time at the centre to join in activities with their child or phone us during the day to check on your child's progress.
In the lead up to your child's first day, help to prepare them by talking about the centre, activities and new friends they will make.
Where possible, allow them to help pack their bag and select a special security blanket or toy and show them where you will keep this. If you have any questions at any time, our staff will happily assist in order to make transition a positive experience.