20 Dec Lockleys Family Newsletter December 2019
Dear Families and Caregivers,
Firstly I would to start by welcoming all our new families that have joined Lockleys in the past few months, we look forward to working with you to ensure that we provide the best possible care and education for your child.
With the end of the year approaching, I would like to thank everyone for the support, encouragement and positive interactions that have been evident across the centre throughout 2019. The end of the year is also our time to say goodbye to the educators leaving the centre. Kate N from Nursery will be leaving us to continue studying and Nikki will be moving onto the next phase of her career and supporting her family. We sincerely thank them for their contribution to the centre and wish them all the very best for the future.
Sadly we say goodbye to over 35 kindy and ELC children as they prepare for primary school, it has been such a pleasure and privilege to part of their journey, all the very best!!!
Around the Centre: Over the past few months staff attended evening Montessori Workshops where they had the opportunity for hands on learning to better support and educate your child. Several staff have also attended the program training workshop and in the New Year the remainder of our staff will also complete this trainings. The Nursery educators also attended “Safe Sleep” training held by Red Nose for more information please visit www.rednose.org.au A big thankyou to all the families who attended our end of year celebration earlier on in December, although it was cold the children had a wonderful time!!!!!
Learning Journey: Did you know that your child has a Learning Journey Book? This book is specific to your child, it has photographs, examples of art experiences, observations and planned experiences designed to better support your child’s leaning and development while at Lockleys. Please feel free to take a moment to read through your child’s book. If you are unware of where it is located please feel free to ask one of your child’s educators.
Christmas Break: Please note that we are closed on public holidays over the Christmas and New Year Season. However if you require any casual bookings on top of your normal bookings then please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to organise and confirm any extra days you may require. Over this festive season we have several staff on leave spending time with their families, as a result you may see some different faces in the room – please refer to our relief staff photo board in the foyer area.
Sun smart: We are a sun smart centre and we ask that you support us in protecting your children by supplying a broad brim hat for outside play each time your child attends the centre.
“Being SunSmart means a balance between sun protection to lower the risk of skin cancer and sun exposure for the production and maintenance of vitamin D. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is both the major cause of skin cancer and the best natural source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for the development of strong bones and muscle” Cancer Council SA
Medical Action Plans: If your child has a medical action plan or a modified diet plan please ensure that it is up to date. We require these to be updated yearly and if it is outdated and requirements have changed your child may be at risk, to avoid this our WHS representative may contact you for an up-to-date form that will need to be signed by a doctor. Please see us at the front desk if you require a new form.
Lastly I would like to personally thank you all for your support this past year and look forward to exciting 2020. Please stay safe over the festive season, we look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
Christmas Charging – Statements will be emailed to you on Friday 20th December and payment will be processed on Friday 27th December. Please ensure sufficient funds are held in your nominated account to cover your payments.
Signing In and Out – Please remember to sign your child/ren in and out on the iPad at every attendance. This is an important step not only for claiming CCS but also in case of an emergency or evacuation.
Ceasing Care – 4 weeks’ notice is required when you no longer require care . Please request a Notice of Intention to Leave form from your Centre Director when required and remember that your child must attend their last day (minimum stay on last day is 1 hour) for CCS to be claimable. This is a DHS (Centrelink) ruling.
Casual Days – Any casual day request are to be emailed to your Centre Director only. Any cancellations require 24 hours’ notice.
Vacation Care Cancellations – Please remember that one weeks’ notice is required to cancel any pre-booked Vacation Care.
Centrelink – My Gov – It is the families responsibility to regularly check their MyGov to complete any tasks and read any message. Any changes to your Child Care Subsidy entitlements is managed between the family and DHS (Centrelink). We are not able to answer queries or resolve CCS issues.
Hello Nursery Families,
As we draw closer to the end of another busy year we would like thank all of our families for another great year of learning and developing as well as welcome all of our new families into the Precious Cargo family.
As most of you are aware we have a graduation period happening starting on the 16th of December through till the 30th of December. We understand that this can be very un-easy time for families as its all new and unknown but please be aware that your children are ready for this transition and that the nursery staff will be going over with groups of 4 children at a time to still provide a familiar face while they settle into the new environment. The nursery staff will also support these transitions by communicating all required information and routines to the waddler staff. You would have received a “now I am” form with your transition letter, this will also provide the Waddler room staff with some information about your child, once filled in please return the form to either the front desk or the Nursery staff. We also suggest that next time you are dropping off or picking up your child please feel welcome to pop into the waddler room and make yourself familiar with the staff prior to the graduation.
