Here we are almost to the end of the year with the October 2019 Newsletter. The question is, where has it gone?
It is a busy time for all of us at Puss in Boots Early Childhood Learning Centre, with Parent / Educator Interviews, Preschool Graduation and then the main event, our Family Christmas Sausage Sizzle at Lota. Very exciting!
You will notice the renovations of the Morningside Child Care Centre are underway. More painting will be coming up in the next few weeks with Junior Kindergarten 2 being painted next weekend and hopefully Preschool will be painted before Christmas.
During the two weeks that the Child Care Centre is closed over Christmas and New Year, new flooring will be laid in the foyer, office, Junior Kindergarten 2 and Preschool.
Renovations on the mezzanine and upper floors will take place gradually in the new year. A lot of hard work to come but the results will be amazing.
Remember if you have any concerns please call into the office to discuss them with us.
- 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 Renee, Miss Dora & Miss Tricia
Preschool: Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole & Mr Jack
Support Staff: Miss Sue, Miss Ellie, Miss Erica, Miss Manjit, Mr Mitchell & Miss Carmen
31 October – Hey Dee Ho Music Program (Nursery/Toddlers/Junior Kindergarten 1) and ongoing every Thursday
6 November – Cheeky Monkeys (Junior Kindergarten 2/Kindergarten 2/Preschool) – is part of the set curriculum for the Children who attend on Wednesdays
7 November – Japanese Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Thursday
Dates to Remember
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
Centre 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 the October 2019 Newsletter. We have come a long way since our last newsletter. During the last two months we have lots of new friends joining us in the Morningside Nursery room. We welcome Alice, Macauley, Caleb, Thomas and their families to be a part of our team at Puss in Boots. It is lovely to see every bonding and making new friendships.
We also celebrated a 1st Birthdays. We would like to wish Hugh, Indria, Grayson and Ivy a very Happy 1st Birthday.
We had very busy artists in the Nursery room. Using their fine motor skills to create the art work they touched, squeezed and sprinkled paint and creating beautiful cotton tip paintings, zip bag paintings. We also celebrated river fire as we painted our own fireworks. Everyone engaged in some group art activities. We created a group drawing and turned our nursery floor into our art area. We rolled ball in paint inside an open box, this created beautiful patterns and painted each other creating a beautiful collage painting. All our art work is displayed in our room for our families and friends to enjoy.
I would just like to ask all families to share some family photos with us for our family wall.
Thank you to all our families for their support and family input, we enjoy sharing your adventures and your child’s interest with all our friends.
Thank you, Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie and Miss Elle
Another two months have flown by so soon and here we are with the October 2019 Newsletter. We have experienced so much learning, growing and development in all areas of the toddler room so far. Toddlers never stop exploring new experiences and we constantly watch their capabilities improve. They seem to be more and more comfortable each day and have formed a really good bond with educators during drop-off and pick-up time. Every day we hear lots of giggles and laughter and see the children holding hands together in their cubby houses. The children worked on a number of art experiences such as collages, hand/finger painting and playdough experiences which allowing them to express their creativity while incorporating their sensory abilities and fine motor skills.
To promote reading as part of their everyday learning as it is the foundation for their language and literacy, the educators have been reading books for the toddlers every day. Ever since the introduction of this learning experience, we have found that the children have dramatically improved their words and manners! Charlie, Samuel, Ryan, Cian and Charlotte were the biggest fans of our new reading corner. They learned about topics such as: colours, marine-life, animals, manners, new siblings, stars…etc. through reading.
For the children’s physical development, they participated in several different activities. We made our new bike tracks using masking tape on the carpet. The children incorporated their gross motor skills and balancing skills while riding or pushing their bikes along the tracks. The children participated in music related activities. They demonstrated lots of groovy body movements along with the music while holding musical instruments as well as scarves. During play time; Charlie, Ryan, Sochigel and Harry demonstrated an understanding of the concept of team works by playing “catch” with a ball and learned to pass the ball back and forth as an early stage of associative play.
Charlotte, Ryan, Samuel, Georgia, Irana, Lilian and Charlie S. enjoyed looking after babies for their outdoor play currently. They used dramatic play to bath and feed the babies. They were also aware of using their hands gently while patting little people to sleep to show their love and care.
New Arrivals and Birthdays
This month we welcomed Sienna and Archer to join our room. We are glad to see that Sienna has been settling in pretty well in the room. While Archer isn’t too far away from embracing his new environment!
Lilian and Cian have just celebrated their 2nd Birthday recently and we would like to wish them
Happy 2nd Birthday!
We’d love to give a big thanks to Charlie S. and Samuel’s families which have been continuously bringing in books and toys such as a fishing set and animals to share with their friends generously.
In other news, we are looking forward to celebrating Grandparents’ Day this month and looking forward to Grandparents from different families coming to join our play throughout the week from 21st October to 25th October. We welcome all families to bring different ideas and discuss with Grace or Chanelle to set up the room for the experience that grandparents would like to enjoy.
