Welcome to the December 2020 Newsletter.
Here we are at the end of another year and what a year it has been. Many thanks to the Puss in Boots team for all their hard work and dedication that helped 2020 to be so successful. Also a big thank you to our Preschool parents for their understanding of our “Graduation Ceremony” this year as we felt it was the safest option during this time and really do appreciate your acceptance of this.
There will be some staff changing rooms next year. This is the ongoing process that we follow every few years, giving the staff an option to experience a different age group.
I am so pleased that the children and parents are enjoying our lending library. As a favour I ask you to return the books after you have read them so other families can enjoy them as well.
As you are all aware, we will be open between Christmas and New Year. This is the first time we at Puss in Boots have offered the service and after considering the year that we have had, we thought it was a very good idea. Please inform us if you will be requiring care during this time.
I hope you all have a wonderful, happy safe Christmas and hope that 2021 is kind to all of us.
Thank you all for your support and understanding during the year and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.
‘Til next time.
Puss in Boots Staff for 2020
Nursery: Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Ellie & Miss Anna
Toddlers: Miss Renee, Mr Ryan & Miss Ella
Junior Kindergarten 1: Miss Jess & Miss Manjit
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 Sophie, Miss Maggie, Miss Issy, Mr Joshua, Miss Giada
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 in 2020 or 2021 please see the office staff.
- 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…
The year 2020 is coming to a close. This year has been an absolute whirlwind going through many highs and lows. We have learned a lot about life and ourselves throughout this year. We have most certainly grown stronger, become more resilient, developed better coping mechanisms and it is clear to see we have given the children our devoted care and love.
We are extremely proud of our babies and how they have developed into their own characters and deliver different personalities to show their own individual self.
As educators we teach the children how to make the most for their world and surrounding environment, it is very rewarding to see the results in the children once they respond and implement what they have learnt.
From the early months in life…smiling, babbling, hand & leg movement and right up to older months when they develop physical skills to walk, wave, laugh out loud, jump independence and more. This year we have experienced and witnessed the children develop these skills.
The month of November we have welcomed our new babies to the nursery room. We have Mia, Tom and Yousif. We are all very excited and happy to have the children become a part of our Morningside Nursery room. We can see the children have already adapted to their new environment and have become familiar with their educators and have made new friends.
Christmas Family Entertainment week was fantastic. We had different entertainment each day. We had Icecream|sorbet Afternoon Tea, Face Painting, Johnny the Jester, Animals 2U Petting Zoo and Sausage Sizzle.
All of this entertainment brought a huge amount of happiness to the children.
We want to thank all the families for contributing to the family input each week. We have enjoyed reading your stories on the weekend. For those taking a Christmas holiday, enjoy! We will see you in the new year and for the families who are attending over the Christmas – we will have lots of fun!
Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas!
Thank you, Miss Linda, Miss Satoko, Miss Elle, Miss Emma & Miss Anna
Welcome Families to the December 2020 Newsletter,
Can you believe it, we’re near the end of the year with Christmas just around the corner. The toddlers welcomed their new educator Miss Ella, and have made her feel very welcomed.
The toddlers have been really interested in the balance beams and stepping stones, helping them develop coordination and balance. The toddlers have also really enjoyed singing and dancing with Miss Ella, showing Miss Ella their moves as they groove to the music.
We sang “Happy Birthday” to our friend Jonah, he celebrated his 2nd birthday with us, with some delicious cupcakes.
Miss Renee, Mr Ryan, and Miss Ella continue to read books, and sing songs to help with the toddlers vocabulary. The toddlers continue to impress their educators and parents with their language development, with adding more and more words to their vocabulary and are slowly starting to piece two or more words together, to form small sentences.
The toddlers are becoming more aware of when it is time to pack away their toys, as they help out when their educators say “it’s time to pack away”. The toddlers have also shown more independence as they demonstrate that they’re able to put their food scraps in the bin and plates in the washing up box, before they go and get their hats ready to play outside.
We recently celebrated Christmas week with all the children and some of their parents that showed up to participate in the different activities that were planned such as; Ice-cream for afternoon tea, face painting, Johnny the Jester, Petting Zoo, and Sausage sizzle for lunch. The toddlers absolutely enjoyed all the activities and had so much fun trying out different experiences.