At the moment we have noticed lots of our children starting to progress in their physical development. We have observed several physical milestones that include moving around on their tummies and all fours, pulling up into standing positions as well as start to take some steps supported and unsupported. The nursery educators have set a room goal to provide plenty of physical activities that support large and small muscle development both indoors and in the outdoor environment.
Lastly on a sad note I wish to inform you that our wonderful educator Kate Nugyen will be leaving us as she is returning to University next year as well as wanting to spend more time with her family who are moving over from Sydney. We would like to thank Kate for all that she has done for us over her four years with Precious Cargo. Her last day with us will be the 18th of December.
Our Chef Roz has kindly shared her Ginger bread man recipe that we will be using to make with the children. If you would like to try this recipe at home it is as followed…
Ginger bread Man (makes 20)
2 ¼ cups flour
1tsp Bi Carb Soda
1 Cup Butter or nuttalex
2 tsp Ginger
1 ¼ Cup Brown sugar
4tsp Golden Syrup
- Mix flour, Bi Carb, Ginger and Sugar
- Rub in Butter
- Add egg and syrup
- Bake at 160C for 8-10 minutes
We wish all of our families a safe and happy holiday season!
We have welcomed children transitioning from Nursery to Waddlers and it is wonderful to see their curiosity and excitement as they explore their new environments, create new friendships and form close relationships with educators.
We have set some goals in the Waddler room including, using our green mats, placing activities back on the shelves, using the materials with respect and encouraging children to perform tasks with minimal assistance. For instance, washing their own hands, scraping their bowls and wiping their faces after meals, putting on their shoes and getting un/dressed by themselves. We have an information wall at our reception area with different types of texts to offer you some guidance and support. You may check the one called “Independence: The Montessori Gift” for further information and follow Montessori principles and practices at home to reinforce our values.
Art and culture have been one of the highlights in Waddlers. We have been offering a wide range of art activities like making, painting, stamping, dancing and singing. Children have experienced the Diwali festival, Thanksgiving and Christmas through listening to stories and songs, decorating the room in order to produce art and provide a multicultural environment where children feel respected and supported. Sustainability has also been one of our concerns as we have been trying to minimise waste and reuse materials like paper, plastic and cartoons.
Grace and Courtesy have been encouraged on a daily basis as it is one of the core values in a Montessori environment. It provides children with explicit instructions on how to interpret and react to different social situations and behaviours. Educators have been supporting children with sharing toys, taking turns, respecting each other’s pace, greeting others, saying thank you, sorry and please and helping other children. You may find more examples and explanations in the following links:
The Waddlers educators would like to thank parents for using the family input section found on our fortnightly program. It has raised educator’s awareness to children’s interest and experiences both in the center and at home. It is definitely a useful tool to extend on each child’s individual interests, experiences and cultural celebrations.
We are all looking forward to working alongside you to have a new year full of fun and enjoyable experiences following where our children lead us!
From Roberta on behalf of the Waddlers team.
Brooke, Deb, Elle, Imogen, Meenu, Penny
Hi Pre Kindy Families,
Wow! What a busy term we’ve had…
We have a busy time coming up as a large group of our pre kindy children are moving up to the kindy room, we would like to wish you all the best on your journey. Along with this we have a large group of waddler children moving into our pre kindy room we look forward to getting to know you all over the course of next year. Our educators are here to support children and their families during their transition into their new rooms, so feel free to ask any questions as we are more than happy to help in any way we can.
During this term the children have had the opportunity to experience some practical life activities such as peeling/grating carrots, juicing oranges and cutting mushrooms. This provides positive food experiences for children to promote healthy eating habits. We have absolutely loved cooking this term with regular cooking lessons in the kitchen with our chef Ros along with lots of cooking in the classroom like making banana ice-cream, biscuits and watermelon ice blocks.
Maria has continued with her Italian lessons by introducing days of the week, months of the year as well as some names of colours. The children are showing a” growing interest in Italian by singing our welcoming song in Italian “Buongiorno Come Stai?” (Good morning how are you). We will continue with these lessons next term.
Toilet Training –
If you are thinking of starting the toilet training process come and talk to us and we can help start or continue the process with you. We ask that you provide lots of spare clothes just in case of accidents and please let us know if your child wears a nappy for sleep. We also ask you to dress your child in appropriate clothes to make it easy for your child to toilet independently ( eg elasticated shorts, separate top and bottoms) Here is a link that you may find helpful during toilet training.