As part of children’s development, we have started toilet training with some of our children recently. It would be nice to work with families to assist children to understand and to make this process run smoothly and easily.
We also like to say big thank you to all families continuing providing us their beautiful family photos, weekend experiences and sharing their children’s interests. They have been one of our biggest resources which help us to implement outside experiences for the children.
Thank you, Miss Grace and Miss Chanelle
Junior Kindergarten 1
We have had a busy couple of months here in Junior Kindergarten 1. We have welcomed Audrey and Kaata to Junior Kindergarten 1 recently. All the children are developing a clear understanding of our routines in the room and are developing stronger bonds with one another.
All the children continue to be interested in our gardening, from watering the plants, growing plants from seed and even getting to eat some of the vegetables they have grown on our cooking days. We cooked some of our tomatoes and shiitake mushroom. Our discovery garden vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings are all growing well and will be in our garden bed soon. The children are also interested in the compost process, as they have observed our scraps turn into compost for our garden. We have lots of green thumbs here.
Fine Motor Skill Development
All the children in Junior Kindergarten 1 show a lot of interest in painting and drawing. For added variety and to further develop fine-motor skills the children have used brushes, cotton buds, small tree branches, paint pens, spray bottles as well as fingers and hands. The children really enjoy using the playdough and like using the scissors, rolling pins and cookie cutters with it. We had some very messy fun with goop and later used the dried goop as rocks in play with the dinosaurs.
The children always enjoy active play and like moving over obstacle courses, especially the climbing frames. They have a lot of cooperative play on the slides and cubby houses. We have been having ball games to encourage sharing and turn taking. We often do yoga in small group times and we were lucky to have a Fun Key Yoga session from Miss Jess. The children really enjoyed this, and Miss Jess was very impressed at how well all the children listened and preformed movements.
The Junior Kindergarten 1 children have been busy with dramatic play in the home corner looking after the dolls, cooking, dressing up, going shopping and sorting through play food. The doll’s house and emergency services buildings are very popular as the children create their own stories through their play.
The children are more interested in story times now with books and puppets. It has been great having some of the children bring in their favourite books to be read at group times. The children have a couple of favourite books, one of them is The Very Hungry Caterpillar and we extended on this interest by painting butterflies and making a caterpillar with collage.
Everyone really enjoyed our Father’s Day morning tea. It was great to see so many Dads here. Thanks very much for making your child’s day.
The children have been interested in looking through their Learning Journals and it is great to see some families taking them home to look through with their children. Everyone is welcome to take these home please make sure you sign them out so we know you have it.
Thank you, Miss Jo and Miss Jess
Junior Kindergarten 2
We’ve had another fun filled couple of months in Junior Kindergarten 2. The children have been engaged in many fun and meaningful experiences.
The story bridge/city cat play has still been very popular. It has extended from block construction to imaginative play in the large forts. These play experiences have involved all the children, developing their social skills, in particular co-operative play. The children have also participated as a whole group while interacting together during hairdresser play, shop play, doctor play, dress ups and campfire play.
Block construction has been a very popular activity with all the children. They have shown pride in what they have built and have been keen to show off their constructions to their families.
Father’s Day Morning Tea
Our Father’s Day morning tea was a great success. The children enjoyed having their loved ones join us for a special morning tea and play. Thank you to everyone who came along!!!!! Our park excursion was also a lot of fun. The children wore their gumboots to the park (Muddy Puddles Walk), raising funds for the Save the Children Foundation. While at the park, the children thoroughly enjoyed exploring a different outdoor environment and on the way to and from the park, we took the time to observe familiar sites in our local community.
Our cooking experiences have fostered wonderful learning opportunities for the children. They have participated in helping to prepare the Echidna balls and Savoury muffins where they learnt about turn taking, quantities and many other concepts.
We have utilised the outdoor area quite a bit. The children have enjoyed participating in obstacle courses, jumping through hoops, playing ball games, running races, chasing bubbles, and using their imagination in the sandpit. While in the sandpit, the children used open ended materials like cardboard rolls and a box to express their imagination.
Fine Motor Skill Development
The children’s fine motor skills have also been strengthened while threading, using plastic scissors, during dough play, pouring rice, while drawing and during art experiences like eye dropper painting and cotton bud painting, just to name a few.
Photo Day was fun. The children enjoyed having their individual photos taken, along with a group photo. After the photo session, we discussed feelings, using the little mirrors to express different facial expressions and why we feel a certain way.
The children enjoyed making playdough with Miss Leanne. They enjoyed the sensory experience immensely and during the process they learnt a variety of different textural words like sticky and smooth to express what the playdough felt like. The children also enjoyed using their senses to investigate different materials like the sensory bags, goop and coloured wet sand.
The children have really enjoyed story time. Their attention to the stories has improved significantly, with the children more curious about what’s happening throughout the story.
