Things to consider
Educators will conduct an informal orientation process for new parents and children. The ‘settling in’ phase is a critical time for your child and the Educator. If you are able to, spend some time with the child while he or she is adjusting to this new environment. Observe how your child is interacting with her/his new companions.
Watch the interaction between your child and the educator. Does the educator relate warmly to your child? Does she/he listen and respond to what your child says? How is your child relating to the educator? Does your child turn to the Educator for comfort and support, and to ask questions?
Allow time to chat to the Educator when you collect your child. Families are able to access the care environment at any time while their child is in care.
Make sure the Educator has your contact numbers at all times, plus details of another person who can be easily contacted if there is a problem or urgent enquiry, and you can’t be reached.
Discuss any special needs your child may have, such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma or a food allergy, and how you manage them. Services will require a written health action plan to assist in the management of any adverse health events.