About Us

Our Philosophy

Early childhood is a very important stage of a child’s life. It is our role as educators to establish trusting and positive relationships with children and families. We respect and integrate the diverse cultures within our community. We guide children’s learning with careful and thoughtful consideration, reflecting children’s needs, interests and knowledge. We provide an accessible stimulating environment that inspires children to investigate, explore and to challenge their individual thinking.

Play is the work of children – children learn through play.

“Play is the highest form of research”–Albert Einstein.

Staff Profiles

Our Inspirational Team at McLeans Road Kinder are

Lauren Borg

  • 4 year old group teacher
  • Occupational Therapist qualified
  • Bachelor of Education ( Early childhood studies)

Alison Guiliani

  • 4 Year old group Teacher
  • Bachelor of Education

Nagwa Boles

  • 3&4 year old group co-educator
  • Diploma of community services (children services)

Patricia Guardiani

  • 3 & 4 year old group co-educator
  • Certificate III (childrens services)

Committee Members

The kindergarten operations are managed by a voluntary Committee of Management consisting of current and past parents whose children are or were enrolled at the Kinder The committee is responsible for efficient operations of the kindergarten.

In late 2013 we adopted the Standard Rules of Incorporation (our constitution) written by the Committee of Management with help from the Department of Human Services and we were certified by ACEQUA in Oct 2013 as an Approved provider(after a short term relationship with ECMS).

Our constitution requires that 10 members be elected each year at the Annual General Meeting, held in November, and one non-office bearer (the centre director). For more information about what each committee position involves, see the ‘committee roles’ section below.

President
Lisa Lapadula

 

Committee Roles

1 President (Executive Role)
  • Chair monthly Committee meetings
  • Liase with staff and Committee members
  • Internal & External communication with Key Stake holders ie DEECD, City of Whittlesea and other government bodies
  • Follow up with Committee members that specific tasks are being attended to
  • Present to internal or external groups when required
  • Represent Kinder at official functions or events when required
  • Signatory on Cheque account
  • Liase and oversee Administration Officer’s tasks
  • Joint guarantor for Approved Provider
  • Must know all relevant legislation to run as an Approved Provider ie, ACEQUA, Education and Care Services National Law Act and Education and Care Services National Regulations
  • Ensure Parents/Carers are informed of important decisions in a timely manner
  • In conjunction with Treasurer perform staff appraisal of Director annually
  • Act as one of three persons as the Grievance officer for staff and parents/carers
  • Attendance when necessary to attend meetings consisting of the Executive roles only
  • Working with Committee and Staff to maintain open and clear lines of communication between staff and Committee
  • In conjunction with Treasurer Employment of staff when required
2 Vice President
  • Assist President when required and fill in when President is absent
  • Chair Committee meetings when President is absent
  • Attendance when necessary to attend meetings consisting of the Executive roles only
  • Signatory on Cheque account
  • Attend monthly Committee meetings Act as one of three persons as the Grievance officer for staff and parents/ carers
3 Secretary
  • Develops and distributes Agenda for monthly Committee meetings
  • Attend monthly Committee meetings and take minutes
  • Type out and distribute minutes to Committee within one week of Committee meeting
  • Print out and place minutes on Notice board
  • Maintenance of other relevant documents
  • Maintain a member’s register with up to date contact and other details
  • Assume role of Public Officer
  • Attendance when necessary to attend meetings consisting of the Executive roles only
4 Treasurer / Bookkeeper (Executive role & Paid role)
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Prepare and lodge BAS
  • Payroll & liase with external Payroll Contractors
  • Payment of Accounts payable
  • Issue of Fee invoices
  • Reconciliation of Fee invoice payments
  • Work with Enrolments officer to ensure all Fee invoices are sent and paid and up to date details of families are kept on a database
  • Preparation of annual budget and ensuring budget is met on a monthly basis
  • Preparation and presentation of financials at monthly Committee meetings
  • Organise annual audit and present audited accounts and AGM
  • Banking of fundraising money Attendance when necessary to attend meetings consisting of the Executive roles only
  • Act as one of three persons as the Grievance officer for staff and parents/carers
  • Maintain LSL and Personal Leave in the accounts and in term deposits
  • In conjunction with Treasurer Employment of staff when required
  • Liaise and oversee Administration Officer’s tasks
  • Must know all relevant legislation to run as an Approved Provider ie, ACEQUA, Education and Care Services National Law Act and Education and Care Services National Regulations
  • Signatory on Cheque account
  • In conjunction with Treasurer perform staff appraisal of Director annually
  • Joint guarantor for Approved Provider
5 Administration Officer (Paid role)
  • Write, amend and keep updated Kindergarten Policy and Procedures
  • Liaise with DEECD, City of Whittlesea and other government departments
  • Payroll – Back up for when Treasurer is absent
  • Signatory on Cheque account
  • Must know all relevant legislation to run as an Approved Provider ie, ACEQUA, Education and Care Services National Law Act and Education and Care Services National Regulations
  • Attendance when necessary to attend meetings consisting of the Executive roles only
  • Attend monthly Committee meetings
  • Oversea Website creation and ongoing development and additions to and updates
  • Make recommendations regarding Kinder policies and procedure update and change
6 & 7. Fundraising & Marketing Officers x 2
  • Plan and organise fundraising and social events for the Kinder community including shopping for the events and organising volunteers
  • Develop and present ideas to the Committee to market the Kinder
  • Collect monies from fundraising and liaise with Treasurer to have monies banked
  • Attend monthly Committee meetings
8 Maintenance Officer
  • Oversee the Kinder building and grounds to ensure they are kept safe and to regulation and neat / tidy
  • Organise external contractors for work required internally and externally ie, mow lawns
  • Make recommendations to enhance or better the Kinder
  • The Committee of Management will set an annual budget for Maintenance that the Maintenance Officer must stick to. Any works that require expenditure of over $1,000 must be first approved by the Committee of Management.
General Members = 4
  • Attend monthly Committee Meetings
  • Assist other Committee members when required
    • One general member to assist with Newsletter
    • One general member to assist Administration Officer when required including assistance with website
    • One general member to assist Fundraising and Marketing Officers when required
    • One general member to assist Enrolments Officer when required
Enrolments Officer (Paid role)
  • Attendance to monthly Committee meetings
  • Liaise with City of Whittlesea ie Acceptances, Wait list etc
  • Preparation and mail out of letter of offers, handbooks and other relevant paperwork to parents / carers
  • Liaise with Treasurer of 3 yo & 4 yo families attending, departing or about to attend
  • Regular communication with Staff and Committee of Management on status of enrolments
  • Upholding and reviewing enrolments policy
  • Ensuring privacy and confidentiality of parents/carers and children’s details
  • Liasie with Treasurer for issuing of invoices and payment of invoices
Grievance Officer
  • The President, Vice President and Treasure  Liason will act as Grievance Officers to address and staff and or parent / carer concerns, complaints or suggestions
  • Ensure all concerns, complaints and suggestions are dealt with in a professional, timely and confidential manner

