April 2019 Newsletter

EASTER HAT PARADE

Friday 12th April – Easter Hat Parade 2.15pm-3pm 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 Friday 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.

MICHELLE ROWLAND MP VISITING HUNNY POTS ELC

On Friday 12th April 9am-10am Michelle Rowland will be visiting Hunny Pots to see families. This will be a great opportunity to provide feedback on the child care subsidy, what your needs are for the area etc.

PARENT FEEDBACK

Reflective surveys for each quality area will be sent out monthly to provide families opportunities to give us feedback and contribute to our Quality Improvement Plan.

We thank families who have contributed to feedback for Quality Area Five – Relationships with Children. This feedback has been very valuable.

For April we will be sending out Quality Area two – Children’s Health and Safety. We look forward to your feedback.

STAFF TRAINING

On the 19th March;

Miss Kim attended a Behaviour guidance webinar

Miss Emma W attended ‘Learning opportunities for Infants’ webinar

Miss Larissa attended a ‘Learning opportunities for Toddlers’ webinar

On 28th March, Miss Kim attended a live ‘Calming the Chaos’ webinar and Miss Jess, Miss Emma W and Miss Jo have listened to the recording.

On 4th April, Miss Jane will attend ‘Getting the most out of grouptime’ webinar

Miss Kayley will attend ‘Holistic learning opportunities’ webinar

Miss Rhiannon will attend ‘Outdoor learning environments’ webinar

STAFF NEWS

We welcome Miss Elise to Hunny Pots ELC as a Certificate three traineeship in Children’s Services. Miss Elise will be in all rooms assisting with replacing educators for programming and annual leave. We hope you can help us welcome her.

Miss Elizabeth has sadly resigned from Hunny Pots ELC due to family reasons. We wish Miss Elizabeth all the best in her future.

BACKYARD 3- 5 YEARS RENOVATION

We are very excited for our backyard renovation. The Tradie Ladies will be coming in from the 15th April to transform part of the Tigger/poohs Corner yard. Diagram is displayed in the foyer.

INDIVIDUAL PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING FOR YOUR CHILD

Each child has a portfolio of their learning. Educators gather information from families (from the weekend book, All about me forms, strength tree goals or conversations) or use intentional teaching strategies to observe and plan activities. These experiences are critically reflected upon using an assessment of learning and theorist information. We can also revisit if needed and extend accordingly.

We ask families to be actively involved in their child’s learning so we have our practice shaped by meaningful engagement with families. Remember to let us know what you have been up to in our weekend book – we extend upon this in our curriculum. Let us know what you want us to work on with your child so we can work in partnership with you.

Your feedback is always greatly appreciated.

DISCUSSING DEVELOPMENT WITH OUR EDUCATORS

Our educators are a resource to you – a wealth of knowledge and experience.

All of our educators have a qualification in Children’s Services. On top of this more than half of our educators have experience in parenting. Our combined experiences are to assist you and your children.

We are not medical professionals, we are Early Childhood professionals. Therefore, we can guide you to the correct professionals to assist with any concerns of development.

We believe it’s our duty of care to raise any concerns of development with you; it is up to you, as a family how you would like to deal with this sensitive information. We encourage you to work in partnership with us; this is the best result for your child.

If you are working with any specialist professionals, please communicate this with us. You are able to provide email permission for our educators to discuss any concerns to these professionals.

SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

You may notice the playrooms being dark at times…..! We are educating the children on all concepts of sustainable practices. This includes electricity (turning the lights off when we are outside or enough natural light in the room), composting (knowing our food scraps – what scraps go into each bucket) gardening (vegetable patch, weeding) water conservation (half flush, full flush using the toilets, using the taps) and recycling (use of paper, paper towel, using boxes etc)

We hope to educate our future children to be aware of sustainable practices so they can look after our beautiful planet.

WITHDRAWAL OF YOUR CHILD/REDUCING DAYS

Parents must give at least three weeks written notice to the Director before withdrawing their child from Hunny Pots. If the child does not attend the centre during this period, fees are still payable (please see the below section: A child who has not yet received care or who has ceased receiving care) If the child is withdrawn without notice, three weeks full fees must be paid regardless.

Parents may reduce their child’s days of attendance by giving three weeks’ notice to the Director.

No notice period accepted in December and January for withdrawing or reducing days.

A child who has not yet received care or who has ceased receiving care

Below is from the Child Care Handbook Australian Government Department of Education and Training:

Child Care Subsidy will not be paid for absences where a provider charges a family to reserve a place for a child who has not yet physically started care.

If a child is booked in to start at a service on a particular date, and does not start on that day, no Child Care Subsidy will be paid until the child physically attends a session of care.

Similarly, a child care service is taken to have permanently ceased providing care for a child on the day the child last physically attends a session of care. This means that Child Care Subsidy will not be paid for absences submitted after a child last physically attends a session of care.

If a family has confirmed their child’s last day at a service, but that child does not attend their last booked sessions of care, no Child Care Subsidy will be paid for any days after the child’s last physical attendance at the service.

If a provider continues to charge fees for sessions on days after a child has left the service because the family did not give the agreed period of notice, Child Care Subsidy will not be payable for these sessions of care. If absences are reported in the above circumstances and Child Care Subsidy is incorrectly paid, these amounts will be recovered from the service.

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.

OUTDOOR PLAY IN WINTER

“Colds are more common in the winter months. Cold weather by itself doesn’t increase the chance of getting a cold, but people are in closer contact with each other because they stay indoors. This means they’re more likely to infect each other”. Quoted from the article link :

https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/health-daily-care/health-concerns/colds

This is why we monitor the weather and in suitable conditions, we DO still go outside for our physical play.

Please ensure your child has suitable clothing to wear outside e.g.: jacket, jumper, long pants etc and is able to remove their jacket etc inside.

ILLNESS

A timely reminder to ensure all children with an illness stays at home to rest and recover.

Paracetamol etc is not to be given prior to attending Hunny Pots to mask any symptoms.

We don’t administer over the counter medications e.g.: cough medication without written doctor permission.

If your child has a temperature of 38 degrees or above you will be contacted to pick up your child immediately. Also with any vomiting and/or diarrhea (2 cases at the centre) you will need to pick up immediately. For a temperature, vomiting and diarrhea there is a 24 hour exclusion policy from the centre (unless advised by NSW Health) Please refer to our parent handbook.

These practices are in place to protect all children, families and our educators from the spread of illness.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

WET BAGS

Wet bags are available from the office for $10 (cash only)

These are to replace plastic bags as we don’t have access to plastic bags anymore and the wet bags are a more sustainable solution.

EVENTS

Friday 12th April- Michelle Rowland MP visiting Hunny Pots 9-10am

Friday 12th April – Easter Hat Parade 2.15pm-3pm 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 Friday 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.

Week commencing 15th April – Tiggers/Poohs yard renovation

Monday 29th April – Pyjama Day! Come to Hunny Pots in your comfortable Pyjamas

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