Welcome to the October 2020 Newsletter. Here we are into November – where this year has gone!
We have had to change the format of our Christmas Picnic this year and we do not want our children and parents to miss out. So we have scheduled the Picnic events into our Program at Puss in Boots instead of at the Lota beachfront.
I would like to share some interesting facts with you regarding two of our employees, Emma Andrew and Issy Sim. They both attended Puss in Boots when they were children! Emma is now at Uni and Issy commences next year. It is so great to have them as part of our team.
Sadly we said goodbye to Erica last week as she is moving up the Sunshine Coast to join her partner. She will be missed by all and we wish her well with her new journey in life.
‘Til next time.
Puss in Boots Staff for 2020
Nursery: Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie & Miss 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
Preschool: Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole & Mr Jack
Support Staff: Miss Sue, Miss Carmen, Miss Grace, Miss Andrea, Miss Emma, Miss Helena & Miss Issy
4 November – SEAT Spinal Visit (Preschool)
5 November – Japanese Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Thursday
6 November – Hey Dee Ho Yoga Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Friday
6 November – Visit Morningside Police Station (Junior Kindergarten 2/ Kindergarten 2/Preschool)
9 November – 13 November – Recycling Week (all rooms)
9 November – Reverse Garbage – Loose Parts Play (all rooms)
18 November – Cheeky Monkeys (Junior Kindergarten 2/Kindergarten 2/Preschool) – is part of the set curriculum for the Children who attend on Wednesdays
27 November – Rainbow Clothes Day (all rooms)
9 December – Cheeky Monkey Xmas Celebrations (all rooms)
- 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 October 2020 Newsletter. We have come a long way since our last newsletter. The Morningside Nursery room has a wonderful atmosphere, which is lovely to have that back again after having a tough year with a strange and unpredictable environment during the pandemic.
Firstly, I would like to welcome our new children and their families to the Nursery room. We have Zoya, Evie, Alex and Quinn. We are looking forward to getting to know everyone. They have begun their new adventure in their early years with us at Puss In Boots Morningside Child Care Centre. The Nursery room has been very busy. The children are at different stages and meeting milestones according to age, as we have babies attending as young as three months old, right up to thirteen months. We have set up age appropriate activities to accommodate the children’s needs and help them meet their milestones and make them enjoy as much stimulation play as possible throughout their environment.
We have implemented many different activities over the past two months. Painting, playdough, drawing and many more. The children really enjoy doing art and craft, they express their imagination throughout each experience.
I want to thank our families for returning all their wonderful and valuable family input.
We have many students completing their practical work experience. It is great to have the students learn with us.
Adelaide has transitioned to the Toddler room. She has settled into her new environment really well and is enjoying each day.
We celebrated Grandparents Week. We had a wonderful experience as everyone enjoyed the morning play in the Nursery. We thank those who could make it.
As we are coming to the end of another year, we are preparing the children for their new routine in the toddler room and helping them to learn self-help independence skills. Feeding themselves, with a spoon and drinking from a water bottle, helping to apply sunscreen and more. We are very proud of our children in the nursery room, we love and adore them.
Thank you, Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie, Miss Emma & Miss Anna
Welcome to our October 2020 Newsletter! Can you believe it, we’re already at the end of October. We’ve been keeping ourselves super busy in the toddler room, with lots of reading, singing and dancing (being the toddler’s favourite).
The toddlers welcome their new friend Adelaide, who has transitioned from the nursery room – she is settling in really well and fits right in with the other toddlers. Toddlers also welcome two new friends to the room Henry and Canaan, who are both settling in well after being with us for a week. We’d like to congratulate Alice, Ivy and Kairo who have comfortably transitioned to Junior Kindergarten 1 with Miss Jess and Miss Erica. Exploring their new surroundings and developing new friendships.
We sang “Happy Birthday” to Grayson and Alexis who celebrated their 2nd birthdays with us, and shared some delicious cupcakes with their friends.
Miss Renee, Miss Manjit, Mr Ryan, and the toddler’s parents have noticed a jump in the toddler’s speech development. The toddlers have started pronouncing new words, and practicing new sounds to help develop new words, to add to their vocabulary. The toddlers have been using more verbal communication asking their educators to sing songs, and read books.
The Toddlers have improved on their listening skills, as their language development has progressed. As they are becoming more aware, understanding what is being asked of them and what is being said.
The small foam blocks, large foam blocks, and the Duplo blocks have been the toddler’s favourite recently. The toddlers are engaged in playing with the books for a long period of time, focusing on how they can manipulate the blocks to form towers, and other cool ideas they come up with.
Emily, Alexis, Maisie. L, Maisie. M, and Edwina have continued their interest in the baby dolls, and have started sitting them at the tables and setting up food for the babies, demonstrating their family’s bonds within their dramatic play. When the music is on Teddy, Alexis, Jonah, Draxx, and Frankie get in the groove and start bopping up and down and spinning around to the music, sharing their happiness with their friends through laughter and cheer.
The toddlers celebrated “Grandparents Week” by inviting their grandparents for a delicious morning tea, followed by playing and interacting with their grandparents and showing them all their favourite toys and books.
