Welland Family Newsletter September 2019

Welcome

On behalf of all the staff here at Precious Cargo Welland, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new families who have joined us over the past few months. 

Current Focus

The current focus of our centre is strengthening our centre’s sense of community and belonging as well connections with the wider community. 

What we are currently doing:

  • Regular neighbourhood walks and rubbish collection.
  • Centre’s Reconcilation Action Plan 
  • Grow Free Cart – children harvest the produce we grow in the centre’s vegetable patch to share on the Grow Free Cart for families to take home. Please add what you can from your own gardens to share with other families.
  • Family involvement within the classroom environments – thank you to the parents who have shared their time thus far. If you would like to get involved or have a skill you could share, please let us know.
  • Charles Sturt Library – visit the centre via the Library Van fortnightly during school terms and the Kindy and ELC rooms are now visiting on excursions. 
  • Centre art collaboration – thank you to the families who wrote on the patchwork square – we are currently putting all the different classrooms squares together and look forward to sharing the final product with you soon. 
  • Centre calender of events where we acknowledge, explore and celebrate events of the wider community. 
  • Excursions to the wider community 

What we are planning:

  • More community incursions :
    • SA Metropolitan Fire Service is due to visit on September 18th 
    • SA Dentist Lift the lid – 5th September
  • Meet and Greets – based on your feedback we are reintroducing meet and greet sessions – the first one being with Waddler educator, Varun, on ….
  • Family events – based on your feedback, we are planning on holding a family event on a Saturday morning once the weather warms up.
  • We are also hoping to create a cookbook – Please send through a recipe you regularly cook at home and a background story to the recipe. This can be simply a statement about why it is loved, where the recipe originated or who cooks the recipe. Thank you to the families that have sent through recipes so far. We look forward to sharing the completed cookbook in the coming months.

CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Book Week

From 17th – 23rd of August 2019 we celebrated CBCA Book Week. The schedule for the week included exciting stories, readings, book character parades, and creative activities. 

To further assist families in their endeavours of instilling a love of books and reading, we thought we would share some of our favourite CBCA short listed books for 2019.

Heads and Tails: Insects
Written by John Canty

You can only see my tail but can you guess what insect I am? “Heads and Tails: Insects” is a playful follow up book to the popular “Heads and Tails” (Winner of the Speech Pathology birth – 3 year old category and CBCA Notable 2018).
At first, we can only see the insect’s tails. Some clues help us try to identify each insect as we learn more about each one. Now, can you guess the insect that each tail belongs to before they are revealed once the page is turned?
Children will be drawn into a process of discovery for a fun and rewarding reading experience.

The Dress-Up Box
Written by Patrick Guest,
Illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom

The Frolleys have to move from their beloved house at 32 Sunshine Avenue to a place with dripping taps, stinky carpets and ants. But they have brought something with them that can turn any house into a home.
The Dress-Up Box is a story about childhood, belonging and the power of imagination.

Rainbow Bear
Written by Stephen Michael King,

Bear likes to dive into the deep blue ocean, blowing bubbles and turning somersaults. He wakes with the Sun and sleeps with the Moon. One morning, Bear is shocked to discover that his coat has changed. Is Bear dreaming? Or are two cheeky polar bear cubs responsible?

Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey
Written by Alison Lester

Come on another adventure with Noni the Pony.
Noni the Pony heads out for the day, to roam the green hills behind Waratah Bay. As she and her friends wander down a green trail, they meet someone small with a very long tail. Can they help the lost baby wallaby find the way home?

Tricky’s Bad Day
Written by Alison Lester

From Australia’s favourite picture-book creator comes a warm and funny story about the very recognisable mess, muddle and love that is the life of a young family – and the freedom of an outside adventure.

Poor Tricky! Nothing is going right for him. Milk spills, pyjama buttons won’t work, his little sister wrecks their game, and when he tries to help out, everything gets worse.
Tricky’s having a very bad day!
Then Dad has an idea. Outside it’s wild, but there’s a lot to explore…

Here Comes Stinkbug!
Written by Tohby Riddle,

The hilarious story about a smelly bug whose unique talent saves the day.
Stinkbug can really stink. But when it starts bugging his friends, Stinkbug wonders if it’s time to stop doing what stink bugs do best…

Dental Lift the Lip Health Program

Australia celebrated Dental health awareness week on the 5-11 August. This year we have arranged for SA Dental Service to visit our centre on 5 September at 2:15pm to check children’s teeth. The visit is free, and it is just a simple check (lifting of the lip and viewing inside the mouth). If the dental nurse sees anything that might need further investigation, she will refer your child to for a complete dentist check. 

In order to consent to the screening of your child’s teeth, SA Health requires parents and carers to sign permission. Over the next week you will receive an information and consent form regarding the screening visit. Please sign and return to educators by the 5 September 2019.  

