Welcome to our June 2020 Newsletter.
COVID-19 continues to challenge us and it is so wonderful that families are doing all they can to follow instructions and help stop the spread of the virus.
Also a warm welcome to our new families and we’re so happy to see our returning families again.
Please remember to make sure your children are dressed warmly as it has turned very cold the last few days.
Big thanks to all the staff for their continued dedicated hard work. We have a wonderful team here at Puss in Boots Early Childhood Learning Centre and I am very blessed to have them all.
We have been participating in numerous staff training sessions of late:
- Workplace Health & Safety
- Guiding Children’s Behaviour
- Emergency Evacuation Training
- Fire Training
- Team Building (coming up)
This is something that we do every year to keep our childcare centre up to date with any changes.
Also if you have any concerns at all about your child/children please call into the office and we will endeavor to help you.
- 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 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 childcare centre; therefore please send along healthy snacks for your children. For suggestions and ideas come and see us in the office.
Till next time. Stay safe, well and happy and thank you all again for allowing us to care-for and educate your children – it is a great privilege.
Puss in Boots Staff for 2020
Nursery: Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie & Anna
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 Ellie
Preschool: Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole & Mr Jack
Support Staff: Miss Sue, Miss Carmen, Miss Andrea, Miss Emma, Miss Helena & Mr Ryan
3 July (Friday) – Crazy Sock Day
16 July – Japanese Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Thursday
17 July – Hey Dee Ho Yoga Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Friday
17 July (Friday) – Face Painting day (all rooms)
22 July – Cheeky Monkeys (Junior Kindergarten 2/Kindergarten 2/Preschool) – is part of the set curriculum for the Children who attend on Wednesdays
24 July (Friday) – Pyjama Day
31 July (Friday) – Rainbow Clothes Day
Dates to Remember
26 & 27 August (Wednesday/Thursday) – Childcare 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
13 December (Sunday) – 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…
I would like to begin by thanking all our families for their ongoing support throughout the past weeks. We are getting back to some normality (New Normal) which is a relief and somewhat reassuring for everyone.
We are continuously keeping a high level of hygiene practice throughout the centre and will for the foreseeable future, to ensure all remain safe and healthy.
We welcome Miss Emma and Miss Anna to the Morningside Nursery room. They are now a part of our educational team. We are very happy to have them on board and they are looking forward to meeting everyone and providing exceptional care to your little ones.
We are ecstatic to welcome Adelaide, Patrick and Kai and their families to Puss In Boots. All educators are looking forward to an exciting journey ahead and getting to know the children and their families. They have done exceptionally well settling in at present. We are very proud of the children and their parents for being so brave and in trusting us with their care.
Edwina had transitioned to the toddler room and is really happy in her new environment with her new educators and friends. While we will miss Edwina, we know that she is embarking on the next stage of her journey with us and it will be exciting and rewarding to see her grow and develop.
Maisie, Draxx and Tommy celebrated their 1st Birthday with their Nursery friends, with Tommy and Draxx sharing the same birthday.
The children are becoming a lot more verbal and are beginning to crawl or walk or are showing interest in walking. It’s fantastic to see self-help skills and independence building now that they are becoming more confident and interested in their daily routine. At meal times they want to feed and drink all by themselves. It is so rewarding to see them reaching their developmental milestones.
We would like to thank all the families for sharing their child’s interest through the family input sheets. We enjoy extending their interests through activities and new experiences. Don’t forget to look at our Curriculum Story Wall as your child’s day is documented there.
Please feel free to discuss with us any concerns you may have or ideas to improve our practices.
Thank you, Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie, Miss Emma & Miss Anna
These two months have gone past like lightning! We are halfway through the year already.
It has been busy in the Toddler room. We would like to welcome Alexis, Joshua and Frankie to Puss In Boots! They have settled into the Toddler room amazingly and in such a short period of time! We have noticed all of them have already made new friends and formed positive relationships with others in their very first day! The transition for Edwina from nursery to toddlers, also went smoothly. She has been settling into the room extremely well and feels really comfortable and confident with educators and peers! We also would like to congratulate Archer, Indira and Hugh for successfully having moved down to the Junior Kindergarten 1 room although it is sad to say goodbye to them. We’ve been hearing lots of positive feedback from Junior Kindergarten 1 educators sharing how much they’ve enjoyed their new environment.