Thank you, Miss Rene, Miss Ryan and Miss Manjit
Junior Kindergarten 1
Hello Junior Kindergarten 1 families & welcome to our October 2020 Newsletter!
What a fast two months we have had! Where has the year gone? Christmas is only 2 months away!!!
I would firstly like to say a sad farewell to Shiloh and Oliver as they leave the Puss in Boots family, we are going to miss you both very much! We have also had another farewell to Seth as he moved his way up to the Junior Kindergarten 2 room. On a happier note, I would like to give a warm welcome to Alice, Ivy and Kairo, as well as their families for joining the Junior Kindergarten 1 room, transitioning down from toddlers!
Where do I start? We started September off by celebrating Father’s Day with a morning tea with the dads! It was a really successful day and we appreciate all the father’s that made time to come celebrate.
This month we were fortunate enough to have weekly yoga classes with Miss Radhika (qualified yoga instructor). This allowed the children to move their bodies in a way they wouldn’t on a daily basis. All the children thoroughly enjoy yoga now and so we will continue this tradition.
With COVID-19 restrictions eased, the Junior Kindergarten 1 children finally were able to make and play with playdough. They have been so eager and constantly asking to get the dough out for the past 4 months, so as you could imagine they are loving it! They’ve been using their imagination to make food and different objects with the dough; very creative!
The love and passion for gardening has yet again continued over the past two months, now having potato, lettuce and herbs growing. We also now have a fairy garden that was planted by Miss Chanelle and the children, which they are obsessed over.
We still are continuing to focus on colours, animals and the weather at group time, but now have introduced shapes through flashcards and songs. The children are quickly picking it up and are doing very well! We have recently been starting to make the children line up in a straight line after group time, for preparation next year in Junior Kindergarten 2 and Kindergarten 2. All the children are very capable to stand in a straight line and wait for the next instructions now! Miss Erica and I are yet again blown away with our Junior Kindergarten 1 children and how well they are doing.
Another month goes by and another cooking class done. This month the children helped Miss Erica make their very own pizza. They had the choice of different toppings to pick from and helped put it all together. The children very much enjoyed this meal!
Just a reminder with the change in weather lately, please ensure the children are dressed in suitable clothing and that there is spare summer clothing in the bag for when needed. For any parents that do not see myself or Miss Erica in the mornings there is a communication book on the lockers for you to write any important notes that we should be aware of. The book is checked daily every morning on arrival.
On Tuesday 20th October we celebrated Grandparent’s Week with a morning tea. The children had a wonderful morning with their loved ones and enjoyed eating the beautiful fruit and muffins. It was then time for a play in the playground where the children loved showing their Grandparents and Mums and Dads around the adventureland that they play in everyday.
We loved seeing the Grandparents interacting with their grandchildren and it made for a wonderful morning. Thank you to all who attended.
By now you are all aware that Miss Erica is leaving us as she is relocating to the Sunshine Coast so she can be with her partner. We wish her all the best and she will be sadly missed.
Well that is it for now! We have had a very exciting two months full of fun activities and of course welcoming 3 new friends to play with. As always we are super proud of our children and appreciate all the families for allowing us to care for your loved ones. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t feel afraid to ask Miss Jess or Miss Erica.
Until next time.
Thank you, Miss Jess & Miss Erica.
Junior Kindergarten 2
Well, it’s our October 2020 Newsletter and the end of the year is almost here. What a few busy months we’ve had!!!!!
We started September celebrating Father’s Day and we ended October celebrating Grandparents Week. Thank you to all our Fathers, Grandparents and Mothers who joined us for morning tea and a play with their children/grandchildren. It was lovely to see the connections and love the children have for these special people.
The children have enjoyed the cooking experiences over the last couple of months. They assisted to prepare sausage rolls and chicken pie, which were both a big hit with the children.
As the end of the year is nearing, we are working hard to develop the children’s self help skills to put them in good stead for their transition to the Morningside Kindergarten 2 room. The children are assisting to make their beds and take off their bed sheets, take their socks/shoes off and put them back on and also undress and dress themselves, as well as becoming self sufficient at toileting times and meal times.
The children have demonstrated a keen interest in emergency services. The fire and police lego have fostered the children’s imaginative play. We had a fire drill also, which prompted discussion about emergency services and calling “000’” in an emergency.
We have also spent our mornings outside, enjoying the beautiful weather. The children have demonstrated their developing gross motor skills from balancing, climbing and running. They have also spent time interacting in the sandpit. The sandpit has given the children the opportunity to explore different concepts and has fostered different play experiences.
We have been able to re-introduce playdough which has brought a lot of enjoyment to the children. This open ended material has enabled the children to express their ideas. We also incorporated the oven set to prompt a cooking experience.
The children have been engaged in activities to strengthen their fine motor skills, like tweezer play, using plastic scissors and drawing (developing pincer grip).
Sea creatures have also been an area of interest to the children with many children having experiences with sea creatures with their families. We also enjoyed investigating the seedpods that Chloe brought in to share with us.
