I hope this August 2020 Newsletter finds you all well and happy and coping with all that is going on in everyone’s lives at the moment. Things are slowly getting back on track at the childcare centre and incursions have recommenced – of which we are all happy about.
The children have been exceptionally happy and accepting of all the changes we have brought into the centre during this time, as have you, our parents.
My staff have been wonderful during this time, going the extra mile without hesitation and for this I am very grateful. It highlights the great team we have at Puss in Boots. Let us hope we are almost at the end of this upheaval.
Quite a few new children have started their Puss in Boots journey with us and it gives me great pleasure to welcome everyone to the centre. I hope we have a long and happy association with you all.
All the painting inside has been finished and the new flooring in the Nursery and Toddlers was also completed two weeks ago. It all looks so fresh and lovely and we’re gradually getting it to the way we want. Next is the room dividers between the groups and we have had an interior designer come into the centre to help us with some concepts. Fresh eyes means new ideas.
‘Til 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 Renee, Mr Ryan & Miss Manjit
Junior Kindergarten 1: Miss Jess & Miss Erica
Junior Kindergarten 2: Miss Christy & Miss Ellie
Kindergarten 2: Miss Dora, Miss Tricia, Miss Radhika & Miss Chanelle
Preschool: Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole & Mr Jack
Support Staff: Miss Sue, Miss Carmen, Miss Andrea, Miss Emma, Miss Helena & Miss Issy
31 August – 5 September – Father’s Day Celebration – (all rooms)
3 September – Japanese Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Thursday
4 September – Hey Dee Ho Yoga Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Friday
16 September – Mr Paramedic (Preschool)
18 September – Crazy Hair Day (all rooms)
23 September – Cheeky Monkeys (Junior Kindergarten 2/Kindergarten 2/Preschool) – is part of the set curriculum for the Children who attend on Wednesdays
19 – 23 October – Grandparent’s Day Celebrations (all rooms)
30 October – World Teacher’s Day
Dates to Remember
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…
We are already half way through the year, can you believe that! How quickly the time is passing. Our children in the Morningside Nursery are absolutely thriving in all areas of development. It is very rewarding to see the children demonstrate every day independence and skills they have learnt and developed over the months they have been in the Nursery. It’s mostly rewarding to see the children can also recognise their achievements and express their happiness due to their capability and skills. We have children who proudly demand to feed themselves with a spoon, of course with the aid of an educator close by and giving the children praise and encouragement they truly deserve. Another milestone the children allow us to hear is verbal communication. All children are extremely vocal, they express themselves with big sounds and words.
We welcome Owen and Maia to the Nursery room. They are familiar to Puss In Boots as they both have siblings present at the centre which is great as the parents know the educators in the room and can feel immediate connection and trust. We are really looking forward to getting to know the children and building up a strong relationship with them both. They will have a fantastic time here as they have begun a new and exciting adventure.
As we welcome our new children we sadly say goodbye to our twins who have moved location and also to Maisie and Draxx who have transitioned to the toddler room. Maisie and Draxx have settled into their new room in no time at all. They expressed their interest and curiosity in all the different toys and have already made new friendships. We are proud of how well they have adapted to their new environment.
As you can see the renovations have continued upstairs. We now have beautiful new flooring. It is a huge improvement as it makes the rooms feel even more homely, fresh, spacious and comfortable.
As always here at Puss In Boots we have very interesting and somewhat peculiar days in which everyone participates, including the educators. These enjoyable days are always full of laughter. The month of July we had Pyjamas Day…..that was a comfortable and fun day. We also had science day and we had our annual yearly photo day. This is always a memorable day at the centre as all families come together and get individual, sibling and group photographs taken. The children love to be dressed up in their good wear for the day.
Thank you, Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie, Miss Emma & Miss Anna
I’d like to introduce myself – Renee as the toddler’s room new Lead Educator. I have five years of experience in the sector, and have had experience with the toddler room as an assistant a few years back. I look forward to meeting you all and forming a positive bond with your child.
What a busy year we’ve had so far, with freshly painted walls and now brand new flooring. We’ve been keeping ourselves super busy in the toddler room, from archaeology findings to art projects, our toddlers have been jam packed busy throughout their days here at Puss In Boots.
