West Pymble Out of School Care
Tell Me and I Forget, Teach Me and I Remember, Involve Me and I Learn !
We are open every day of the government school term. The Centre is not open on designated government school pupil free days or public holidays.
We aim to provide places for school-aged children needing care during term time. We will not discriminate against any families needing care, however priority of access will be determined by government guidelines.
Our Centre works closely with our local Inclusion Support Agency to assist families of children with special needs.
During the school holidays there are a number of local vacation care programs available.
Our Centre is involved in the local community and all of our senior staff's own children attended the school. All of our junior staff were WPPS pupils and many attended the Centre themselves.
Our staff of certified child care workers are supported by our Parent Management Committee. The staff to child ratio is always a minimum of 1:15 and there are at least 2 First Aid trained staff members on duty at all times. Many ex students work at the Centre as Educators and we encourage former students to return to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Community Volunteer duties.
Our Parent Management Committee meets once per term, to discuss issues relating to the Centre and how it operates. We encourage all families to join the committee.
A copy of our policy is available on our website as a download or on the rack in the Centre foyer.
The National Quality Framework is a system developed to ensure that school aged children have stimulating, positive experiences and interactions that foster their self esteem and confidence.
Our planned program incorporates the "My Time, Our Place" framework through intentional teaching experiences designed to build on previous learning activities and expand abilities. Educators support children regarding their choices, we encourage participation but the decision to participate remains with the child.
Children are consulted on likes and dislikes and ideas for future programming are included. Spontaneous ideas are incorporated into all activities.
Feedback, both formal and informal, from families is key. Responses to questionnaires and informal discussions with families are incorporated into creating future programs.