Pimpama is a suburb of Queensland, Australia. Issues regarding childcare are relatively the same throughout the country and throughout Queensland.
Childcare in Queensland
Childcare can also include before and after school, as well as holidays when school is closed. Services are usually provided to children from infancy through age five, though some providers offer services through age twelve.
Australia takes childcare very seriously. Making sure children receive the best childcare possible ensures that they develop in the best way possible. Such is also important to a family’s well-being. Such also allows families to go on advancing their careers, contributing to the labor market, and supporting their families.
Most Australian families require some form of childcare. There are essentially four types:
- Home-Based Care
- Family Daycare
- Centre-Based Care/Long Daycare
- Occasional Care
Home-Based Care is where a friend, relative, or nanny looks after the children, usually in the parents’ home. If friends or relatives are unavailable or undesirable, parents can consult an agency or ask other parents for referrals.
Family Daycare is when a government approved individual cares for a limited amount of children in their home. The supervising unit works to find a caregiver that suits them and their children and considers language and culture, should such be factors. They strive to keep families together and typically take in siblings. The individual is usually an early childhood educator who holds or is working toward obtaining certification. It is, thus, a stimulating, learning environment. Caregivers must sustain a clean home and the government sponsor regularly supervises the home. And, if the caregiver is unavailable, the government unit usually offers a replacement.
Centre-Based Care/Long Daycare
Centre-Based Care/Long Daycare is when an organized program with trained staff provides care. The staff usually plays games, read books, organizes crafts, and otherwise interacts with the children. The program is more structured and typically involves language, books, sports, dance, and music. The staff also encourages social interaction and emotional growth. Should a caregiver fall ill and/or not be available, there is plenty of staff to fill in. Before and after school and vacation care is often provided. Kindergarten is sometimes taught, as well. Sometimes, however, there are waiting lists for certain facilities.
Occasional Care is government sponsored care in response to a family’s particular needs. It could be a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks.
How to Decide
No matter which childcare the parents choose, there are certain factors that impact every parents’ decision. They include:
- Affordability: can the parents afford the childcare? The government offers rebates for childcare, but, still, total costs must fit into their budget.
- Medical Training: all caregivers should know first aid and CPR.
- Reliability: everyone should have a reliable caregiver or at least someone who provides a backup plan. Every working individual needs to be somewhere at a certain time.
A family should also evaluate their needs, their children’s needs, and the family circumstances when choosing a childcare service. They can always visit a potential caregiver and/or site to see how they feel about it. They can also arrange to have their children visit and see how they relate to the caregiver(s). They can observe how each respond to one another and how the caregiver(s) communicate to the children.
A potential caregiver should be able to provide pertinent information to parents. Such includes:
- Hours the caregiver and/or service is available.
- Fees and when they are due.
- Dropping off and picking up procedures.
- A summary of how the day is spent.
- A summary of how the children’s needs are met.
- An outline of how injuries, illnesses, and emergencies are treated.
- A breakdown of safety and hygiene procedures.
- The procedure for handling parental concerns.
Childcare in Pimpama
A great deal of information and advice for childcare can be found in Australia and Queensland’s government websites. One of the leading childcare facilities is Early Learning and they are open for inspection now.