It’s hard to believe the festive season is upon us with only two weeks to go! Thank you to all our families for attending our annual Christmas Picnic and as always a wonderful morning was had by all.
Our Preschool Graduation on Saturday was a great success and so lovely to see our Puss in Boots children dressed up for the occasion. It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to some of our families who have been in the centre for many years. We have many new families who have already enrolled with us for 2020.
Our building renovations are in full swing and new flooring will be going down in the ground floor rooms and the foyer during the Christmas closure – which is very exciting! We will then move on and will be doing the next floor in the Kindergarten 2 & Junior Kindergarten 1 rooms in late January. It is amazing the difference a coat of paint makes. New front doors will be installed early next year together with new glass panels above all the other doors throughout the building and it should look wonderful when all is finished.
Please remember the Puss in Boots has an open door policy and you are welcome any time to come in and spend time with us. I 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.
In case you are wondering what we have planned for next year, click here to our Calendar of Events for 2020.
- 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.
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 Dora & Miss Tricia
Preschool: Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole & Mr Jack
Support Staff: Miss Sue, Miss Ellie, Miss Erica, Miss Renee, Miss Manjit, Mr Mitchell & Miss Carmen
Closure Over Christmas/New Year
Closed for renovations from 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.
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 Puss in Boots…
Welcome to our Morningside Nursery final newsletter for the year. Where has the time gone!
2019 has been a fantastic year. We have all made great memories which we will always cherish. It’s wonderful to see all our babies growing and meeting their developmental milestones. As childcare educators we have the most amazing job working with children this young. We get a great sense of achievement throughout our time with the children as we know our special care, love and guidance helps each child grow into beautiful individual characters. All our babies have grown and we are super proud of the progress they have made this year.
The older children are no longer babies anymore, they can now walk, talk, independently feed themselves using utensils, communicate with educators and friends, have built adorable friendships with each other and much more.
You can see for all the art work displayed in the room. We have little artists who created beautiful art and craft; they loved taking part in sensory play. We did many different techniques for our art activities which make the children interested and create element of surprise for them.
We would like to thank all our families for sharing their child’s interest through the family input. We enjoyed extending the children’s interest through activities and new adventures. We learned lots about each child and their families.
We are all looking forward to the Christmas holidays. Everyone deserves a nice break to spend time quality time with family and friends during the festive season.
We will be looking forward to what next year has in store for us.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you, Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie and Miss Elle
The time has gone by so fast – it is coming to the end of the year already. Our children have grown up so much as they have demonstrated confidence in all areas and are more expressive in showing lots of love and affection towards us as educators. The bond between us and the children is one of the biggest motivators that keeps us going every day! We noticed the children work more cooperatively with each other and have learnt how to be patient with turn taking. We were thrilled to see Charlotte and Georgia more responsive and start to reply with more words or short sentences!
It was amazing to see families enjoying themselves at our Christmas Sausage Sizzle on Sunday. It was a great opportunity for us to bond with families from outside the centre. The children enjoyed pony riding, magic show, face painting and the nearby playground. It was a lovely day with happy smiles all around!
Big congratulations to Ryan’s family for welcoming a beautiful baby sister, Lily. It is our honour to be able to share the joy of her presence as well as seeing the photos of Lily when she finally arrived. Since Lily had made her way into the world, Ryan has shown lots of care and affection towards others. He has learnt how to be patient and gentle with others and also to verbally communicate his needs to others!
We would also like to give a warm welcome to Evelyn as she joined us in the Toddler Room last month. It is great to see Evelyn beginning to settle in and the educators have noticed that she has a strong love for books and reading, and her verbal communication skills are impeccable. Evelyn has started to form friendships through play experiences and enjoys the company of Georgia and Charlotte.
Georgia, Irana, Sienna and Charlotte have been incorporating their physical body movements and creative thinking together, along with music. They also explored the experience with musical instruments such as tambourines, shakers, scarves and ribbons. It is great to see how much children engaged and enjoyed, with giggles and smiles on their faces. We also noticed some of our children are big fans of The Wiggles!
Our toilet training has been going exceptionally well. Most of our children requested to sit on the potty using verbal communication. They also recognized their achievements of doing wee in the potty by wearing a big smile on their face and expressing it to the educators!
The children have begun to form positive relationships with each other and are confident when approaching others to form friendships. We’ve noticed Lilian, Charlotte, Lucy and Ryan have offered helping hands with their friends’ hats or water bottles. Irana recently showed love and affection towards Harry by giving him lots of cuddles throughout the day and making herself available to him when he was in need of moral support! Harry positively accepted Irana’s hugs and returned the kind gestures.
