Cumberland Council should be your first choice when it comes to Education and Care Services for your child. This is because:
- All of the services Council operates are non-profit. Any income is reinvested into the services. Our focus is on the best possible education and care for children, not increasing revenue.
- Parent involvement is welcomed. Council maintains a parents’ networking group which provides social and workshop opportunities while developing stronger partnerships between parents and educators.
- We believe childcare should be fun! Programs are developed around the individual child to nurture, challenge and stimulate their skills and ability.
- We believe children should feel loved, nurtured and valued regardless of gender, race, religion or ability.
- Our staff are committed to the best education and care possible, and the services are safe and hygienic.
- We have a strong commitment to education and care, which goes beyond the National Quality Standard. Our staffing levels are beyond the licensing requirements.
Read our guiding principles which underpin the great work we do at our facilities.
National Quality Standard
The National Quality Standard provides a process to ensure that the following areas are promoted within our services:
- the safety, health and well-being of children
- a focus on achieving outcomes for children through high-quality educational programs
- families’ understanding of what distinguishes a quality service.
We are constantly monitoring our services to maintain the highest level of care achievable and ensure this care meets or exceeds the National Quality Standard.
Child Protection at Cumberland Council
Cumberland Council supports the rights of children and young people and is committed to their care and protection. Council recognises and understands that experiencing harm, abuse or neglect can have devastating and long lasting effects on the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of a child or young person. Council’s Child Protection Policy (PDF, 225.19 KB) informs the child protection practices of the entire organisation and ensures that Council adheres to its legislative requirements under relevant NSW law. The Policy aims to ensure that children and young people have safe and positive experiences in our community, when accessing Council’s facilities and when in Council’s care.
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Council believes one of the most effective ways of preventing child abuse is to increase the awareness of the general community and staff and this is reflected in its preventative strategies.
Other groups out there who also support our message
- Bravehearts is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to empower, educate and protect society by providing healing and support, engendering child sexual assault prevention and protection strategies through advocating for understanding and promoting increased education and research.
- The Commission of Young Children aims to improve the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all the children in New South Wales.
- NAPCAN aims to make significant contributions to the wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people by raising the awareness of child abuse and neglect in Australia and its impacts and by developing and promoting effective prevention strategies and programs.
All our educators are chosen by a recruitment process which seeks qualified and/or experienced professionals dedicated and committed to meeting high standards of care.
All educators are trained in first aid, child protection and in child care, many of our educators also hold degrees or diplomas in their area of speciality.