The toddlers have loved using their physical skills, when it comes to getting on the little bikes and pushing themselves around the playground, sharing their happiness as they laugh with their friends.
Thank you, Miss Rene, Miss Ryan and Miss Ella
Junior Kindergarten 1
Well with a click of the fingers, the year is over! As this being the final newsletter of the year, I would just like to thank each and every one of you for your support you’ve given this year and getting through the year with us; considering the circumstances. The children have had an amazing year and have all come a long way in the past 12 months! I couldn’t be more proud of each and every child.
This month consisted of the children engaging in multiple activities including role play, outdoor play, pegging, arts and crafts, construction and many story times.
The Junior Kindergarten 1 children also enjoyed a trip to Hawthorne Park, stopping at our local cafe for a babycino. All the children enjoyed the day out!
For our last cooking class of the year, the children worked with Miss Jess to make sausage rolls and sweet potato fries. The children got involved as they chopped and grated the vegetables with Miss Jess’ assistance. All the children LOVED the final product and expressed their love for it by saying “yummy sausage rolls!”.
Christmas was celebrated with a week’s long of fun activities! This included having ice cream, a sausage sizzle, face painting, Johnny the Jester and the petting zoo. All the Junior Kindy 1 children had the best week and enjoyed the company from the parents.
We also celebrated Alice’s 2nd birthday this month, having cupcakes and singing happy birthday!
It has been another successful month with toilet training, having a few more children in undies and the others doing a lot more wees on the toilet! All the children are on the way to being prepared for next year in Junior Kindergarten 2 and Kindergarten 2!
Well that is it from me. Thank you again for making this year be amazing, we have had the best year with your children, full of happiness and smashing milestones. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Until next year,
Thank you, Miss Jess, Miss Grace & Miss Manjit.
Junior Kindergarten 2
Here we are with our December 2020 Newsletter. Wow, what a year it has been!!!!!!
Thank you to all our families for their commitment to Puss in Boots Morningside Early Childhood Learning Centre. Your support has been very much appreciated and considering the circumstances, the children have had a wonderful year at Puss in Boots.
During November the children have engaged in many wonderful, meaningful experiences. They have participated in many activities, fostering turn taking and sharing, like ball games and sharing our scribble pad, along with many more.
The children have also had fun interacting together during hairdresser play, restaurant play and transport play. They have enjoyed taking on roles during these play experiences.
The children’s strong interest in emergency services especially the police led us to a wonderful visit at the Morningside Police Station. The children really enjoyed exploring the police station and finding out about the cell, interview room, computer room and especially checking out the police car, which was the highlight. To further extend, the children made their own vehicles, using recycled materials, which tied in with our Recycle Week.
The children have also worked on their fine motor skills while drawing and using the plastic scissors to cut paper and playdough. The playdough has also provided the children with the opportunity to express their ideas through cooking. The addition of paddle pop sticks to the playdough encouraged the children to count the candles (paddle pop sticks), further developing their numeracy skills.
Our cooking experience for this month was Ham & Cheese Scrolls. The children participated in the experience by assisting to spread the tomato paste onto the pastry, then use the tongs to add the ham and cheese on top. They were devoured by all the children. They were so yummy!!!!!!
This month we celebrated James and Martin’s 3rd birthdays and we also had a wonderful week celebrating Xmas, where we had ice-creams, sausage sizzle, face painting, Johnny the Jester and the petting zoo.
Our group time stories have been a big hit, with the children being able to memorise most parts of the popular stories. The children have also enjoyed taking turns to be the educator and read stories to their peers.
Toilet training and the children’s self-help skills are going very well. They are preparing themselves well for the move to Kindergarten 2 early next year.
Again, a big thank you to our families for working collaboratively with us throughout the year to ensure a smooth transition from home to Puss in Boots and Puss in Boots to home. We hope you all have a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you, Miss Ellie and Miss Chris
Welcome to our final Kindergarten 2, December 2020 Newsletter.