We would like to give a big congratulations to Shiloh and her family as they have welcomed a new family member, welcome to the world little Ahvah. We would like to give a warm welcome to Maisie. L and Maisie. M as they have joined our little beehive. Maisie. M has really come out of her shell this month, and shows that she is trusting towards her peers and educators, and that she has a sense of belonging. Maisie enjoys moments of solitude as well as negotiating, sharing with others and observing them as they play. Maisie. L has happily and successfully transitioned to our room from the nursery. Maisie is very confident in the toddler room and has no troubles learning and fitting into our routine, she has a real strong sense of belonging and will always seek help when needed, otherwise she likes to be very independent and loves learning self-help skills. We would also like to congratulate Oliver for positively and successfully transitioning to the Junior Kindergarten room. It was very sad to see him go but we have been hearing many positive things about the ways he’s further developing, learning and exploring his new and exciting environment.
We would like to show some appreciation to Mr. Ryan who has recently joined our room, Mr. Ryan brings positive energy to the room. The Toddlers have enjoyed having a male educator as a role-model, since Mr Ryan has come into our room. The Toddlers have extended on their own interests and have been exploring with new interests! Some of these interests include; Archaeology, Magnets, bug exploration, gardening, art creations, sensory activities and many more interesting experiences. The Toddlers have been super enthusiastic with learning and engaging in these new interests and are persistent in extending on their own. The Toddlers used their fine motor skills to sift through the sand to find dinosaur bones and precious gems, we then took a closer look at our findings through magnifying glasses! We also contributed to our environment as we learnt all about plants and caring for them.
The big red cars are still a popular choice in our room for Shiloh, Russell, Frankie, Emily, Maisie. L, Jonah, Alexis, Alice, Ivy, Caleb, Edwina, Joshua, Maisie, Grayson and Teddy, use them almost every day! Music and Dancing has been a big interest these past two months, all the toddlers enjoy engaging in singing and dancing to the songs, and rhymes, expressing happiness and sharing laughter with each other. The toddlers show their appreciation for the new introduced interest as they ask questions, engage in conversation with educators about the topic, and concentrate when engaging in them. The toddlers have been really good at listening to and following instructions throughout planned activities.
Educators have noticed a peak in speech development for our toddlers. Recently all the toddlers have been using verbal communication and have been trying to form words and even 2-3 word sentences! To extend on and further improvement on this, we have been singing songs, reading books, engaging in conversations about topics of their interests and counting. We have been including this in our everyday curriculum to allow the children to practice new words! The toddlers enjoy listening to the wiggles – the toddlers know most of the words and will try to sing along to each song while dancing. Awesome multi-tasking skills! Our room favorites have been “baa baa black sheep”, “London bridge is falling down”, “Dr Knickerbocker”, “ABC”, “Everybody clap”, “ring around the Rosie” and many more.
Ivy, Shiloh, Alice, Emily, Alexis, Maisie.L, Maisie.M, and Edwina have continued on extending on their interests with the baby dolls. The girls love to dress the babies, change their nappies, feed them, and take them on walks and most of all pat them to sleep. When the music is playing Alice and Maisie.L will often sway, dancing with their babies and patting them. Continuing to demonstrate their families bond throughout their dramatic play.
It has been a very positive experience for us educators to see the toddlers on their journey of learning about each other, having respect for their boundaries and their interests etc. Throughout their play, they have learnt to respect each other’s boundaries, sharing and negotiating their space and resources. Shiloh has started her transitions to Junior Kindergarten 1, she will be missed by all her friends when it’s her time to move on, the toddlers will be welcoming Draxx from the Nursery to start his new adventure.
Thank you, Miss Rene, Miss Ryan and Miss Manjit
Junior Kindergarten 1
Hello Junior Kindergarten 1 families!
With restrictions somewhat eased, we have had an exciting past two months. We started July off by welcoming Charlotte and Ryan back after having time off. We also were lucky enough to have Oliver from toddlers join our Junior Kindergarten 1 room in August!
