Blackwood Family Newsletter December 2019

Hello lovely Precious Cargo Blackwood Families and caregivers,

Term 4 has flown by!

Over the last month we have been looking into the 2020 enrolments and we do have a few available spots left over the week, if you are wanting to change or pick up days you can request the change in booking by logging into My Family Lounge and I will do my best to accommodate.

A couple of reminders:

  • Please sign your child/children in and out each day. This is a centerlink requirement to be eligible for the CCS to be applied.
  • There is a lost property box outside each classroom in in the front reception foyer- please ensure you are checking here regularly for anything that may have been misplaced during the week. Any items left in the boxes at reception will be donated at the end of December.
  • With this hot weather upon us please pack a broad brimmed or legionnaire hat style hat, caps are not acceptable.

I have been so grateful to be given the opportunity to step up as centre director, we are sad to see Renae go but wish her all the best for her future career.

Thank you for your patience and support as I ‘learn the ropes’ and I am excited for what 2020 may bring.

With Christmas almost here I do hope you have some plans to enjoy some quality family time, wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season.

Vanessa Webb

Administration Reminders

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.

NurseryWaddlersPre-KindyKindyELC

This spring has been a wonderful time for our Nursery children who have been really busy building a strong sense of identity. Children learn about themselves and construct their own identity within the context of their families and communities. This includes their relationships with people, places and things and the actions and responses of others. Identity is not fixed, it is shaped by experiences. When children have positive experiences, they develop an understanding of themselves as significant and respected, and feel a sense of belonging. 

Our Nursery children use play to build this strong sense of identity as we help to foster their sense of belonging to our room. These last few months we have used group experiences to encourage this. 

  • Our children have really enjoyed trips to the music room in which we use music to express ourselves and follow the children’s interest in discovering different musical instruments and action songs. 
  • We offer the Montessori bridge and obstacle courses to encourage turn taking and engaging with our peers as well as utilising both indoor and outdoor environments,
  • Each morning we sing our welcome song and use this experience to welcome each child to the room individually and encourage them to learn the names of all their peers and educators as well as providing effective routines to help make predicted transitions run smoothly
  • We follow their interest in sensory play and offer activities that extend on this such as sensory rice play, water play, natural material exploratory play and creative experiences such as paint and gluing. 

Moving forward this summer we will support our older children in the room who will begin their transition to waddlers, welcome our new babies and families who will start in the new year and continue to provide meaningful and educational experiences to our current children.

Hello to our wonderful families!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being supportive and cooperative in all concerns for a better teaching-learning process of our children. It was a pleasure taking care of your precious ones.

Fun-filled months have passed loaded with challenging and enjoyable activities to develop the skills of our children. We have been welcoming new families and children in our room and we are proud to say that it has always been a smooth transition with the incoming children. Our educators are establishing a trusting and positive relationships with children in order to develop their sense of belonging and feel safe and secure to the environment. 

We have been mainly focusing on language-based activities for the past months.  We’ve been using the 3-period lesson during one on one work cycle. Furthermore, Waddlers showed so much enthusiasm during circle time so we’ve introduced the days of the week, seasons and weather of the day. 

Children continued showing interest in expanding further their numeracy skills. For the last programs learning numerals, counting, sizes and order using different Montessori resources were part of our weekly learning. These activities were mainly to enhance children’s cognitive development as a preparation for higher level of learning.

Children were confident and independent now with variety of practical life skills that were continuously being practiced in our everyday routines. Waddlers were presented with more challenging practical life skills – pouring water and milk using glass jugs, using smaller tongs in transferring, identifying their own names on the sippy cups, hanging flannels, brushing and cleaning our toys and other resources, applying sunscreen and a lot more.

Since the weather is good for the past weeks, children were enjoying their time outside having water and sand play. Children have been busy taking care of our garden herbs by watering them and have been having fun further developing their gross motor skills – using the balancing planks, running and using hoops for jumping.

We would like to inform you about our staffing in the room. Maria is back from her maternity leave and you will see her 3 times a week now- Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. Kate is away for her holiday so Sue from Nursery will be covering her shifts. 

As you all know, we have a big group of children moving up to the next room, we will definitely miss them. We are happy and were honored being a part of their learning journey while here at Precious Cargo Blackwood. We will not forget you all and thank you again to our amazing families. We will be seeing you around. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Reminders: 

Transition visits to the next room will start on Monday, December 23, 2019 for three weeks. Children who will be away for holidays during the Christmas Season, we are happy to commence their transitions when they come back and it will still be a three-week period then.  

Thank you!

Valerie, Kamal,Maria,Ana,Uyen, Kate & Sue

Dear Pre-Kindy Families 

We have had a delightful term. We had a strong focus on music and children really enjoyed playing with the musical instruments in the music room. Children used a variety of musical instruments and also learned the names of the musical instruments. This included the Drum, Tamborine and Xylophone. 