Kids in the Kitchen

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Wholemeal carrot muffins

Makes 12

Freezer friendly – allow muffins to cool completely, wrap individually, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to 3 months.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup (250 ml) yoghurt

3/4 cup (180 ml) vegetable oil (lightly flavoured olive oil or cold pressed macadamia nut oil are great choices)

2 eggs

1/2 cup (125 ml) maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups (250 grams) plain wholemeal flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground

1 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

1 teaspoon ginger, ground

3 medium carrots (approx. 2 cups), grated

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350F).  Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin papers.  Place the yoghurt, oil, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.  Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and mix until just combined.  Do not overmix.  Gently fold through the carrot.  Use a 1/4 measuring cup to ladle the batter into the prepared tin.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and cooked.  A skewer inserted should remove cleanly.  Allow to cool slightly before removing the muffins from the tin and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.  Enjoy

Centrelink

Centrelink has commenced the CCS reconciliation process so it is extremely important that you regularly check your MyGov as they may send you tasks and messages requesting you to update your details with them and to notify you of any changes to your entitlements. It is important to understand that it is the families’ responsibility to manage your CCS with Centrelink.

If after reconciliation you are advised that you were overpaid it is extremely important that you respond to the notice that will be sent to you. If a CCS overpayment letter is ignored and a repayment arrangement has not been entered into then 20% withholding of future CCS payments will be applied.  This will result in an increased gap payment of your fees that Precious Cargo will have to process.

Some important points that you need to be aware of regarding CCS entitlements are that children can have up to 42 absences before your CCS is no longer paid. If your child has 8 weeks of consecutive absences, Centrelink will cease your child’s CCS enrolment and recover any paid CCS back to their last physical day of attendance. If you travel overseas, CCS is no longer claimable if you are absent for 6 consecutive weeks. If any of these instances are likely to occur it is very important you discuss this with your Director.

Please remember to provide the centre with copies of any updated immunisation records.

Precious Cargo relies on the timely payment of fees. Fee payment is due Thursday fortnightly.  Please ensure sufficient funds are held in your nominated account.

If you have not already done so can you please sign a new Fee Policy Agreement which is available in your centres Reception.

Can you please ensure you regularly check your emails as this is the primary means of communication from the Administration Hub.

NurseryWaddlersPre-KindyKindyELC

Welcome to our new families who have recently joined our growing nursery room. We are enjoying getting to know your children, their routines, comforts and families! Your child’s primary carer is available to ask any questions or give updates to at any time.

Our program has been packed with exciting experiences for our children the past few months. 

We focused on Naidoc week exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and colour. We exposed the children to some beautiful artwork and invited them to have a go themselves. We also acknowledged National Children’s Day on the 4th of August. The children were provided with mini art easels, photographs of many children from different nationalities and a mirror. We spoke about how every child is important and welcome in our classroom and centre.

Music is always a part of our daily routine but recently the children have been participating in action songs and responding by mimicking the actions and dancing. This is due to our circle time every morning., whereby the children now hear the first song, Ninna Marni Welcome and know its time to enjoy music time. 

We have moved some of our room around in order to create a quiet, cozy area. Our new book area will be inspired by a nature forest. The children went on an excursion to collect some leaves and branches to decorate the new area. Please can we invite you to bring in any family photos to add to our belonging tree, which will be in this space. 

As always, we encourage you to add to our parents input section of our program (on the wall inside the nursery door) This is a great opportunity for us to plan activities and experiences for your child around things they are interested in at home or any special celebrations happening in your family or culture.

Thank you, Kayleigh, Jessica, Japleen and Manjyot.

The Waddler educators and children would like to give a very warm welcome to all our new Waddler children and families. We would also like to welcome Varun to the room who moved up from Nursery with many of the children during graduation time.  

Over the past few months we have had a lot happen within our room and our program.

 As you may have noticed as part of our being, belonging and becoming we have implemented a beautiful family tree with pictures of your children and families on the grey board, we also sent out a questionnaire to put with the photos.  If you have not done so yet, please send a photo and answer the questionnaire when you can. 

Many parents have been asking about what they could implement at home that we implement here with the children in regards to self-help skills. Here in the Waddler room we encourage children’s independence in a number of ways including:

  • Scraping own plates and washing own dishes
  • Wiping own faces after meals and when in need of a tissue 
  • Removing own shoes and socks and putting them away (some children are starting to put on their own shoes and socks too)
  • Drinking out of real glasses (the use of real glass over plastic children quickly learn the need to use the item with care and precision)
  • Choosing own activities and packing them away (by keeping our classrooms consistent and predictable the children are empowered to make choices for their own learning and to put away resources helping to keep the classroom tidy)

Recently, as with the other classes we celebrated Pyjama Day and NAIDOC week. For NAIDOC week the children created dot paintings, introduced the song Ninna Marni Welcome, drew symbols in sand, watched a dream time story and the boys in our room had a go at playing the didgeridoo. 