Throughout the year, the educators have made it a priority to read a minimum of 2 books to the children each day. We have noticed that since doing this consistently, the vocabulary of the children is expanding and they are becoming more and more confident when practicing their words and communicating with us verbally.
We would like to give a big thank you to the parents and family members of the children in our room. Your support, patience, cooperation and positivity have pushed us to constantly improve our practices and provide a safe, caring and welcoming environment for all. We would also like to thank you for the time that you have put aside to attend our special days like Grandparents day and providing us with helpful feedback by bringing in the family input sheets to help us incorporate home life.
Providing learning experiences that the kids are enthusiastic and excited to engage with has been a focal point this year. If a minimum of 3 children have a particular interest in the activity, we have found that they are more likely to participate in the activity for a longer period of time. This allows us to teach the children about the topics of the activity and engage with them one-on-one throughout the experience, expanding their knowledge and understandings of the world.
Thank you, Miss Grace and Miss Chanelle
Junior Kindergarten 1
Welcome to the last newsletter for 2019! This year has been a pleasure as we have appreciated being involved in your wonderful children’s learning and development throughout the year.
The children continue to enjoy active outdoor play in the sandpit, obstacle courses, on the slides and cuddies, watering the garden and recently having a great time with water and ice play as the weather heats up. One very popular addition to the outdoor play area has been the cars and the children are now moving them more easily. We recently planted our seedlings into the garden bed and the children are excited to see the corn growing fast.
The Junior Kindergarten 1 children are enjoying dramatic play in several areas, as they are involved in construction with Duplo, wooden blocks, the doll’s house, emergency services building and one of their favourites is home corner. They are showing cooperative skills as they interact with one another, sharing toys, conversations, enthusiasm and imagination.
Painting and Colours
Junior Kindergarten 1 children often say they want to paint and they have had opportunities to paint using cotton buds, balloons, fingers, forks and spoons, using stencils, water colours, as well as painting pinecones, recycled cardboard and often their own hands. The children are demonstrating their knowledge of naming colours, and are interested in the results when colours are mixed together. The children are also developing their fine motor skills with playdough, threading and a lot of drawing, which they often chose to do throughout the day.
The children loved having parents and grandparents here to help celebrate Grandparents Day. It was great to see the children playing with family and enjoying Hey Dee Ho singing with them. They had fun helping to make the lemonade and some even liked the taste. They always enjoy our cooking days and we cooked Taco Shells with tasty fillings as well as a fresh fruit salad and our version of Banana Ice cream, which the children liked.
Hellos and Goodbyes
Over the last couple of months we have had Eddy, Kaata, Zoey and Martin join us in the Junior Kindergarten 1 room and they are settling in well. We also said goodbye to Olivia as she transitioned to Junior Kindergarten 2. We are also sad to say goodbye to our friends Frankie, Jasmine and Lukas who are moving on from Puss In Boots.
Until next year we wish everyone a very happy festive season.
Thank you, Miss Jo and Miss Jess
Junior Kindergarten 2
Well, we’re almost at the end of the year and what a great year we’ve had. It’s been wonderful to see the children progress in so many areas. They have formed friendships, developed their self-help skills, communicated more effectively, and learnt so many new things.
It’s been pleasing to see the children become more familiar with their initial letters and recognising their names, developing their early literacy skills. The children are also showing a lot of interest in shapes, making connections to the shapes of their foods. We have supported their shape interest by playing with the magnetic and plastic shapes and by engaging in printing using different shapes.
The children have also enjoyed participating in cooking experiences (hamburgers and chicken pasta bake), where they have assisted in the preparation process. These experiences have been a great source of learning for the children. They have learnt about number/quantity, turn taking, safety issues, cooking process and many more things.
Group times have been a great opportunity for the children to share their ideas about their home experiences and it has also taught the children about turn taking. We have also played games at group time reinforcing turn taking as well.
The children have demonstrated a very popular interest in block building, in particular using the Duplo blocks. The construction process fosters a lot of learning from using the children’s imagination, displaying pride in their achievements and fine motor control as well as co-operation. The children also used recycle materials to use their imagination to construct too.
Art experiences have also been very popular. The children have expressed their ideas through fireworks painting, shape printing and fine brush painting just to name a few. We have learnt about different cultures through our doll play, through stories and through multicultural puppets.
