June 2019 Newsletter

ADDITION TO MANANGEMENT

We would like to welcome Miss Jo and Miss Allison to our management team. They have both taken on the role as Assistant directors.

You have seen on Mondays Miss Jo in the office 9am-3pm and Miss Allison 3-4pm.

Then on Wednesday Miss Jo 8-9am and Miss Allison 9-4pm.

They will also assist when possible in the office on other days when required.

This can change due to staffing arrangements.

If you have any queries, you can ask Miss Jo or Miss Allison. Otherwise Monique is in the office Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays and Simon is concentrating on the business and maintenance throughout the week.

 

SIGNING IN/OUT WITH ELECTRONIC KIOSK

Please ensure that only an adult (over 18 years of age) uses the electronic kiosk.

A few children are using the ipads to assist their families. While this is lovely, we require an adult or authorized person to sign their child in/out.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

WELCOME MISS JASWINDER

Miss Jaswinder is our new educator who has her Certificate three in Children’s Services and is working towards her Diploma. Miss Jaswinder is assisting in all rooms. We welcome her to our team.

 

WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN

Please collect the stickers and bring into Hunny Pots ELC so we can participate in this wonderful program.

Thank you in advance!

 

COFFEE AND PORTFOLIO WEEK

We invite you to our coffee and portfolio afternoon.

Coffee and Portfolio afternoon – 22nd- 26th July 3.30-4.15pm. Come along to have a cuppa and look through your child’s portfolio. Staff will be maintaining ratios with the children. All portfolios will be in Pooh’s Corner to view while having a hot drink (no children near hot drinks please)

 

CASUAL BOOKINGS

Casual days can be requested. If a vacancy is available we can confirm immediately, otherwise we will write the request on the requested day and confirm if possible. The extra days shall be charged for at the same rate as the family’s regular care. The fee for additional days, which are cancelled with at least one day’s notice, may be waived at the Director’s discretion. Extra day bookings can only be secured pending we have a position available.

Activity hours (child care subsidy) may not cover the extra day – check your fortnightly activity hours.

 

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

During morning and afternoon tea times our children are offered a variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables. For Tigger and Poohs Corner families that are required to bring in a piece of fruit daily, we welcome you to bring in vegetables also that can be served raw for our children to increase their vegetable serves! We look forward to seeing the variety of fruit and vegetables in our baskets.

 

MUNCH AND MOVE

Munch & Move is NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time (e.g. watching TV or DVDs, playing on computers and small hand-held games devices).

Hunny Pots ELC has Munch and Move embedded into their program through our menu planning, learning activities and physical activity (fundamental movement skills).

A great link : www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/campaigns-programs/resources-for-playgroups-and-parentscarers.aspx

 

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.

You must attend the last day of care to receive child care subsidy on your last day.

 

TRANSITIONING FROM ONE ROOM TO THE NEXT

If your child turns 3 years old before the 31st July this year, we will endeavor to move them from Eeyore’s room to Tigger’s room. This is based on there being a position available -We are currently full at the moment, however they are our first priority when positions do become available.

When children move from Eeyores to Tiggers, 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. Children are to be toilet trained before they go into Tigger’s Place, as there are no nappy changing facilities in this room.

Eeyore’s is the only room we transition mid year.

All Eeyore children turning 3 years after the 31st July will move up to Tigger’s at the beginning of next year.

 

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY IN WINTER

An article on HUFFPOST website states: “It’s the catchphrase uttered every winter: ‘Rug up or you’ll catch cold!’

Well, sorry, mums around the world, but in actual fact, the colder temperature has very little to do with the likelihood of your catching a cold or flu, despite the fact autumn and winter are the seasons you’re most likely to get sick. (Confusing, we know, but bear with us.)

Which begs the question… if it’s not the cold weather that makes us catch a cold… what does?

“It’s interesting because the reality is, you get a cold because you get a cold virus, so it doesn’t matter how cold you are,” Professor William Rawlinson, senior medical virologist at

NSW Health Pathology told The Huffington Post Australia. “Unless you contract that virus, you are not going to get a cold.

“When you have isolated populations of people who don’t come in contact with other groups, you’ll find they don’t get colds. It’s when they have contact other people that the virus is able to be transferred.”

