March / April Newsletter 2018

CHANGE OF WEATHER

Please be aware, with the change of season will come extra colds etc, cooler mornings and warm afternoons.

Please dress your child accordingly for the morning and we will change them, if necessary, throughout the day.

Please pack spare clothes for all seasons.

 

EASTER HAT PARADE

Wednesday 28th March – Easter Hat Parade 2.15pm for all children

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 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.

 

BELONGINGS

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

 

FRUIT FOR TIGGER’S AND POOH’S CORNER

We are having a great variety of fruit coming in. Please remember to bring in a piece of fruit each day your child attends and place in the baskets in the foyer (otherwise bring in a bigger piece of fruit eg: watermelon, pineapple, rockmelon for the week)


ILLNESS

We would like to take this opportunity to thank families for supporting us with reducing the spread of infection.

We have noticed many families keeping their children home to rest and recover. This is very much appreciated.

Please remember, if your child has Panadol or Nurofen in their system, they are not to come to Hunny Pots. You are only masking the symptoms and the illness will spread to other children and our educators.

We are able to administer prescribed antibiotics (after your child has been taking it for 24hours); you will need to complete a medication form (near the sign in/out sheets in foyer).

We are unable to administer any over the counter medication at Hunny Pots e.g.: cough mixtures etc.

We are only able to administer Panadol at Hunny Pots if a child has a temperature of 38 degrees or above and with parent consent.

If your child presents any illness symptoms, we will call you to arrange an immediate pick up.

We will also give you a courtesy call if your child is feeling “off” – no immediate pick up is needed.

There is an interesting article from the Raising Children Network website regarding Colds (illness). It’s an informative read and handy to know in Winter.

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/colds.html


IMMUNISATION = ENROLMENT

Please ensure that throughout the year if your child receives an immunisation e.g.: 12 months, 18months or 4years, you will need to provide your child’s immunisation status record to us.

Due to Government regulations we are unable to enrol unimmunised children – failure to provide immunisation records = no enrolment.

You are required to keep your child at home for 24hours to monitor any side effects after immunisation (please see policy).

We appreciate your cooperation.


DRINK BOTTLES

It is recommended that the children’s drink bottles have a lid to protect the mouth piece to avoid cross contamination. The drink bottles go into our eskies – if they fall over, the mouth pieces can touch each other. Our teachers do stand them up and encourage the children to do the same – however if they have a lid, this would be a more hygienic option.


CHILDREN’S DIETARY REQUIRMENTS

We have many dietary requirements for our cooks. We are catering to our menu, allergies, cultural requirements, anaphylaxis, intolerances and fussy eaters. Please be very specific in what your child’s requirements are so we can best assist them.

Regarding fussy eaters, our first priority is to offer them the centre’s meal. We find 98% of the time they will eat the meal with encouragement and role modeling from their educators. At first this might start with only trying the meal and working up to eating most of the meal. It is a process that we have seen work. If we go straight to offering another option, it does make it difficult for the child to continue trying a variety of nutritious meals.

We understand food preferences and hope to cater to all children being fed well.

Please understand that if we do one thing for one child in the room, we need to do it for all children. Our cooks do an amazing job providing our meals on time for 59 children each day in addition to catering to dietary and medical requirements.


Food from home MUST comply with our nutrition and food handling policies.

–      No sugar cereals, No white bread sandwiches (wholemeal or multigrain)

–      Any leftover heated food from home will be thrown out after meal times.

If you have any further questions, please see Monique or Janelle (cook Mon-Wed)

 

STAFF TRAINING

We had some additional training in February – Miss Kayley and Miss Kim attended “Teach me to Play” Autism workshop on Wednesday 14th February.

Miss Kayley, Miss Jess, Miss Rhiannon and Miss Monique also attended the ACA bus tour – visiting services within our community to network and collaborate as educators in our sector.

On Saturday 10th March Miss Monique, Mr Simon, Miss Jo, Miss Kim, Miss Rhiannon, Miss Emma C, Miss Rupinder and Miss Rose updated their first aid certiciates.

This month Miss Rupinder will attend “Positive Behaviour Management and Identifying Early Language Issues” in Castle Hill on Tuesday 20th March.


WEEKEND BOOKS / STRENGTH TREES

Please write in our weekend books! The information you put in there is so valuable.  The Weekend Book’s are for each room – this really enhances our partnership with families and allows us to plan activities based on children’s interest.

It’s not just for the weekend activities.  Let us know what you have been up to! From this information, we have a discussion with your child and plan activities based on this interest.

Also, you will have educators asking your child’s interest throughout the year. It’s always important to let us know current interests and what your goals are for your child.

The goals help us to work in partnership for your child – we use the interests to assist us in planning to achieve the goal.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Tiggers and Poohs Corner children – Tuesday 6th March – Magic Craig “Preschool is magic” show. 10am start. $8 per child attending Tuesday.

Thursday 15th March – CRAZY HAIR DAY! Come with CRAZY hair, coloured, weird funny hairstyles!

Wednesday 21st March – Harmony Day – wear orange to symbolize Harmony.

Wednesday 28th March – Easter Hat Parade 2.15pm for all children

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 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.

Tuesday 10th April – Pyjama Day! One of our favourite days! Come dressed in your favourite Pyjamas and have a fun cozy day at Hunny Pots.

 

 

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