Our Grandparents morning was a lot of fun. The children thoroughly enjoyed having their grandparent, parent or other relative join us for a morning of reading stories. The children have also enjoyed stories at group time. Stories promote language, questioning and fostering focus.
It’s been pleasing to see the children using their manners throughout the day – putting their hands up to talk and using their please and thankyous. Toilet training is going very well. Thank you to our families by supporting this process at home. Also, a big thank you
to our families for sending in family input – much appreciated!!!!!
Have a wonderful Xmas and we’ll see you in 2020
Thank you, Miss Leanne, and Miss Chris
Greetings to all the lovely families,
It’s sad to get to the end of such a busy year, and we have to say goodbye to some of our friends, but at the same time we welcome some friends and their families; Maluhia, William, and Sophia who has recently transitioned to us from Junior Kindy 2. We look forward to building positive and rewarding relationships with you all, providing the best care for your children.
It has been a busy last few months in our Morningside Kindergarten 2 room with a variety of interesting curriculum, family input, show and tell, and photos. Thank you to all our families for their contribution. It’s a lovely part of our day for both children and educators, when they get to share their experiences, and adventures they’ve had over the weekends.
Japanese & Fun-Key Yoga
In Kindergarten 2 every week the children participate in Japanese class, and Fun-Key Yoga which the children look forward to every well, as well as other extra-curricular activities. The children have enjoyed doing so much creative arts such as painting, collage, and drawing. Quiet often Ava and Ethan Walker try and encourage their classmates to join in their creative activities.
Thank you again for all your support throughout the year. We will start the children’s transitions to the Preschool room in January which all the children are very excited about it.
Best Wishes to you all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Thank you, Miss Dora, Miss Tricia & Miss Renee
It’s hard to believe we are at the end of another year and are about to farewell the Class of 2019 off on the next leg of their educational journey. It’s always a bitter sweet and proud time for us. We are always very excited for them but very sad to see them go. Puss in Boots Morningside Daycare will be farewelling some very long term families this year, some of which have had two and three children with us from babes in arms and now off to school. What a long way the children have come this year as they do every year. Each group of Preschoolers are unique, and the Class of 2019 are no exception. Right from the beginning of the year they have been a wonderfully cohesive group of children, settling into their Morningside Preschool environment quickly and happily and we hope that the friendships they have formed over their years at PIB will last long into the future. A lot of interesting learning has happened this year as well as lots of fun and laughter involving everyone’s unique little sense of humours and quirky personalities which has been wonderful.
The introduction of some new events this year has been very successful. These include our excursions to Hawthorne Park, Pyjama Day and weekly swimming lessons. How enjoyable it has been for us all to get out into our community for some amazing learning and interactions. Thank you to our families for all your wonderful Weekend Inputs, Show and Tells and family photos. We don’t think we can remember a year where we’ve had so many great photos and inputs to share and our Special Photos Wall was always full! Also thank you to everyone who participated in our family events such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Book Week and Grand Parents Week. The response this year has been outstanding.
It has been a very busy time for everyone in Preschool the last few weeks preparing for our painting and new floors. The children have been very much a part of the process helping us to sort and throw out old toys and also the washing of them in preparation for next year. There also has been lots of input as to how we can change the room for next year after the floors have been done. It’s all been very helpful and inclusive.
Our Preschool Graduation on Saturday was a beautiful but a very hot occasion! The Preschoolers all looked so grown up in their caps and gowns. They were all so excited having their photos taken by Mr Jack and waiting back stage for the big event. How proud we all were of them as they walked over to Miss Pamie to receive their Diploma’s and books. Also a big thank you to Sensei Gai for coming along to showcase the children’s Japanese lessons this year. Lastly, very big thank you to everyone who helped with the preparations and the setting up and packing up on the day and to Muriel, Sofie’s Mum for providing the cold drinks. It was much appreciated.
We would like to wish all of our departing Preschoolers much love, luck and happy learning as they leave us to embark on the next stage of their lives. Please don’t be strangers. It’s always wonderful to have visits from our past PIB children and to see them in their school uniforms and hear about their progress. To our families who are staying on with us and to our Kindy 2 families who will be moving down to Preschool next year, we are all looking forward to welcoming you to our room and to an exciting 2020.
So from everyone in Preschool we would like to wish you all a very safe and Merry Christmas and a happy successful 2020.
Thank you, Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole and Mr Jack