September 2020 Newsletter

COVID19

We sincerely thank you all for keeping your children at home when they are unwell.

Please continue to keep your children home if they are unwell – please remember not to send them with paracetamol /ibuprofen or over the counter cough mixtures in their system (as this will only mask the symptoms)

Please refer to NSW Health COVID19 information regarding illnesses. No runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, cough etc to attend the centre. Please have a COVID19 test and return when there are no symptoms – please bring in your COVID19 results.

Please only have ONE ADULT attending the centre for drop off or pick up.

Please see our updated COVID19 policy sent via Hubworks in August 2020.

This is very important throughout this time – your support, understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated. It is a true testament of the wonderful families we have here at Hunny Pots. We are all working together to get through this crisis.

ENROLMENTS FOR EARLY LEARNING CENTRE – 2021

Re-enrolment notes have been emailed to you via HUBWORKS message centre on the 27th August.

All existing enrolments need to complete this form to let us know your requirements for 2021.

Please complete and return by Thursday 17th September 2020.

Poohs Corner enrolments cease at the end of the calendar year eg: last day at Hunny Pots 22nd December.

If you do require care for January 2021 please send an email with your requirements. We will confirm if we can do this in November.

WEEKEND BOOK

A reminder to write in the weekend books locate in the foyer (near the iPad kiosk.)

These entries assist us in the curriculum planning for the room and children. By extending on interests and incorporating our principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework, we are able to meet learning outcomes based from these experiences.

For example, hearing about a family picnic, we can extend this into our play and build upon this experience.

You can also let us know about goals you are working on at home also we can work in partnership to achieve these.

ASTHMA/ ANAPHYLAXIS/ ALLERGIES

We must have an action plan for all asthmatics, anaphylactic children and allergies. For example if you request “Please remove cheese from their diet due to allergies” we must have an action plan from a doctor in the event that they come into contact with it.

All allergies, asthma and anaphylaxis children must have a current action plan, risk minimization plan (in consultation with educators and family) current prescribed medication to support the action plan.

STAFF TRAINING

On Monday 24th August, Miss Jo, Miss Rupinder and Miss Allison attended training on and “Numeracy and Thinking Skills for 3-5 years”

On Tuesday 8th September Miss Emma W will complete Leadership training.

On Wednesday 16th September Miss Allison will attend training on Exceeding Themes.

On Friday 18th September Miss Jo will attend training on the QIP (Quality Improvement Plan)

On Thursday 24th September Miss Jo and Miss Allison will attend training STEAM ahead in the early Childhood

These webinars are NESA endorsed and contribute to their accreditation hours.

BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND CURRENT IMMUNISATION STATEMENTS.

If you have immunised your child recently e.g.: 1yr immunisation, 18mth chicken pox immunisation, 4yr old immunisation, please provide us with the updated record of this immunisation.

We must have a copy of your child’s up to date immunisation status on the premises.

No immunisation = No enrolment. This is a government regulation.

Also, please provide us with a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

Please check with the office if you are unsure if we have these documents.

COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILIES & EDUCATORS

We embrace the partnership with families in their child’s development and value the relationships we have with our families.

We do ask that communication is supported at the appropriate times. In a perfect world this would never be questioned. However, our highest priority is children’s health and safety. Please know while we may be talking to you about your child’s day, we are still needing to supervise appropriately.

If we are taking phone calls, we are still supervising children.

Please arrange suitable times with management if you require a more detailed conversation.

Thank you for understanding.

FACEBOOK PARENT PAGE

A reminder to join the page and keep an eye out for posts on centre happenings, reminders and great articles etc. Another resource to use to communicate with families.

‘Hunny Pots Early learning Centre parent page 2020.’

SUN PROTECTION/CLOTHING

Spring is here! 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!

No hat – No play.

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.

CAR SEAT SAFETY

Please ensure your child is in the appropriate car seat for their age/size.

National child restraint laws

  • Children up to the age of six months must be secured in an approved rearward facing restraint
  • Children aged from six months old but under four years old must be secured in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness
  • Children under four years old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows
  • Children aged from four years old but under seven years old must be secured in a forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat
  • Children aged from four years old but under seven years old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in an approved child restraint or booster seat
  • Children aged from seven years old but under 16 years old who are too small to be restrained by a Seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat
  • Children in booster seats must be restrained by a suitable lap and sash type approved Seatbelt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.

If your child is too small for the child restraint specified for their age, they should be kept in their current child restraint until it is safe for them to move to the next level.

If your child is too large for the child restraint specified for their age, they may move to the next level of child restraint.

https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/children/childcarseats/index.html

SCHOOL READINESS TALK

Every year we host a School Readiness Talk. We have guest speakers, school representatives or Hunny Pots Educators presenting helpful and informative information.

It’s always a great way to present the information and answer appropriate questions from families.

Tiggers and Poohs Corner families participate.

Unfortunately, due to COVID19 we are unable to host a School Readiness Talk at the centre.

We are trying to think of creative ways we can still pass on this information.

We have consulted with Tiggers Place and Poohs Corner families on questions they would like covered and we have appreciated the response.

We will keep in touch how this School Readiness Talk will be presented.

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(CCS) on your last day.

SUPPORTING OUR EDUCATORS BACKS

To assist with lifting and holding children, can we remind families to support our educators.

We ask our educators to sit down when holding a child eg: sitting on a chair to comfort or greet upon arrival.

Please know if they do this, this is to support themselves looking after their bodies.

REMINDERS FOR EACH ROOM

EEYORES:

  • To communicate any changes in routine
  • To place all bag items in the correct places
  • Are you toilet training? Let us know so we can work together on the same consistent message.

TIGGERS

  • To look at the show and tell roster and only bring in show and tell on that day
  • To put sheets in the bed cupboard
  • Please bring in lots of clothing for any toileting accidents or wet clothing

POOHS

  • To bring in the correct hat
  • To bring in show and tell (looking at the roster) the letter/sound of the week.
  • Communicate with your educators if your child is going to school for 2021 or 2022.

 UPCOMING EVENTS-

Jersey Day – Friday 4th September. Wear your favourite jersey. Awareness for Organ donation. No gold coin needed – please visit  www.jerseyday.com.au for more information.

White Balloon Day – Friday 11th September. Wear white! Gold coin donation to Bravehearts to raise awareness for Child Protection.

Wonderful Wacky Wednesday! – Wednesday 23rd September-Dress in mismatched clothing, clothing backwards etc – a bit of fun!

SAVE THE DATES

Tigger’s Place and Poohs Corner NSW Health eye test –Monday 7th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th December. More information closer to the date.

ENROLMENTS FOR EARLY LEARNING CENTRE – 2021

We will be asking what your requirements are for 2021 late 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 Tuesday 22nd December 2020 and reopening on Wednesday 6th January 2021.

Helpful websites:

www.startingblocks.gov.au

A fantastic website CREATED BY THE AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S EDUCATION & CARE QUALITY AUTHORITY (ACECQA)

www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/services/Pages/support-contact-list.aspx

A wonderful website to support Mental health for families.

 

 

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