May 2021 Newsletter

MOTHER’S DAY AFTERNOON TEA

We invite you to join us on Friday 7th May at 2.30pm for a special Mother’s Day afternoon tea – recognizing and supporting the Cancer Council. A gold coin donation is appreciated throughout the week of 3/5-7/5.

If your child doesn’t attend Friday’s, you are very welcome to join us.

PARTNERSHIPS WITH OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Miss Allison has been working very hard working in partnership with our local schools. She recently sent a questionnaire to Holy Cross, Caddies Creek and Parklea schools to ask for their feedback to the Transition to school statements we provide to the schools before the child’s enrolment.

Miss Allison has heard back from Caddies Creek, who have provided such valuable feedback to the transition to school statements, our routine, offered suggestions and praise. Miss Allison has initiated a letter writing project with Poohs Corner and Kindergarten children from caddies Creek (focusing on what school is like etc) Stay tuned!

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(please see the below section: A child who has not yet received care or who has ceased receiving care) If the child is withdrawn without notice, three weeks full fees must be paid regardless.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).

Please know that the flu injection also has a 24-hour exclusion to monitor any side effects.

We appreciate your cooperation.

STAFF TRAINING

Miss Rupinder, Miss Rhiannon, Miss Jess and Miss Jo attended a webinar on “Self-assessment within the service”

Miss Katelyn attended the webinar on “Unpacking the exceeding themes”

Miss Rupinder attended a zoom training meeting with NSW Health Munch and Move on “Learning through food”

Miss Jo has also been corresponding with Blacktown Council regarding native plants and suggestions for our bush tucker garden.

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.

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

We do go outside to play in all elements – suitable clothing is required.

Please ensure your child has suitable clothing to wear outside eg: 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 stay at home to rest and recover.

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/ once and arrange for pick up.

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.

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 enroll 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/flu shot etc. (please see policy).

We appreciate your cooperation.

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.

EVENTS

Fire fighter Day –  Tuesday 4th May (we are attempting to arrange a visit – Date to be confirmed, stay tuned!)

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea – Friday 7th May 2.30pm.

We would love if you can join us for Afternoon tea. If your child doesn’t attend on Friday’s, you are very welcome to join us. Please see the invitation emailed and displayed for more information.

National families week-   15th-21st May

Outdoor classroom day-   Friday 21st May

World day for cultural diversity – Friday 21st May. Wear your cultural clothing. Families are welcome to share their cultural clothing with us.

National sorry day – Monday 26th May

National reconciliation week –    27th May to 3rd June

 

 

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