Occasional Care at Hub Drive:
Occasional Care Policy and Procedures
The Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) delivers an Occasional Care Program from preschools and Children’s Centres in areas throughout South Australia.
The aim of the program is to:
- Provide families with access to sessional occasional child care, targeting children not accessing other early childhood education and care programs
- Enable parents to participate in a range of activities (including non-work and casual work commitments.
- Promote young children’s development and learning by increasing access to a high quality early childhood education and care program.
- Bookings are available for children from the age of 12 months to preschool age.
- Children booked in under the age of 2 years must be competent walkers to meet our emergency safety procedures.
- Families are provided with an opportunity to book a session from week to week for a term.
- For children over the age of 2 years there should be no fewer than fortnightly bookings made available each term.
- Our priority of access process is used each term to determine that term’s bookings.
Priority of access
The priority of access criteria must be used to allocate available places.
The priority of access criteria is:
- children under the guardianship of the minister
- children at risk of serious abuse and neglect
- children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
- children in families where there is a parent / caregiver with a disability or health condition that impacts upon their parenting
- children with a disability and/or additional needs
- children in socially isolated families.
- low income families (in receipt of an Australian Government Pensioner Concession / Health Care Card).
The program is targeted to support children who are not accessing alternative early childhood education and care programs including preschool, a child care centre or family day care.
Determining Priority of Access
- The priority will be determined with the educators and the family upon enrolment
- If needs or circumstances change, families are requested to inform the educators as soon as possible
- Upon enrolment, families agree to accept the conditions of enrolment including the implementation and observation of priority of access guidelines.
- Educators will aim to ensure equitable access to Occasional Care for all families
- The needs of current and new families will be reconsidered each term
- Children may access one occasional care session per week where demand allows
- Where demand for occasional care exceeds the available places, the frequency of sessions may be reduced to fortnightly to ensure there is equitable access to the program.
- Children under the age of 2 years may have less frequent access to the program due to the small number of places available. There are only 4 places available on Wed & Thurs mornings for children under 2 years.
Wed and Thurs mornings and afternoons and Fri mornings
|Wed, Thurs and Friday mornings||8.45am – 11.30am|
|Wednesday & Thursday afternoons||12.15pm – 3.00pm|
|Children under the age of 2 years may only attend on||Wed & Thurs mornings|
Payment of Fees
- Fees are set and reviewed by DECD. If a family shows evidence of a health care card they are entitled to a reduced fee.
- Bookings must be paid in full on the day of attendance.
- Families with more than one child attending receive a 50% reduction for the fee of the second child and any other children attending in the same term.
- The standard rate is $5.00 per session and $2.50 per session for siblings
- If you have a health care card the rate is $1.50 per session and $0.75 for siblings
- Please let educators know if your child is unable to attend.
- Phone no. is 8370 6475 . Please leave a message if no one is in attendance.
- There are no Occasional Care educators in the centre on Monday and Tuesday.
- If a session is booked and your child does not attend, you will still be required to pay for the place held for your child. The parent contribution amount recouped from services to DECD is based on bookings not attendance.
What to Bring – (Please name all items clearly)
- A bag
- A piece of fruit ( or cut up fruit /vegetables in a tub)
- A drink bottle – water only, unless under 2 years you can provide milk
- Appropriate footwear and clothing – children need to be able to participate in a range of activities without fear of getting their clothes dirty.
- A change of clothes for water play and / or accidents
- A sun safe hat
- Nappies if required
- Medication – is to be stored in the kitchen and an up to date health action plan as required
- Please apply sunscreen before the child attends
Healthy Food Policy
- We encourage children to eat healthy foods to build healthy bodies.
- Children eat their own food during fruit time.
- Please send fresh fruit, vegetables (not carrots), dried fruit or cheese.
- Please DO NOT send any foods which contain nuts or nut products as we have children with allergies to nuts.
- Please DO NOT send biscuits, cakes or sandwiches.