Following on from our children’s interests in animals, we created a make-believe animal farm with sheep, cows, pigs, horses etc. We then set up a role play milking station where the children got to have a go at ‘milking a cow’. 

Parents please feel free to have a look at our floor book located on the outside of the room door, the children also have their own individual learning journeys that families are more than welcome to sign out and take home. We also have a parent input section on our program located on the board inside the classroom. 

Thank you from the Waddler team -Tayla, Varun.

Dear Pre-Kindy Families,

It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know all of you and your children over the past few months. We welcome you to share stories, pictures and personal items from home, just bring it along with your child and we will incorporate it into the days circle time. We would love this opportunity to get to know you better. 

We have been up to alot recently, we participated in pyjama day. It was great to see all the children dressed in their pyjama’s to raise money for a great cause. They really enjoyed coming together with the other rooms for a sleep over, book reading and impromptu dance party. 

We also made flags and Aboriginal paintings to celebrate NAIDOC week, we talked to the children about the “Uluru Statement from the Heart”, which talks about owning our truth, developing a treaty and hearing indigenous voices. We also focused on hearing the children’s voices from their own hearts.

Lately, we have been working with the children to develop their social and emotional development and confidence. This has involved putting words to our actions and feelings, as well as using our words to resolve disagreements and turn-taking. It has been great to see the children really embracing these strategies and our sense of security increase. 

Of course we cannot forget about Norbert and our yet to be named chickens. The children truly enjoy saying hello every day; feeding Norbert hay and checking to see if the chickens have laid any eggs. They got so excited when we found our first egg.

We are currently exploring the African continent and culture for the rest of this month, if you have anything you would like to share please bring it along.

Still to come, we will be planning an excursion to Bounce in Richmond in September. 

Warm Regards,

The Pre-Kindy Team 

Dear Kindy Parents,

Our focus of the last month was learning about social and emotional skills through various games.  To develop these skill, we played a lot of gross motor games using manners and taking turns including passing the ball in a circle, indoor hopscotch and tossing a beanbag into a basket. 

In July, we celebrated NAIDOC week. The week was full of many different learning opportunities including learning to read Aboriginal symbols, writing them in a sand tray and developing our own dreamtime story by drawing those symbols. We also cooked damper bread and discussed then meaning of reconciliation with the children.

We also enjoyed going for our regular monthly excursion to Hindmarsh Library by bus. Children have participated in the discussion about the road safety rules, what they can do at the library and library ‘rules’. 

More recently, we participated in a fire drill, all the Kindy children were well prepared shared their knowledge about fire safety during a group discussion. We will be extending on this knowledge with a visit from the SA Fire Department in Sepetember. 

As you know, the Kindy room are involved in regular upkeep of the centre vegetable patch. Due to some recent bird and insect interest, the children came up with the idea to make the scarecrow to look after our garden. This scarecrow was made by the children from recycled clothes found in the Vinnie’s bin. Unfortunately., our scarecrow keeps falling over due to recent windy weather however even this has become a learning experience as we try to save our ‘sadcrow’. 

Ore recent centre celebrations have also included Raksha Bandhan for which the children made wristband (Rakhi) to tie on their sibling or a friend, book week and science week. Thank you to Varun’s husband Umesh for coming to the centre to explain different energy sources. We particularly enjoyed watching the volcano experiment and the experiment where a water balloon did not burst when fire was placed under it. 

A big thank you to all our parents who have been providing input in our learning program. 

Kind Regards,

The Kindy team – Krishna, Nicole and Carmelina 

In ELC, we have been focusing on developing literacy skills as children have shown interest in recognising the letters in their names. We had been practicing the letters of our names through various Montessori resources such as the Sandpaper Letters and the Moveable Alphabet. We also had an opportunity to develop our literacy skills through an excursions to Hindmarsh library, where we not only borrowed books but also explored the library environment and attended the story time session. During this excursion, children enjoyed their bus ride and meaningfully reflected upon and practiced their road safety skills. These excursions will be continuing on a monthly basis. 

Our recent acknowledgement and celebration of our wider community has been based on the centre’s event calendar. This focus has also including a deeper understanding of our countries cultural history and reconciliation through NAIDOC week, including learning about dreamtime stories, dancing and tracing Aboriginal symbols. For Sceince week, the ELC room was involved in many science experiments; the children’s favourites being the paper cup phones and rainbow volcano. 

We have also continued our sustainable practices through providing children a seed planting experience and they have made recycled paper from collecting old paper in our room.

Lately due to the cold weather, children are struggling to put their jackets on and off for inside and outside play. To help with transition and further develop the children’s autonomy and sense of agency, Hannah provided us a clothes rack with coat hangers to hang their jackets and jumpers. We are still learning how to hang our coats on the hangers and it has proved to be a great way to build independence and practice our practical life skills.

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