Welcome to 2019! We are really excited and looking forward to a great year. It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to our Preschool children that have now moved on to Prep. By all accounts they appear to be happy and coping with the change and happy in their new environment.
Our fruit platters are a great success along with nappies and children’s sheets. We at Puss in Boots Early Childhood Learning Centre are trying to help our parents as much as possible so hopefully these things will make a difference to your busy lives.
We now have a Little Free Library which is registered worldwide and is located near the entrance in the foyer. It is great to see families have become involved and are already sharing and swapping books.
Late last year Puss in Boots applied for a “Woolworths Junior Landcare” Grant and we have been successful in achieving this. Early childhood educators aim to work and inspire children with hands-on projects focusing sustainable food production in improving waste management practices and enhancing native habitats. We have also applied for a kitchen caddy from the Brisbane City Council so we can deliver food scraps to our local community garden for composting.
The Morningside Kindergarten 1 & Kindergarten 2 playground has recently been turfed and is looking amazing. The larger playground is scheduled for upgrading in the next few weeks.
The children are settling in well and adapting to their rooms and educators which is great to see. There has been some staff changes in some of the rooms so please read below for the staff movements.
Please remember we are here for our families so call into the office to see Trish, Leisa or myself if you have any questions or concerns. The child care centre has an open door policy and we are willing to help our families as much as we can with any concerns you may have. Leisa, my Assistant Director and Trish my administrator are a great team which is beneficial to the child care centre and myself. As I am trying to work shorter hours it is so great to know that Puss in Boots is in good hands if I am not here.
- Please remember to sign your child in and out on the days that they attend the child care centre. This is very important as it is a regulation which we have to comply with.
- Please remember to inform the child care centre if your child is not attending for whatever reason.
- Please ensure you send along a change of clothes in your child’s bag daily.
- Please make sure all your child’s belongings are clearly marked.
- Be aware that we are a healthy eating centre; therefore please send along healthy snacks for your children. For suggestions come and see us in the office for ideas.
Till next time. Stay safe, well and happy and thank you all again for allowing us to care and educate your children – it is a great privilege.
PIB Staff for 2019
Nursery: Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie & Miss Elle
Toddlers: Miss Lu, Miss Chanelle, Miss Grace & Miss Maria
Junior Kindergarten 1: Miss Jo & Miss Jess
Junior Kindergarten 2: Miss Christy & Miss Leanne
Kindergarten 2: Miss Leisa, Miss Dora & Miss Tricia
Preschool: Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole & Mr Jack
Support Staff: Miss Sue, Miss Renee, Miss Erica, Miss Manjit, Mr Mitchell & Miss Carmen
28 February – Hey Dee Ho Music Program (Nursery/Toddlers/Junior Kindergarten 1) and ongoing every Thursday
28 February – Japanese Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Thursday
1 March – Hey Dee Ho Yoga Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Friday
13 March – Geckoes Wild Life Program (Junior Kindergarten 1/Junior Kindergarten 2/Kindergarten 2/Preschool)
20 March – Cheeky Monkeys (Junior Kindergarten /Kindergarten 2/Preschool) – is part of the set curriculum for the Children who attend on Wednesdays
3 April – Little Green Thumbs Tomato Patch Program (Junior Kindergarten 2/Kindergarten 2/Preschool)
23 April – Evergreen Children’s Theatre Rainforest (Junior Kindergarten 2/Kindergarten 2/Preschool)
Dates to Remember
11 & 12 September (Wednesday/Thursday) – Child Care Centre Photos (All Rooms)
2 November (Saturday) – Parent Educator Interviews – 9.00am to 12.00 noon
24 November (Sunday) – Puss in Boots Family Christmas Picnic – 9.00am to 11.00am
7 December (Saturday) – Preschool Graduation – 1.00pm to 3.00 pm
Child Care Centre closure over Christmas/New Year – Monday 23 December 2019 and reopening on Monday 6 January 2020
Please read the notices around the centre for more information.
Extra Curricula Activities
- Tennis – Every Tuesday 2.5 yrs to 5 yrs
- Billy’s Buddies – Every Wednesday 2 yrs to 5 yrs
- Physikids – Every Thursday 2yrs to 5 yrs
If you would like your child to attend in 2019 please add your child’s name to the displays in the foyer.
- Haircuts (Tuesday monthly) – please add your child’s name to the form above the sign in/out attendance sheets in the foyer.
- Update of family details/contact numbers/new address/change in emergency contact persons. Should any of these changes occurred please advise Trish.