In September we had some children having their birthdays – Lilian, Kayleigh, Cian and Oliver all turned 3 with Kaata and Martin turning 3 in October. We farewelled Audrey, who left us to go to another centre closer to her new house. We hope to see Audrey return to visit us again very soon!!!
Thank you to all our families for their continued support through frequent interactions about their children and giving us input into what they do at home.
Thank you, Miss Ellie, and Miss Chris
Time is flying past, it’s hard to believe we are into November already and the October 2020 Newsletter. We are as busy as always in Kindergarten 2. We have been experiencing many different activities like growing beans and grass, planting our own tomatoes, learning to appreciate the natural world and understanding our responsibilities in it. We have talked about the right place to put rubbish and keeping our beaches and ocean’s clean. It is heartening to see how our children have matured throughout the year and are so much more confident with speech and action.
We really enjoy reading the news, photos and family inputs which come from home and the children love to share this with their friends. Also, we’ve working on repeating words and phrases from our stories which allows the children to feel the rhythm of language encouraging a love of literacy and a confident approach when speaking in front of before the group. We have continued to enjoy our experiments in science introducing wonder and curiosity in simple things. We have continued with our kindness box to encourage random kindness and caring behavior for one another.
The children are becoming better at recognising problems and working towards solving them as they play, and acquiring a sense of fairness as they attempt their own problem solving. The children are looking forward to our class excursion to the Morningside Police Station across the road. Soon we will start our transitions to Preschool to become familiar with the room and teachers.
Thank you, as always for your Family Inputs sheets, Photos, emails, notes and continued support.
Thank you, Miss Dora & Miss Tricia
It’s so hard to believe we are at the end of October and in a few short months our Preschoolers will be off to “big school”. How the year has flown by.
A big thanks to our Morningside Preschool families for your continued support with Weekend Inputs and Show and Tell contributions. They normally slow down at this time of year but they continue to come steadily through each week and they make such a valuable contribution to our weekly curriculum.
This time of year is extra busy in Preschool with the writing of Transition Statements, the planning and preparation for Graduation, and of course Christmas, which will be soon upon us.
It has been an action-packed couple of months. We had our annual photo day which was a huge success with many award-winning smiles. Another Premier’s Reading Challenge has come and gone with a record number of books being read throughout the centre. Thank you everyone for your participation. Spring was celebrated Japanese style when Gai Sensei introduced the children to “Hanami”. Swimming has started again this term and it’s amazing to see how independent the children have become with their dressing and undressing with only a little help being needed now.
Our Preschoolers loved having their Dad’s and Grandparents come to visit for Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Week celebrations with everyone doing a wonderful job at showing their families around our room and showing them what goes on in Preschool.
Some excellent incursions have also taken place with Mr Paramedic’s coming to visit and more recently Little Green Thumbs where the children all got to plant a Tomato plant. In addition to these, we have also had our regular incursions such as Cheeky Monkey Club, Japanese and Funky Yoga. Please stay tuned for information about our Police Station visit in November.
Mr Jack has been doing a wonderful job running the curriculum while I have been doing Transition Statements. There have been lots of fine motor activities, plasticine, art and Reading Eggs. In addition to this there have been some wonderful extensions of family contributions such as Bingo, Rocks and Minerals and the formation of a PIB Orchestra. The Preschoolers even got to make their own fresh orange juice with Miss Nao. This experience was enjoyed by all.
That’s all for this Newsletter. If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask Mr Jack or myself. We welcome Miss Nicole back from her Placement in December.
Thank you, Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole and Mr Jack
Christmas Family Picnic
Unfortunately, we have had to reorganise these two events for 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19.
However, we do not want our children and parents to miss out on the events so they have been scheduled into our Program at Puss in Boots.
Christmas Family Entertainment is as follows:
Monday 23rd November – 2.30pm
Ice-cream/Sorbet Afternoon Tea
Tuesday 24th November – 9.30am
Face Painting by Milana
Wednesday 25th November – 10.00am
Johnny the Jester
Thursday 26th November – 9.00am
Animals 2U Petting Zoo
Friday 27th November – 11.30am
Sausage Sizzle Lunch
Parents are most welcome to join us on any of these days, however we ask that only one parent attend at a time. Please email the office if you would like to join us and identify which day.
Preschool Graduation 2020
Preschool Graduation will be as follows:
Preschool Graduation will be Thursday 3rd December starting at 10.00am at Puss in Boots. Families will not be able to attend, however if your child does not attend on the scheduled day, we would love it if you could organise for someone to bring your child in for Thursday morning at 9.15am, as we do not wish for any child to miss out on their graduation ceremony. It is such a special event. A staff member will then contact this person to collect the child when the ceremony is over.
Junior Kindergarten 1, Junior Kindergarten 2, Kindergarten 2 children and educators will attend the ceremony. Miss Pamie will present each preschooler with a Graduation Certificate and a small gift.
Gai Sensei from Konnicihwa Kids will be here and preschoolers will join her in a special Japanese song presentation. The event will conclude with a special pizza lunch to be provided to all our graduates.
Jose Vides from Maverick Pictures will be here to video the event for our families to keep.
Thanks for reading our October 2020 Newsletter!