Welcome to 2020 and our first newsletter! We are really excited and looking forward to a great year.
To all our new families and our returning families we look forward to having a great year with you and your little people.
It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to our Pre-schoolers 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.
We said goodbye to Miss Jo in our Junior Kindy 1 room last week as Jo has accepted a Director’s position in North Queensland. It is a really great step up for her and a new beginning and a wonderful learning experience. We will miss her dreadfully and wish her every success in her new venture. Miss Jess is now the new room leader in the Junior Kindy 1 with Miss Erica is her assistant.
You would have all noticed the renovations that have occurred over the Christmas break and in the last couple of weeks. The new front doors look amazing as well as the painting and the new flooring on the first two floors. The renovations at the centre are a progress in motion and you will see the changes as they happen. It is quite a slow process but an exciting one.
Please ensure your child wears safe shoes into the centre which must have a strap at the back which is a safety issue especially if the children are in the playground.
Also if you have any concerns at all about your child/children please call into the office and we will endeavour to help you with this.
- Please remember to sign your child in and out on the days that they attend the centre. This is very important as it is a regulation which we have to comply with.
- Please remember to inform the centre if your child is not attending for whatever reason.
- 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.
Puss in Boots Staff for 2020
Nursery: Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie & Miss Elle
Toddlers: Miss Grace, Miss Chanelle & Miss Manjit
Junior Kindergarten 1: Miss Jess & Miss Erica
Junior Kindergarten 2: Miss Christy & Miss Leanne
Kindergarten 2: Miss Dora, Miss Tricia & Miss Renee
Preschool: Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole & Mr Jack
Support Staff: Miss Sue, Miss Carmen, Miss Andrea, Miss Joanne & Miss Emma
27 February – Japanese Program (K2/PS) and ongoing every Thursday
28 February – Hey Dee Ho Yoga Program (K2/PS) and ongoing every Friday 6 March – Face Painting day (all rooms)
16 March – Harmony Day – refer to the email sent to families on 24 February
18 March – Cheeky Monkeys (JK2/K2/PS) – is part of the set curriculum for the Children who attend on Wednesdays
20 March – Rainbow Clothes Day (all rooms)
3 April – Teddy Bear Picnic (all rooms)
16 April – Pyjama Day – wear your pyjama’s all day (all rooms)
22 April – Tomato Patch Program (JK2, K2 & PS)
23 April – World Book Day – Dress as your favourite book character (all rooms)
Dates to Remember
26 & 27 August (Wednesday/Thursday) – Centre Photos (All Rooms)
10 October (Saturday) – Parent Educator Interviews – 9.00am to 12.00 noon
29 November (Sunday) – Puss in Boots Family Christmas Picnic – 9.00am to 11.00am
5 December (Saturday) – Morningside Preschool Graduation – 1.00pm to 3.00 pm
Please read the notices around the centre 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 the Morningside Nursery’s first newsletter for 2020. We are extremely excited to see what this year has in store for us. Firstly I would like to welcome all our new children and their families to Puss in Boots. Starting their new adventure with us this year so far is Edwina, Emily, Maisie, Tommy, Canaan and Henry along with Draxx and Atticus who were with us in 2019.
It takes some time for the children to settle into their new environment and observing the world. They are now spending most their time sharing that time with other children and educators and this is all new and different to each individual child. We will do everything possible to make the children feel as comfortable and safe and secure and giving them lots of love and care to your precious little ones.
For the first few weeks our new children don’t sleep as long as they would normally do and feed as much as they would do at home, please don’t worry as this change in your child’s behaviour is very normal throughout the settling in period. It gives the children and the educators of your children time to learn about each other and build strong loving friendships together as a team.
We would like to display family pictures of each child’s family to be displayed on our family tree in the room. It is very comforting and supporting for the children to see family members on a daily basis. Thank you for those who have already provided the family pictures.
This month we have already been busy doing some art and craft. We did Footprint painting which was a big experience for all children as it was their very first sensory painting at PIB. The children liked the sensation of the paint and brush on their foot and the tickling feeling made them smile and laugh.
We did lots of water play which was a fantastic experience for all the children. They splashed and splashed in the water. It was a good way to cool down on some of the hotter days this month.
We went on a child care centre excursion to Hawthorne Park. This was a very exciting time for everyone and a wonderful experience. The children were observing the world around them, the cars passing by, the birds, the dogs, the people etc.… This was the beginning of many more fun adventures ahead!