- Update of Immunisation records. Please provide the MyGov record to Trish so she can update your records. Please be advised if your immunisations are not up to date Centrelink will cancel your CCS.
At Puss in Boots Early Childhood Education Centre we offer a babysitting service to our families. If you wish to take up the offer please email Trish at email@example.com with the details and we organise one of our educators to babysit your child/ren.
It is now a child care centre policy for families to sign an agreement which needs to be completed and returned prior to the babysitting occurring. An agreement will be emailed to you when your babysitting request is received at the office.
Our rates are below:-
One Child $25 per hour
Two Children $30 per hour
Three Children $35 per hour
Four Children $40 per hour
Five Children $45 per hour
What is happening at our Morningside Child Care Centre…
Welcome to the first newsletter of 2019. We have got off to a great start to the year. We are delighted to welcome our new children to Puss In Boots, Irana, Ryan, Hugh and Charlotte. We are really looking forward to caring and loving your precious little babies. We will help them grow, learn and develop to the best of their ability. We hope you all enjoy your journey with Satoko, Ellie, Elle and I as we are really excited for a fun filled year ahead.
The babies have adapted really well to their new environment and surroundings. Each day the children are becoming more and more confident as they feel a strong sense of belonging and safety. They enjoy exploring the room and all the new toys using their physical, fine-motor skills and sensory capabilities.
During the past couple of weeks we have been enjoying some water play, the babies loved splashing around in the water as they cooled down. The favourite toys in the Nursery at the moment are definitely the ball pit, the children love to climb into the pit and throw out all the balls. Also our musical instruments are lots of fun as they enjoy making music by playing the drums, shaking the bells and tambourine, whilst clapping our hands and singing songs.
We are very lucky to have “Hey Dee Ho” Musical Classes in the Nursery room every second week. The children really enjoy the class as they sing many different songs, read stories and play different musical instruments. This class will help develop your child’s language, motor skills, musical skills and build positive relationships.
I would like to thank those families who have shared their beautiful family photos with us for our family tree which is displayed on wall. We would also like to thank the families for returning their family input. We love hearing all about your fun and exciting adventures over the weekends which enables us to extend on your child’s learning and share with their friends.
Thank you, Miss Linda, Miss Satoko and Miss Ellie
This year has started off very well. The transition for the children went very smoothly as they got to know their new room. It is a great pleasure to have such a beautiful group of children from nursey to toddlers with myself and Chanelle. Chanelle and I are getting to know them better day by day as well as they grow and are building a stronger bond with each other. They have adapted extremely well to their new environment. Over the past month the children have shown great interests and curiosity in everything they play with, and how they love to explore their new environment.
We give a warm welcome to Lucy, Cian, Fletcher, Lukas, Chloe and Georgia P-M who have joined the toddler room at Puss In Boots. They have all settled in extremely fast and the other children have formed a lovely friendship with them.
This month we have completed on going art and craft room projects. The children really enjoyed the painting and hand print activities (Never Stop Growing), also we are currently in the process of making animals, flowers and dream catcher to decorate our room. The children have expressed how creative and imaginative they are when involved in this group experience.
The weather has been warmer this month luckily we can step outside onto our balcony to catch the beautiful breezes. We spend a lot of our time out there throughout the day. We have set up a water play activity for the children several days this month as it is really refreshing for the children and a great way to cool down.
As Miss Lu is away for the rest of the month, Miss Grace is really happy and it is such a great pleasure to be able to spend time with Toddlers. Toddlers were very excited to explore the dinosaurs with Miss Chanelle. They incorporated paint brushes to brush the sand off the dinosaurs like little palaeontologists. Georgia C. emerged herself in the experience by reinsert the dinosaurs and digging dinosaurs out over and over again. The next day to continue their interests, they explore dinosaurs in the park with natural resources. Georgia C., Kayleigh, Evie and Lilian all contributed their creative ideas lining up resources and dinosaurs. It was such great fun!
We will be making a train sets on the wall as the children enjoy looking at their family photographs and this will extend to communication and interaction amongst the children. I would like to thank the parents who have sent in wonderful family photos, they will be displayed soon.
We are really looking forward to a fulfilling year ahead.
Thank you, Miss Lu, Miss Chanelle, Miss Grace and Miss Maria
Junior Kindergarten 1
A big hello and welcome to Morningside Kindergarten 1 for 2019.
All the children are settling into their new room and routine really well. They are displaying their sense of belonging and comfort within the new environment as they show confidence in their interactions with peers and educators, selecting toys and activities they are interested in, and approaching new situations with interest.
