From the Director
Follow the child… Teach me to teach myself.
– Maria Montessori
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families this year, you are now a part of our Precious Cargo community. Welcome back to all of our returning families, I trust that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years with your loved ones.
We are excited to reopen our ELC this Term and welcome Cassandra on board as our registered Early Childhood teacher, she will work alongside Chloe.
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There are still spaces available for ELC so if your child is 3 years and you feel that they would benefit from our school readiness program please contact myself for more information.
I’d like to encourage parents to give the child the opportunity to prepare and pack their own lunch boxes to foster their independence and develop a sense of responsibility.
I look forward to a busy Term ahead, watching the children learn and grow. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have and questions or concerns.
Important Information from Admin
Under the new Child Care Subsidy, as of Monday 14 January 2019, approved providers will be required to report drop off and pick up times for each child for whom Child Care Subsidy is being claimed, when submitting their weekly session reports to the Federal Government. This will ensure that any CCS entitlements are paid and deducted from child/ren daily fee.
Drop of and pick up times are recorded when the parent/guardian sign the child in/out via the iPad.
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.
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).
From the Kitchen
If your child has special dietary requirements and is absent or on holidays could you please notify the Centre as soon as possible via phone or email. This food is prepared fresh daily and by notifying us we can help reduce food wastage.
It’s hard to believe we are now in 2019! We wish you all a happy New Year and we hope that you had a peaceful break.
It’s wonderful to reflect on the past year and it has been a delight to watch the children grow, develop and blossom into capable and engaged learners.
We have enjoyed documenting milestones and learning of each child. Your child’s individual learning journey and the classroom learning journey have presented an accurate and beautiful account of the learning and fun that we have shared and enjoyed with one another.
The children have been extremely busy participating in different creative and sensorial experiences. Creative experiences include finger and hand painting, stamping, puppet play, construction and deconstruction, dress-ups, decorating ornaments for Christmas, and our fire work paintings to celebrate the New Year.
Children have used their senses to explore both natural and built materials, including playdough, spaghetti, jelly, sandpit play, collecting leaves and flowers, using musical instruments, and much more!
Recently, we have seen lots of our Nursery children getting mobile which means lots of pulling selves up on the bridge and furniture, standing and walking. It’s so exciting to see the children move through this transition as they build their confidence in their newly discovered skills!
As the children also continue to gain more and more confidence, we are now seeing some very interesting and funny personalities. The children are developing socially and emotionally, as they continue to build relationships with one another and with their Educators.
A big focus in the Nursery classroom this term will be developing practical life skills. The children have already been involved in many activities to build these skills such as scraping their own bowls, washing their hands, cleaning the windows, watering plants, and learning ways to care for one another.
We will continue to support the children in developing these skills to foster independence.
We would like to say a big thank-you to all families for your ongoing support. We look forward to the upcoming year together!
From the Nursery Team – Alicia, Zebrina, Bibi, Katelyn
Happy New Year!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the parents and children a Happy New Year and we hope you all had a lovely Christmas.
The children are adjusting well in the waddler room after their holiday break.
What have we been up to?
This month the waddler room has been focusing on activities relating to ‘Christmas’. Children have made Christmas trees, footprint pictures of reindeers and decorated the Christmas tree by hanging baubles and tinsel.
We also baked Christmas biscuits to take home to share with our families.
Children enjoyed singing many Christmas songs and also learnt about the Christmas items which were hiding in our box for circle time. On the 17th December we had our end of year celebration in the ELC room which was so much fun. A big thank you to those families who attended the event.
During this Christmas period we took the opportunity to combine our nursery and waddler children together.
This was very beneficial to our children as the older children enjoyed being role models for the younger children and were able to develop their nurturing side and social skills.
Christmas concert in the waddler room
Our Christmas concert was such great fun for our children. Each and every child received a Christmas t-shirt to take home. The children really enjoyed trying on their t-shirts and were excited to see what colours and pictures they had on their t-shirt. We all really enjoyed singing Christmas songs and dancing together.
