Centre Newsletter May 2017
Welcome to the May edition of Doolandella's news!
You will have all noticed that both Miss Evonne & Allana are well into their maternity leave & have both welcomed new family additions into the world, Evonne has a daughter named Ida & Allana a son named Charles. We can't wait for them to visit, we wish them & their babies to be healthy & get lots of sleep!
As many of our families are aware, the Child Care Rebate is calculated over a financial year & currently has a limit of $7500 per year. Many families at this time of year run out of the Rebate or can have it withheld partially in an effort to avoid getting a bill from Centrelink at tax time, this can create a lot of financial pressure on families to keep their finances afloat until the new financial year ticks over. We are working closely with many of our families in an effort to support their ability to manage this, please speak with Cariad or Bek if you're requiring support.
You can learn more here https://www.education.gov.au/child-care-rebate
Over the coming weeks you will notice our outdoor play spaces will be freshened up with the addition of some new trees. With the children we will be planting Lily Pilly trees throughout the yards to offer both shade & an increased feel of gardens within the children's learning spaces. We welcome your assistance & support with this new adventure, our classes will be teaching the children to care gently for these new trees, to keep them in the soil, water them & protect their leaves from being picked so that they can grow big & strong for our garden. We cant wait to see the children's faces when they're lush & established.
Thank you for a wonderful month & here's to many more,
Welcome to our Nursery class,
As you head into our class room this month, we would like to welcome you into our jungle theme. We have been exploring all the different wild animals and the environments which they live in.
Firstly, let's extend a warm welcome to some of the new children in our room. Say hello to Ellie and Levi. Our children have really blossomed over the last few weeks, from crawling to walking, gaining confidence, independence and being able to use a sippy cup.
Over the past three weeks we have been discovering all about different wild animals that live in the jungle and the habitats in which they live. We have extended on the babies interest with singing and dancing by providing jungle themed music to dance and sing along too. We have been getting right into censorial play as well as using our imagination by creating our very own flamingo, gorillas, giraffes, elephants, lions, monkeys, hippos, parrots and tigers.
May we ask parents to please make sure all your child's belongings are properly labelled with their names. Hats and sunscreen are also needed as we take our friends out for a fun and sunny outdoor play.
Your Nursery Staff
Miss Arleen, Miss Casey and Miss Ether
Hello & welcome to our Toddlers classroom,
I would like to formally introduce myself, I'm sure you all know that my name is Christine & I am the Toddler Lead Educator. As you may know, Miss Helen has left us to pursue family commitments, so we wish her well.
It has been a busy & wonderful month getting to know all the children & parents.
Our learning this month has been focused on colour recognition through calm & inviting repetition. If you look around the room, the children have visibly enjoyed getting involved with painting experiences & collage which has opened up more opportunities to talk about & choose colours.
Part of being a toddler is learning about their role in each community & awareness of their surroundings. We are taking little steps at teaching & encouraging the children to learn where things belong, placing items on shelves, helping to pack blocks into containers & pushing in chairs. The children are responding positively to these opportunities & are proud of their achievements. It's wonderful to see them evolving & taking pride in themselves.
Now that we are being blessed with some cooler weather, we ask that the children wear warmer clothing & shoes to school & bring a light blanket for rest time as we work in partnership with our families in an effort to avoid the dreaded sniffles.
Having so many little friends in our class has meant that our fridge is always full, we would like to implement a basket system for our class in an effort to free up some space. Please help us by placing named food in the baskets labelled 'Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea'.
In an effort to solidify the relationships between educators & parents, please always attempt to spot one of our Toddler educators to discuss your child's day, care or needs so that we can work collaboratively together for the best care & education of your child.
Miss Christine, Faapepe, Josie & Margaret.
Welcome to the Tweenies class,
This month we have continued to focus on sensory exploration & colour recognition, the children have been showing a great interest in the messy play & it has opened up some interesting conversation topics with the children. We have noticed that the children have been exploring length, volume & measurements while engaging in sensory play. We will be extending on this by adding pre mathematics to our focus points. We will be using songs that encourage counting at group times and providing experiences that promote pre mathematical discussion.
With our colour recognition, the children are now becoming quite confident in their ability to recognise & often label most colours, so we will now be experimenting with mixing some colours to find what exciting discoveries await!
A lot of our children have now started toilet training & have taken this challenge openly & with confidence, if you think your child is ready to start toilet training, please do not hesitate to discuss this with Miss Kim & learn how we can support your family through this exciting time.
Please be reminded that we can get messy at times & are still learning about accidents so please ensure your child's bag is equipped with the following items;
Nappies or underwear, sheets, change of clothes, drink bottle, hat, lunch & if your child requires their own sun cream, please keep in touch with Miss Kim.
We can't wait to spend another month with our inquisitive Tweenies!
