I would like to send a warm welcome to all our new families and our August 2019 Newsletter. We look forward to building positive and rewarding partnerships with you all and providing the best care and education for your little ones.
We will be undergoing renovations in the near future. This will include a new facelift on the outside of the building, new front doors, windows, interior painting, flooring and extended deck in the large playground. We are all going to have to be patient whilst this takes place as we are going to have to be moving and juggling furniture and resources around so the tradesmen can do their job. The majority of the renovations will be done on the weekends and we’re hoping this will all take place with little to no disruption in the running of the Child Care Centre except a few out of place items here and there. But it will undoubtedly be worth it once it’s all completed. I will let you all know what else will be taking place after this first lot of renos are done. Thanks for your patience during this time.
One of the great parts of the curriculum and activities program for which I am especially and always excited are the fantastic excursions in which children regularly take part. The children and staff have been enjoying the lovely outings using the 6 seater stroller for younger children and the older children by walking. Educators spend time before any of these excursions can take place, assessing and planning for all real and possible risks to make the excursions safe and enjoyable.
All of the staff have recently completed their First Aid and CPR training. We have 7 staff who are upgrading their qualifications at the moment and 2 staff about to commence further study. We’re very pleased with how the staff are progressing with their study and proud of their dedication and commitment to the Child Care Centre, families and children.
Please remember Puss in Boots has an open door policy and you are welcome any time to come in and spend time with us. We value your thoughts and feedback, so please if you have any issues you would like to raise with me, please pop in to the office.
- Please remember to sign your child in and out. This is very important as it is a regulation which we have to comply with.
- Please remember to inform us if your child is not attending for whatever reason.
- Please ensure you send along a change of clothes in your child’s bag daily.
- Be aware that we are a healthy-eating child care centre; therefore please send along healthy snacks for your children. For suggestions come and see us in the office for ideas.
Until next time.
Puss in Boots Staff for 2019
Nursery: Miss Linda, Miss Satoko & Miss Elle
Toddlers: Miss Grace & Miss Chanelle
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 Ellie, Miss Renee, Miss Erica, Miss Manjit, Mr Mitchell & Miss Carmen
27 August – Mr Paramedic (Preschool)
28 August – Cheeky Monkeys (Junior Kindergarten 2/Kindergarten 2/Preschool) – is part of the set curriculum for the Children who attend on Wednesdays
29 August – Hey Dee Ho Music Program (Nursery /Toddlers/Junior Kindergarten 1) and ongoing every Thursday
29 August – Japanese Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Thursday
30 August – Hey Dee Ho Yoga Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Friday
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
Puss in Boots closure over Christmas/New Year – Monday 23 December 2019 and reopening on Monday 6 January 2020
Please read the notices around the building for more information.
- 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 please add their 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.
Child Care Centre Babysitting Services
At Puss in Boots Early Childhood Learning Centre we offer a babysitting service to our families. If you wish to take up the offer please email Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org 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’s happening at our Child Care Centre…
Welcome to June and July newsletter. We have all come a long way since our last newsletter. The children are very familiar with each other now and on arrival they give each other big waves and smiles of recognition. They have formed loving, caring and positive relationships with one and other. The older children show compassion, kindness, love and care for the younger babies in the room, this is really great to see as they show their understanding of gentleness and care of babies.
New Nursery Arrivals
Our Morningside Nursery is on the increase with new children. Indria, Karter and Jonah are our newest arrivals. We welcome them and their families to the nursery room. They have already settled in very well to their new environment and we love having them as part of our group. Irana has transitioned to the toddler room, she is really happy being a toddler in her new room.
We will have another transition in September, Charlie and Charlotte will be moving to the toddler room. Sadly Melek will be leaving us in September as her family are relocating.
Morningside Nursery Birthdays
Charlotte has celebrated her 1st Birthday recently and we would just like to wish her a very Happy 1st Birthday!
The Morningside Nursery children have been really busy the past two months. Miss Satoko is continually implementing Japanese language learning experiences. Greeting people “Good morning””Ohayogozaimasu” and “ See you”” Sayonara” with bow. And through songs like “Peek-a-Boo” “Inai Inai Baa “ in English to Japanese which provided them the opportunity to explore diversity and cultures.