We have many more fun and exciting activities planned for our year ahead. We are really looking forward to learning more about our children and families throughout the year.
Thank you, Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie and Miss Elle
Welcome to the Toddler Room for 2020. We hope everyone enjoyed their lovely Christmas holiday and ready for a new fresh start of the year!
As a new year starts, our toddlers have been slowly settling into our room. We have been spending lots of time building up relationships with children through songs, story time, dancing etc. Through the process we found out that our children are feeling more relaxed and secure and we build trust with each other. It is a great achievement for us to celebrate together. Chanelle, Manjit and myself are learning each child’s personality and character. We are also looking forward to getting to know the families through family input sheets and chats at drop off and pick up time!
We would like to give a big warm welcome to Shiloh, Kairo, Oliver and Sebastian who have joined the Toddler room at Puss in Boots. They have been settling in extremely fast and the children have formed a relationship with them.
Recently the Toddlers have been displaying their creative abilities as they engaged in lots of art experiences. We celebrated Chinese Lantern Festival by making our own lanterns. Inspired by Charlotte’s interests in storms and rain, we created our own storm with cotton balls and recycled cardboard. To encourage healthy eating ideas, Miss Chanelle set up painting experiences with healthy food on the pictures and discussed with children healthy food choices. It is amazing how much the children love being involved in art experiences with some of them attempting to sit on the chairs as soon as the painting experiences are been set up!
We always promote personal hygiene and encourage the children to wash their hands before each meal and after each nappy change. Toddlers have displayed great knowledge and awareness with hand washing as well as walking up the stairs on their own with the educators assisting them.
Toilet training is a key point as a process for children to display independence. Although each child’s development is different, we encourage children to start toilet training when toddlers are 18 months old. Educators will discuss with families when we will start toilet training and assist children to work as a team through the process to make it easier for families. For our monthly cooking experience this time, we invited children to prepare Spaghetti Bolognaise together. Children engaged in the process preparing their own meals by using different sensations: smell, taste, touch, feel…etc. They enjoyed using different kitchen tools such as peeler and knife to chop and take the skin off the vegetables. It is great to see how much they enjoyed their own achievement with absolute quietness at the table!
Thank you very much for all the parents support as we are looking forward for a fulfilling year ahead.
Thank you, Miss Grace, Miss Chanelle and Miss Manjit
Junior Kindergarten 1
We have had a great start to 2020 in the Junior Kindergarten 1 room! The children have transitioned well from the Toddlers room and are showing confidence and well-being in their new room. We have also welcomed some new children into Junior Kindergarten 1, Oxley, Seth and Jagger, who are all settling in really well.
The children have really been enjoying outdoor play in both playgrounds, having lots of room to run, jump, climb, balance, digging and creating in the sandpit and watering our plants with the watering cans. Time playing with the older children also helps to develop their sense of belonging within Puss in Boots.
The tool sets and hammering blocks have been very popular with the children and they have engaged in hammering every day. The blocks and construction sets have been played with a lot as the children express their creativity, cooperation and cognitive development.
All the children now understand our daily routines and are displaying increasing competence in self-help skills and personal hygiene.
The home corner and dress-ups have been fun for the children and they have especially enjoyed the jewelry, watches and sunglasses. We have also started doing some more structured group time play, such as ball games to promote, social skills and connections between children. The end of the month consisted of fare-welling Miss Jo as she heads off to Georgetown to start her new adventure, whilst welcoming Miss Jess to the room leader role, with Miss Erica and Miss Andrea being the Junior Kindergarten 1 assistants. We would like to thank all the families for the trust you have placed in us this month, caring and educating your beautiful children. We are looking forward to the year ahead and have many exciting plans in place already.
If you have any extra questions or suggestions about anything related to Junior Kindergarten 1, please feel free to talk to Miss Erica, Miss Andrea or myself.
Until next time.
Thank you, Miss Jess, Miss Erica & Miss Andrea
Junior Kindergarten 2
Welcome to Junior Kindergarten 2 for 2020!!!!!!!!!!
What a great start we’ve had to the year. January saw the children transitioning to their new room. The toddler children and Junior Kindergarten 1 children familiarised themselves with their new educators, new peers and new room during this month. We also welcomed Samuel and James to the Junior Kindergarten 2 room who are new to the the centre.
In February, the children all settled well into their new environment ready to start playing and learning. The children have started building relationships with one another and their educators while playing in home corner, engaging in block construction, playing with the trains, and taking on roles during doctor/hospital play.