This month consisted of a variety of fun incursions including face paint day, crazy odd sock day, pyjama day, reef experience and an ocean life show. All the children got very involved and very much enjoyed these.
Junior Kindergarten 1 children also enjoyed a trip to Hawthorne Park at the end of July, exploring the outdoor environment. Whilst at the park, the children had a picnic under the trees and a play on the playground; which they thoroughly enjoyed!
Cooking was a top hit this month, making corn fritters. All the children thoroughly enjoyed helping Miss Erica prepare the ingredients and eat the final result!
Throughout all these fun events, the children also engaged in gardening, collage, different types of painting (spray painting, watercolor painting, car painting etc.), making nature sun catchers, yoga and Simon says. This encouraged the children to enhance their fine/gross motor skills, verbal skills, hand eye co-ordination, appreciation for nature and teamwork/co-operation skills.
Miss Erica and I are very proud of our Junior Kindergarten 1 children and how far their toileting has come over the past two months. We are also very happy to see Junior Kindergarten 1 using their verbal skills a lot more and having small conversations now. It’s great!
We’ve had such an exciting two months and are very excited for the upcoming months. As always, Miss Erica and I are very proud of our Junior Kindergarten 1 children and how they’re exceeding their milestones! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t feel afraid to ask either one of us. We are here to help your children grow and want to work with you to get the best outcome!
Until next time.
Thank you, Miss Jess & Miss Erica.
Junior Kindergarten 2
Another busy couple of months in Junior Kindergarten 2!!!!
The children have been engaged in many meaningful, fun activities. Dress ups have been very popular, with the children demonstrating their dramatic play/role play skills as they dress up in the different costumes and accessories. We have been builders, fairies, supergirl, doctors, dancers and office workers.
We have also focused on developing the children’s co-operative skills during many play experiences. It’s been pleasing to see developments in the children’s social skills. Our fine motor skills have been developed through activities such as drawing, pegs & pegboards, tweezers and chalk and building with cleversticks, just to name a few.
We have been lucky enough to have Incursions throughout the last couple of months, with the Reef Show, Indigenous Insights Show (with Aunty Sharron), Cheeky Monkeys and the Ocean Life Show. We have also enjoyed Rainbow Clothes Day, Face Painting Day, Crazy Odd Sock Day and Pyjama Day. Remember our photo days are Wednesday 26th August and Thursday 27th August.
The children have also assisted in the cooking experiences. We have made savoury muffins and mince pasta bake, which were both DELICIOUS and well liked by all the children. During the cooking experiences, the children learnt to take turns, learnt about quantities, colour and many other interesting concepts.
Our art experiences have been a hit too. The children have participated in marble/ball painting, nature collage, fine tip brush painting and butterfly painting.
The children have shown a lot of interest in reading books, in small groups and individually and some of the children have been confident enough to sit on the big chair and read to the whole group, taking on the role of Miss Chris and Miss Ellie. Science Week was a lot of fun!!!! We made a volcano, did a magic milk experiment and produced our own bubbles.
We have enjoyed playing instruments, while singing songs and we have expressed ourselves through dance. Like always, outdoor play has been really enjoyable. While outside, we have fostered our gross motor skills ( balancing, climbing) and also worked on our balls skills.
Our toilet training is coming along very well. Again, thanks to those families in assisting us in this process. It is much appreciated!!!! Also, a big thank you to those families who send in family input on a regular basis. Please, if you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to communicate with us (via face to face communication, via a phone call or email).
Thank you, Miss Ellie, and Miss Chris
Welcome to our Kindergarten 2 August 2020 Newsletter.
I would like to send a warm welcome to Mikey, Harry, Jax, Harrison and their families who have recently joined the Morningside Kindergarten 2 room. They have settled in happily and are now enjoying building friendships with their peers and participating in many activities. Also joining our team was Miss Radhika. She is studying her Certificate III and is looking forward to meeting everyone. We will miss Miss Renee as she has moved to the Toddlers as Room Leader. We are also fortunate to have Miss Issy with us on a Wednesday afternoon. Miss Issy is School Captain of Coorparoo Secondary College, and attended Puss In Boots as a baby until she went to school. She is soon to start her Certificate III.