We also engaged in some fine motor skill activities as we enjoyed sticking our fingers in the play dough and using paint to create beautiful drawings of nature and our environment.
We are pleased to see how each child is meeting their developmental milestones as they are thriving in language development, physical skills,
We would just like to thank all the families for sharing their child’s interest through the family input. We enjoy this input which we use to extend on their interest through activities and new adventures. Don’t forget to look at our curriculum wall as your child’s day is documented there.
Thank you, Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie and Miss Elle
Greetings to all the lovely Families, Wow this month has started with a little sadness as Miss Lu said goodbye to us due to moving house. However, the children were demonstrating great resilience and adapted to the change quickly as they gave Miss Grace welcoming smiles and affection from the start of her day in their room. During this month, children have definitely made progress in the development of all skills and are showing more confidence in all areas. With their language development, Toddlers are more vocal and most of them are able to use words and even sentences to convey their thoughts and using manners when requesting.
The Toddlers have continued their artistic influences through educators and peers by completing a variety of different art experiences such as: utilising different shapes sorting to create patterns, making their own animal habitat by incorporating recycled cardboard boxes with their fine motor skills to tear construction papers as a group project. Children learned to grab the paper with two fingers each side and used the proper force to tear the paper into the sizes they’d like and paste them onto the box. The process grew longer and longer as most of the children engaged and enjoyed the sound of the paper tearing and they learned another different way to display their creativity.
Toddlers Cooking Experiences
For our cooking experiences, we connected Martin’s cultural heritage and the recent French Festival by introducing savoury crepes as part of their experience to broaden Toddlers’ horizon as choices of meal ideas. The children get to embrace another way to incorporate vegetables and meat in their diet. With our monthly cooking experience we made our own savoury muffins and introduced all sorts of vegetables. It is amazing to see their sensory skills with mathematical concepts they exposed together as they smelt, tasted and peeled the vegetables then stirred the ingredients together to complete the task! They were proud to see the process of their works coming together in the final result!
And Toddlers never stop! Their physical skills are mind blowing as they increase confidence with their bodies. They are able to walk through the balancing beam with minimum assistance. They initiated ball games with peers through throwing, kicking and catching the balls. As music went on, they became little “groovers” wiggling their bodies and waving their hands along with the biggest smiles on their faces!
The centre has continued to promote healthy eating in the room as we introduced sevral different varieties of fruits for Toddlers to explore in all sorts of colours. We’ve recently introduced mandarins, passionfruit, raspberries, kiwi fruits…etc. To our surprise, children gradually developed this and accepted more variety of fruit each week!
We also discovered there are some little green fingers in our room who love to look after our little garden. Martin, Dylan, Georgia, Kayleigh, Samuel and Charlie absolutely enjoyed our replanting experience. They were aware to use gloves to protect their hands before using shovels for digging for their own safety. Children also initiated to incorporate different containers to transfer soil for their fine motor skill development. It is great to see they connected with Mother Earth through the experience and we will continue to introduce seed planting activity as our follow up experience.
We will have another transition in September, Dylan, Kayleigh and Lukas will be moving to the JK1 room.
We would like to give big thanks to all our families who continue to support and enhance our curriculum by providing input and feedback in so many different ways. It is so appreciated.
Thank you from the Toddler room.
Thank you, Miss Grace and Miss Chanelle
Junior Kindergarten 1
We have had a busy couple of months since our last newsletter as our new children have become familiar with the Junior Kindergarten 1 room. They are all doing really well and showing how comfortable they are in their new environment. Last month Alexander, Chloe, Evie, Frankie and Georgia transitioned from the Toddlers room and also a big welcome to our new friend Amanda who has joined us in the Junior Kindergarten 1 room.
Junior Kindergarten Activities All the children are very much enjoying spending time outside on the slides and cubby house, the sandpit, the obstacle courses and being involved in looking after and growing plants, especially watering them. The children have also been growing a shiitake mushroom this month and learnt about how mushrooms can be a lot of different colours. We also planted some seedlings and look forward to seeing them flower. We will soon be planting some vegetable seeds for our big garden so the children will be able to explore the growing cycle.
