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Resources for parents

The following fact sheets contain useful information about your child’s early learning experience at ECMS. If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s educator or contact CMS.

Resources

Play & Learn with ECMS is a program developed to support families to engage in everyday learning opportunities with young children at home. Knowing that the best opportunities for learning and development happen through play, Play & Learn with ECMS supports children’s physicalemotionalsocialcognitive and language development through sharing with you a range of learning experiences that:

Play-based learning experiences build children’s interests and capabilities. Children become curious explorers and researchers of their world to experiment and problem-solve.
Children are encouraged to contribute to their community every day and become participants in their world. This gives children a real sense of ownership and belonging to their community.

Thank you for choosing us for your child’s early learning. We are happy you’re joining our diverse and multi-faceted community, and we look forward to getting to know your family.
Greater Melbourne is home to people from more than 200 countries who speak over 230 languages and follow different beliefs and ways of life.

Thank you for choosing us for your child’s early learning. We are happy you’re joining our diverse and multi-faceted community, and we look forward to getting to know your family.
Greater Melbourne is home to people from more than 200 countries who speak over 230 languages and follow different beliefs and ways of life.

Starting kindergarten or childcare is a special time for families. Your child can look forward to engaging in new experiences, developing friendships, and learning valuable lifelong skills.
Before your child starts, there are some things you can do to help ensure your child enjoys a smooth transition to kindergarten or early learning and care.

ECMS recognises parents as their child’s first and most enduring teachers. Our educators will work in partnership with you to develop an early learning program that reflects and builds on your child’s interests, curiosities and skills. Your child’s early learning programs will extend your child’s learning and help them reach their full potential.

ECMS is committed to providing consistent best-practice and high-quality educational experiences throughout your child’s time in our centre. We all benefit when we invest in quality early learning programs that help all children to be healthy, get a good education and contribute to our collective prosperity.

Your involvement in your child’s early learning experience will reward you, your child, the service and local community. Parental participation and volunteering in early learning services supports children’s development, building their sense of identity and belonging. Through your voluntary participation in the service, you’ll also make friends and build connections with educators and local community members. You’ll learn more about what happens in the service and be encouraged to contribute your ideas and suggestions.

ECMS staff are required to protect children from any harm and hazards, and to adequately supervise children at all times. As an organisation, we recognise that child safety is everyone’s responsibility

Which ECMS early learning service type is best for your family?

This table outlines the key features of each ECMS early learning service type. It will help you
select the service that best meets your family’s individual needs.

You are welcome to visit your child’s centre at any time to breastfeed your child. Educators will help you find a comfortable environment for you to
breastfeed in.
Educators can also provide your baby with expressed breast milk by bottle. Please speak to educators for more information and to discuss your needs.

The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides funding for each child who attends four-year-old kindergarten. This funding contributes most of the cost of delivering the kindergarten program, but not all. Families pay fees for ECMS to meet the additional cost of providing a high-quality four-yearold kindergarten program with qualified and experienced staff.

All individuals, families and community members visiting and using this service will:

  • Remember that children learn trough play and have right to be cared for, educated and respected

What you need to know about your kindergarten and early learning centre.

Thank you for choosing us for your child’s early learning. We are happy you’re joining our diverse and multi-faceted community, and we look forward to getting to know your family.