Parents are encouraged to see the Co-operative as an extension of their family life and should feel comfortable to approach the staff on all issues concerning their child. Parental involvement is supported in all aspects of the Co-operative’s operations.
Programs cannot adequately meet children’s needs unless they also recognise the importance of families. Parents are therefore encouraged to:
- communicate with staff at the beginning and end of each day
- exchange information with staff concerning their child
- notify staff of any changes in family situations that could affect their child
- use staff as a support for any routine care issues that they could be experiencing with their child
- provide comments and feedback on program evaluation sheets
- participate in family feedback meetings.
The provision of childcare at John Street is centred on the notion of mutual respect between children, staff and parents. With regard to this parents have the right to:
- effective participation in service management and policy development
- a service that is flexible and responsive to the needs of the families
- service providers who hold relevant professional qualifications in Early Childhood Education and who are aware of and abide by the Early Years Learning Framework, National Quality Standard, the UN Rights of the Child and the AECA Code of Ethics.
John Street actively encourages families to be involved in all its activities. Parents are encouraged to assist with the programs offered by making times to visit John Street. During these times, parents are encouraged to share ideas with staff, read a story, play a musical instrument or simply spend time with their own and other children in the group.To comply with Regulation requirements parents are asked to apply for a volunteer Working With Children’s Check prior to assisting with programs.
John Street families are from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds and parents are encouraged to share their experiences with John Street staff so they can be included in John Street’s programs.
Please see the Parent Handbook for further information:
Upon enrolment at the centre, every family is asked to join 1 of our 4 sub-committees:
- Grant Applications
- Social and Fundraising
- Policy Writing
These committees offer the opportunity to build supportive networks amongst parents, make new friends with children the same age as your own, speak with other parents in a more relaxed setting and share and participate in your child’s environment.
Families willl have the opportunity to change committees at the beginning of each year.
All families are expected to participate in one sub-committee for at least 6 hours. Non-participation will result in a levy of $300 (this includes GST) being imposed.
Board members (who attend the monthly board meetings) are welcome but not required to join a sub-committee.
Childcare is not provided at working bees. Children are welcome to attend if there are two parents/guardians in attendance but must be supervised by their own parent/guardian.
From time to time, parents will be invited to participate in the development and review of John Street’s policies and to assist the centre in the Quality Improvement Plans of the centre. These processes ask for parent feedback, generally written (typed).
Participation during these processes is important, as they help us to ensure we continue to meet the needs of the current families within the service.
If you have any special skills, talents or maybe just a willing pair of hands that you are able to contribute to the operation of John Street, please talk to the Director or a staff member.
Parents’ ideas for activities to include within the children’s programs are always welcome. Perhaps your child has a special interest or there is a particular cultural event coming up that we could all share at John Street.