Artists in the Room!
We have noticed that we have very enthusiastic painters and drawers in the room, and they often request painting most days as well as following their interest in drawing, they get out the texts and paper from the collage trolley and begin drawing. The children have explored and experimented using different ways of painting including balloons, netting, feathers, cotton buds, small branches and of course fingers.
Let There Be Music
The children are enjoying the Hey Dee Ho music sessions on Thursdays as they sing with Miss Megan, use finger puppets and play musical instruments. The children also enjoy the music, dancing and singing we do as part of the programme in the room. We have noticed that the children have some favourite songs; the alphabet song is popular and Baa Baa black sheep, as well as our welcome song we sing in the morning group time Bee Bee Bumble Bee.
All of the children have been really interested and involved in using the toy tool sets, using them on the wooden blocks, furniture, wall dividers and other toys. They are also always keen to play in the home corner, enjoying cooking, caring for the dolls, using the computer keypads, going shopping and using the cash register. They are playing really well together as they share the equipment.
We have been learning about all the different colours during our group times and the children are mentioning different colours during their play as they recognise colours they know. We have also been learning the names of different geometric shapes and where we see them and the children are building knowledge in this area too. We are also doing a lot of counting using objects and through songs and stories.
We will have another transition in September, Dylan, Kayleigh and Lukas will be moving from the Toddler room to the Junior Kindergarten 1 room.
Thank you for the family input that you all provide for us, it helps us a great deal in developing the curriculum that is interesting for your child.
As we sign off for this newsletter Miss Jo and Miss Jess would like to say how much we are enjoying working with your wonderful children.
Thank you, Miss Jo and Miss Jess
Junior Kindergarten 2
We have had another busy couple of months in Junior Kindergarten 2. The children have participated in many wonderful and meaningful learning experiences. They learnt about ice melting then water freezing, eagerly watching on during each of the processes. The water/ice experience then led to freezing orange juice.
We have also done a lot of counting, both in English, Greek and Chinese as well as learning how to say “I Love You” in various languages. Learning and recognising shapes has been of interest too. The children have made a connection to the shape of their food, which has been extended by doing shape collage and using the magnet shapes.
Construction has also been very popular with the children using a variety of different blocks to build a variety of different things from towers, houses, boats and even the Story Bridge. The children participated in making our own playdough with Miss Leanne. They learnt about turn taking and quantities as well as using their sense of touch to help mix up the ingredients to make the playdough.
The children have also engaged in many dramatic play experiences from hairdresser play, transport play, movie play and shop play. They have also taken on roles of “mummy”, “daddy” and “baby”.
Our room is filled with the children’s beautiful artwork. They have enjoyed doing collage, cotton wipes prints, balloon painting, sponge painting, finger/hand painting, track prints and drawing, just to name a few. The children have also participated in cooking experiences, where they have assisted to prepare Mexican enchiladas and mash potato, sausages and mixed vegies. We have had visits from Johnny the Jester, Cheeky Monkey and Aunty Sharron. Aunty Sharron’s visit taught us a bit about the Aboriginal culture which tied in with Naidoc Week. To celebrate Naidoc Week the children enjoyed painting on their chosen rock. Johnny the Jester’s magic show was enjoyable. Some of the children were very brave and got to hold the snake and pat the bunny rabbit.
We have made the most of the beautiful weather, spending our mornings outdoors participating in a number of gross motor activities from jumping activities, running races, balancing activities and ball play. The children’s imaginative play has also been prominent in the outdoor environment, with the whole group gathering in the big fort to escape from the “crocodile”. There has also been some roadwork going on which the children have been fascinated by. It has fostered conversation about different types of vehicles, hi-viz and road safety.
Thank you, Miss Leanne, and Miss Chris
Hello Kindergarten 2 Families,
In Kindergarten 2 we welcomed the new children Rebeca and Liam. They appear to be enjoying their time in the Kindergarten 2 room.