Over the next month the waddler room will be focusing on ‘stories’ which is of great interest to our children. We thought the children would really enjoy doing many activities relating to the popular stories.
We will be focusing on a different story each week and the stories we have planned to do activities on are: We are going on a bear hunt, A very hungry caterpillar, Owl Babies, Dear Zoo etc. They will read each story during the week and will be involved in lots of different activities relating to the story.
For example once we read ‘Dear Zoo’, we will make animal masks, hand prints of animals, animal hunt etc.
Our vision for 2019 is to focus on fostering independence. As part of our daily routine, children will be serving their own fruit, scraping their own bowls, putting their own sheets on their bed and taking the sheets off after nap time as well.
The Educators will assist them to put their bed sheets in a bag and to place this bag in the sheet drawer.
Another goal is for children to be using cups to drink water. We will introduce this slowly by assisting two children at a time to have this as a learning focus until it is mastered.
Once all children can successfully use their cups by pouring their own water from the water well, we will introduce the children to pouring their own water from a small jug and then extend from cups to glasses.
Our fortnightly program
Our fortnightly program is displayed in the room along with our Waddler Room Montessori Goals. We encourage you to look at this to see what the children have been learning about.
Your child’s individual learning is updated monthly and you are welcome at any time to have a look at your child’s book.
All the books are located on top of the white cupboards in our waddler room which has your child’s name on the folder along with the focus teacher’s name.
In Term 1 we will be focusing on the five key learning areas of Montessori by following the Early Years Learning Framework. These areas are language, mathematics, culture, sensorial, practical life as well as child led ideas and following the children’s interests in our curriculum planning.
Please don’t forget to provide your family input relating to your child’s learning so that we can extend your child’s learning by following this family input. The children have been showing a lot of interest in playing with babies.
This month we have been so busy learning about the summer season such as:
Where do we go in summer?
What do we see?
How do we feel?
Children were very good at recalling the places that they went, the activities that they did and the foods that can make them feel better in this hot weather.
Also, they were able to express their thoughts verbally, clearly while they were sharing their ideas with their peers during group time.
By following children’s interests in the summer month, we made jelly for afternoon tea. The children used their fine motor skills to stir and scoop the jelly.
Moreover, children were given the opportunity to express their thoughts non-verbally through arts and crafts. They created some icy pops, colourful fish, beach collages, paper plate suns and stamp apple trees.
Children were provided with different colours or pre-cut icy pops and popsicle sticks. They were encouraged to mix and match the colours and create their very special icy-pop for this very hot season.
By doing these activities children were practicing their fine motor skills by using different tools for art and craft. They are developing their imagination and creativity too!
We are starting off the New Year with summer and Australia Day themes. We have been doing lots of arts and crafts, free handwriting activities, stories and songs.
Kitchen corner / cooking area
Children enjoyed playing in the kitchen corner where they pretended to be cooking their food. Some of the children enjoyed the corner so much that they would always go straight to the kitchen as soon they arrived and spend lots of their time playing there.
Children also enjoyed playing with the handbags where they would pretend to go shopping. When the Educator asked them what they are doing, they said “I am going shopping”. They were very excited to show their handbag to their friends and also the educator.
Children enjoyed learning and playing with the shapes . Especially the trial and process of finding different shapes and trying to find the correct shape hole to place it in.
Children loved to move and twist the shape until it fit and were so happy and proud to have achieved this. Some of the children needed help from the educator and some could do it quite independently.
From the Waddler Team
I hope that all our wonderful pre kindy families enjoyed a happy and safe holiday period.
It has been very exciting speaking to the children and hearing the delightful stories that they have shared. From travel and adventure to fireworks and parties, sounds like everyone had lots of fun and relaxation.
I invite all parents to share photos and experiences with the pre kindy staff, we would be delighted to share these with the children and incorporate them into our curriculum.