The children are enjoying the weekly Hey Dee Ho incursion with Mr Luke and all the children are now comfortable with Luke and having fun singing, playing with puppets, instruments and dancing.
We have lots of keen helpers when watering the plants outside and they are building the strength up in their hands as they use the trigger on the hose gun. They are also developing an awareness of the natural environment and how to care for it. We are saving our suitable food scraps for the worm farm and keeping our worms fed. We now have new turf in the outdoor play area and it looks so inviting! We are watering it and giving the grass a bit of time to get well established before we can enjoy it. In the meantime the children are enjoying play in the Preschool playground mornings and afternoons.
Some of the activities that have be popular with the children over the last few weeks are the tool sets, being used every day for a lot of different activities, even cooking! The dramatic play area is a favourite too, with the babies being fed, cooking, office work, talking on the phones, going shopping and dressing up. All the children also show enthusiasm for playdough activities, especially when we use the scissors and cutters.
We would really appreciate some recent family photos to create a family wall, to continue to build your child’s sense of comfort and welling within the environment.
Please keep the family input coming, it’s such a great help in providing activities your children will have an interest in, as well as building connections between the children.
If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns please leave a message in our parent communication book if Jess or I are not available at the time to speak to. We are looking forward to a Fantastic Year with Your Fantastic Children!
Thank you, Miss Jo and Miss Jess
Junior Kindergarten 2
What a wonderful start we’ve had to the year. The children transitioned really well during the month of January, familiarising themselves with their new room, new peers and educators, ready for the changeover in February. The transition also enabled Miss Chris and Miss Leanne to start forming relationships with the new families. It’s been a pleasure getting to know our new families and re-establishing relationships with our existing families.
So far this year the children have engaged in many wonderful experiences, from exploring shells and sea creatures, using the magnifying glasses to closely inspect their characteristics. We also used the tablet to further understand sea creatures. We have also discussed dangerous animals, which led to a conversation about dangerous objects like fire, oven and irons. The group time experience then led to going to the doctors, hospital if you get hurt/burnt.
The children have also worked on developing their fine motor skills while using tweezers to pick up objects to pouring rice and juice to make ice blocks. They have also fostered their co-operative skills while constructing, playing with the train tracks and through other experiences.
Home corner has been very popular, with the children demonstrating their role playing and dramatic play skills, through dressing up, cooking, phone play and other experiences. The children have expressed themselves through several art activities from large brush painting, stamp printing, easel painting and drawing.
We’ve used our group times to enjoy stories, one of our favourites being “If You’re Happy and you Know it” along with action songs, puppets, playing instruments, dancing, playing ball games, discussion about the day, date, month, weather and “Who’s Here” in Junior Kindergarten 2.
We enjoyed the Circus show, have enjoyed looking at our family wall, discussed our family structure, used our trial and error to complete puzzles, had fun with water and assisted to prepare the chicken pasta bake.
Healthy Eating at Kindergarten
We have also been discussing healthy eating which has also tied in with our dental program with the children brushing their teeth after lunch.
We have focussed on developing the children’s self-help skills by encouraging them to take off and put on their shoes, tidy up after meal times and rest times, dress themselves and help at pack away times. We have also worked on using our manners and using our ‘gentle hands’ at all times.
Open communication is vital and important in forming a trusting relationship so please if you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to chat to us or contact us via phone or email.
Thank you, Miss Chris and Miss Leanne
In the Kindergarten 2 room over the past few weeks we have been concentrating on developing our relationships with the children and families and ensuring children can feel at ease during the transition at drop off time. We start our inside program with a group time, helping to build a room community and children’s social skills. Children work to problem-solve and begin to gain responsibility in our room through number recognition, name practice, and simple life skills such as expressing their needs and wants. We encourage children to express themselves creatively through art, dramatic play, and dance. Our goal is to help children start to become well rounded individuals who develop a love for learning. They all seem to have adjusted well and are becoming a cohesive team, offering support and encouragement to each other when needed.
We thank all families for sending in family and house photos. Each child now has a family place-mat; they look amazing and are a great topic for conversation at mealtimes. The house photos are also now complete and the children are using them nearly every day in the construction area where they build their own little community. As children grow and develop, connections to the outside world help them to find their place in the world. I am still waiting on the return of a few “All About Me” sheets. These sheets along with the Family Input sheets help us get to know your child better. This additional information will help us discover your child’s interests and is the foundation of our curriculum.