It is hard to believe we are in December, and only another month until your children head off to the “Big room'” (Preschool). As always in January we are going to prepare the children for the move by doing some transition days. I will let you know closer to the time what days your child will be visiting the Preschool room.
The Morningside Kindergarten 2 children had so much fun celebrating our Christmas events week with every day hosting a different incursion!! Johnny the Jester was a huge hit as always making the children laugh so much their sides hurt. All the children enjoyed feeding and snuggling up to the baby animals at the petting zoo and learning about how to care for them. Ice cream was enjoyed, faces creatively painted and we finished up the week with a sizzling sausage sizzle.
At morning group time the children have been celebrating our Country of Australia by joining in a short version of the Acknowledgement of Country. An Acknowledgement of Country is a way of showing respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which Puss in Boots stands. This is important because it encourages our children to engage with diversity and respect. We seek to promote a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘ways of knowing and being’ as part of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The children have learned that we are all one big family and community in our multicultural Country by singing ”we are Australia.”
At group time we are continuing to learn the days of the week and the months by song. The children continue to explore varying ways to use home corner, construction area and express creativity in the art area.
Now that summer has arrived, we are constantly reminding the children to drink a lot of water and being super smart in learning tips on how to protect ourselves from the sun by applying sunscreen, covering up and spending time in the shade when outside!!
With Christmas fast approaching, the children have been busy making Christmas wreaths and Christmas paper chains and are enjoying learning and practicing new and old Christmas songs.
I would like to thank all our families for sharing their child’s interest through the family input, photos and show and tell. We enjoyed extending their interest through activities and new experiences and learning about all the wonderful things our families enjoy.
Thank you to you all for the support through the year and best wishes for each and every one of you.
Thank you, Miss Dora, Miss Tricia & Miss Andrea
It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of another year and that in a few short weeks, our Preschoolers will leave us to begin an exciting new phase in their lives.
How time flies by! It only seems like yesterday that we were starting the year full of excitement and expectation. This time of year is always a bittersweet time for us in Preschool. We are certainly excited for the children as they head off to school but sad to say goodbye to them as well. Many of them have been with us since babies and we have all had the privilege of watching them grow and develop into the independent little people they are today. As it is every year, we have to farewell some long-standing families, some of which have had their children at Puss in Boots for many years. This is always a sad occasion for all of the Educators too.
We’ve had a busy couple of months in our Morningside Preschool. This time of year is a particularly busy time for us with Transition Statements to be completed and made available for schools, Kindergarten Books to be completed, Graduation, Christmas cards to be made as well our everyday curriculum. A very big thank you to all of our families who have contributed this year in the way of Show and Tells, Weekend Inputs, photos and many wonderful story books. With the year it has been for us all, your input has certainly made our curriculum interesting, fun and full of learning.
For three weeks we were very lucky to have Miss Sophie doing her first University Placement with us. We are very fortunate here at Puss in Boots to be able to have so many students spend time with us. They bring along a wealth of new knowledge and ideas to share and it is lovely watching their relationships develop with the children also. Sophie was certainly no exception. She certainly contributed a lot to our room during her Placement including researching ideas for our Christmas cards this year and helping the children to make them. Sophie has now joined our Puss in Boots staff so you will still be seeing her around the place.
Due to the Covid restrictions this year, it was not possible to have our end of year picnic at Lota, however, the children had a wonderful week of Christmas celebrations which included ice cream, face painting, Johnny the Jester, a petting zoo and a sausage sizzle. It was a fun and exciting week for all.
Covid also called for us to rethink our Graduation for this year. It was a very happy and exciting day for the Preschoolers. They all looked so grown up as they walked up to Miss Pamie to receive their certificates and books.
How proud we were of them! The pizzas certainly went down well afterwards too with nine of them being consumed! The morning was all captured on video and photos. A big thank you to Mr Jack who once again did a great job of taking individual photos of the children.
Well, that’s all for now. On behalf of Mr Jack, Miss Nicole and I, we would like to wish all our families a safe and restful Christmas, a happy and healthy 2021 and many thanks for giving us the privilege of caring for your children.
Thank you, Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole and Mr Jack