The year has sprung into a great start. There are several new families that have recently joined us as well as a handful of children who have graduated from the waddler room. It has been very rewarding to see such smooth transitions, with the children feeling happy, supported and safe.
We are continuing forward with an encouragement of independence. You may notice in the mornings that the children are serving their own fruit. This has been a very positive experience with the children adapting to it well and being quite receptive to the idea. In time we endeavour to extend this to other meals such as lunch and afternoon tea.
On a similar note, we have been fostering independence by allowing the children the opportunity to put on their own shoes and supporting parents with toilet training.
For those whom may not be aware, I’ll now take the opportunity to brief you in about the dedicated and passionate core staff members within the pre kindy room.
- Frank – Team Leader. Enjoys outdoor experiences and practical life activities
- Mary – Second in Charge. Loves to promote healthy eating habits and is always on top of doing the laundry
- Gina – A true nurturer and actively involved with all families, rather enjoys a coffee and a chat
- Himani – Outdoor sweeper extraordinaire and a great contributor to the floor book
Wendy and Natasha, our inspirational kitchen staff, have organised some great activities for the children to dive into. My favourite thus far has been slicing watermelon; seeing the children respond to it so well and thoroughly enjoying the experience made me extremely happy. We have also been busy picking and slicing grapes, buttering bread and chopping rockmelon.
During the quieter period we took the opportunity to perform some cleaning. Children were invited to wash tables and chairs, the windows outside and sweep the pavement. They truly are great little helpers.
Wishing you all the best and looking forward to a happy and productive year. Please always feel welcome to have a chat with any of the pre kindy staff, voice concerns or express any exciting ideas you may want to contribute.
From the Pre Kindy Team
The past few months have been one with varied emotions for both educators and children in the kindy room. It began with our Graduation ceremony on the 3rd of December as we celebrated those children who are moving on to school this year.
We then began our Christmas program. We tried to base this program around giving, being kind, helping others and spreading the Christmas spirit.
We provided the children with open ended art materials to make gifts for their families, we loved seeing all of the different creations from Christmas cards, trees, snowflakes, stars and candy canes. All children were really engaged during this time and took great pride in their work.
On the 17th December we had our end of year celebration in the ELC room, a lot of our children are Via Dance and Happy Feet students and it was so exciting to see them perform in front of their families with such energy and enthusiasm.
We loved being able to see all of the families celebrating the end of year together and getting to know one another that little bit more.
A lot of the children went away on Holidays over this period and we have loved hearing all of their stories since their return. We love to see photos of any special moments your family has shared so please feel free to either bring them in or email them to the centre.
The children love to stick these into their learning journeys and to share them with their educators and peers.
On New Year’s Eve we celebrated early by making our own fireworks using paint, all children were engaged and enjoyed this process. A lot of them sharing how they couldn’t wait to see real fireworks that night.
Our vision for 2019 is to focus on fostering children’s independence.
Our daily routine will include children serving their own meals, setting and cleaning their own tables, being responsible for their own belongings, packing up their own activities, using green mats and dressing themselves.
We have begun asking the children what they would like to learn about this term and we have had some interesting ideas so far from dinosaurs to doctors.
We have asked the children to identify a goal they would like to set for themselves. This goal will be something they work on with their focus teacher.
The home corner has continued to be a popular space for all children over the past few months. With all children engaging in different play scenarios. We will be adding different activities and materials to the home corner to continue the children’s interest.
At the end of January we say goodbye to several children as they transition onto school or other kindy’s. It has been a pleasure getting to know all of these children during their time at Precious Cargo and wish them all the best on their new adventure.
We would also like to welcome all of our new children who are starting with us this term. We are very excited to get to know you and your family.
We would like to also remind families that ELC will be re-opening on the Tuesday the 29th January. If your child will be attending ELC lunchboxes and drink bottles will need to be provided from this date, if you have any queries please feel free to ask any of the Kindy educators or Sam.
From the Kindy/ELC Team – Pat, Antonietta, Simi, Chloe, Jaspreet, Betina, Shrutti and Sushma