Staff and Students

Staff:  

Our centre has a unique staffing structure. We believe strongly that teachers make a difference to early learning and development and therefore employ an early childhood teacher to lead the learning program in each room and an experienced early chidlhood teacher and leader as our Director. All our room teachers enjoy the same wages and conditions as teachers in DECD Preschools. 

The Centre also employs both Diploma and Certificate 111 Children's Services staff and support staff. The Management Committee aims to employ more Diploma qualified child care staff than required by regulations to improve the learning outcomes for children. 

Staff:Child Ratios

 The Staff:Child ratios at Halifax St are: 

Children under 2 years  1:4
Children 2-3 years 1:6
Children 3 years to school age 1:10

The Staff:Child ratios as required by the regulations are:

Children under 2  1:4
Children 2-3 years 1:10
Children 3 years to school age 1:10

Ratios for excursions are determined based on the level of risk as assessed by educators during excursion planning and the characteristics of each group of children. 

The Centre works towards having higher staff to child ratios than legislation requires whenever possible.

Relief Staff

Relief staff are required to cover permanent staff leave, illness and other absences. The Centre uses a small pool of regular relievers to ensure continuity of care for your child.

Students

The Centre supports the early childhood sector by welcoming the involvement of students in the centre. Supervision of students is carried out by qualified child care staff and teachers and this supports our staff to stay up to date with new ideas about early childhood education. Students are often required to document observations of children at play. These observations will not include any identifying information and will only be used for the student to plan appropriate learning experiences for your child.