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Information from Katherine’s enrolment form
Name: Katherine Age: 10 months
Father: Ben works in mining industry, Amanda and Ben separated shortly after Katherine was born; he moved from Sydney to Western Australia and rarely sees the children
Mother: Amanda is starting work as a part time secretary
Extended family Ben’s parents live in France, Amanda’s mother lives in South Australia
Sibling(s): Joel 4 years
Cultural background: Amanda Australian, Ben - French
Cultural practices: Family celebrates Easter, Birthdays, and Christmas.
Language background: English
Required hours of care Katherine and Joel will attend care Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 – 4:00 pm. The children will be dropped off and collected by Amanda
Food preferences: The family are lacto-vegetarians.
Particulars of persons, other than parents, authorised to collect your child:
Name: Pam Jones
Address: 11 City Road, Adelaide, SA
Phone: 08 567 894
Relationship: Grandmother (Amanda’s mother)
Comforters: dummy and physical contact.
Sleep routine: Katherine is breastfed just before sleep time. Katherine usually sleeps in the morning at around 9.15 am for 30 minutes and in the afternoon at around 1pm for 60 to 90 minutes. When tired Katherine becomes a little whiny, has difficulty coordinating movements and will rub her eyes. Her sleep ritual involves being told “Very tired, time for bed” being placed in her baby sleeping bag whilst being sung a lullaby ‘ten teddy bears sitting on the wall’ and then gently rocked for a minute or two. Katherine is then placed in her cot “Very tired, time for bed” and the adult then leaves the bedroom. Katherine responds to these words, the song, the ritual of being put into her sleeping bag and gentle rocking as significant bedtime cues that assist her in settling to sleep quickly. Her sleeping environment is usually kept quiet and the any curtains or blinds are closed slightly to darken the room a little.
Meals: Katherine is beginning to self-feed using her hands and bite sized pieces of soft-cooked food although she is used to having an adult available to support her. She likes to have an extra spoon at meal times and will attempt to use it. Favourite foods seem to be banana, zucchini, yoghurt and cooked pasta. Katherine is beginning to drink boiled water from a lidded, two-handled cup. Expressed breast milk will be provided in two (2) bottles that will need to be given to Katherine before each sleep time
Toys and games enjoyed: Katherine enjoys playing with objects that can be put inside each other, e.g. stacking cups, posting boxes, pots and pans. She also enjoys books and stories and has a collection of cardboard books that she likes to chew and manipulate. Another favourite game is Round and Round the Garden and other tickle rhymes
1. Settling Katherine into care
Read through the information on Katherine’s enrolment form and then answer the questions below.
a. What advice would you give Amanda to address her concerns about separation and increase her confidence in the service? How will you support Amanda to continue breastfeeding? You should identify at least two strategies.
b. What strategies would you implement to assist Katherine and her family to settle into care? Include any actions you would carry out prior to Katherine starting as well as actions you may complete on her first day? How do your responses comply with the quality standards from the National Quality Framework? You should identify at least five strategies.
c. How will you develop a nurturing relationship with Katherine? Describe how you will ensure consistency of care routines and provide a rich environment for Katherine that will support her skill development? Use the information in the case study in your answer. You should identify at least five strategies.
Your answers need to include your actions/strategies and examples of your communication with Amanda and Katherine.
2. Providing healthy and culturally appropriate meals, snacks and drinks
a) Below is the service menu for next week. Please adapt it to meet the needs of Katherine and Joel.
b) Develop a second week’s menu of the menu planning cycle according to the dietary guidelines, Nutrition Checklist for Long Day Care Menu Planning. Ensure the menu cycle provides a nutritious and balanced diet for all children including Joel and Katherine. Include the solid foods that you will prepare for Katherine.
c) Complete a Nutrition Checklist for Long Day Care Menu Planning for the two week cycle. You will find a template to use for this checklist at the end of this assignment.
d) Outline how the menu cycle complies with the Education and Care National Regulations and Quality Standards.
3. Providing support to families and children to promote healthy drinking and eating
a) What impact will Joel’s preference for sweet drinks and foods have on his dental and general health? Identify at least two impacts.
b) How will you increase Joel’s and Amanda’s awareness of healthy foods and drinks? Describe at least two strategies you would use and include examples of communication or conversations you would have with both Amanda and Joel.
c) Select two practices from the Australian Early Childhood Code of Ethics that guide you in determining your response to this situation.
4. Preparing Joel for going into hospital
List at least three ways to prepare Joel for his stay in hospital to reduce he stress and fear that he might be experiencing and help him to express his feelings. How will you encourage him to talk about his fears? What would you say to him?
5. Safe collection of children
Today, a lady arrives to pick up Katherine and Joel. You have never seen her before. She says her name is Pam, Joel and Katherine’s grandmother, who has just arrived from Adelaide for a long weekend.
a) Outline your response to Pam’s request and the steps you will take to ensure the children get home safely.
b) How does your response reflect the Education and Care National Regulation’s requirement for the collection of children?