Policies

In 2013 the committee of management, staff, families and community members endorsed a new set of policies to reflect the new legislation governing Education and Care Services nationwide which came into effect on 1st January, 2012.

These policies serve to guide the kindergarten in its day to day operations to ensure an effective and efficient service.

The policies are on display for all our families to read, and we encourage everyone to become familiar with them. Also available in the same folder is our Constitution and Philosophy.

When the policies come up for review, we welcome our community’s feedback.

The following policies are available at our kindergarten.

  • Acceptance and Refusal of Authorisations
  • Administration of First Aid
  • Administration of Medication
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Child Safe Environment
  • Code of Conduct
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Curriculum Development
  • Dealing with Infectious Diseases
  • Dealing with Medical Conditions
  • Delivery and Collection of Children
  • Determining Responsible Person
  • Diabetes
  • Emergency and Evacuation
  • Enrolment and Orientation
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Epilepsy
  • Excursions and Service Events
  • Extreme Weather
  • Fees
  • Food Safety
  • Governance and Management of the Service
  • Hygiene
  • Incident, Injury, Trauma, and Illness
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Interactions with Children
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Non-Smoking Policy
  • Nutrition and Active Play and Oral Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Parent Helper
  • Participation of Volunteers and Students
  • Prevention of Harassment and Bullying
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Rest, Relaxation and Sleep
  • Road Safety and Safe Transport
  • Staff Health and Wellbeing
  • Staff Vaccination
  • Staffing
  • Sun Protection
  • Supervision of Children
  • Water Safety

No Jab No Play – information for parents

From 1 January 2016, all parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria must provide evidence that their child is:

  • fully immunised for their age OR
  • on a vaccination catch-up program OR
  • unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

The ‘No Jab No Play’ law will apply to all early childhood education and care services in Victoria that provide:

  • long day care
  • kindergarten
  • occasional care
  • family day care.

What you need to do

If your child is fully immunised you may not need to do anything in order to meet the No Jab No Play requirements, because existing legislation already requires that immunisation information is provided on enrolment in an early childhood education and care service.

You can get copy of your child’s most recent Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) as evidence of your child’s immunisation.

To request an Immunisation History Statement contact the ACIR:

If your child is not fully immunised (or if you are not sure if your child is fully immunised, or you’re interested to find out more) you may wish to:

  • locate and consult your nearest immunisation provider (Select ‘Immunisation’ from the ‘Service’ menu)
  • talk to your regular family doctor
  • read the ‘Immunisation – childhood’ fact sheet to find out what vaccines are due and when
  • read the ‘Immunisation – facts and misconceptions’ fact sheet if you have questions or concerns about vaccine safety
  • view the No Jab No Play frequently asked questions
  • read the brochure ‘Starting childcare or kindergarten? Immunisation information for parents enrolling a child’, also available in a range of languages.

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