Miss Kim, Khushi & Phoebe
Hello to all our Junior Kindy Parents, we trust you are all doing great. :)
We would like to start off by talking about what we have done over the past month. As you have seen from our room, we have been focusing on our numbers and shapes. We have focused on a different shape/number each day by creating experiences and activities incorporating these shapes and numbers. All the children have really enjoyed learning about this months topic as each day we have observed the children talking about their shapes and numbers to their friends and also to the educators, discussing it with them during group time.
The children's artwork is always being displayed around our room. They have made the room beautiful and brilliant! The children have been working very hard using their creativity, imagination, fine motor skills, cognitive ability and confidence to present their artwork. Please take a look at your child's art work and praise them for the great work they are doing, as your child needs that ongoing encouragement and appreciation.
Our aim for this month is to create engaging experiences and spaces for the children to enjoy, we will be working on toilet training in the room and focusing on making the children feel safe and secure in their environment.
The children have been doing an awesome job at using their self help skills such as wiping their own face/nose, putting their scraps in the bin and washing their hands before and after meal times.
Just a quick reminder, as you all know it's starting to get much cooler during the mornings and in the afternoons, so we do ask that you provide your child with lots of warm clothes, socks, and closed shoes.
Our door is always open, so if you have any questions about the programming or your child's development, please feel free to come and speak to us. We are here to help
Until next time
Sarai, Sophia & Florence
Welcome to our busy Pre Kindy 1 class,
We would love to share what we as a class & community have been doing over the past month. As you may have seen from our classroom we have been focusing on pre numeracy, the children have showed a great interest in numbers, especially their age! We talk both in groups & individually about numbers each day & how they're used all around us; one banana, two cups of water, five building blocks. Using academics in every day life helps our children's minds to see the world & environment around them in many different concepts.
During June we are going to continue to focus on our numbers recognition, colour recognition & letter recognition skills. We're discovering through discussions with the children that many of their parents are also talking about recognition in their home life, identifying colours in their surroundings while driving home & verbalising recognition of a familiar letter in a sign for example. If you have goals for your children that your working on at home, we'd love for you to share these with us so that we can support these goals too.
On of our most exciting actions is to reflect on progress in our class & our children, so far we are seeing that group times are becoming more interactive, the children are displaying their emerging development through their play and learning, their ability to share and wait their turn with an understanding of why & the use of counting throughout their routines & learning.
We welcome parental input in many ways so please feel free to communicate with us about your child, our program, our room.
Miss Praxa, Miss Dipali, Miss Angela
Hello from Pre-Kindy 2
The children & I have settled really well in our new classroom and have become familiar with our new routine.
This month we are focusing on basic shapes, colours, numbers and letters. This will be ongoing each month and as the children become more familiar and confident, I will introduce more throughout each avenue of our learning. We are also learning name recognition & the days of the week. I have been quite impressed with the interest shown & pride taken in their already inquisitive minds.
As our classroom is new & constantly evolving, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all families to spend time in the class & share any goals you are working on at home within your family for your child.
Just a reminder to make sure you supply a hat, water bottle, sheet/blanket and spare clothes (all named please) each day your child attends the service.
If you have any questions/queries please do not hesitate to talk to me.
We have been busy once again in the Kindergarten Classroom 1. This is what we have been looking into;
We briefly looked into the construction theme. We had fun role playing traffic lights among others.
The 'Snow' theme that we are currently working on in the room is really popular, peaking a lot of interest & stimulating discussions. We have done some amazing experiments. We have also learnt to ask 'Why' questions. We have encouraged number and language awareness by looking at child friendly texts such as, "How big is a million?," "Mr Sneeze" and "Seasons" by Peep Chirp and Quack.
We have encouraged writing practice by creating a space in the room on the wall. The children have been having fun trying to practice their writing there.
We have also created a space in the room for children to sign in and sign out. By doing so, they get to recognise their names. We thank all parents who encourage their children to do this daily.
That's all for now from the Kindy Room! Catch you all next month!
Hello to all our wonderful parents in the Kindy 2 room.
Our Term two journey is currently underway and we are all having a wonderful time exploring Emergency Services personnel their vehicles and community helpers (people in our community who help us). During this learning we would appreciate your support and time in coming in and talking to the class about what job you do. This is an exciting opportunity for the children to get to know their friend's parents and for them to learn more about community helpers, whilst it allows you the opportunity to spark your children's interest further.
It was sad to see our Emergency Services visit to the centre cancelled due to weather conditions but a date will be advised shortly as to when this visit will be rescheduled. I know a lot of children were looking forward to the visit but please remind them the visit is still happening to continue their enthusiasm. If your child is not enrolled to attend the service on the day the visit is to be rescheduled you are welcome to attend the excursion with your child, however, your child will remain in your care for the period of the excursion time 10.00am to 11.30am.
Next month we are looking at scheduling another visit to the service from Health Harold (Life Education Giraffe). Details will be provided to you at a later date. If you would like to know more information please visit their website at http://www.lifeeducation.org.au/?gclid=CNTOlu7NhdQCFQsnvQodBi8CWA
On a final note the weather is getting cooling so please ensure you dress your child appropriately as per weather conditions.
Miss Renae and Miss Hannah