We would like to welcome Miss Andrea who has also joined the team for a couple of weeks with us! Ever since Miss Andrea joined the group, children have been included in experiences with lots of sensory activities as well as physical experiences. Children enjoyed using their sensory to feel, touch and observe a variety of materials such as leaves, logs, pine cones, coloured rice and coloured sand…etc. Grayson, Indira, Hugh, Archer, Jonah, Ivy, Caleb and Atticus are big fans with ball games and physical experiences. They started to explore more of their body limitations and got excited to try out new experiences. Big red trikes and push bikes are one of our most popular experiences this month! Children also enjoyed visiting Junior Kindergarten 1 playground a couple of times. We noticed lots of giggles and smiles while they appreciated the bigger sandpit, activity centres, slides even looking after the garden by watering the plants!
We recently have noticed a great deal of vocabulary development and sharing from Toddlers to us! Singing songs and Story reading has been part of our everyday curriculum. Shiloh and Jonah both displayed great singing voices with phenomenal amounts of vocabularies to commence small conversations with educators singing through songs such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Heads and Shoulders etc….”
Alice, Emily and Shiloh have demonstrated great interests in baby care by trying to pat their babies to sleep, feed their babies with food as well as give them cuddles as part of their past experiences from home. It is amazing to see how powerful the connections and bond they’ve shown with families through children.
We also love to see children engaged in peer group experiences and share toys with each other more and more as they demonstrate increasing curiosity towards others and learning in partnerships.
This month has been another magical world of art. We did hand printing, bubble wrap printing, collage, straw blowing painting, glitter painting with doily and drawing with cardboard boxes… etc. The children had so much fun getting involved with sensory and messy play. We display all of our art work in the room for all to see.
Thank you very much to our families for continuously supporting us by providing your beautiful weekend family inputs and sharing your thoughts with us and celebrating Crazy Hair Day, Ocean Day and World Environment day!
Thank you, Miss Grace, Miss Chanelle and Miss Manjit
Junior Kindergarten 1
Hello Junior Kindergarten 1 families!
I am pleased to say the Junior Kindergarten 1 team have conquered the past two challenging months with COVID-19; having great hygiene practices in place and the children working together with us to stay safe and healthy.
The start of May consisted of us welcoming Vaiya from toddlers to our beloved room. We were also fortunate enough to welcome Archer, Hugh and Indira at the start of June! All the children were very excited to have a few new friends and welcomed them with open arms.
Although we have had restrictions with COVID-19, we have tried to make the past two months very enjoyable/educational for the children with many fun and different activities. These activities have involved painting, gardening, threading, dancing/music time, obstacle courses, trampolining, making snowflakes for winter, planting herb and veg seeds, world environment day and world ocean day.
The Junior Kindergarten 1 children have been excellent gardeners over the past two months; watering the garden weekly. With the children’s exceptional gardening skills, this has resulted in the children being able to eat our freshly grown fruit; pineapple and tomatoes.
We’ve continued to enhance the children’s verbal skills this month and have even focused on the children’s self-help skills such as encouraging them to put their own shoes on, pulling up their own pants and packing up their beds. All the children have yet come a long way in the short amount of 2 months!
Miss Erica and I are very proud of our Junior Kindergarten 1 children and how far they are coming. Thank you again for trusting us with your beautiful children. Also, thanks to all the families for bringing the blankets in.
Just a friendly reminder to keep bringing spare winter clothing so we can ensure our children are warm and comfortable in the upcoming cold months.
Until next time.
Thank you, Miss Jess & Miss Erica.
Junior Kindergarten 2
Wow, what a busy couple of months. At the end of May we said our goodbyes to Miss Leanne who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy Alexander, a little earlier than expected. Both are doing very well. Miss Ellie jumped into the role of assistant educator in the Junior Kindergarten 2 room and has taken on the role with great confidence.
This month we celebrated World Environment Day and World Ocean Day. For World Environment Day we watered the plants and discussed recycling and normal rubbish, using magnet pictures to make connections to which items go in the rubbish and which go in the recycle bin. For World Ocean Day we discussed the sea objects we brought in and then we did a sea collage.
We worked on our co-operative skills while engaging in a variety of play experiences and during some art experiences like group cylinder collage and group fly swatter painting. Our social interactions were also fostered during dramatic play experiences like vet play and hairdresser play.
We worked on our colour recognition skills through a variety of experiences. Mixing primary colours was fun as we learnt how secondary colours are formed.
We also developed our concepts of numbers and letters. We frequently use our name flash cards to foster recognition of our names and initial letters.
