Moolanda Care and Learning Centre Inc. welcomed its first group of children and parents in 1987 when it opened as a community-based long day-care centre. In 2000 and again in 2007 the service was extended to operate Out of School Hours Care (OSHC).
Moolanda Care and Learning Centre was purpose built, with Federal funding, and aims to provide the best quality care and stimulating developmental programs. The centre is operated by a Management Committee comprising families who utilise Moolanda’s services.
0-6 Year Olds
Moolanda Care and Learning Centre is licensed for 57 children aged from 0-6 years and operates from 6.45am - 6.00pm five days a week for 52 weeks of the year (excluding public holidays).
5-12 Year Olds
Moolanda operates two OSHC services to cater for children aged 5-12yrs which are located at local primary schools.
The OSHC opening hours are 6.45am-6.00pm with the exception of School Holiday Care which is 7.00am-6.00pm.
It is a policy of Moolanda that all Educators / Staff participate in regular Educator / Staff meetings and attend professional development sessions throughout the year to further enhance childcare knowledge and development. Some of these training sessions attended have included:
Asthma and Anaphylaxis Training
First Aid Training
Child Protection and Protective Behaviours Training
Food Handling and Hygiene courses;
Cultural diversity networking sessions;
Childcare Program evaluation and Process Workshops; and
Behaviour Guidance Training
The parent handbook is a great source of information about Moolanda Care and Learning Centre. Copies are available from the Centre or you can download a Adobe PDF version here.
A parent body known as the Management Committee manages Moolanda Care and Learning Centre. The Management Committee has overall responsibility for the management of the Centre and they delegate the day-to-day responsibility to the Director and then in turn to the staff. Parents can be elected to the Management Committee at the annual general meeting.
The role of the committee is to:
Set goals and formulate policy;
Ensure the Centre complies with State Licensing Regulations and National Accreditation standards;
Monitor the overall financial management of the Centre;
Attract and keep the right staff to maintain the standard of care, and a productive “atmosphere” in the centre; and
Encourage parents to participate in the process.
Meetings are held at Moolanda Care and Learning Centre on a monthly basis. All parents are encouraged to attend.
The Director of Moolanda Care and Learning Centre is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre and the Educators / Staff are answerable to the Director and the Director in turn is answerable to the Management Committee.
The general atmosphere of a Child Care Centre should encourage positive relationships between Educators / Staff, parents, children and the community. The interrelationships between the people connected with the service should be facilitated through mutual respect, warmth, support and cooperation. Since the child’s earliest experiences occur in the home and parental interests and involvement in these experiences is significant to the child’s development, a cooperative effort by parents and the staff of the Centre is essential in providing continuity of experiences from the home to the Centre.
Through positive and open communication between parents and the Centre, we can ensure that there is expression and acknowledgement of individual needs, and facilitation of shared decision making in regard to these needs. It is important that parents feel comfortable in taking an active role in the service, to the degree that they are able.