What types of things do Will my Child be taught Children do in Children’s English? Indonesian Young children learn new languages very quickly, Arabic Services? Vietnamese Children are settled into a regular routine that so the acquisition of English happens naturally and Chinese includes time for indoor play, outdoor play, easily for children in Children’s Services. Even if Korean meals and sleep time. Many centres’ set up, children are choosing not to speak in English they have a focus on learning through play activities. are listening and learning. Many parents want Children learn many important cognitive and their children to only speak in English, however physical skills including fine and gross motor there are great benefits for children to be bi- skills through a variety of activities such as play- lingual, for example being able to speak to their ing with water and sand, using play dough, read- friends and relatives in their parents home country, ing stories, singing songs and participating in improving future education and work opportunities drama and music . There is often lots of time for and having lives enriched by knowing more than drawing and writing activities. Some services one language and culture . will have a daily program and many services will Learning other languages is extremely beneficial to run activities based on the current interests of all children so most Children’s Services will en- children in their care. courage and nurture their home language develop- There is often plenty of time for outside educa- ment by creating a program that includes activities tional play activities, and children will be dressed so that your children can learn and practice their appropriately, with hats, sunburn cream or warm home language. Getting to know clothing depending on the weather. Children’s Services What if my child has special dietary needs? This brochure has been compiled by Ethnic Child Care Family and Commu- in NSW Inform the service of any restricted food re- nity Services Co-operative Ltd as part of quirements, either due to health reasons or the South East Sydney CALD Project. religious beliefs and they will do their best to The CALD Project is a program of the accommodate your child’s needs. Ethnic Child Care, Family and Community Services Co-operative Lim- ited and is funded by the NSW Depart- ment of Community Services. Ethnic Child Care, Family and Community Services Co-operative Building 3,142 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204, Ph: 02 9569-1288 Fax: 02 9564 -2772 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org This brochure is general in nature and provided only for information purposes. Date of publication– April 2007 What are Children’s Can parents participate in Do I have to book my child in? Services? Children’s Services? Many Children’s Services have long waiting lists so it Parents are welcome at Children’s Services to view is important to book your child into your preferred Children’s Services have many different types of child how their child is interacting during the day, and to par- service well ahead of time. Some parents book their care. These include- Long Day Care, Preschools, ticipate by conducting activities. It is usually best to child in as soon as the mother discovers that she is Family Day Care, Outside School Hours Care inform services of your intention to visit so that it does pregnant. It is often necessary to pay a deposit. You (including Vacation Care Services), occasional care not disrupt the child’s routine. Many services encour- can visit services to see which ones you think have a centres, in-home care services, mobile child care ser- age parents to participate with them, for example by warm and inviting feel and environment. Some par- vices and crèches. These services may be operated teaching songs, reading stories, or helping with art ac- ents book their child into more than one service to privately, by community organisations, or Municipal tivities, which also helps to establish a cultural connec- ensure that they do get a place. Councils. tion. Most services also like parent involvement through being part of the management committee, so What is the difference between that they have a say in the decision-making process. the types of Children’s Services? Can Grandparents participate in Long Day Care centres generally cater for children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years and are open between Children’s Services? the hours of 6am- 6pm, but this varies between cen- Grandparents are also welcome at Children’s Services tres; Preschools are generally for children aged 3-5 and can make a valuable contribution, for example years old and are open between the hours of 9am- through language activities, cooking activities, singing 3pm; Occasional Care centres are for parents who songs and telling stories from their culture. All ser- vices encourage children to be Bilingual and so Grand- need child care from time to time on a temporary ba- parents can be a great resource! What do I do if I have concerns sis; Family Day Care is where carers look after chil- dren from home but is run by an outside organisation about my child while in care? How much are fees for If you have any concerns it is always important to such as a Municipal Council or community organisa- tion. Carers are recruited by these organisations and Children’s Services? raise these with their teachers or carers. To do this, receive ongoing advise, support and resources. In This varies depending on the service so you need to you can speak to the teacher when you drop off or home care, or home based care is also run at carers ask each service for this information. If your child at- pick up your child, but it is probably best to make an homes but they operate independently. Outside tends an Australian Government Approved Child Care appointment. school hours care, (OOSH) is for primary school aged Service then they will be entitled to a Child Care Bene- children and operates before and after school. fit (CCB) . The amount that you receive depends on how much you earn. To find out more about how much subsidy you are entitled to you need to contact your Do you need an interpreter? local Centrelink Service. For more information you can If you have difficulty in communicating with a Chil- visit their website– www.centrelink.gov.au dren’s Service you can request an interpreter. The service can contact Department of Community Ser- vices and they may be able to obtain an interpreter at no cost.