The children were involved in group discussions regarding our board. Many of the children have been at various Christmas pageants therefore we decided to make a Christmas tree for our board. As their interest, enthusiasm and excitement exploded it led to making many different Christmas art & crafts and Christmas baking (Gingerbread men).
To keep updated with our learning journey in pre kindy please take a look at the board outside our room door or at our classroom floor book located on the shelf in our classroom. Here you will see photos of experiences we do on a daily basis and children’s voices that have been recorded during group discussions.
- Grace and Courtesy – Shaking hands to welcome each other- Using green mats
- To continue with cooking and Italian lessons.
We look forward to a new year with lots of fun and learning! Happy holidays with love from your pre kindy team…
Caroline, Eva, Maria, Theodora, Harpreet and Monique….
There have been a few changes in the Kindy room over the past few weeks; Mikayla has left to start a new chapter in the country and I have stepped into the role of team leader. I am a qualified diploma educator and have had previous experience working in the Early Years sector. For the past three years I have been studying the Bachelor of Early Childhood education and will be finishing my degree in April next year. Feel free to ask me any questions and either I or the team will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
As it is now summer, the weather is warming up so please remember to put sunscreen on your children before they arrive in the morning as the UV ratings are increasing due to the warmer days. However, don’t stress if you forget in the mornings, just let one of the staff in the room know and we will put sunscreen on your child. Also, please remember their hats each morning and it is recommended your child wear sleeve tops/dresses.
In the past few weeks, you would have noticed our dramatic play area. We are continuously changing it to cater for all children’s interests and needs, we aim to listen to children’s voices as they thrive in the environment when experiences are of interest to them. Over the month, we have had an ice cream shop and an ocean theme. As educators, we have catered new experiences around these needs through science, arts and craft, imaginative play and practical life.
Leading up to Christmas, you will see your children helping to set up the room and making Christmas decorations e.g. tinsel, decorating a Christmas tree and hand prints for a Christmas tree. The children will be involved in more festive activities in the coming month, for example; songs and arts/crafts.
During circle times, we have been talking about the importance of sun safety such as always having hats when outside and putting on sunscreen before we go outside. We have also been reminding students to pack away after an activity and respecting our equipment so they don’t go missing. We have been revisiting the Montessori practice of using green mats when using activities.
In the coming weeks we will be incorporating more nature play into our room so children can be imaginative, creative and learn to appreciate and respect their environment. So, if you have any natural resources from home you can bring in such as pine cones, shells and pebbles that will be muchly appreciated.
- Please remember to bring wide brimmed hats, without it they will be asked to play under the verandah.
- We ask that you dress your children in sleeves for summer as there is less chance of getting burnt.
- We also encourage you to leave all personal toys at home as this causes arguments and children to get upset if they go missing or broken.
- Put sunscreen on your child in the morning before arriving at the centre, as it will reduce your child getting burnt in the mornings.
- Bringing in nature play resources (if you have any).
Shania (Team Leader): 5 days`
Tarni: 5 days
Kim: 5 days
Thank you all for your ongoing support. If you have any questions or queries, please don’t be afraid to approach one of us.
Season greetings and enjoy your Christmas break with loved ones.
Hi ELC families,
What a fun and exciting final term we have had this year. A major focus this term was on kindness. The children were prompted to think about and discuss what being kind meant to them, this lead onto the children creating a kindness tree in the classroom that the children decorated themselves. Every child was able to place a ribbon on the tree each time they were observed being kind to one another, this included a large range of behaviors such as using manners, respecting each other’s space and comforting another child in need. It turned out to be a great addition to the ELC room.
This term we also welcomed a new classroom pet frog – ‘Oscar’. The children have enjoyed taking part in his care by feeding and spraying him with water. The children showed a strong interest in learning about the features of the frog by naming each of the parts.
As summer is here we would like to remind you of our Sun Smart policy. We encourage the children to have positive attitudes towards skin protection. Sun screen will be used when UV radiation reaches 3 and above, we will be setting up a sun screen station in the classroom in the upcoming weeks. This will allow us to assist children to be responsible for their own sun protection. Upon drop off if you could please encourage the children to look in the mirror and apply their own sun screen, that way they are protected from the early morning.
Appropriate clothing is essential. The children are expected to wear a broad brimmed hat, legionnaire style hate, or a buckets hat while outside. Children wearing caps or other inappropriate hats will be expected to play in the shade.
We would like to thank all of the families who supported their children by attending their graduations. We wish the children who left us the best of luck on their next chapter. We would like to welcome the children and family members who are transitioning into our room over the next few weeks. We look forward to getting to know your children and watching them grow and learn.
The ELC team