Regional Meeting Invitation
Regional Meeting Invitation
Wednesday 8 February at 7pm
We are pleased to invite you to the first Enhance Family Day Care Regional Zoom Meeting of the year on Wednesday 8 February at 7pm, hosted by your Children Services Team.
Our virtual meetings play an integral role in keeping you up to date with the Enhance service happenings, current Quality Focus areas and Sector wide updates.
We are pleased to share the meeting agenda for next Wednesday night, as follows:
- Welcome to 2023 and what’s coming up!
- Early Years Learning Framework - version 2.0
- Educator Policy Handbook and training roll out
- Child Care Subsidy and admin update
We look forward to seeing you online!
General Manager, Children Services
Safe Play Spaces Policy & Guidelines
Safe Play Spaces Policy & Guidelines
Provide your feedback by Monday 30 January
Keeping your child/ren's safety at the heart of all we do, we are pleased to announce the review of our Safe Play Spaces Policy and Guidelines. Our goal is to ensure our policies and guidelines align with sector specific best practice, changes in legislation and recommendations from leading national authorities. The Policy and Guidelines focus on the physical Family Day Care environment and ensures practices relating to children’s health and safety are at the forefront of our services.
We seek your input on the current Safe Play Spaces Policy and Guidelines. For your reference, please find the links to the current policies below:
Once you have read through the policy and guidelines, please provide your feedback via the link below by Monday 30 January.
Thank you for your valuable input and ongoing support.
Children Services General Manager
Thank you for taking the time to implement the end of year deadlines to ensure the smooth processing of all new enrolments, ceasing care forms, holiday forms and timesheets, over our busy holiday season. Well done!
As we commence the new year, our Administration Team would like to brief you on the following reminders and housekeeping. We trust the following information will answer your questions and assist in establishing sound administration practices for the year ahead.
School Age Notification
Please complete the School Age Notification Form for all children who are attending care with you and have transitioned to school age care or vacation care arrangements. This information will be updated in the child's file and will also support your ratio of children in care. If the child is finishing or has finished care with you, please complete the Ceasing Care Form.
Reminder: Children who are enrolled to start Prep in 2023 are classified as school age, as of 1 January 2023.
If you have not already done so, please review your children in care page on Harmony. If you have children who have not returned to care for 2023, please complete the Ceasing Care Form.
Children only hold active CCS enrolments for 14 weeks from their last day of care. After this time Centrelink will automatically end their enrolment with the service. Our Administration Officers will remove the child from Harmony if they reach 14 weeks from their last day of care. If the family would like to recommence care, they will be required to complete an updated Enrolment Confirmation. If this occurs, please speak to your Administration Officer.
When a child is finishing care or has finished care with your family day care, please ensure a Ceasing Care Form is completed with the family when the parent/guardian gives notice. This must be submitted to the service immediately. This ensures that bookings are ended in Harmony and CCS enrolment ends correctly and on time for CCS compliance.
When you complete an updated booking change in Harmony and submit it for processing, your Administration Officer will send out a new Enrolment Confirmation for parents to approve. These are required to be confirmed by the parent/guardian before the change in care commences. Please remind parents to keep an eye out for the Enrolment Confirmation sent through Harmony (Redbourne).
You are required to complete updated booking changes in advance, before the new start date. When you and the family agree to a new care arrangement, please complete a Change Booking Request. Completing this after the care has started causes compliance issues with CCS and duplicated e-signatures in the system.
Invoicing and receipting payment | Gap fees
Under Family Assistance Law, it is a requirement for all families accessing CCS to pay their full gap fees. As their Educator, providing education and care to their children, you are obligated to collect their full gap fees. There are significant penalties and possible convictions for Educators and the service if gap payments are not collected.
Please ensure you keep your invoicing and receipting up to date in Harmony. Regular receipting of payments assists you in keeping track of the accounts to make sure the closing balance on the invoice is correct. If you notice any discrepancies, please reach out to Harmony Support by raising a ticket or contacting your Administration Officer.
Importance of Signing Children in and out
Please ensure that parents/guardians and contacts are signing in and out of Harmony, and pressing save, every time a child is in care. This can be checked by going to the e-signature tile on your dashboard. Pin Signing via the “Oops Message" should only be used if corrections need to be made due to incorrect signing.
Please read the below paragraph from the Fees for Childcare Policy:
Educators are to ensure that families have signed the child in and out of care for each session of care that occurs. Educators are not to use families' pins to sign the child in and out of care on behalf of a parent/guardian. In special circumstances, as defined by the service, wherein the Educator has to sign the child in and out of care, the Educator will ensure that notes are left on the attendance record to specify why the parent was not able to sign for the child. The service has the right to reject an attendance record and request parent signatures if they deem it is not a special circumstance.
We hope the information provided within this email is helpful for you. If you require any refresher training, please remember all training videos are located on the Enhance Educator Portal. Alternatively, you are welcome to reach out to your Administration Officer for additional support.
Enhance Administration Team
Carmen, Karen, Martina and Sharyn