End of Year Family Newsletter 2018

From the Director

I feel like I’ve blinked and this year has flown by. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful families for the all the support this year. I would also to thank the caring, passionate dedicated educators whose efforts make this centre amazing.


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Finally, I want to wish all the families and children leaving the centre all the very best for the next step in their education journey. I know they have all had a great start here at Precious Cargo and will go on to achieve great things in the future.

Wishing you all a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

All the best,
Tegan Pilkington

As we are coming to a close on 2018, we would like to share a review on the busy and wonderful year it has been.

Throughout the year, the room has continuously focused on supporting children transitioning into the waddler room and new families starting at the service. Our educators observed how quickly the children were able to adapt to their new environment and to the new practices that we have implemented to cater for individual needs of the new children who have started with us.

Our room received lots of upgrades this year with the revamp of our outdoor area and most importantly our courtyard awning. We have been able to utilise our outdoor environment so much more and the children have been thriving at these opportunities and loving the extra space.

Throughout the year, we have observed many of the children achieve developmental milestones and goals since starting with us at the centre. These include how far the children have developed with their physical, social, language, cognitive and sensory development as well as the growing confidence they have with individual independence.

To all our families whose children are graduating into the waddler room, we say goodbye and enjoy the next step of your child’s Precious Cargo journey.

Lastly, we would like to wish all of our nursery families a safe and happy holiday period. Merry Christmas!

From the Nursery Team – Shanae, Michele, Kate C, Jess, Mel and Kate N

2018 has been filled with lots of different experiences, new journeys and adventures.

We have truly enjoyed this year with the biggest highlight being getting to know your child/children and watching them learn and grow in this thriving environment here at Precious Cargo. Thank you so much for all the support you have provided for our Room in the past 12 months.

This year, we expanded the cultural themes for our children. Not only did we celebrate NAIDOC week and are currently preparing for Christmas, we celebrated Diwali (Hindu Festival of lights), Chinese New Year and Harmony Day.

We also have studied the culture of our children’s families at home, so they feel more connected to their world. This was seen in the photos that the children brought in of their families earlier in the year, and also the photos we received throughout the year of holidays and events.

Using our green mats has been a great focus this year. The children are now so familiar with the green mat concept they spread one out for the educator when they are doing a circle time. Green mats support the children to learn about personal play space and how to enter to play.

As you all may know, Marie has left to go on Maternity leave and Charis will be leaving us shortly to start a new journey in Tasmania.

Monique will be acting Team Leader when Charis leaves. Monique comes to us from the Pre Kindy Room and she will be a fantastic asset to the Waddler Room.

We wish you a very Happy Christmas! We are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year!


• Deb – Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
• Eva – Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
• Brooke – Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
• Meenu – Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
• Nicky – Mon, Wed, Fri
• Monique – Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri

From the Waddler Team – Deb, Eva, Brooke, Meenu, Nicky and Charis

Well, what a busy year we’ve had so far!

A significant focus this year has been the cooking experiences both in the kitchen and in cooking in our classroom. Children have enjoyed helping Ros (our chef) prepare for meals, juicing oranges and lemons, grating carrots, cutting capsicum, celery and mushrooms with knives, making pancakes, pizzas, biscuits, cupcakes and of course making playdough on a weekly basis.

Another focus this term has been sensorial experiences. We have explored with shaving cream, coloured spaghetti and rice, gloop, kinetic sand, cloud dough, mystery foam box along with many science experiments; this allows them to explore fine motor, hand eye coordination and cognition development.

Over the past month, we had been educating children on spring and the importance of leaves, trees, flowers and insects during this season. We introduced a compost in/worm farm as part of Monique’s sustainability project. The purpose of the compost bin was to teach the children about reusing materials, as we had lots of group discussions about different ways we can help the environment (please check out our floor book for children’s voices).

Excitement (and nervousness) is building as children prepare to move from the Pre Kindy Room to other rooms or even to other educational centres. Many conversations involve supporting children as they express their anticipations and concerns. We wish our transitioning children all the best for the next stage of their journey and look forward to welcoming our new Pre Kindy members.

We sadly say goodbye to Monique who has been a wonderful asset to our Pre Kindy team and will be greatly missed by all staff and children. Monique has accepted the Acting Team Leader position in the Waddler Room; we wish her all the best and thank her for sharing her experience.

You may see relief staff in our room over the next few weeks/months as we are in the process to replace Monique’s position. We would like to thank you in advance for all your patience and support.

Just an update on staffing in our Pre Kindy room:

  • Bek works 5 days
  • Caroline works Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Vaishali works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Penny works Monday, Tuesday, Friday
  • Imogen works Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

We look forward to a new and very exciting year ahead. Please feel free to ask any questions as we are more than happy to help support and assist our Pre Kindy families and children.

Merry Christmas and best wishes to everyone for the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019!

From the Pre Kindy Team

What a busy time of year!

We are currently saying goodbye to the children who are leaving for school, government kindys and transitioning to the ELC room, as well as welcoming the new families who are now joining us from Pre Kindy.

Part of the strong curriculum this term has been learning about the life on a farm using practical life activities, such as juicing oranges, cooking from the vegetable garden and science experiments using off cuts of vegetables to see how fast they can grow.

The children have taken a particular interest in this area and we are continuing to foster their learning through numerous experiences such as researching and answering questions the children ask, for instance we learnt about where milk comes from and how is butter made.

We have also focused a lot of time on Montessori equipment. We have introduced to the children the metal inserts and knobbed cylinders. These activities help children with their fine motor skills, their perception of depth and width which will further develop skills for mathematics and language.

We have recently been busy creating Christmas decorations for children to take home as keepsakes. The children used their fine motor skills to make snow globes using recyclable materials and Christmas tree pine cones using glitter. (Sorry, parents).

We would like to thank you for all your ongoing support and wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas.

From the Kindy Team – Mikayla, Tarni, Kim and Carley

Thank you ELC families for a wonderful year. 2018 has flown by and it has been great to see so many individual achievements.

The graduation day was well attended and children really enjoyed the celebration.

This year, children showed a huge interest in learning about literacy. The room spent a significant amount of time on sandpaper letters and making ABC books. This supported the children to write their name and it also increased the children’s conceptual and procedural knowledge for writing letters.

Another great interest over the year has been learning about numeracy. This involved counting, solving number problems, measuring, sorting, noticing patterns, adding and subtracting numbers and connecting numbers to the quantity by using number and counters.

It was a real pleasure to witness how proud the children were with their achievements.

We are looking forward to an exciting vacation care over the holiday period. Thank you once again for all your support this year and we would like to wish all of our ELC families Merry Christmas.

From the ELC Team – Harpreet , Courtney and Lyndsey