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At Mud Puddles Cottage we maintain staffing levels to ensure that our regulatory requirements are met each day of care.

Our staff include:

5 Qualified Early Childhood Teachers 5  Diploma qualified staff
10  Certificate III qualified staff 6  Trainees
 1  Office & Account Manager 1  Qualified Cook

In addition to the permanent staff we have a core of relief staff that cover personal leave. We also welcome and foster the development of students on placement during their early childhood studies as well as High School work experience students.

Staff Turnover
Mud Puddles Cottage support consistency of care with the majority of the staff employed at the centre between 4-14 years.  We also have the Owner and two other members of staff who have been at the Centre since it opened in 1996.

Staff Training & In-Services
Staff have the opportunity to attend regular industry specific courses to keep up to date with the current learning frameworks and high quality indicators within the current National Accreditation Council guidelines. Staff also have the opportunity to select courses to enhance current skills, or courses based on personal interest that would support and enhance the Centre's program.

Recent courses the staff have participated in are:
Keep Them Safe - child protection Early Years Learning Framework
Occupational Health & Safety First Aid & CPR
Food Handling Challenging Behaviour
Munch and Move  

Focus on the Children
All staff in the Centre provide a safe and dynamic environment enriched with different experiences, ensuring each child is loved, nurtured, educated and given the best possible chance in life with positive reinforcement of individual strengths and building on each child's challenges without bias.

A portfolio including observations, developmental summaries, work samples, photos, art and activities is maintained for each child, which can be viewed at anytime and taken home at the end of each year.

Additional Needs
Mud Puddles Cottage has a range of relevant agencies that can support the staff and work collaboratively with the families to support children with additional needs.