Educare Centre

Educare Centre

Information for Parents and Guardians

ABOUT USP EDUCARE 

Working towards the success of ALL learners is our priority. At the USP Educare Centre, teachers use a variety of strategies to teach ALL children a rich, meaningful and balanced curriculum of skills and knowledge through age-appropriate activities that motivates and encourages the children to learn more.

WHY IS EARLY LEARNING IMPORTANT?

Research shows that learning in the early years lays the foundation for later learning and sets children on a path for school, work and life. The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult that they will become. That is why parents should understand the need to invest in the child so as to maximize their future well-being. USP Educare program is planned accordingly so that the children are well prepared.
USP Educare Centre promotes a curriculum that is based on play. Children develop basic skills through play. Basic mathematics and science concepts such as categorizing, sorting and matching, making sets, seriating, colors, counting, experimenting and exploring are developed through play. Social skills and language are developed through interacting with one another. Literacy and Numeracy skills and knowledge are also emphasized in the centre.
Children learn to share, take turns, communicate, negotiate, solve problems and many more skills are developed.

PARENTS INVOLVEMENT

  • Parents are encouraged to participate wherever appropriate in the USP Educare program. Activities are organized and parents will join the teachers through storytelling, singing, arts and craft activities, special functions etc.
  • Parents are also invited to be active Parents and Teachers Association members.
  • PTA meetings are conducted on frequent basis and parents are informed through the monthly newsletter or by emails.
  • Parents are given only one week to help settle their children at the beginning of the term.

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Original Birth Certificate and Medical card
  • 2 F4 80 pages Exercise book (for morning session only)
  • 2 Passport size photos

FOOD

  • Parents are required to pack nutritious snacks e.g. fruits, nuts or sandwiches and healthy drinks such as fruit juice or water every day. We do not encourage junk food or fizzy drinks.
  • Coke is strictly not allowed.

HEALTH

  • The health of your child is important to us. Therefore sick children must be seen by your family doctor and to remain at home until they are better.
  • Information pertaining to your child's health must be provided in the enrolment form.
  • If the child is sick or cannot attend his/her session, parents are requested to inform the Head Teacher or any of the teachers for that matter.
  • If a child is going on a vacation an application for vacation is necessary.

EXCURSIONS 

Excursions are part of children's learning program. We will be informing the parents of the details of the excursion and we will decide on this based on the theme that we are working on.

OTHER IMPORTANT DEPARTMENT

Other departments like the Health Ministry, Road Safety Council, Fire Brigade, Fiji Police Force and the Army will be invited to pay visits to the Educare throughout the academic year so as to broaden children understanding and to have some knowledge of the roles they play.

ACCIDENTS

Parents will be called when this happens and the staff will provide necessary support for the child before the parent or guardian arrives. If the accident is serious, teachers will provide an emergency evacuation to the hospital.

TOYS

Children are not to bring toys from home as this sometimes causes some inappropriate behaviors in children. We prefer children to use whatever is available at the Centre.

CHILDREN’S SAFETY

USP Educare Centre make ensure that we abide with the safety procedures and regulations thus providing the students with an environment that is secure. Our responsibility is not only with the physical but also emotional safety and the total well-being of the children.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE 

  • Parents are requested not to leave children alone when no teacher is available at the Centre. The children are to be with their parents or guardians until a teacher arrives.
  • Parents are strongly advised to pick up their children on time. Teachers must be informed in advance in case of any delay.
  • Parents are to inform the teachers if someone else apart from the one stated in the form is coming to pick up his/her child.
  • Parents are to pick and drop their children within the preschool gate and must sign them in when dropping or out when picking up.
  • In case of parent dispute over the child a copy of the court order or relevant document must be presented to the Head Teacher to prevent the non-custodial parent from picking up the child.

PHOTOS

  • Photo taking: Documentation of activities is part of the USP Educare program. In this way we can document our experiences, building of friendships, and some memorable times.
  • We disallow other organizations taking photos but prior arrangement can be done and forms filled before we decide to allow or disallow photos to be taken.  

BELONGINGS

ALL children's belongings (shoes, bags, containers, juice bottles, clothes etc.) must be labeled.

TERM DATES FOR 2019

There are four terms that correspond with the University Semesters. The Term dates are as follows: 

Terms

Duration

Term 1

January 15th-March 22nd   

Term 2

April 1st - June 7th  

Term 3

June 17th - August 23rd  

Term 4

September 2nd – November 8th   

FEES

Fee Type

Amount

Enrollment Fee

$130.00

Morning Session (4.5 - 6 yrs)

$350.00 per term

Afternoon session (3 – 4.4yrs)

$350.00 per term

  • The enrollment fee ($130.00) is to be paid on the day of registration.
  • All fee payments are to be made at the USP cashier (beside West Pac USP Branch) and official USP receipts are to be sighted by the Head Teacher at the beginning of every term.
  • Fresh enrollment ($50:00) is to be paid by children who miss a term or more within the year to be re-enrolled. Exceptions would be accepted for genuine reasons with evidence.

Sessions (Please tick session applied)

Morning: 8.00am – 11:45 am

Afternoon: 1pm – 4pm

 

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Page updated: Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Educare Centre
The University of the South Pacific
PO Box U12,
Suva, Fiji
Tel: +679 323 2663