April 2017 Newsletter

PHOTO WEEK AT HUNNY POTS

We have storybook moments coming to Hunny Pots the week of the 1st –  5th May 2017 to take our professional school photos!

Envelopes will be available soon with packages and prices.

Please make sure your child is here BEFORE 9.30am the week of the photos to be included in class photos.

 

READING YOUR PARENT HANDBOOK

Please ensure you have read our Hunny Pots Parent handbook. It covers many aspects of the centre’s operations to have consistency and smooth running of the service.

 

DROPPING OFF YOUR CHILD

When bringing your child to Hunny Pots, please say good morning to an educator to ensure that we know that your child has arrived. Leaving them in an empty room means they are unsupervised.

It is best to arrive before 9.30am to ensure your child gets the most out of their day! To arrive before morning tea gives children the opportunity to play, interact and learn.

This applies in particular to Pooh’s Corner children – this is a great school readiness skill in preparation to be on time for BIG school.

 

OFFICE HOURS

Office hours are: 8am – 5.00pm.

You will see Miss Monique, Mr Simon, Miss Sandy, Miss Allison or Miss Kayley in the office.

We have generally one person in the office at all times (2 people from 11-2.30pm most days).

All are able to take payments whilst in the office, take messages etc.

Our roles vary to ensure consistency and a smooth running of the office.

Miss Monique is the only one who deals with enrolments – this maintains consistency and avoids errors. Please send an email or pass on a message in Monique’s absence.

Simon and Monique rotate early and late shift.

Miss Allison and Miss Kayley assist in the afternoons in our absence. They are very capable to assist in any general matters. They will pass on any messages for Simon and Monique who will contact you at the earliest convenience.

Miss Sandy works every Wednesday for the morning shift. She also assists if Simon and Monique are on annual leave.

Simon and Monique will be doing shorter days during these school holidays – the office will still be open from 8AM-4PM. We thank you for your understanding.

 

For payments:

Many families use bank transfer to make payments – our bank details are:

Bank:                     National Australia Bank

Account Name:      Hunny Pots Early Learning Centre Pty Ltd

BSB Number:         082-356

Account Number:   175299729

Please reference your child’s FULL name.

 

PARTNERSHIPS WITH OUR COMMUNITY

Hunny Pots has donated a large parachute to Glenwood playgroup. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to provide the playgroup with a fun piece of equipment!

We hope that they get many hours of use!

RAISING MONEY FOR THE LEUKAEMIA FOUNDATION – We raised $98!!!! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the gold coin donation. We really appreciate it!

 

ILLNESS

We thank our families who are keeping their children at home due to illness. We do understand how hard it is to juggle sick children and work commitments.

However, children’s health (and our staff’s health) is a high priority of ours.

By keeping your child at home to fully recover from an illness will prevent spreading the illness to other children.

Our policy does state that any child that has been sent home from Hunny Pots with a high temperature (over 38) or vomiting/diarrhea needs to stay home for the next 24 hours.

We thank you for your cooperation in keeping our children and staff healthy.

 

BELONGINGS

Please ensure you label EVERYTHING. This helps us to place appropriate items into the correct child’s bag.

Particularly with the change of season, we will have a lot of jackets on and off to return back to bags.

Please be aware, that in Tigger’s Place and Pooh’s Corner we encourage the children to look after their own belongings (a school readiness skill). Having items labeled helps us when things are left behind, to be able to return them to you. If you have any items in your child’s bag that don’t belong to them – please return as they may have been placed in the incorrect bag. If your child has been sent home in Hunny Pots spare clothing, please return so we can maintain our supply of spare clothing.

Please ensure your child knows their locker so they can place their belongings in the correct spot. Lockers can change from time to time due to new enrolments and/or days changing. Please ensure you know your child’s locker to encourage this skill.

Please place bed sheets in the bed cupboard for your child’s room.

Please label drink bottles – and ensure it remains labeled. We have many bottles that look similar – for hygiene reasons and to return drink bottles to you, please label clearly.

 

STAFF TRAINING

Miss Monique attended a group of 4 webinars on being a Nominated Supervisor – building strong leadership teams, developing positive culture, conflict resolution, time management.

On Wednesday 22nd March our team attended training on “Understanding yourself and others”.

 

STAFF NEWS

We welcome Miss Lauren to our team! Miss Lauren is Certificate three trained in Children’s Services.

Miss Lauren will go into Poohs Corner. She is a full time educator working a rotating shift.

We hope you have the opportunity to meet her.

Miss Kayley is Diploma Trained! Congratulations Miss Kayley on your hard work and dedication to achieve this milestone.

Miss Malena is sadly leaving us. She is going to study her Bachelor of Health Science to become a nutritionist. Her last day is Thursday 27th April – we will miss her dearly.

 

TRANSITIONING FROM EEYORES TO TIGGERS

If your child turns 3 years old before the 31st July, we will endeavor to move them from Eeyore’s room to Tigger’s room. This is based on there being a position available – we will do our best to hold positions; however we can only keep a position open for a short period of time.

When children move to the next room they participate in orientation, this is to assist with a smooth transition to their new room. They have the opportunity to become familiar with their new teachers and children in the room. The previous teacher will pass on information and observation records of the child to the next teacher to ensure consistency and continuity. Please have a conversation with the new room teachers to discuss future goals, any concerns and confirm any allergies.

Children are encouraged to be toilet trained before they go into Tigger’s Place, as there are no nappy changing facilities in this room. – (please refer to toilet training).

Transitioning from Eeyore’s to Tigger’s is the only room we transition from mid year.  Tigger’s placements are for the year.


TOILET TRAINING

Toddlers who indicate their readiness to train will be encouraged and given the opportunity to progress towards independence. Our team is happy to give you advice and guidance during this transition time. Our team will work in partnership with you to ensure consistency and continuity for your child.

There are no nappy changing facilities in our preschool room (Tiggers Place) or school readiness room (Pooh’s Corner)


UPCOMING EVENTS

WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL EASTER HAT PARADE @ 2.15pm – 2.45/3.00pm.

Please make your child’s hat at home to bring along. The parade will commence promptly at 2.15pm, followed by afternoon tea and conclude at 2.45/3.00pm. This is for all children – if your child doesn’t attend on a Wednesday and you would like to come along, we would love for you to join us!

Please RSVP on the sheet near the sign in/out folders for catering reasons.

Please be aware of car parking during this school pick up time.

 

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