John Brotchie Nursery School

Capable, Confident and Creative Children

Telephone02 9316 8825

Rules and policies

Rules and policies are in place to make sure your child remains safe and well at school.

Visit the NSW Department of Education’s policy library for all current operational policies.

Our school uses the department's School Community Charter to ensure all of our communication is collaborative and respectful.

Attendance and absences

Students must attend school regularly so they can achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options.

In NSW, all children from the age of 6 are legally required to attend school or be registered for home schooling through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). All students must complete Year 10, or its equivalent.

Young people below the age of 17 who have completed Year 10 must be:

  • in school, or registered for home schooling

  • in approved education or training, such as a traineeship, apprenticeship or TAFE

  • in full-time paid employment (average 25 hours a week)

  • in a combination of work, education and/or training (average of 25 hours a week combined).

Students 17 years and over who are enrolled in school must attend school regularly to meet HSC course requirements.

As a parent or carer, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day when they are of compulsory school age. You must explain all absences to the school within 7 days.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

School frameworks (school rules)

As well as following the department’s operational policies, we have developed frameworks for our students in line with our school’s values and commitments.

Accident policy

Occasionally children have accidents whilst at preschool. First Aid and comfort will be given to the child by a fully trained first aider. All accidents are logged in the accident folder and parents need to sign the form at the end of the day. In serious accidents the parent or carer will be contacted.

Asthma policy

On enrolment please notify staff if your child is asthmatic. Asthma Record Cards need to be completed and kept up to date in consultation with your child's doctor.

Healthy eating policy

We aim to ensure that the children eat and drink properly while in our care, so as to realise their full physical and cognitive potential. As recommended by NSW Health, morning tea and lunch needs to be healthy food. Food containing high fat and high sugar content such as lollies, soft drinks, cordial, fruit juice poppers, muesli and breakfast bars are not permitted. Water and plain milk are the only drinks to be provided at preschool.

Confidentiality policy 

We require certain information be collected in accordance with regulations. We disclose personal and sensitive information to the staff for the specific purpose of administration and education of your child. All information given to us will be kept securely in locked filing cabinets. At no time will the preschool disclose any information given to us without first requesting permission from the family.

Excursion policy 

Classroom teachers are responsible for the thorough planning and organisation of all excursions. Permission notes must be signed before children can leave the school grounds. At least one staff member attending will hold a First Aid Certificate.

Infectious disease policy 

All parents will be notified of any infectious diseases at the preschool. Notices will be displayed outlining signs & symptoms. If a child shows signs & symptoms of any infectious disease the parent will be contacted. Exclusion periods prevail for most infectious diseases, please see exclusion guidelines in policy book.

Medication policy 

We will only administer prescribed medicines if written authority has been given, by the parent or carer, by completing a medication form. Over the counter medication will not be administered by staff. Medication must be handed to a staff member for safe storage.

Sickness policy 

If you think your child is too sick to participate in the busy preschool day please keep your child at home. If your child displays symptoms such as a high temperature, diarrhoea, wheezing, vomiting, rash or evidence of infectious disease the parent will be called and if the parent cannot be reached the nominated emergency contact will be called.

To read all our policies in full you can borrow our Policy Book from the office.