Important policies are listed here in alphabetical order. All policies listed are available in detail by request - just ask in the office or ask your teacher. If you would like a full list of the policies that apply to our kindergarten please ask us.
Administration of medication
If required, medication will be administered according to the following guidelines:
Prescribed medication will be administered as directed by the child's doctor and as set out on the original bottle label by the pharmacist. This must clearly state the doctor’s name and the child’s name.
Paracetamol - Prior written consent by the parent is required before one (1) initial dose of paracetamol will be administered for high fever. Following the administration of one (1) only dose of paracetamol, the parent/emergency contact person will be required to collect the child from the centre and to take the child to a medical practitioner for diagnosis if the fever continues. Medical clearance may be requested before the child will be readmitted to the centre. When there is no fever apparent, paracetamol cannot be administered, even on request of a parent/guardian, as a precautionary measure.
Puffers/inhalers & spacers - All asthma medication will be administered as for prescribed medication above, requiring written direction from the child's doctor or as set out on the original bottle or puffer label by the pharmacist.
Individual medication and equipment (spacer) is to be supplied by the parent as is the child's medication and asthma management plan (which must be held in the centre records). A puffer/inhaler must be used with a spacer for all children.
All medication must be handed directly to a staff member for safe storage. Medication must be collected at the end of each day. All details of medication administered at the centre will be documented in the Medication Log Book.
N.B. Staff cannot give non-prescribed medication such as cough mixtures, drops and creams without a doctor’s letter.
Children are not allowed to bring cough lollies of any kind to kindergarten
Our child behaviour guidance policy is centred on the importance of respect and dignity for each child, acknowledging and accepting children's feelings and encouraging these feelings to be expressed in acceptable ways.
Steps that we take towards establishing good behaviour management include:
Setting and maintaining appropriate limits for behaviour;
Explaining the appropriate uses of materials and equipment;
Reinforcing positive behaviour with praise;
Explaining why a behaviour is inappropriate or unacceptable and providing acceptable options;
Offering children choices and encouraging decision making;
Setting realistic expectations which are age and stage appropriate.
Fire safety, emergency, lockdown & evacuation procedures
Performed at monthly intervals with the children.
Details of evacuation procedures are displayed in the main room, kitchen, office and bathroom.
We promote effective hand hygiene as the single most important strategy against the spread of infection and infectious diseases within the kindergarten (please refer to the Hand, Hygiene and Infection Control Policy).
Handwashing practices at the centre are in accordance with our policy. Please note that staff always ensure children wash their hands before eating, after toileting, after nose blowing and after playing outside. Parents can please assist us in limiting the spread of germs and viruses by making sure children wash their hands upon arrival at the centre and as they leave each day.
Hygiene and safety
Lady Gowrie (Qld) encourages and supports all services to provide a clean and hygienic environment at all times. Parents are asked to familiarise themselves with correct hygiene practices and to follow these at all times whilst at the centre. Further information can be found in the Workplace Health and Safety Policy.
Injuries, incidents, illness
Incidents of injury, accident or illness are documented by teaching staff via the ‘Incident, injury, Trauma and Illness Record’ and parents are informed. If a child arrives at kindergarten with a pre-existing injury caregivers are required to complete an ‘Injury Upon Arrival’ form.
Issues and concerns policy - grievances
Our centre deals with any issues or concerns of parents/guardians or staff members confidentially and with sensitivity. Members of the management committee are available to parents/guardians and staff members. Our centre is committed to resolving any issues and concerns that are raised.
Some helpful guidelines to follow:
Where a parent has a concern relating to their child and/or the education program please contact the child’s teacher personally.
Where a parent has any query relating to the committee management or administration please contact the management committee via the secretary or president or bring your concern to the monthly committee meeting.
If there is a query relating to fees/finances please contact the treasurer/admin assistant.
Please maintain confidentiality until dispute is resolved.
If you have any further concerns please contact The Lady Gowrie (Qld) through:
Phone: 3252 2667
Nuts and other foods that cause severe allergy
Over the last few years, we have had several children enrolled that have suffered from extreme allergy to peanuts and other tree nuts.
These allergies can be so severe that exposure to even small traces of those foods can cause anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening as it can produce such severe swelling of the air passageways that suffocation and death may occur within minutes. It is important that all parents appreciate and co-operate with the kindergarten’s policies on managing such allergies.
As a NO NUTS centre please ensure no foods containing nuts are included in children’s lunchboxes, including peanut butter, Nutella etc.
Please note – muesli bars contain nut products. Please refer to Lady Gowrie’s ‘Allergy Management Policy’
Prior to enrolment - responsibility of parents of allergic child
It is the responsibility of the parent/s to notify the centre that their child has a severe allergy and is at risk of an anaphylactic reaction. This should be done at the time of enrolment or if the child is already enrolled, as soon as possible after the child is diagnosed with a severe allergy.
Parent/s will need to provide the centre with a written and current Emergency Action Plan chart from your doctor or specialist that outlines the child’s medical condition, the recommended treatment able to be provided by the person-in-charge in the event of an allergic reaction and any other matters the doctor/specialist deems relevant.
The Mt Gravatt Community Kindergarten Inc. has a commitment to not discriminate against any person or family on the basis of gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, impairment, age, religion or any other determinant which contravenes statutory requirements.
Sun care/insect repellent
Because we have a beautiful rainforest environment, we have many birds and insects that want to share it too. Sometimes mosquitoes can be a nuisance to the children. Parents are asked to apply sunscreen to their children before they start their day, and if children are susceptible to insect bites, then please apply appropriate repellent as well. It is recommended sunscreen be applied 20 minutes before sun exposure, so applying at home provides your children with the best protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Parents are reminded to dress children in sun safe clothing.