For the last month Kindergarten 2 participated in various activities such as Aunty Sharron, Virtual Reality where we discovered the Solar System. We also participated in our first excursion during Muddy Puddles Week. It was heaps of fun with the children walking down the road to Hawthorne Park for a great time in the playground.
Activities & Experiences
We have been busy with a variety of activities with the children being involved in a cooking experience, making art for Father’s Day and joining in the Reading Challenge. We have been encouraging the children to bring some of their books from home or they could select books from the Puss in Boots Little Library.
The Children have been showing off their creative skills such as painting and drawing as well as playdough. As always home corner and construction corner are a popular choice for the children to play and let their imaginations shine. When they play in home corner they get involved in dramatic play and this allows them to explore their own identity. The children learn how to negotiate their ideas and this makes builds their relationships in their play when they are in construction corner.
Deniz, one of our Kindergarten 2 friends will be leaving us in September as his family are relocating.
Thank you, as always, for your family input sheets, photo emails, notes and continued support.
Thank you, Miss Leisa, Miss Dora and Miss Tricia
It’s hard to believe we are in August. How fast this year is flying by! Only another five months until the Morningside Preschoolers head off to “Big School”. School interviews are in full swing and the Transition Statement process will begin shortly. For those of our families who haven’t yet returned the Transition information that was sent out at the beginning of the year, if we could have it in the next two weeks it would gratefully appreciated. This information is a vital part of the Statement as it gives you child’s school important information to help make for a happy and successful transition to school. It has been a busy few months in Preschool with a varied and interesting curriculum. Thank you to all our families for their contributions of Family Inputs and Show and Tells. It’s a lovely part of our day for both the children and Educators when everyone shares their news. Tipper the Tiger is also a great contributor! It’s amazing how many wonderful adventures he has been on so far and thank you for the time that is put into this over your busy weekends. The children are always excited to see what he has been up to and where he will be going to next.
We have had lots of wonderful incursions, excursions and occasions recently. Our monthly excursions to Hawthorne Park have been a huge success. It’s always a lovely morning with our walk down, play in the park and then a picnic lunch and walk back afterwards. A great part of this is discussing what is seen going on in the community, chatting to people along the way, including some of our friends from Morningside State School and often catching up with other Puss in Boots families in the park. It’s something the children and Educators all look forward to. Pyjama Day was also a resounding success with everyone donning their PJ’S to raise money for a very worthy cause. It was a fun and very comfy day. A while back the Preschoolers were able to attend an Interactive Anti-Bullying incursion. This was a very informative session for everyone and gave the children some valuable life skills. Japanese and Fun-key Yoga is something the children look forward to every week and an important part of our Morningside Kindergarten Curriculum. We’ve recently welcomed Gai Sensei our new Japanese teacher, and Miss Jess our new Yoga teacher.
The veggie garden the children planted a couple of months ago is growing well and will soon be ready to have some harvesting done. Its progress is checked every day along with the snow peas that started their life in a cup in the preschool room. These have flowers on already. We have a few young gardens in our room and this has been a lovely extension of their interest. There has been lots of great art happening also. These include – Sand Art, Nature Collage, Bubble Wrap Painting, Stamp Painting and cutting and pasting.
Our Science Table has also undergone some changes recently with the addition of Wetlands Project which was a very informative extension of Joel’s visit to the Boondall Wetlands, and Luca’s Lava, which the children all loved contributing to.
To celebrate the recent 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing we had a week of learning about all things Space. It was a great week filled with lots of new information. I was in my first year of school when this event happened, so it was very enjoyable to share my memories of that day with the Preschoolers.
Reading Eggs continues to be a popular part of our day as well as the many types of construction. It never ceases to amaze us what the children can come up with on a daily basis and what they utilise their prior knowledge for! Various fine motor activities are also an important part of our curriculum with these being extended on daily also.
Finally, we have just completed the Premiers Reading Challenge and Book Week. What a week of great stories and literacy activities we had. Some of these stories were read by our parents. A big thank you to Flynn’s Mum, Sarah and Zara’s Dad, Paul for coming in and reading some favourite stories to the Preschoolers. Everyone will receive a certificate of participation in a few weeks’ time.
Best wishes to you all.
Thank you, Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole and Mr Jack
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