June 2021 Newsletter

WINTER IS HERE!

I am sure we say it every year, but this year is going so fast!

Winter is here!

We do go outside in the Winter months – we ask for children to be dressed appropriately for outside play. We encourage active play outside to stay fit and healthy!

We also teach the children to take off clothing layers when inside.

ADVOCATING FOR FAMILIES, EDUCATORS AND COMMUNITY.

Miss Monique and Mr Simon have a meeting with Jodie Harrison MP Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning on Monday 7th June 2021.

We wish to advocate for affordable care and education for children and families, obtaining and retaining Early Childhood Educators and teachers for quality care and discussing the day to day running of a passionate and quality service.

(Unfortunately, this meeting was cancelled by Jodie Harrison – we hope to reschedule)

STAFF TRAINING

On Wednesday 2nd June, Miss Jo, Miss Allison and Miss Monique had a conference call with Naomi, an Authorised Officer from the Quality Support Team, Department of Education. This assisted us with the Working document of the Self-Assessment Tool. Even though Hunny Pots ELC hasn’t got an Assessment and rating date, we are always working on our Critical reflection and self-assessment. This allows us to always develop and learn practices to enhance quality learning for children and professional development for our educator team.

On Thursday 17th June, Miss Shubhi has an NSW Health Munch and Move zoom webinar on Tummy Time.

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(please see the below section: A child who has not yet received care or who has ceased receiving care) If the child is withdrawn without notice, three weeks full fees must be paid regardless.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

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.

MAINTENANCE

We are having our vinyl floors polished over the long weekend. On Friday 11th June, you will see the furniture on the carpet areas ready to clear the vinyl floors.

EVENTS

World environment day    5th June (we will acknowledge Monday 7th June)

Thursday 10th June – Colourful/pattern day! Wear colours or patterns to Hunny Pots ELC!

Tuesday 15th June -National buddy day

Tuesday 22nd June 2021 – Multicultural show with Jenny from Happy Time with kids at 10am. Hunny Pots ELC is funding this show.

Monday 28th June Vietnamese family day

4th-11th July. Naidoc week ‘Heal country’

Hunny Pots Early Learning Centre Philosophy

The Hunny Pots philosophy has a strong focus on providing safe, consistent, stimulating, caring and educational learning environments for all children.

We aim to provide a high-quality professional service that fosters security and care by creating an environment that is warm and family like to children, families and our educators.

We believe in working in partnership with families. Families are encouraged to collaborate with our educators about their child’s interests and progress. We aim to provide a trustful relationship with parents and the community to work as a team.

Educators believe in providing a warm and friendly environment with cuddles and comfort to assist in allowing each child to feel safe and secure. We aim to be an extension of their family, to be approachable, resourceful and available.

We acknowledge and respect that each child learns effectively in a stimulating and positive environment. We respect each child learns differently and at different stages. We plan for individual children experiences that are linked to children’s developing skills and interests. These can be spontaneous, follow up experiences, family suggestions and/or children’s interest/choice. We continue to extend the children’s abilities to continue to stimulate their growing minds.

We believe in providing an inclusive environment at Hunny Pots to teach and role model inclusiveness. We encourage children’s self-help skills to enable them to become independent and confident children.

Each child’s culture and family values are respected and nurtured. We encourage them to maintain their home language and culture and adapt our program and learning to be inclusive.

As professionals we believe in working in a respectful and friendly environment. Our Hunny Pots family is an extension of our own family. We are guided by teamwork and communicating effectively and respectfully.

Praise and encouragement motivates us by management and families. We strive to continue to learn about our sector through research, professional development training and networking. We believe in all educators working in all rooms over time to encourage their learning for all age groups.

Our staffing arrangements have a strong emphasis of educated, qualified, experienced educators who mentor and encourage beginning / new educators.

Looking after each other’s wellbeing and assisting each other maintains respectful relationships and provides an enjoyable workplace.

Our environment is welcoming and homely but also represents a learning environment. We display children’s work to demonstrate what they are learning about and for children to have pride in their work. We have resources available in all rooms for children’s choice. We believe in providing natural resources to the children’s environment to promote sustainable practices. Our centre prides itself on its cleanliness – we provide a hygienic environment to prevent cross infection of illnesses.

Our furniture is movable to be able to change the set up of the rooms to cater to children’s play areas. Children are invited to be involved in the set up of each play area e.g.: outdoor play. This promotes respect for our resources and packing away effectively.

Our educational programs cover all age groups. We have an infant learning, junior preschool, preschool and school readiness program. These programs cover learning through play, intentional teaching, children’s interest, developmental milestones, inclusion, self help skills, sustainable practices, community, sensory learning, spontaneous experiences and an education program. We believe children Learn through Play. Our daily planning allows us to cater to the moment, to follow and extend experiences immediately. Children and families are encouraged to contribute to our planning for a more holistic program.

Our practices are based on critical reflection, class reflection and mentoring. We believe in having embedded practices that are consistent for children, educators and families.

Hunny Pots believes learning is an exciting adventure and a lifelong process. We endeavour to encourage a child’s passion for learning and provide them with life skills to carry with them throughout their life.

Sourced: Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia 2009

Family review

Staff reflection                         Date reviewed: March 2021

 

 

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