News and updates at Rise & Shine Centres

The latest news from Rise & Shine Centres

Rise & Shine Kindergarten Centres are operating as usual during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are continuing to provide fully-inclusive care and high-quality education for children aged six weeks to six years. There have been no changes to our operating hours. 

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) starting again from 13 July 2020

If you were receiving CCS before 6 April 2020, it will automatically start again if you’ve stayed eligible and your enrolment is current and confirmed. You will receive an invoice on Monday July 13 which will be debited out of your nominated on Wednesday July 15. The amount debited will be for the current week plus one week in advance. 

Follow these five steps to make sure you’ve stayed eligible and receive the right amount of CCS:

  1. Give Centrelink your 202021 family income estimate to receive the correct CCS percentage and avoid an overpayment.
  2. Check your activity hours to receive the correct amount of hours of CCS per fortnight*.
  3. Make sure your child meets immunisation requirements.
  4. Check your child’s enrolment details are current with your child care service and re-enrol if you need to.
  5. Confirm your income for 2018–19 if you haven’t already by 30 June 2020.

*From 13 July 2020, the Australian Government is easing the activity test for CCS. This means you may be able to apply for extra activity hours if COVID-19 has affected you. There will be more information about how to do this in July.

If you’re new to child care, you should claim CCS as soon as possible. From 13 July 2020, you’ll pay full fees unless you’re getting CCS.

For more information, visit Services Australia.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has created an information sheet for families about the transition arrangements for the end of the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package and the return to CCS.

Rise & Shine Kindergarten App

During the recent pandemic, Rise & Shine Kindergarten took the opportunity to improve and enhance our operations by integrating various current systems into one place. We are excited to introduce to you- The Rise & Shine Kindergarten App, available on iOS & Android.

The Rise & Shine Kindergarten App will provide a customised one-stop-shop experience where you can update personal information, view daily information in real-time, view photos and videos, read children’s portfolios, view programs, notify the centre of absences, upload immunisation records, view events calendar and newsletters, view policy documents, view childcare fee statements, book casual days, and communicate securely with the centre.

We look forward to sharing more information with you soon.

New Excursion Bus

Rise & Shine Kindergarten Maroochydore are excited to announce we have a brand new excursion bus for our Centre. We are looking forward to taking our children on some amazing adventures once the COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Rise & Shine is now online

We are excited to announce we are now offering a brand new service- Rise & Shine Online Kindergarten.

This service will be available to our enrolled families at our centre who are unable to attend because of circumstances around COVID 19.

The Rise & Shine Online Kindergarten will include activities from each of the elements in our Shine Advantage curriculum- Smart Start, Inspire, Fit, Unite and Crew. Below are some examples of the inclusions in this service;

– A weekly schedule
– Live streams
– Videos
– Interactive Activities
– Yoga Classes
– Dance Classes
– Recipes
– Resources
– Competitions
– Activity sets

We are really happy to be able to offer a program that will continue to connect our families and peers and enable our children that are home to continue taking part in some of their favourite activities.

Our Kogarah Centre turns 1 

In May 2020, our Rise & Shine Kindergarten Centre at Kogarah turned 1.

Over the past year, we are proud to have established an extremely talented crew of Educators and management personnel, built strong relationships with local communities and welcomed so many incredible families to our Centre.

It’s been a privilege providing care over the past year and we are looking forward to many more great memories.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our journey so far, it’s been quite an eventful year and happy birthday Kogarah.

Safe Practices Update

The safety of our children and crew has always been paramount to us. During the current health pandemic, we have implemented some additional safety measures into daily our operations to ensure everyone is protected. Here are some of our practices;

  • Drop off and pick up at the entrance of our Centres to minimise contact.
  • Keeping children’s belongings such as backpacks at the Centre instead of sending them home on a daily basis. 
  • Regular disinfecting of all surfaces.
  • Maintaining our consistent monitoring of illness throughout the day 
  • Maintaining our high cleaning standards throughout the day 
  • Incorporating handwashing songs and activities into daily routines.
  • Regular deep cleaning of Centres. 

We would like to thank all our families and crew for taking the health and safety of themselves and those in our Centres so seriously and doing their part to keep everyone safe. 

 

Rise & Shine Kindergarten Bushfire Charity Support Plan

We are so sad to see the devastation the 2020 Australian Bushfires has had on communities, wildlife and our firefighters. 

Earlier this year we put together on a plan to provide long-term support, raise awareness and educate the children in our centres about the situation.

The effects of the Bushfire crisis is and will remain an on-going issue that Australians will be dealing with for months, if not years. We wanted to ensure that our approach assists those in need not just immediately, but in the difficult times ahead as well.

Based on discussions, feedback received through multiple avenues and a poll on Facebook, Rise & Shine Kindergarten have put together a support plan including the following initiatives: 

1) Monetary Donation to the RFS

First and foremost, victims and communities need monetary donations. Based on the results of our recent Facebook poll, the overwhelming response was to support the RFS. Rise & Shine Kindergarten will donate $1 per new page like in January to this charity.

2) Monetary donation to Red Cross appeal 

In our Facebook poll, we had several people vote for the Red Cross appeal to support. Whilst this charity organisation hasn’t received the most votes in the poll, we do feel it is such a great organisation to support and as a thank you to those who voted in our poll Rise & Shine Kindergarten will donate $1 on behalf of each person who voted for this charity in our poll.

3) Partnership with WIRES

We have received a lot of pleas to look at ways to support Wildlife who are suffering as a result of these fires. Rise & Shine Kindergarten will support this cause through an Annual Corporate Sponsorship. 

4) Care packages through WIRES

As a way of including our children in this plan, our centres will become Virtual Carers of animals through WIRES. As a part of this package, we will receive monthly updates on animals and resources that we can share with our children.

5) Thank you gift to Firefighters

We will provide a gift to any Firefighters who have children enrolled at our centre as a token of appreciation for their work.   

The details of this support plan may vary over the coming months to accommodate new challenges or circumstances that arise as a result of the bushfires, but our overall aim is to support in the best way we can and provide continuous support.

For more information about these initiatives or if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions of additional ways we can support please reach out to us

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is now effective

Here at Rise & Shine Kindergarten, we understand the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) can be a little bit confusing at times. To help you understand the process, we have created a short video. If you have further questions our customer service team is well trained to assist you with your query.

You can contact our customer service team via email or by phone: 02 9522 7777 (NSW), 07 5349 0130 (QLD).

A short video for a better understanding of the new CCS!

Our Rise & Shine Kindergarten Sylvania (Junior & Pre-school) Centre. 

Sylvania’s Rise & Shine Kindergarten Junior centre (0-3yrs) and Pre-school (3-6 yrs) located at 111 & 111A Princes Highway, is a carefully designed service like none other ever seen in the Sutherland Shire. Each age group have 2 spacious, bright and airy classrooms; with their own separate outdoor play space for each group along with an outdoor undercover area and alfresco dining space. Our philosophy sees us valuing children’s innate connection with nature and the environment as the third teacher, so at our service, you will see amazing natural play spaces with timber forts, water creeks, timber pirate ship and a design around outdoor classrooms and learning. If you wish to enrol for 2020 please register your details here. Hurry – places are filling fast!

Check Out The Videos Below for a Sneak Peek!

 

Family Hub coming soon

Stage 2 of our fabulous new website will include the addition of our Family Hub. The Family Hub will allow you access to everything you need to know about your child and our Early Education service, including your child’s developmental portfolio, centre newsletters, centre events, parent seminars and articles and much more.

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