On the brick wall in our construction area are jigsaw pieces with each individual child’s photo. These jigsaw pieces represent your children’s strengths and demonstrate how when all our strengths are combined, we are invincible. I have begun to write some strengths already identified by educators onto the jigsaw pieces. I would love for our families to also write what they see as their children’s strengths as well. This way a holistic picture of your child will begin to emerge. There is a permanent marker attached to the wall so you can add your child’s strengths to the jigsaw piece.
During the year we celebrate children’s “Random Acts of Kindness” by presenting children who have spontaneously done something kind or helpful to another child with a special kindness note. This presentation is done at group time so the kindness act can be discussed and appreciated by all. The child proudly places their note into their special coloured envelope (attached to blue divider near home corner). At the end of the year these envelopes will be attached to their Christmas present. We really value our families and would love to have family members involved in our program. If you have a talent, a hobby to share with us or would simply like to pop in and spend some time playing (it’s lots of fun), please send an email through and we can organise a time. Grandparents, aunts and uncles are also welcome. We can learn so much from each other.
I feel as educators, and with the suggestions from the children on room guidelines, we have been able to create an environment where everyone feels safe, supported, and engaged. Let the learning begin!
Thank you, Miss Leisa, Miss Dora, and Miss Tricia
A Happy New Year to you all and a very big welcome to our new and returning families to Preschool from Miss Nicole, Mr Jack and myself.
The first three months of every year is a time for learning and settling into new routines, learning different skills and getting to know one another. Our first month is nearly at its end and the children have settled in so well. Self-help skills and routines are an important part of the children’s preparation for school next year and it’s very pleasing to see them having so much success.
Thank you for all of your great Show and Tells, photos and Family Inputs. We love hearing all the children’s news and learning about their life outside of Preschool. There is now a wooden tray on our lockers for your Family Inputs to go into when you unpack your child’s bag each morning so we don’t miss any. It has certainly made for an interesting and varied Curriculum thus far. As Educators we take great pleasure in standing back and looking at our Curriculum Wall at the end of the week and observing how much learning, discussion and fun have taken place.
Our Science Table is always a great source of interest to the children and it’s wonderful to see it with so many items on so early in the year. These have all been thanks to the unusual and varied Show and Tells. These have included an Avocado Seed and Cotton Plant from Grace, Finley’s unripened Mango which we all loved watching ripen then eating! We also had a Butterfly from Vin and Lucas’s photos of his cousins Carpet Python. This led to our first model for the year, a snake habitat which the Preschoolers constructed themselves using the internet and various natural recycled items from around the room. This included a real snake skin given to us a few years ago. In Preschool we will be doing lots of learning like this throughout the year. It promotes a multitude of skills they will need for school next year and is also a fun way to learn.
We have also started working on Fine Motor Skills. This is an important and essential aspect of school preparation. These will include – pencil grips, scissor skills, tweezer activities, threading, small construction and collage. The children did their first collage activity last week, selecting a range of interesting materials. Their great effort and creativity can be seen hanging up in our room.
It has also been wonderful seeing the amount of beautiful books the children have been bringing in for us to read. A favourite part of the day is story time with Miss Pamie. Nothing encourages a love of reading and early literacy skills more than books and a variety of print media. It has been very pleasing to see the amount of time the children have been spending in our Book Area browsing through the various resources. We will be introducing Reading Eggs after the Easter Holidays.
Preschool Japanese & Yoga
This year we welcome our lovely Japanese and Yoga teachers, Miss Suzy and Miss Naomi back for their weekly classes. This is a source of great learning and enjoyment for the children. They all look forward to these days.
Our first cooking experience of the year was a great success with the children constructing their own mini pizzas. If anyone has a recipe of suggestion they would like to share that would be most appreciated.
Kindergarten Information Folders
You would have all received your Kindergarten Information folders by now. If those forms could be filled in and returned to us as soon as possible that would be most appreciated as it gives us an insight into your children – their strengths, interests and anything that we might need to work on for school next year. Another lovely way we have done this over the years is our Trees of Strength. These are located near the gate as you come into our room. There have been lots filled in already which we have all enjoyed reading. Also, our Family Photo Wall is looking amazing! The children spend a lot of time there looking at each other’s photos and having some great conversations.
That’s all for now and please if you have any questions at all please feel free to ask Miss Nicole, Mr Jack or myself. We are all certainly looking forward to year of some great play based learning and helping your children prepare for ‘Big School’ next year. Best wishes to you all.
Thank you, Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole and Mr Jack
Puss in Boots staff would like to congratulate Pamie on her recent Green Frog Award for Transforming Lives through Literacy Award by the Rotary Club of Capalaba.