Marion Family Newsletter December 2019

Welcome to our final newsletter for 2019. 

December brings us the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Please remember to slow down and take the time to enjoy your family and friends this holiday season. No matter how you celebrate may it bring peace and joy to you and your family. 

The last six months have been filled with incredible achievement, growth and learning for children and educators at our Marion centre but with a new year comes new goals. We really value parent input and encourage all families to please let us know what we could do to improve the service we offer. I will be putting a suggestion box in the reception area in the new year. Please feel free to contribute and help us set some new goals.

Parent input is also important in your child’s classroom.  Parents who are involved in their child’s education create a connection between home life and the centre.  Having parents show interest and be involved in their child’s activities help to develop a strong sense of self in the child. Please see your team leader to discuss how you contribute to your child’s educational programme.

Centre Closure

Marion will be closed on Public Holiday’s only. The dates are: 25th of December

26th of December

1st of January

Every other day will be business as usual. If a casual day is needed, please don’t hesitate to email me your request and if we have space, I will have your child added to the roll.Email address:

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.


We have been focusing a lot on self help skills, encouraging children to empty their bowls/plates at mealtimes, then taking a wet flannel to wipe their faces and hands with. Washing their own hands after nappy changes too. Some of our children have also been getting ready for transitioning, sleeping on mats instead of cots.  

Most of our children are also at the stage of walking confidently or taking their first steps, taking risks in their exploring of the room. They enjoy climbing the bridge and sliding down the slide.

We have been preparing our children for Christmas too, at circle time we have been singing Christmas carols and playing along with them with instruments. They have also painted a Christmas card for their families. 

During the past few weeks we have had the pleasure of having student in our room from UniSA called Tiang.  This week she has finished her placement with us. She will be very much missed.

Dear Waddler families,  
We have been having a wonderful time in the Waddler room getting to know more about each individual child and then building experiences that help them work on their interest and enjoy their time here, some of these interests involved were arts and crafts, waterplay, exploring different textures and cleaning. We also have been focusing on guiding the children through our daily routine and focusing on making their knowledge stronger so that coming into the room is more comfortable and it feels like a safe and well-known space. To help the children grow healthy relationships with other we have been doing a lot of teaching on how to respect others and our environment so that there is less conflicts and more room to enjoy each other’s company and build friendships, All these things will be focused on constantly because we believe it is very important.  If there are any experiences or activities that you know your child is interested In at home please do not hesitate to let us know about it so we can incorporate this into our program, also any questions you have are always welcome.

We hope you all enjoy your last few weeks of December and we can’t wait to start a new year.

Recently in the Pre-Kindy Room, we have been very busy developing our practical life skills. We love our cooking lessons where we get to use our scooping, pouring, mixing and measuring skills when we follow a recipe. The children love when they get to help crack the eggs open and pour them into the big bowl. We have also been developing our peeling and grating skills with carrots. These take a lot of skill, but with practice these skills are developing. Everyday we wash our hands before meal times, wash our own dishes after meal times, and have started to learn how to put our own sunscreen on (with close supervision). Before we sit down to eat at the table, we grab our placemat and utensils, and get our own glass of water. Sometimes we have helpers who set the table before meal times, and help get water. At fruit time, children serve themselves their fruit with tongs. The tonging activities that we have on the shelves help to develop those skills further. 

With the warmer weather we have been having water play and play under the sprinkler to help us stay cool, as well as water play to further develop scooping, pouring and water transfer skills. If children get their clothing wet, we ask them to remove it themselves and help hang it out on the small washing line. When we’re outside children have been developing their gross motor skills through climbing on the large climbing frame and the small A-frame with the plank. We love hearing cries of “I did it!” When they get to the top of the climbing frame. Helping to care for our chickens is also a big part of our daily routine; we collect the eggs, feed them our scraps, refills their food and water and clean out their house. 

We have so many creative children in the Pre-Kindy Room! They love to paint, draw, stick and express themselves creatively. With Christmas fast approaching we have been busy making decorations to decorate our class tree. The week of Christmas we will send all of the beautiful things they have made home with them. Our classroom has seemed to be covered in glitter which has made it feel very festive. For Remembrance Day we made poppies using patty pans and pop sticks and glue. For Diwali some children had henna tattoos if they were given permission and the child wanted it. We also made colourful rangoli using coloured sand which was very messy but fun. 

Our Grace and Courtesy program has been focused on learning each other’s names, greeting each other with a handshake or a ‘hello…(name)’ and using our manners by saying please and thank you. Many of the children love circle time where we sit in a circle and greet everyone by name, sing some songs, and introduce new activities. We encourage you to further develop these skills at home. These are lifelong skills that help to build confidence.

We love our trips to the music room where we use our whole bodies to move to movement songs such as ‘Sleeping Bunnies’, ‘I can stomp as loud as you’ and ‘ring o’ rosey’. Using the instruments respectfully while all making music together is always lots of fun. Our favourite classroom songs are ‘baby crocodile’, ‘wind your bobbin up’ and the alphabet song. 

Have a safe and happy holiday season,

Amber, Yasmin, Paige and Namrata 

Dear Kindy families,

Stemming from discussions about how they appear like and who is in their family we have been focusing on self-identity. The children were invited to create self portraits drawing their face and representing their facial features with texta first and then painting with watercolour paints. The portraits are displayed in the kindy room, it is interesting to see how each child has represented themselves and how unique each portrait looks. We have begun to collect photographs of families to use for our kindy family tree. For practical life the children have been supported in daily routine of cutting the fruit for morning tea and have also been engaged in cooking experiences working on pouring, mixing and scooping fine motor practical skills. We have also been engaged in sensorial science experiments such as ice experiments, observing using our senses and communicating what we can see happen, the children have enjoyed experimenting with ice in the sensory tub and have been involved in the experiment ‘what makes ice melt the fastest?’.

Our numeracy focus in the room has been on shapes, recognising shapes and composing pictures with shapes. The children have used Montessori block shape resources, geometric boards and flash cards to extend on their shape knowledge. With Christmas approaching we have been immersed in Christmas related experiences- wreath making, setting up and decorating the Christmas tree, making Christmas playdough and making salt dough Christmas ornaments for the Christmas Family Night. It was wonderful to see how engaged the children were in the process of making the ornaments ready for the Christmas Night, from making the dough to making the Christmas ornament shapes to painting them ready for the night.

We have had an exciting few weeks in the ELC. We have had so much fun creating a home corner for our room that we turned into a camping ground with a tent and pretend fire. Children did a lot of imaginative play and social skill practice while cooking food and camping together. 

With a lot of the children attending various Christmas Pageants and seeing a lot of Christmas decorations around we have had a lot of talk of Christmas and end of year festivities. The children in ELC have been enjoying many Christmas activities and crafts to take home in their Christmas bags closer to the end of the year. We have also been reading and listening to different stories about special celebrations around the world such as Hanukah, Chinese New Year, Diwali and traditional Christmas festivities. As we come to the close of the year we have a few children leaving us to go to school next year, in preparation the children have been participating in school readiness activities so that they go to school as independent learners. 

Wishing all the families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from Danielle and Margy.