Settling your Child into Care
When your child starts at Guthrie, there may be some tearful goodbyes in the early days but there are lots of things that may help your child to settle in such as:
- We invite you to attend Guthrie with your child for an hour or two, twice in the week before your child begins. This gives them the opportunity to get to know the environment and educators with the security of a parent present before they start care.
- Get to know the educators and Centre Director and speak about them with your child.
- Read the “My Day at Guthrie” storybook (available at the Centre) with your child to help with “getting to know Guthrie.
- Talk about some of the fun things your child will do at Guthrie such as painting, gardening, climbing, etc.
Understanding your child’s needs and being able to meet those needs is important. During your child’s orientation visits to Guthrie the educators will ask about your child and your family to help us help your child make a smooth transition into the Guthrie environment.
Educators will talk with you daily about your child’s needs and learning to be sure we stay connected to their changing needs and interests. We value parent input and feedback. We encourage families to spend time at Guthrie and share in special moments. You are welcome to ‘phone throughout the day to check on your child.
Parents, family members and community members play a valued role in creating quality care for children and families at Guthrie. Guthrie encourages input and feedback from families, and respects how and when you would like to participate.
Here are some ways you might like to be involved at Guthrie:
- Sharing skills, interests, experiences or resources (computing, building, cooking, gardening, sewing, arts, language skills)
- Becoming a member of Guthrie’s parent and community group
- Assisting with excursions or Guthrie events
- Participating in fundraising activities
- Sharing your child’s home activities with their educator
Communication plays an important role at Guthrie Early Learning. If everyone knows what is going on, educators and families enjoy trusting relationships based on shared knowledge and respect.
Families may contact us by telephone, email and face to face when dropping or picking up their child or during the day. Guthrie will also communicate through our communication app, newsletters, emails, notices, open nights and in children’s individual trays.
We welcome feedback in the form of compliments, enquiries, concerns or complaints. Guthrie is committed to a fair and effective resolution of all complaints in a timely manner. The Director and educators will make every effort to resolve all concerns and complaints through informal discussions. If that doesn’t work to your satisfaction, you may contact the CEO of Tresillian.
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Throughout the day, photos of your child’s experiences and their routine care needs (meals, nappy changes and sleep) will be shared via our App. The App is private and secure and cannot be viewed by anyone other than you. Your child’s learning journey and observations can all be accessed with your log in.
Speak to a staff member for more information.