January Family Newsletter 2019

From the Director

The centre is looking forward to a busy and exciting 2019! Some staff changes have occurred over the past few months; please refer to the room newsletters for updates.

The New Year has bought in new regulations in relation to the Child Care Subsidy. Please take the time to read the information from admin below to ensure you do not miss receiving any subsidy payments.

As always my door is always open if you have any questions or concerns.


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Administration News

To ensure your ongoing CCS payments please ensure your child is signed in/out at every attendance.

Statement of Entitlement

Regulations also now require us to provide a Statement of Entitlements (your account) to parents/guardians of children eligible for CCS or ACCS enrolled in our services once every fortnight which includes details of the sessions of care provided and the resulting fee reduction amounts.

As a result this will mean that from the next charging (24/1/19) we will be providing you with an account that covers a 4 week period – the current week, the previous week and the next 2 weeks.

Notice of intention to Leave

Long Day Care – When families no longer require a place in the child care classes, the centre must be notified in writing. Please note we require a minimum of 4 weeks written notice. The account will be settled using the funds from the bond payment. If there is any outstanding balance then the family must finalise that immediately.

If the family has a credit this amount will be refunded to them once their account has been reconciled.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Once you have provided your 4 week notice period the Child Care Subsidy is only applicable up to your last day of attendance. If your last day of attendance is prior to the end of your 4 week notice period you will be responsible for the payment of the full fee of each day from the last day of attendance until the completion of the 4 week notice period.

ELC – Families are required to give a minimum of 4 weeks written notice prior to the end of each block if your child(ren) are not continuing in the next block. Upon receiving 4 weeks’ notice your bond will be used to supplement your child’s last 4 weeks of the 12 week block.

In the event that 4 weeks written notice is not provided, you will forfeit 1 week of your bond for each week under the required 4 weeks’ notice period, for example if you give 2 weeks’ notice you will lose 2 weeks of your bond.

Fortnightly Payments

Our Centre relies on the timely payment of fees to enable us to meet our obligations to pay operating costs, most of which have fixed and regular dates for payment. We ask that sufficient funds are held in your nominated account to meet your fortnightly payment.

Accounts are emailed to you on the Tuesday prior to the Thursday charge and we ask that you review your account and contact the Admin Centre by the Wednesday (4pm at the latest) should you have any queries as we are not able to reverse payments after that time Reminder of Change in payment provider.

As previously advised, our software provider is changing the company that processes our payments. Your statements will from 21/1/19 show Debitsuccess (this changes from Ezidebit).

Tegan Pilkington

We would like to welcome all of our new children and families to the room, we look forward to getting to know you and your child over the next few months as well as watch them grow into curious, inquisitive learners.

To all of our new parents, we understand that this can be an anxious period for you so please feel free to come and talk to one of our staff members with any questions, concerns or comments regarding your child or to call throughout the day to check up and see how they are doing.

Our primary focus over the next few weeks will be to form close bonds with all of our new children, as well as support our older children who are moving up to the waddler room so that they can settle into the room routine and feel comfortable and safe in their new environment.

On a sad note, we say goodbye to our educator Jess who is leaving to pursue her teaching career. Jess has been a part of the Precious Cargo family for several years and we will miss her very much.

We look forward to a busy and rewarding year ahead.

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

We are so excited to be working with your children to support their emerging independence and growing sense of identity.

In the waddler room, we have a strong focus on supporting the children to be able to complete tasks for themselves, such as; scraping bowls, washing and drying tables, using tongs and pouring water to name a few.

It may sound simple but when the children master these tasks they feel a great sense of achievement and are proud they completed them on their own.

These skills also transfer to real life situations, for instance; pouring experiences support the children to pour their own drinks and tonging experiences transfer to children being able to serve their own food.

If you have any questions or ideas please don’t hesitate to come and see us.

From the Waddler Team

Firstly, I would like to start by welcoming all our existing and new families who have recently started in the Pre-Kindy Room.

We look forward to getting to know you all. It has been so nice to see the children settling in quickly, developing bonds with new peers and educators as well as being involved in new classroom routines.

Over the next few weeks, educators will be guiding and supporting children as they learn our Pre Kindy classroom routine and expectations such as; walking inside, using green mats for activities, legs crossed during circle time, washing hands before meal time and after toileting just to name a couple.

Pre Kindy Room Housekeeping:

– Toys and food in children’s bags: Please check your child’s bag for toys, they may have packed for themselves. We do not encourage toys from home at the centre as these may become lost or damaged and can be a distraction to the program being implemented in the room.

– Please pack a broad brimmed hat for your child which has their name clearly labelled on it. A big thank you to those families who have bought broad brims hats for their children. It is also recommended that children do not wear a singlet type top or tops with shoe string straps as these do not offer appropriate protection from the sun.

– We have recently had a few children start toilet training which has been super exciting. Remember if you are thinking about starting the process please come and talk to us and we can help start or continue the process with you.

– We are becoming more involved with the community with visits to the park and our local nursing home. Please return the Neighbourhood Walk consent form to the educators so we can begin our adventures.

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

  • Bek – 5 days
  • Caroline – Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri
  • Vaishali – Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
  • Imogen – Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri
  • Penny – Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs

From the Pre Kindy Team

We would like to welcome our new Pre-Kindy families to our classroom. We hope the transition process has been smooth and you are now all beginning to feel comfortable in our kindy environment.

Throughout the year, we plan to focus on our Grace and Courtesy lessons to support children’s understanding of social situations for instance learning how to enter and exit play scenarios appropriately.

We will visit to the local park, engaging in cooking and practical life lessons. We will continue our ongoing fortnightly dramatic play themes throughout the year so keep an eye out on the new and exciting things that will occur.

We are very sad to say Carley will be leaving us for a sea change to the Yorke Peninsula as her partner has a new job. We wish her all the best with her next step in life. Carley’s last day will be on the 8th of February.

We are excited that Maria will be joining the Kindy team.

Some families may remember Maria from Pre Kindy; she left about this time last year to spend some time in Italy. We’re looking forward to working with her again!

We would like to thank you for all your ongoing support.

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

We would like to welcome all our new and returning families to ELC this year.

We have recently had a staffing change with teacher Courtney Williams stepping up as team leader. Harpreet Kaur stepped down to be able to spend more time with her family.

Term one is all about settling in and working together to ensure all children feel safe and supported in their learning in ELC. Our focus in Term One is building relationships with other children in the room.

ELC goals for 2019:

  • Setting the ELC guidelines with the children
  • Focusing on using green mats
  • Learning about and connecting to the world around them by exploring outside the centre
  • Children will focus on their identity and independence
  • Focusing on letter recognition and spelling their names and words and learning the sounds of each letter
  • Number recognition by writing number, their quality and the word

ELC has an emphasis on fostering the independence a child needs to develop to be successful at school. We do this in many ways such as ensuring the daily routine is structured so the transitions are predictable and the children know what to expect from the day.

We also plan one-on-one, small and big group lessons with specific topics determined by the children’s interests.

ELC provides many different Montessori resources and engaging experiences, which are all designed to extend and expand the children’s current knowledge.

We will be holding an information night on Tuesday, February 12th at 5pm. We will use this time to go over ELC expectations and answer any questions you may have. It would be great to see you there!

From the ELC Team