Opened in 2005, Little Saints is a purpose-built Long Day Care Centre providing the highest quality care and educational programmes in a happy, secure and loving environment. Located adjacent to, and operated by, St Andrew’s Anglican College, Little Saints operates an approved Kindergarten (Pre-Prep) Program. Little Saints Outside School Hours (OSHC) provides Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care for all children in the local area from Prep through to age 12.
The Centre's hours of operation are as follows:
Monday to Friday 7.00am to 6.00pm
Closed Public Holidays, including the Nambour Show Holiday
One day a year is designated for a staff development day similar to the pupil free days at the College. You will be informed of this day well in advance so that you can organise alternative care. The Centre is also closed for approximately two weeks at the end of the year covering the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.
A $30 non-refundable fee is payable. Please contact Little Saints on (07) 5471 5600 to organise payment. Once payment is received, your waitlist application will be confirmed.Waiting List Application Form
As occupancy at the Centre changes, families on the waiting list are notified if a suitable vacancy arises. Once notified, a family has up to two weeks to enrol their child/ren in the vacant spot after payment is received for bond (two weeks full fees). At this time an enrolment form must be completed providing details about the child, parents, emergency and medical contacts, as well as any particular needs or requirements of the child. In addition, copies of the child’s birth certificate and immunisation records must be provided to keep in the child’s file. Parents must also sign an Authorisation Form covering areas such as Paracetamol doses, sunscreen, photographs and visits to the College.
Little Saints has a policy which states that all children must be enrolled for a minimum of two days per week. Having two days allows children to settle into Little Saints more quickly as friendships are established earlier. It can be particularly difficult for some children to cope with only one day a week as the time between visits is quite long for a small child, and the settling in process may begin each time they attend.
Please note that enrolment at Little Saints in no way secures automatic enrolment at St Andrew’s Anglican College – you will need to speak to the Enrolments Registrar at the College to enrol for Prep.
Children who are developmentally ready to move into the next room (should a position be available), are moved after they have had a transition period. This is a time where children move between their current room and the next one until they are ready to commence full time in the new room. Parents are notified in advance about transition plans so they have time to ask any questions and be comfortable with the change.
Little Saints Early Learning Centre (Little Saints) is licensed under the Education and Care Services National Law 2010 and Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 through the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and monitored by the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care. Little Saints is licensed to cater for a maximum of 145 children per day and the Centre is divided up into five different age groups. All staff hold qualifications in accordance with the regulations and in most cases exceed the requirements, hold suitability notices (blue cards) and asthma and anaphylaxis training.
Our Service participates in and values the National Quality Framework (NQF), including the National Quality Standard (NQS), the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Regulations – an Australian Government initiative linked to the funding of the Child Care Benefit for parents. This is conducted through the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the state licensing department through scheduled site assessment visits and where appropriate, spontaneous visits. The NQS provides standards of quality practices for care provided in our Service as well as guidance and support from the Service’s self evaluation through our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). The system also allows educators to continually improve practices by identifying the quality aspects of care the Service is already providing and assisting the Service in developing goals for further improvement through our QIP. Educators will involve parents, families and management in each stage to seek their input and views into practices and care in our Service – this includes having parent input into policy reviews, parent meetings and providing updates in newsletters about the Service’s current stage in the process.
The recently formed Committee will help in all aspects of decision making at Little Saints and will be the representative voice of parents and educators. The Committee will update policies, research recommended current practice, develop ways of implementing new procedures, and develop quality improvement measures. The Committee is currently made up of several members, both parents and staff and we welcome any new families to join. We meet monthly for approximately 1.5 hours. The seven Standards under the NQS are:
- Educational program and practice
- Children’s health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
- Leadership and service management
We provide two government approved Kindergarten Programs here at Little Saints, delivered by qualified and experienced Early Childhood Teachers. Our Teachers work collaboratively to provide the same program within both rooms. Approved kindergarten programs are designed to meet government guidelines to support children's participation in quality early childhood education by:
- providing a program for children in the year before Prep (i.e. children who are four by 30 June in the year they start)
- providing a program for 15 hours a week for 40 weeks, or one school year
- implementing the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline
- providing a play based program delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher
Our Centre has a professional Early Childhood qualified Director who is on hand daily to deal with any questions that may arise. She is supported by the Assistant Director and the Management team of St Andrew’s Anglican College. Both the Centre and the College are owned by The Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane.
Little Saints Early Learning Centre meets all staffing requirements set out by the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care. All groups are staffed by qualified Group Leaders and Assistants. Shifts are arranged so that one of your child’s primary carers will be at the Centre earlier in the morning and one will be there later in the afternoon to discuss any concerns that you may have regarding your child’s day. All staff who work at our Centre are dedicated caring professionals who have completed or are enrolled in courses in relation to child development and education. Little Saints has a policy of employing qualified and experienced staff and supporting continued professional development. All staff have a current Suitability Notice (blue card) and are qualified in first aid and complete annual CPR updates. Staff are chosen because of their excellent personal qualities, dedication to their chosen career in child care, and love of children.
Our curriculum is implemented by the educators in individual rooms, however our Educational Leader meets with educators regularly to support the them. The role of the Educational Leader is to ensure that the curriculum is developed to support children’s learning and developmental needs as well as providing resources for educators to help them implement their programmes. The Educational Leader is available to parents to discuss children’s development or any concerns that the may have.
Please refrain from sending food that is high in fat, salt, sugar and preservatives into the Centre. Things that are best left for home are chocolate coated muesli bars, roll-ups, cereal bars (LCMs, etc), sweet biscuits, cake, chocolate and lollies, chips, soft-drinks and juices. Many of these types of food are full of empty kilojoules and therefore have limited nutritious value. We aim to reserve ‘sometimes’ foods for special occasions only such as birthdays, however only small amounts are permitted and we encourage families to send a healthy option along with the ‘sometimes’ foods e.g. a mini cupcake with a quarter apple. If children’s lunch boxes contain ‘sometimes’ foods, Little Saints will send the food home in the afternoon.
Nut-Free Centre – Anaphylaxis
Some children have a severe allergy to any peanut product – these allergies can be so severe as to be life threatening. For this reason we have made our Centre NUT FREE. We ask that parents respect this very serious request and refrain completely from sending in any form of nut product (e.g. peanut butter, muesli bars with nuts, etc.). If your child has specific dietary requirements please see the Director.
Further information about nutrition can be found on the following websites:
Acceptance and Refusal of Authorisations
Administration of First Aid
Animals in the Service
Child and Youth Risk Management
Child Protection Policy
Collection Procedures OSHC
Dealing with Complaints Policy
Dealing with Infectious Diseases
Dealing with Medical Conditions
Delivery and Collection of Children
Educational Program Planning - School Age Care
Emergency and Evacuation
Greeting Children Arriving and Departing
Hygiene, Cleaning and Infection Control
Illness and Exclusion
Immunisation - Staff and Children
Incident, Injury and Trauma
Interactions with Children
Maintenance of Building and Equipment
Missing Child Policy
Nutrition, Food and Beverage
Orientation and Settling-In
Outdoor Area Safety Procedure - OSHC
Safe Toileting Procedure - OSHC I Block
SIDS, Sleep and Rest
Sun Protection and Clothing
Workplace Health and Safety