Fair enough… but why, then, do we still get most of our colds during winter?

“We get them because we get in close contact with other people,” Rawlinson said. “Either because someone coughs and you breathe the virus in, or they cough onto a surface and you touch that surface and then touch your nose or eye. Source: www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/07/10/for-the-last-time-being-cold-doesnt-make-you-catch-cold_a_21429347/

Health direct states: “The fact we spend more time indoors [during the colder months] leads to closer contact, which in turn means a cold virus tends to spread from one person to the other more easily.”

Good hygiene is one of the most important ways to help prevent colds and flu.

Other ways to help prevent flu can include antiviral medicines, although these are only recommended for preventing flu if you have been exposed to the flu in the previous 48 hours.

Antibiotics only work for bacterial infections so they won’t work for colds and flu which are caused by viruses.

If you are feeling concerned about any symptoms of a cold or flu then see your doctor. If you would like to speak to a registered nurse, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on the flu vaccine, go to the Department of Health website or call the National Immunisation Hotline on 1800 671 811.

For more information about Australia’s strategy to manage influenza pandemics go to www.health.gov.au.

SOURCE: www.healthdirect.gov.au/colds-and-flu

Raising children network states: “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”.

This is why we monitor the weather and in suitable conditions, we DO still go outside for our physical play. We get fresh air – to prevent being in air conditioning all day.

We encourage children to take off their jackets etc whilst inside so they have warm clothing to put on when they go outside in cooler weather. We may only go outside for a short period of time and encourage more physical play in cooler weather than quieter activities.

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 38degrees 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 a 24 hour exclusion policy is in place. Vomiting and diarrhea there is still a 48 hour exclusion policy from the centre (NSW Health). Please refer to our parent handbook.

 

Immunisation and flu infections have a 24 hour exclusion from the centre to monitor any side effects.

 

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.

 

SEEKING PROFESSIONAL SPECIALIST ADVICE

If you are referred to a specialist e.g.: speech, occupational therapy etc please send us an email with your permission to discuss your child’s development with the specialist.

This helps us to work in partnership together whilst respecting confidentiality.

 

CAR PARK

Please open and hold the car door for your children while they are entering and exiting the car. It is very easy for doors to open wide and hit another car accidently.

Please hold your child’s hand in the carpark – this is a great life skill.

· Please don’t leave your children unattended in the carpark. For safety reasons, it is best your children are being supervised.

 

STAFF TRAINING

Mr Simon and Miss Monique will be attending The Early Childhood Education Government consultation on Monday 3rd June.

Miss Jo is attending Munch and Move training Thursday 13th June and representing Hunny Pots ELC for the afternoon session of questions and answers.

Miss Emma W will be attending training on Monday 17th June – ‘Nurturing Infants and Toddlers’

Miss Allison will be attending training on Monday 24th June on “Transition to school statement Forum”. Miss Allison will have the opportunity to network with schools and exploring ideas on how to use the statement in everyday use.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tiggers Bike day – Friday 7th June. Tiggers children bring your bike/scooter to Hunny Pots. Park at the end of the carpark, bring your helmet inside. Please label everything. We will close the carpark at 10am.

Pyjama Day – Monday 17th June. Come dressed in your warm pyjamas!

Dress up day “What I would like to be when I grow up” Friday 21st June.

Bug Show – Wednesday 3rd July for Tiggers and Poohs Corner $8 will be added to Wednesday Poohs and Tiggers invoice

Week 22nd – 26th July – Coffee and portfolio viewing week. Come 3.30-4.15pm to see the wonderful work in your child’s portfolio.

Naidoc week Voice Treaty Truth -7th-14th July.

 

SAVE THE DATES

 

Hunny Pots school photos – Monday 5th August, Wednesday 7th August and Friday 9th August. More information closer to the date.

 

Poohs Corner NSW Health eye test –Tuesday 27th August and Friday 30th August. More information closer to the date.

 

ENROLMENTS FOR EARLY LEARNING CENTRE – 2020

We will be asking what your requirements are for 2020 in early August this year.

All families must complete the re-enrolment forms – No attendances ‘roll over’.

 

Centre Closure over the Christmas break – We will be operating up to and including Friday 20th December 2019 and reopening on Monday 6th January 2019.

 

 

Thank you.

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