The sense of belonging is vital to our philosophy and programs. Developing partnerships with parents where all parties feel able to communicate honestly and effectively is essential to the understanding and development of a child. Orientation is a special time as it is the first contact a family has with our Centre and it is the beginning of forming good relationships and partnerships.
- To provide opportunities to share information and form partnerships
- To advocate for the policies and practices of the service
- To foster attachment and a sense of belonging to the service.
If you would like to enrol your child in Kidz Retreat please print and complete the below Application for Enrolment form and send, email, or personally deliver to the Centre.
We encourage you to arrange a visit with the Centre Owner, Daneale Buckley, and take a tour of our centre facilities, meet our educators and ask any questions, prior to commencing care. Visits can be arranged for between 9 and 11am (this is to minimize any disruption to the children’s daily activities).
All parents and children are invited to attend an orientation for 45minutes to 1hour. During this time, we review all enrolment forms for correct completion, inform families about key policies and procedures and allowing time for a one on one discussion regarding the individual needs of your child/ren.
Parents are encouraged to visit the Centre as many times as they wish before commencing care after completing the Orientation. Some children benefit from many short visits; others establish themselves with a morning visit. It is important that parents stay with their children during these visits as it helps to have a familiar adult to show them around the environment prior to their formal enrolment commencing.
- Parents are asked to help plan for their child’s settling in period by developing strategies that would suit individual children and families.
- Children can experience separation anxiety for many different reasons. All cases should be taken seriously and a joint plan prepared to ease the child into this new environment. For this reason, some children may need a longer orientation than others, however all children should have some form of orientation and not be expected to just settle into our environment.