Over the past couple of months, Covid-19 has presented some challenges with routines and practices. The children have adapted so well to the increased handwashing and hygiene practices and have participated in many learning experiences revolving around germs and how illness is spread.
We have had 2 very busy months participating in different activities like CRAZY SOCK DAY, JAPANESE CLASS, FACE PAINTING, CHEEKY MONKEY, PYJAMAS DAY, RAINBOW CLOTHES DAY , AUNTY SHARON, and STREET SCIENCE. The children have had lots of fun and lots of laughs. Their language is developing quickly and this is evidenced by the more complex conversations and interactions the children are having with each other and educators as they join in all the experiences.
Miss Tricia has shared many science activities with the children. They have explored, investigated, used their imagination and asked many questions as they observed the Dancing Sultanas, the Lava Show and the Petals Opening. Thank you to Miss Tricia for providing these activities.
We have promoted healthy eating through our cooking experiences; continued with our interest in literacy and numeracy and are participating more at group times (where the children are becoming more confident with talking in front of their peers).
Thank you to our families who continue to provide family input (photos, emails, show and tell) as the children love to share and talk about their interests. And as educators we love extending on their interests through meaningful and authentic activities and experiences. Please remember to read our curriculum wall so you can see all the week’s learning.
Please feel free to discuss with us any concerns you may have or share ideas that will improve our practices.
Thank you, Miss Dora, Miss Chanelle, Miss Tricia & Miss Radhika
It’s hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of August and in five short months our Preschoolers will be heading off to “big school”. Our mid-year interviews went well and the various chats we have had with families since then. It’s always lovely to take the opportunity to catch up with our families. We will be conducting more interviews in November.
As the year is marching on, it will soon be time to start writing Transition Statements. These have to be at schools by the end of November. At the beginning of the year, I sent out paperwork for our families to fill in with Transition Information. These are still quite a lot of these outstanding. This information that we receive from our families is very important in helping the children make that transition to school. It would be much appreciated that those outstanding can be returned as soon as possible. I will be sending out reminders to our families whose paperwork is still to come in. If you need new copies of the paperwork, please let us know.
Also, in regard to school, our list of schools is nearly full and it is important to fill out those enrollment forms ASAP and return them to your child’s prospective schools. In addition to this, if you have the opportunity to attend a Prep Information session, I would highly recommend it.
We would like to welcome two new families to our Morningside Preschool Room. Daniel and Isabelle have recently started with us and we look forward to getting to know you all.
It’s been a very busy couple of months in Preschool. It has been wonderful to welcome back all of our incursions after such a long period of time. The children have certainly been very excited to have everything back to some normality.
Thank you to everyone who has been sending in Show and Tells, Weekend Inputs and photos. We’ve had lots of holiday and weekend photos of late and we always get much enjoyment at seeing what the children get up to on the weekends. These contributions also make for an interesting and varied curriculum.
Last week we celebrated Science Week with a visit from Street Science for our Preschoolers and Kindergarten 2 children. The Preschoolers also had the opportunities to take part in various activities including magnets, making Playdough and cooking.
This week is The Premiers Reading Challenge. We are certainly looking forward to reading lots of favourite stories and enjoying visits from our families to read to the children. Please let your Room Leader know if you’d like to come in. The only day where our time will be limited will be Wednesday because of Photo Day.
With the lifting of some Covid Restrictions, the children are now back in Home Corner dressing up and taking part in other pretend play activities. They are also loving having Playdough back. It has been a much missed part of the curriculum. We have also been moving forward with our fine motor and advancing with Reading Eggs. After some recent Show and Tells, we have introduced the children to Board Games. A particular favourite is Chess. Mr Jack is doing a great job at teaching the children this very involved and interesting game. We can certainly see some future Chess Masters amongst the group.
There have been lots of Birthdays celebrated this month. These have included – Josh L, Archer P, Amelia, Liam, Ava, Isaac, Rosie, Ethan W and Mr Jack.
That’s all for now. As usual if you have any questions, please feel free to ask Miss Nicole, Mr Jack or myself.
Thank you, Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole and Mr Jack