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 Safe Child-Friendly
Cumberland Council actively opposes child abuse and supports child protection and abuse prevention.
It is Council’s belief that child protection is a broad responsibility for the general community and staff. This involves:
- Minimising the possibility of child abuse occurring
- Training staff in best practice to ensure a safe environment for children
- Raising child protection awareness in the general community
- The immediate response to allegations of reportable offences/abuse and the implementation of thorough employment procedures.
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.