Please see notice board at Yarm for staff names.
When permanent staff are absent due to professional development or leave, relief staff are employed. Relief staff will have the appropriate qualifications, experience and interest in working with young children, and within the philosophy of Yarm Gwanga. It is also part of the Director’s role to relieve staff for leave or program duties in each room.
Throughout the year TAFE, university and high school students attend the Centre for approved practical experiences. These students or volunteers are always supervised by permanent staff and given a copy of the staff handbook as a guide. TAFE students usually take written observations and photographs of the children. Parent permission is sought before these activities are undertaken. Parents are notified when students or volunteers will be present in the Centre.
Staff are committed to building a positive relationship with parents and children at Yarm Gwanga. In an effort to nurture in children a positive self image, staff will role model positive language and behaviour, help children develop skills in solving problems and gain a sense of their own power and capability.
Staff will act in a professional manner at all times with parents and children thus eliminating personal bias. Children will be treated fairly and equally by all staff at all times, and children’s ability, gender, religion, culture, economic status and family structure will be respected.
Regulatory staff/child ratios will be maintained so that the children can be given the assistance they need to develop skills and enjoy learning experiences while attending Yarm Gwanga.
In the case of a child who is continually finding it difficult to cope, staff will discuss their observations and concerns with parents at an appropriate time and in an appropriate venue (privacy is paramount). Feedback from parents will be utilised in strategies formulated for children. If problems still occur it may be advisable to refer parent and child to a specialist for further assessments and assistance with strategies. This specialist advice can then be utilised within the program at Yarm Gwanga. If a child has high support needs due to disability, then every effort will be made to gain a support worker for the child to enable continued enrolment in the Centre. At the time of enrolment parents will be expected to disclose any specialist attention a child has or is receiving so that a mutual agreement can be reached on the most appropriate care available to the family.