We’ve also spent time discussing sea creatures and creatures that live on the land. The children’s interest in snails and hermit crabs was supported by investigating snails and hermit crabs on the tablet.
Our fine motor skills have been developed through a number of different experiences, like tweezer play, eye dropper painting and threading. Block building has also helped to develop the children’s fine motor skills too.
At group time we read stories like “I Like Me”, building self esteem and encouraging self acceptance and we read “My Island Home”, all about the Aboriginal culture.
Incorporating the fire and police lego has encouraged the children to act out familiar scenarios, developing their sense of imagination.
Toilet training is going very well. Thank you to all our families for working collaboratively with us to make this process as smooth as possible. We are continuing to work on the children’s manners, always encouraging “please” and “thank yous” and the children are showing wonderful progress in their self help skills.
Thank you to those families that send in family input. We really appreciate it. Please keep it coming!!!!! Just a reminder to make sure your child is dressed warmly as the weather is getting cooler.
Please, if you feel you need to communicate with us at any time, don’t hesitate to do so through face to face communication, via emails or via a phone call.
Thank you, Miss Ellie, and Miss Chris
I would like to send a warm welcome to all our new families that have recently commenced their children in the Morningside Kindergarten 2 room. We are looking forward to building positive and rewarding relationships with you and building a partnership that will support us in providing the best possible care and education to your little ones.
We have welcomed Zoey and Amanda who recently moved from the Junior Kindergarten 2 room. They have enjoyed and settled in so well and feel confident interacting with the other children and educators. Alexis and Alisha also joined our Kindergarten 2 team. It is rewarding and amazing to watch as they confidently and enthusiastically form friendships with the children and educators.
The past two months have been so much fun with the children involved in different activities where they have explored new ideas and incorporated new resources into their daily play experiences. The children are still enjoying spending time outside in the sandpit, cubby house, on the slides, the obstacle course and being involved with physical skills to increase confidence in the use of their bodies.
During group time, we have been learning about the alphabet, numbers and colours. The children now recognise the letters of their name and have begun to show an interest in counting and investigating numeracy through song and stories.
Recently, we celebrated World Environment Day, where children and educators wore green to support our continued endeavors to create a better environmental future for all. World Ocean Day was another successful experience for children, who wore blue on the day and brought an item from home that is related to the oceans. There were many interesting and meaningful discussions about ocean life, pollution and the impact humans have on the Earth’s oceans.
We have continued to promote healthy eating with the introduction of new fruits and yoghurt into our morning tea and afternoon tea. The children have enjoyed tasting the different foods and are eating well.
Thank you, as always, for sending in your family input sheets, photos, emails and notes. Your continued support is so appreciated.
Thank you, Miss Dora, Miss Tricia & Miss Renee
It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year and what a time it has been! The COVID-19 virus has certainly presented some challenges for us all. All this aside, it has been wonderful to observe the resilience of our Preschoolers. Things were certainly out of the ordinary for a while, but they just took everything in their stride. They contributed to keeping us all healthy by improving their hand washing regime, coughing and sneezing into their elbows and keeping personal space. How proud we have been of them!
A big thank you to our families who helped to keep things normal by continuing to send in Family Inputs and Show and Tells. As always, it’s always lovely to see what goes on in the children’s lives outside Puss in Boots. Despite everything that has been happening, everyone has managed to keep busy. The children have been keeping on with their Reading Eggs and furthering their Early Literacy journey, utilising our Book Area resources and books from home. We have been working hard on our fine motor skills during this time in preparation for school. This has included a range of cutting, tweezers, threading and construction activities. Back in May the children tried their hand at some carpentry using real resources, wood, hammers and nails. Everyone loved it and did very well at following the safety instructions given at the start of the activity.
World Ocean Day and World Environment Day was celebrated wearing our blue and green clothes and the children participating in some interesting art activities. YouTube was well utilised during this time with the children watching various videos on how important it is to look after our environment and oceans. It’s always refreshing to hear what prior knowledge they already have and also to hear their concerns for our planet. Earth is certainly in safe hands with this generation.
Also I would like to ask our families who have not already done so to please return their Kindergarten Program paperwork that was sent home at the start of the year. This is a very crucial part of the children’s Transition Statements at the end of the year. In addition to this, we would love to see some more family photos on our board and more comments on our Strength Trees. There is still lots of room!
Lastly I would like to mention that we will be conducting mid year Parent/Educator Interviews in the next month or so. We have yet to confirm a date but will inform our families as soon as we decide.
Take care and stay safe.
Thank you, Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole and Mr Jack