Recently, we were also busy with literacy and numeracy activities. Children have engaged in many exciting and purposeful experiences. These experiences included activities such as the sand paper numbers (with 3PL), counting wooden blocks, matching numbers, emotion wooden cards and shape puzzles. This enhanced the children’s pre-math and cognitive skills. 

We are excited to announce that we have introduced yoga in our room routine. The benefits of yoga in early childhood includes enhancing physical strength and flexibility, developing focus and concentration, supporting positive mental health and children learn self-awareness through yoga.

Gardening have become a popular activity in pre-kindy. Children love to water the plants, cleaning the weeds and dead leaves and planting seeds. Children planted pumpkin and sunflower seeds. 

We have also started preparing Christmas presents and the children are making and decorating the ornaments. We hope this raises the Christmas spirit among the children. Also, wishing all the families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

If you have any questions, please come and speak to one of our friendly team members. Thankyou from the Pre-Kindy Team,

Alia, Liz, Natalie, Erin and Jessica.

Dear Kindy Families, 

We have had another busy quarter as your children have grown and taken further initiative and responsibility in leading our program. 

They have started to develop an interest in letter recognition and writing their names so we have introduced varied pencil skill and language activities (eg metal inserts and sandpaper letters/numbers, letter tracing and classification). We have extended their sensorial skills by making our regular experiences more challenging by introducing the pink tower and broad step cards and blindfolds. While our mathematics shelves have extended to include 0-9 (and sometime into teens) as the children have become more confident to count and recognise the numerals. 

They have been taking further care of themselves and extending their independence by looking after their belongings more tidily, putting on their own hats, socks/shoes and sunscreen without assistance before going outside and during meal times by using (and cleaning) their own placemats. They have also been practising to regulate their emotions and negotiate with their friends as their vocabulary broadens and can now express how they feel and what they want or need more clearly.   

Our regular kitchen and music room sessions have continued. We have prepared broccoli and mushrooms for the kitchen and assisting to make granola, apple crumble, cake and hommus and made our own pancakes for afternoon tea. We also had a lesson in spreading butter. While our Yoga and Hip Hop classes also occur regularly.

This term, we introduced science experiences to the classroom which the children have been fascinated with. These included the milk dance, the cloud experiment, colour mixing with pipettes and the colour paper trail. 

In August, we had a visit from our neighbouring dentists for Dental Week and we also celebrated Book Week. We celebrated Children Educating Children week in September and November was a busy month celebrating Diwali, Outdoor Classroom Day and Remembrance Day. We took inspiration of Dinosaurs and Animals as requested by your children during Children Educating Children week to be our themes for our School Holiday Program.

At the end of August, we finally had our pet fish join the classroom and the children have been so excited to learn how to care for them (eg they eat fish food and don’t eat/play with toys). Our pets have also been a wonderful inclusion in our quiet area for the children to observe and meditate. 

Most recently, we have been preparing your children for transitions as we build their confidence to either move into a new environment or become the Kindy role models for those that are going to join us in our room in the coming weeks.

We will miss those children and families that are taking the opportunity at the end of this year to move to other ELC’s and Kindergarten’s in preparation for school and we look forward to seeing those children and families that move to our ELC continue to thrive and we hope they don’t ignore us in the hallway and playground. While we are excited to continue to work with our remaining children and families next year. 

Thank you for trusting us to care for, nurture and love your children this year. They are truly inspirational little humans with so much potential. 

Kindest regards, Christina, Jenny & Kaitie  

What a busy past 3 months we have had! We have made beeswax wraps for Special Person’s Day, and been busy with bags, rubber bands, dye, glitter and funny photos for an extra special Christmas surprise.

We focussed on community events such as National Nutrition week, where the children made healthy fruit faces for morning tea.

Diwali Festival of lights saw the class work together across the week to make an incredible rangoli on the table.

We celebrated nature plays new Stonework play day as well as an outdoor classroom day where we rolled all the shelves and tables outside. We even had rest time outside that day. The children enjoyed this experience.

We had a bee keeper come in during National Pollinator week to show the children how to Open a bee hive (without bees in it) and how to extract honey. The children and staff enjoyed tasting raw, organic, uncapped honey. Yum!

We have been focussing on changes in weather from Spring to Summer and what clothing is required to stay safe in Australia during this season.

We have been continuing to focus on School readiness, such as opening and closing containers, backing a bag, caring for self by washing hands properly and rubbing in own suncream and caring for belongings.

We have had our two big graduation ceremonies and are sending 22 children off to school. We wish them all the best on their next adventure.

We are looking very forward to our continuing children stepping up as big role models next year and a whole class of new children beginning their ELC journey with us.

Merry Christmas and a very safe and Happy New Year to all.

From Rikki, Azam, Diana and Raya