We have spent time discussing shapes of the children’s food which led to shape painting and investigating magnetic shapes on the magnet board. We also investigated cicada shells and the plastic insects, learning about their different characteristics. The children also enjoyed doing Yoga, demonstrating their flexibility.
Our first cooking experience was Bangers and Mash. The children assisted to mash the potato, and serve their own meals at lunch time while developing their independence.
Thank you to our families for sending in family input. It’s much appreciated and it provides us with a great basis for our curriculum. Also, thank you to those families who have supported us in the toilet training process. It’s so important to have that continuity between home and Puss in Boots.
Please if you have any concerns or just want a chat don’t hesitate to speak to us in person, over the phone or via email.
Thank you and we look forward to a great year in JK2.
Thank you, Miss Leanne, and Miss Chris
A new year begins in Morningside Kindergarten 2 for 2020. We warmly welcome our new families and look forward to getting to know you all.
So far we have concentrated on helping children to become accustomed to the new surroundings so that they feel calm and settled. This has given us a valuable opportunity to connect with them also. We have introduced a new song “Watching the Ponies” as well as stories and humorous poems which add fun to our day.
We have introduced “Magic Words” where the children repeat words chosen from stories to encourage a love of language and literacy. These two months has been so much fun with some new activities that we have incorporated such as “Murri Tukka” (Bush Tucker) which was part of our Australia Day celebrations. All the children had the opportunity to taste and to know more about the variety of bush tucker food.
Also we had a successful “Crazy Hair day” where all the children showed us their own identities with their crazy hair designs and they had so fun and lots of conversation were had. The children and educators are very excited for the next activity which is the “The Crazy Odd Sock” day.
We look forward to keep doing so much more activities through the year and learning through those activities. This month most days have been indoor due the wet weather in the meantime the children have engaged in many dramatic play experiences through cooking play, transport play and shop play. They have also taken on role of “Mummy”, “Daddy “and “Baby. The children are learning how to negotiate their ideas and this builds relationships in their play.
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.
Best wishes to you all.
Thank you, Miss Dora, Miss Tricia & Miss Renee
A very big welcome to all our Morningside Preschool Families for 2020 and it has been a busy start to the year.
Our physical environment in Preschool has changed dramatically since last year. The new renovations have made it possible to reconfigure our room, allowing for a lot more space for self- selection of activities and general play.
Thank you for all the great Weekend Inputs and Show and Tells that the children have bought in already. This gives us an insight into their interests and what they do when they are not at Puss in Boots Early Childhood Learning Centre and is an all important part of our daily curriculum. Show and Tell is a wonderful way of boosting self-confidence and learning to speak in front of an audience. We have had some wonderful feedback about the Preps from Morningside State School who attended Preschool with us last year and how confident and well-spoken they are when they do their Show and Tells!
This first term is all about getting to know each other, establishing routines and expanding on current self-help skills and learning new ones. This is so important for school next year when everything is about routines, timetables and being self-sufficient. In past years we have found that this takes some time, so we always start and try to establish good habits early in the year.
As mentioned Weekend Inputs and Show and Tells are very important parts of our daily curriculum. This can already be seen in the room with our Science Table gradually taking shape with various contributions. Murphy’s input about his recycled aquarium was able to be extended into a model of what lives on the ocean floor. This was created from resources we already had on hand and also allowed for some great sharing of ideas and conversation. Nate’s Solar System Show and Tell was able to be extended on through the use of You Tube and a mixture of man-made and recycled materials and again, lots of great discussion.
Literacy is a large part of our Morningside Kindergarten Program so we encourage the children to bring along books to share. It doesn’t have to be a Show and Tell day. A favourite part of our day is story time with Miss Pamie, so the more we have to share the better!
Lastly, I would encourage all of our families who haven’t already done so to bring along a family photo for our photo board. The children love telling everyone about their families and this is a great source of conversation amongst them.
Also, at the start of the year some Kindergarten paperwork was sent home. It is important that this is returned as soon as possible, as this information is used to get to know your children and what areas we need to build on. They are also used in the Transition Statements at the end of the year. This would be much appreciated.
If you have any questions about what happens in Preschool or our Kindergarten Program, please feel free to ask Miss Nicole, Mr Jack or myself.
We are certainly looking forward to a great year of preparing your children for ‘big school’ and having lots of fun and learning through play.
Best wishes for 2020.
Thank you, Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole and Mr Jack