To help settle your child, it is ideal to visit as many times as possible prior to the start date. Please visit and stay with your child to help them feel familiar with the Kaiako, children and WCK routines. We welcome you to have tea or coffee and talk with staff prior to your child's start date to ensure your child's needs will be met and you and your child are happy at WCK. We have the policy that states a minimum of three visits prior to your child starting, preferably on the days that they are booked. One or two of these visits, you'll be a asked to leave the Centre for a short while to help your child with saying goodbye and understanding that parents and Whanau always come back.
The centre is open from 8 am - 4 pm 5 days a week, excluding public holidays.
During school holidays, WCK closes for the first week of the July school holidays, reopening on the second week. The Christmas break is approx. 2.5 weeks long depending on dates each year.
When you arrive with your child at Whenuakite Country Kids please take the following steps.
Please note - Our Kaiko/child ratio is based on the enrolment times.
Between 8-9am, we have only the necessary staff for the enrolled children during these times, so please advise us if you are going to be early.
For safety reasons we only let your child go with people that you have nominated on your enrolment form. If you need to make alternative arrangements for your child's pick up, please let us know ahead of time.
When leaving with your child please take the following steps.
Please note our teacher/child ratio is based on the enrolment times. Between 3-4pm, we have only the necessary staff for the enrolled children during these times.To avoid being charged a late fee please advise us ASAP if you are running late. Please refer to our fee policy for late fee charges. The centre is not responsible for children after hours, and while in transit to and from the centre
Children are active so really look forward to meal times.
Please send along a packed lunch including morning & afternoon tea in a named lunch box as well as a named water bottle. We also ask for a Koha (donation) of fruit, vegetables, crackers for a shared morning tea. The amount you donate depends on the amount of days that your child attends.
If your child has a bottle, please ensure that these are named and placed in the kitchen. If the bottles are to be made up by our staff, please advise the quantities. Any milk allergies need to be made known to Kaiako and recorded on our allergy list
This is a natural process that all children go through at different ages. Kaiako will work with parents to support the child with this developmental stage. Please let staff know when you're starting this process at home so we can continue at at Whenuakite Country kids.
Remember to bring lots of changes of clothes and underwear too!
If your child wears nappies please supply an adequate quantity. A named packet may be left at the centre. You will be charged for any nappies that the centre needs to provide. We provide wet wipes. Please provide any special nappy creams that you wish the staff to use on your child.
When your child has been issued medication from a doctor, details must be written in the medication register and signed by the caregiver. The medication must be handed to a staff member and not be left in the child's bag. The staff member will sign next to the time the medication was issued. Please refer to our medication policy for further information.
Accidents do happen and we are prepared. At all times there is a certified first aid Kaiako at the centre and we are equipped with first aid equipment. All accidents are recorded in the accident book and parents are advised of all accidents and incidents. Parents will be required to sign the incident form and take a copy of the white page with them. All serious accidents are reported to the centre supervisor and investigated.
Due to the risk of infection spreading throughout the centre, we're unable to take care of sick children. Children will need to be kept at home when they're ill and causing concern or:
If your child becomes ill during the day we will contact you so that you can collect your child as soon as possible. Please refer to our infections/illness policies for further information.
When enrolling your child you are required to produce your child immunisation records. We encourage but do not enforce immunisation and take no responsibility for a disease your child acquires that would normally be preventable by immunisation. We will advise unimmunised children's family of any contagious diseases that occur and will require them to exclude their child from the centre until we have notification that the disease is not present in the centre anymore. Parents will be asked to bring along updated immunisation records when the child has further vaccinations.
Children are ready for rest after they had spent a busy morning engaging in the exciting educational activities. After lunch we encourage children to rest or engage quiet activities whilst giving the children who need to sleep an opportunity to do so. We try and follow infants home sleeping patterns where possible. Kaiako will discuss individual requirements during your transition visits.
In summer (term 4 and term 1) it is our policy to wear a sun hat when outdoors, unless advised in writing. Please ensure that your child has a named hat in their bag. We also expect your child to arrive at Whenuakite Country Kids with sunblock already on ready for a day outside. If your child is with us all day we will reapply sunblock after lunch. If your child has an allergy to sunscreen or if you prefer a specific brand, please name and supply this.
Your child is going to be very busy painting, dancing, doing indoor activities, eating and playing outdoors. For these reasons we encourage children to wear suitable clothing for the appropriate weather conditions. Please also include two named changes of clothes in their bag and a few spare pairs of underwear. We also encourage children to wear shoes that they can get on and take off on the own with ease. Please make sure everything is named, including accessories; e.g. shoes, hats, etc.
Any unlabelled and unclaimed items of clothing are placed in the lost property box and will be donated to charity if unclaimed after one term.
At Whenuakite Country kids we have a wide range of exciting and educational toys for your child to interact with. Personal toys brought from home can be easily misplaced or damaged and we cannot assume responsibility for them. If your child has a special toy for sleeping with we're happy for this to accompany them at sleep time otherwise we kindly ask that you leave personal toys at home or in the car. Please encourage items of interest for news, e.g. insects, postcards, photos, books or verbal news.
Birthdays are a time for us to celebrate with your child. At the centre we celebrate birthdays by all joining together for a birthday mat time. A special card is made by the children we also make a Play-Dough cake. You're always very welcome to join us for the celebration.
Photos of children taken whilst at our centre or at centre related activities, must be given permission from parents to be shared publicly prior to uploading onto any social media site. Please refer to our Digital Citizenship and Technology policy (located in the office) for further information.
We believe the children and adults are treated with respect and dignity at all times in our centre. To ensure the safety and well-being of the children and staff we provide positive guidelines for all to follow. Our centre is committed to enhancing and expanding the social competencies of all children enrolled here. The ability to interact with others, regulate your emotions, and communicate with others is essential for life learning. As Kaiako we will provide the environment, resources, and skills for these competencies to develop. Staff and parents will be provided with professional learning and resources to support them to use developmentally appropriate strategies with children. From time to time with reoccurring behaviours we will need to seek support from outside specialist agencies. Parents permission will always be sought.
Please advise us if you change your address, email or phone numbers. This is important in emergency situations and centre closures. When enrolling your child you are required to give details of authorised persons to collect your child and an alternative contact in case of an emergency when the parents cannot be contacted. Please make sure you notify us if there any changes to these. Centre communication will be emailed or placed in your child's pocket. The Centre publishes a monthly newsletter, and a copy will be emailed to you or placed in your child's pocket on the outside wall hanging next to the lockers.
These are also available for downloading on our website www.wck.co.nz or on Storypark.