September 2019 Newsletter

SPRING IS HERE!

Who is making the most of the gorgeous days? Our wonderful park and walks. Going for a walk in our community, it is wonderful to see families enjoying the weather, outdoors and being active.

ENROLMENTS FOR EARLY LEARNING CENTRE – 2020

We have confirmed positions for 2020– these confirmations have been sent via email.

Bond updates for existing families will be deducted via Ipay on Tuesday 18th September 2019.

Rooms are becoming full – limited spaces left.

If you know of anyone after a position for next year – to come in quick!

Poohs Corner enrolments for 2019 will finish on Friday 20th December 2019. Unless January care has been arranged and confirmed with Monique.

All existing enrolments commence upon return for 2020 – Monday 6th January 2020.

Thank you

HUBWORKS MESSAGES

You will see changes to the Electronic sign in/out – you are now asked to ‘Confirm Absences’. After your child has been absent, they will ask you next time you are in to confirm this absence.

You will also be asked to confirm if we have signed in/out on behalf for you.

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Thank you, Tigger’s and Pooh’s Corner families, for bringing in the fruit daily. We have a wonderful selection for our fruit and vegetable platters.

We also encourage vegetables to be brought in – cherry tomatoes, carrots, snow peas, cucumbers etc.

MUNCH AND MOVE SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE

Throughout September we will be participating in the Munch and Move “Active Play, Everyday Challenge”. This will be quite easy for our educators and children as the educators implement active play already every day at Hunny Pots!

We will use this opportunity to review our practices and demonstrate how they are embedded in to our practices. We will use critical reflection to complete reflective practices, to review goals set in our Quality Improvement Plan.

We will also use this opportunity to engage with families! Inform you all on how we implement Munch and Move daily. What is Munch and Move! And be resourceful to families with our knowledge.

MENU CHANGE

We will be trialing this month bringing our late snack of Lebanese bread to an early time.

We will trial bread time (late snack) at 4.15 to 4.30pm.

STAFF NEWS

Miss Maria – our Thursday and Friday cook is leaving Hunny Pots. She will be greatly missed. Miss Renee who currently works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays in Eeyore’s and Friday afternoons has accepted the Thursday and Friday cooks role. We are thrilled to have Miss Renee take on this role.

Miss Rupinder will be on Long service leave from 8th October and returning 3rd December. During this time her daughter will be getting married. We wish Miss Rupinder and family a wonderful time.

STAFF TRAINING

Miss Allison will be attending training on Wednesday 18th September on “A positive start to school”

Miss Monique will be attending a webinar on Friday 13th September on “Tiaras, tantrums and teamwork”

RATIOS AND REGULATIONS

Our ratios are:

one teacher to every four children 0-2 years

one teacher to every five children 2-3years

one teacher to every ten children 3-5 years

Each day we are licensed for 59 children. We can not go over this number of children per day and we have to abide to floor space requirements inside and outside.

Whilst regulations allow educators to be alone with children, it is best practice to have two educators present at all times.

Please know that when you enter your child’s playroom, an educator could be outside collecting the emergency key, doing a safety check, watching a child in the bathroom etc.

PROVIDING FEEDBACK

Thank you to the families who are responding to the emailed quality area surveys. We use this information for our Quality Improvement Plan. Your partnership and contribution to our Quality Improvement Plan is much appreciated.

SUN PROTECTION/CLOTHING

As the weather warms up……. Please remember, our sun protection policy states for all children to wear a broad brimmed, legionaries style hat or bucket style hat- NO BASEBALL HATS ALLOWED!

We have a lot of children not bringing in hats, we don’t have many spare hats so please ensure you pack a hat for your child as we do follow the NO HAT NO PLAY rule.

Also, for children to wear clothing that covers their shoulders – NO SINGLETS, STRAP DRESSES OR MUSCLE TOPS.  NO THONGS ALLOWED.

This is to encourage lifelong sun protection skills for your child.

HOSTING STUDENTS

To work with our community, we have a few students coming in for their placements. We work closely with many colleges and registered training authorities to encourage a passion for early childhood education.

You will see some new student faces throughout the remainder of the year.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS-

Child protection week 2-6th September – Gold coin donation all week.

Educators day – Wednesday 4th September.

White Balloon Day – Friday 6th September. Wear white! Gold coin donation to Braveheart’s to raise awareness for Child Protection.

Wonderful wacky Wednesday! 25th September – come dressed silly, opposite, back to front, odd clothing!!!

SAVE THE DATES

ENROLMENTS FOR EARLY LEARNING CENTRE – 2020

Bond updates for existing families will be deducted via iPay on Tuesday 18th September 2019.

Centre Closure over the Christmas break – We will be operating up to and including Friday 20th December 2019 and reopening on Monday 6th January 2020

Thank you

 

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