Amanda’s baby Katherine who is of 10 months is breastfed before the sleep time. The baby needs special care, which will make her stay in the care house easy. As there are three educators, Amanda can provide the instructions about the care for the baby. Expressed breast milk can be feed to the child, whenever hungry. The baby drinks water and some meals like cooked food items. The instructions can be shared with the centre, as this will help in improving the care services for the baby. Katherine is comfortable with her toys, and needs to be cuddled to sleep. Indeed the breastfeeding is the best for the children. She could get the baby to be feed the breast milk at the fixed time. For the stress situations she can depend on the way service tackle for Joel. There are two strategies:
- feed the baby at the decided time
- feed the baby when she is hungry
b. Strategies would you implement to assist Katherine and her family to settle into care
The involvement of the family in the care centre is quite important. Father of the child has been staying away and the mother has been vested with the responsibilities to take care of the children. Both the children will attend the care centre from Tuesday to Thursday from 8.30 to 4.00 pm. One of the parents can schedule to take care of the children during the stay with the centre. As per the rules it is necessary for both the parents to get actively involved with the activities. In this case, the parents have been separated. The involvement of the parents is necessary to check the quality of services provided to the children. Five strategies comply with the national quality frame work are -
1. Better assistance
2. Good quality
3. Proper feeding
4. Best opportunities
c. Develop a nurturing relationship with Katherine
Katherine is a 10 month old baby, and enjoys being close to her mother. The child is not fussy, and is easy to handle. Mother of the child is worried about keeping the child with the centre at an early stage. It is necessary to gather necessary information about the centre and ensure to share important details about the child. A positive and nurturing relationship can be developed by sharing the time of breath feed for the child and other factors. This will help the centre people to take care of the baby in the best possible manner.
Sleep care: The baby sleeps in the morning from 9.15 am for 30 minutes and in afternoon after 1pm for 60 to 90 minutes.
Milk feeding: Feeding has to be done whenever she is hungry.
Toys: the baby love to play with the toys, like posting box, pots and etc.
Games: she loves to play games of stacking cups.
Love conditions etc.: the proper care should be given with attention.
2. Meet the needs of Katherine and Joel
At morning both will be given the toasted crumpet with the fruit smoother and at afternoon they will be served mince and cheese fruit sponge and custard. In the evening time, they will be given the ribbon sandwiches with milk. The prepared chart also shows that during Tuesday and Thursday both the children will be provided with the food that has been mentioned on the chart.
b. Second week’s menu of the menu planning cycle according to the dietary guidelines
The second week menu contains sweet potatoes, squash, apples, bananas, peaches and pears. It also includes semi liquid iron fortified cereals. Such food is considered to be nutrias and good for the health of the kids. The nutrition diet list is prepared after consulting the parent. The next important thing is to check if the process is correctly followed by the members.
c. Complete a Nutrition Checklist for Long Day Care Menu planning for the two week cycle
d. Menu cycle complies with the Education and Care National Regulations and Quality Standards
The menu cycle deals with the proper nutrition and the diet of the baby. The baby is to be getting the guidance of well educator who would take care of the growth and other factors of the baby. It is required for education and implementation of the national care regulations for the babies. In this process the care system, menu cycle, and diet plan has to be drafted and implemented in an effective manner. The changes can be introduced so as to ensure that the baby is provided with the best care possible.
3. A. Impact on Joel’s preference for sweet drinks and foods has to be checked in regards to the dental problem. Thus regular check-up for Joel has been recommended for Joel. Dental program is required as this will help in analysing the below mentioned impacts like -
- The tooth may get damage
- More or less kind of dental problem could occur due to intake of it.
b. Joel’s and Amanda’s awareness of healthy foods and drinks
There are the educators who are trained to teach kids about the ethical and unethical factors. Joel would be taught about the difference between the right and the wrong thing. Good health and its relevance are taught to the children as this is quite important for leading a positive life.
The two strategies are as follows:
- Making the kids aware of doing the right things in their own way
- Educate the kids about the relevance of good health.
c. Select two practices from the Australian Early Childhood Code of Ethics that guide you in determining your response to this situation.
The two practices are as follows:
Educational programs for the better advancement of the child are an important concept. Through this process, an attempt has to be made to provide the children with the best possible educational system and awareness.
Staffing arrangements is an important factor that needs to be taken care by the centre. The members are trained and are expected to handle the requirements of the children.
4. Preparing Joel for going into hospital
1. Fear in children can affect the overall development and health of kids. Thus, Joel needs to be motivated to talk about the fear that restricts him to interact with others. Through such factor, it is possible to take Joel to hospital and get treated.
2. The staffs can adopt convincing methods through which the best possible services can be provided to the kid. This will enable the staffs to help the kids to overcome the fear.
3. Through interaction, it is possible for the staffs to explain the benefits and the reasons for attending the hospital.
5. a. response to Pam’s request
Information about the kids needs to be exclusively provided to the members who have been mentioned on the list. As the name of Pam wasn’t included in the form, the authorities cannot share the details. Details about the children have to be provided after getting an approval from the mother or the parents.
b. Response reflect the Education and Care National Regulation’s requirement for the collection of children
The response reflects the relevance of the care centre and the quality of the services has to be outlined. Through this process, the type of services intended to be provided to the children are analysed. This forms an important part of the services rendered by the care centre.
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