January 2018 Newsletter

WELCOME

We are having a lovely start to the year with quality time to settle the new children, and also the children changing rooms into their new routines.

The teachers are very busy getting to know their new groups and preparing their rooms for this year.

Simon and I are very excited about 2018 and can’t wait to share this year with you all.

A very big Welcome Back and Happy New Year to our existing and new families.

 

CENTRE NEWS

The centre was painted over the Christmas break. We are so pleased to have the centre looking new and ready our fresh start!

 

INVOICES/STATEMENTS

We invoice fortnightly projecting two weeks ahead. Our invoices are emailed, so please check your email account regularly. The email may appear in your inbox from our software provider HUBWORKS!

If your child is new to Hunny Pots ELC, it will take a week for the Child care rebate to estimate on your invoice.

Invoices are to be paid fortnightly through our direct debit Ipay.

We will send invoices first – then a few hours later process Ipay.

Statements are sent out every 3 months. The statement shows the past 3 months payments (receipts), your usage and your Child Care benefit entitlements (payments).

 

CASUAL DAYS AVAILABLE

If you require an additional day casually, please let the office know. If we have a child absent or a vacancy, we are able to cater for this.

 

INTERNAL WAITLIST

If you are requiring more permanent days, please send an email to let us know what days you require so we can add to our internal waitlist.

When vacancies arise this is what we refer to first.

 

IMMUNISATION AND BIRTH CERTIFICATES

Thank you for supplying a copy of your child’s immunisation records and birth certificate.  We must retain these records based on regulations, we appreciate your cooperation.

Please remember to keep us updated on your child’s immunisation status e.g.: when they get their 12month immunisation, 4 years immunisation etc……..

We MUST have your child’s official ACIR History Statement. (Medicare copy) the blue book is no longer acceptable. 

No current immunisation record = no enrolment.

 

OFFICE HOURS

Office hours are: 8am – 4.30pm

In the school holidays, our office hours are flexible. Monique does check emails from home intermittently.

 

ABSENCES

Please be aware that we charge for all absences; illness, family holidays, school holidays etc.

There is no reduced fee for any extended leave. If you require your position when you return, you need to hold this position by continuing to pay for it.

We do charge for public holidays and provide a make-up day for this.  Please contact the office to organise a suitable day when there is a spot available.

Please let the office know via email or phone if you are away on holidays (dates) or if your child is sick by 8.30am that day.

You are entitled to 42 absences within a financial year to still receive CCB and CCR payments. If your child has attended another service within the financial year, any absences they may have had will also show on our records.

For more information on absences, please read your parent handbook.

 

STAFF FOR 2018

We welcome Miss Emma. W and Miss Jane to our team!

We have additional educators in 2018 to cover breaks, programming, annual leave, long service leave and illness.

STAFFING ARRANGEMENTS ARE:

Eeyores Spot – Miss Jessica, Miss Rhiannon, Miss Emma. C and Miss Emma. W.

Tiggers Place – Miss Jo, Miss Kayley

Pooh’s Corner – Miss Allison, Miss Rupinder, Miss Shazia, Miss Prabh

Miss Kim will assist with annual leave/long service leave/illness relief in all rooms.

Miss Jane will assist in all rooms for the start of the year. Miss Maria will assist us in the afternoons, Miss Elizabeth will assist us in Pooh’s Corner for the start of the year then with program release and break relief, Miss Amanda and Miss Rose will assist us with break relief.

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER IN EACH ROOM:

EEYORE’S SPOT: Please remember to place items of clothing, sheets (if needed) nappies etc into the baskets supplied in the nappy change area.  Please put any prepared bottles into the fridge in the bottle prep area.  Please place dummies (in an appropriate container) in the bottle prep area.

Please have a look at our daily diary to see what your children are learning and have done each day. Always have a look for any upcoming projects you can contribute to.

Please place water drink bottles in our esky.

Please write in our weekend book about what you have been up to, learning about, current interests.

TIGGER’S PLACE: Please remember to bring in a piece of fruit and place in the fruit basket in the foyer each morning. If your child comes 5 days, you might like to bring in one big piece of fruit for the week e.g.: watermelon/ rockmelon etc. You can also bring in vegetables as something different for the basket e.g.: carrots, celery, avocado etc.

Please place your child’s bed sheets in the bed cupboard on their first day of attendance of each week.

Please have a look at our daily diary to see what your children are learning and have done each day.  Always have a look for any upcoming projects you can contribute to.

Please place water drink bottles in our esky.

Please write in our weekend book about what you have been up to, learning about, current interests.

POOH’S CORNER: Please remember to bring in a piece of fruit and place in the fruit basket in the foyer each morning. If your child comes 5 days you might like to bring in one big piece of fruit for the week e.g.: watermelon/ rockmelon etc. You can also bring in vegetables as something different for the basket e.g.: carrots, celery, avocado etc.

Please place your child’s bed sheets in the bed cupboard on their first day of attendance each week.

Please have a look at our daily diary to see what your children are learning and have done each day.  Always have a look for any upcoming projects you can contribute to.

Please place water drink bottles in our esky.

Please write in our weekend book about what you have been up to, learning about, current interests.


POLICIES

Each fortnight we will place a different policy on the sign in and out table for parents to review. This is a great chance for you to read our policies in depth and learn our centre’s procedures. Please feel free to ask questions or provide feedback as your support is appreciated.

 

OPENING AND CLOSING HOURS

Please be mindful that our centre does not open until 7am and closes at 6pm. Our staff arrive before 7am to open the centre appropriately – we are not licensed to care for children before 7am. We close the centre at 6pm, a late fee will be charged for any child picked up after 6pm. $20 after 6pm (any period of time 6pm to 6.15pm e.g.: you come at 6.05pm it will be $20) after 6.15pm it is $30 from (6.15pm-6.30) and $2 per minute after 6.30pm. E.g.: if you come at 6.20pm it will be a $50 late fee.

It is best to have nearby emergency contacts that can help you pick up your child if you are going to be late.

This fee has been based on networking with other services and it is to deter families from being late so we can have our teachers go home on time.

This updated fee policy will start from the week commencing 29/1/17.

Our staff have families and commitments after work and we like to respect that and allow them to leave on time. We hope you understand and can help us by respecting this.


CLOTHING

Please remember to label all items to prevent any lost property.

Please also dress your child appropriately for the weather – while it is nice to be in a singlet top or dress, this doesn’t promote sun safety at the centre. All children must wear T shirts – no Singlet tops, muscle tops or strap dresses. Please remember to supply your child with the correct hat – NO BASEBALL CAPS. ALL children must wear a hat outside – if they don’t have a suitable hat, we do have spares or they have to stay under the covered area.

Please pack spare clothing in your child’s bag to ensure they have clothing for any incidents.

 

Appropriate footwear is also requested – NO THONGS.

Sandals, running shoes or closed in shoes etc are allowed. This helps the children to play and climb appropriately without encouraging accidents e.g.: falling over.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS-

Thursday 25th January – Australia Day celebrations! Come dressed in Green or Gold or Australian flag colours Blue, Red and White.

 

Friday 16th February – Chinese New Year. Come dressed in red!

We look forward to a fantastic year with you all!

 

Simon and Monique

 

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