Toilet training is going very well. It’s been very pleasing to see the children’s progression and confidence during the toilet training process. Thank you to our families for their support, ensuring consistency for the children.
Lastly, thank you to our families for regularly sending in family input. Your input is a great foundation for our curriculum.
Thank you, Miss Leanne, and Miss Chris
It has been busy month in our Morningside Kindergarten 2, with a varied and interesting curriculum. Thank you to all our families for the continued contributions of family input and show and tell.
It’s lovely to see the children confidently talking about their interests and favourite things, It’s hard to believe we are in October, how fast this year is flying by” only another two months until the head off to Preschool, they are so grown up already’. We are in the process of Parent/ Educator interviews and this information is a vital part of the program to help your children make a happy and successful transition to Preschool.
Kindergarten 2 have welcomed all our new families and their little ones, Olivia, Nate and Owen. We look forward to building positive relationships and providing the best care to your children.
Educators in Kindergarten 2 have noticed that we have a very enthusiastic and imaginative Painters and Drawers and they regularly request art activities. The children have following their interest in the creative arts explored and experimented using different ways of painting to create patterns or create their own stories.
We have been learning about the different facts on each book during our group time. We have also been learning numbers, using objects through songs and stories.
Thank you as always for your family input sheets, photos emails, notes and continued support.
Thank you, Miss Dora, Miss Tricia & Miss Renee
It’s been a busy time at our Morningside Preschool, as it always is at this time of the year. As usual we would like to thank everyone for the contribution they make to our Curriculum each day in the form of Weekend Inputs, photos and Show and Tells. It is always lovely to hear what the children get up to when they are not at Puss in Boots, and it certainly makes for an interesting and varied Curriculum.
An example of this is The Wetlands display on our Science Table, which originated from a visit Joel and his family had to the Boondall Wetlands. Our Science Table has had lots of variety this year thanks to the contribution of the children. Space has been a special interest for many of the Preschoolers this year, especially with the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing back in July. The display the children made of the Solar System which is hanging up in our Room is a wonderful testament to this ongoing interest in Space. Also a few of the children visited Riverfire this year, and from that came some very colourful paintings of their interpretation of the Fireworks they saw. Would also like to thank everyone for taking such good care of Tippa the Tiger, our Preschool pet. He had a much needed bath this week ready for his remaining visits with the children and Educators.
There have been lots of extra-curricular activities and events happening over the last few months. Our annual Photo Day went off without a hitch and produced some truly beautiful pictures of all the Puss in Boots Morningside Preschool children. A couple of weeks ago we had a visit from Bruce the Shark of Hamptons Swim School and Miss Bec. The Preschoolers all enjoyed his visit and gained some valuable knowledge about water safety. The visit was very timely with some of the children now participating in weekly swimming lessons at Hamptons Swim School. It is something we all enjoy attending every week, including the Educators. More times than not we catch up with older siblings at Morningside State School and some of the teachers including, Mrs Edmed (Hamish’s Mum), Miss Komen and Mrs Duncan on the way down to swimming. This has been an excellent inclusion into our Curriculum, and the improvement in the children’s skills each week has been remarkable. Puss in Boots has developed a strong relationship with Morningside State School over the years, with the most children ever attending the school in 2020. Those children who will be attending the school next you will be going on an excursion to the school this Thursday where they will have the opportunity to have a tour with Mrs Barker, one of the Prep Coordinators. Any outstanding permission forms will need to be back to us by Wednesday of this week please.
Some of the Preschoolers also had the opportunity to have their eyes tested by a local Optometrist recently. This is free initiative we have introduced to our Preschool families over the last couple of years to make sure all is well with the children’s eyes before start school. We are currently investigating options for having hearing tests as well.
Last week we celebrated Grandparents Week at Puss in Boots. What a lovely week it was! And a big thank you to all our Preschool grandparents who came into spend time with their grandchildren and the other children. They were so proud to be able to show you all around and share what they do in Preschool. Also we have had lots of new children start in our room over the last few months and we would like to welcome them and their families to Preschool.
It’s hard to believe we are nearly at the end of another busy year. I have made a start on Transition Statements, so any outstanding information needs to be in by the end of next week. There is a new more time efficient online version of the Transition Statement this year. However, for me to start your child’s TS, I must have the Consent Form signed and returned ASAP for me to do this. Your cooperation with this would be greatly appreciated. This is an important document that gives your children’s future schools an insight into their personalities, interests and needs. Also don’t forget our Parent/Teacher Interviews this Saturday. Those of you who missed out, an appointment can be made with me at a mutually convenient time.
Lastly, don’t forget our Preschool Graduation coming up at the end of November. This is a truly wonderful occasion where we celebrate the children’s many achievements over the year. It’s also great to able to spend some time with our families. An invitation will be sent home in the next couple of weeks.
That’s all for now.
Thank you, Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole and Mr Jack