I hope this finds you all well and happy. This will be my last newsletter to my families. It was a very difficult decision to sell my beloved Puss In Boots. I have been here 48 years and have contributed to so many lives of children, families and staff.
The new owners, Only About Children, have been in discussion with myself and my family for the past 18mths – 2yrs and we feel they are a really good fit for us. Please be reassured that nothing is changing, all staff are being retained and the general running of the centre is staying exactly the same.
I will miss my staff, children and their families so much, but in saying this, I will be enjoying volunteering at the children’s hospital, a local nursing home and Rotary, of which I have been a member for almost 20 years. I will definitely still be busy, just in a different way.
Please continue to support my staff, they are my family, and the new owners during the changeover. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to Leisa or Trish.
Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your lives and sharing in all the wonderful times I have spent with you and your children. They will be treasured memories..
Puss in Boots Staff for 2021
Nursery: Miss Chris, Miss Ellie, Miss Emma & Miss Alix
Toddlers: Miss Renee, Miss Leanne & Miss Ella
Junior Kindergarten 1: Miss Jess, Miss Sakato & Miss Ellie
Junior Kindergarten 2: Miss Linda, Miss Gina & Miss Chiara
Kindergarten 2: Miss Dora, Miss Andrea, Miss Tricia & Miss Sophie
Preschool: Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole & Mr Jack
Support Staff: Miss Sue, Miss Carmen, Miss Grace, Miss Issy, Miss Giada, Miss Sammy & Miss Anna
1 July – Japanese Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Thursday
2 July – Hey Dee Ho Yoga Program (Kindergarten 2/Preschool) and ongoing every Friday
5 July – 9 July – Naidoc Week – all week (all rooms)
5 July – Teddy Bears Picnic – bring your favourite Teddy to PIB (all rooms).
7 July – Cheeky Monkeys (Junior Kindergarten 2/Kindergarten 2/Preschool) – is part of the set curriculum for the Children who attend on Wednesdays
16 July – Rainbow Clothes Day (all rooms)
19 July – – International Day of Friendship (all rooms)
21 July – Let’s Laugh Day (all rooms)
23 July – National PJ Day – Wear your Pyjamas to PIB day (all rooms)
28 July – Indigenous Insights (Junior Kindergarten 2/Kindergarten 2/Preschool)
30 July – Day of Friendship (all rooms) – creating a friendship book
- 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 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…
Wow, we are halfway through the year already. The last couple of months have been super busy. We enjoyed a lovely morning tea with our mums and dads for Mother’s Day. We also enjoyed the Teddy Bears Picnic and Rainbow Clothes Day where the educators and babies dressed in colourful clothes. The babies also enjoyed investigating the sea creatures in the Ocean Life Show.
Musical instruments have again been very popular with the babies, exploring various sounds by playing different instruments. Plastic sea creatures have been incorporated to support the babies experiences with sea creatures and the beach and we have also investigated the plastic animals to support the babies experiences with animals.
The baby’s gross motor skills have come a long way, with some of the babies walking, some taking steps with assistance, while our younger babies are crawling around and developing upper body strength while sitting.
We have made the most of the beautiful weather by spending a lot of time outdoors. Outdoor play has given us the opportunity to interact with the toddlers a lot too. These interactions have helped to prepare Lilah, Connor and Florence N for their transition to the toddler room in July. In preparation for the toddler room, Lilah, Connor and Florence N have also started sitting at the table for their meals.
We have engaged the babies in many sensory activities. Dough play, shaving cream play, pasta play and exploring pikelet mix with our hands has been a lot of fun.
In the month of May we celebrated Anneliese, Poppy, Connor, Hallie and Lucie turning 1 and Cecilia turned 1 in June. Happy 1st birthday to all these babies.
We are also giving the babies simple words to help in their communication like “ta”, “more” and “up” and we are also using some simple non verbal communication/signing to also assist communication. We are using signs to explain that we want milk, food and that we are finished.
Mirrors have been incorporated to assist the babies to develop their self awareness and become confident in their identity. The mirrors have also developed their understanding of their facial features.
Thank you to our families for working closely with us to support their babies and to those families who regularly send in family input, it’s very much appreciated. Just a reminder to please send in extra clothes, in particular warm clothes now that the weather is getting colder.
Thank you, Miss Chris, Miss Ellie, Miss Emma & Miss Alix and Miss Chiara
Can you believe that we’re already halfway through the year!!! The toddlers have welcomed Miss Leanne into their room, and have made her feel very welcomed with all their affection.
We celebrated Mothers’ Day at the start of May by inviting our Mothers, Aunties and Grandmothers to join us for morning tea. We also celebrated Miss Ella’s birthday and Archie’s 2nd birthday.
The toddlers have shown a huge interest in the musical instruments and the books the past few months. Miss Renee, Miss Ella and Miss Leanne have been singing a lot of songs and reading a lot of books to help develop the toddler vocabulary. Some of the toddlers have been saying a lot more words, and have started saying two word sentences.
Miss Renee, Miss Ella and Miss Leanne, have been encouraging the toddlers to become independent by putting their water bottles away, emptying their leftover food into the bins and putting their dirty plates into the wash. The toddlers have become more independent with packing away their toys after playing with them.
Some of the toddlers have continued with toilet training, and have started communicating to their educators verbally and non-verbally that they need their nappy changed, or that they want to sit on the toilet. Please let us know if you’re wanting to start toilet training your child so we can help continuing to routine here in the toddler room.
Miss Ella has been doing a lot of arts and crafts with the children, to help with their fine motor development, teaching them how to grasp paint brushes and pencils correctly. Miss Renee, Miss Ella and Miss Leanne have been teaching the toddlers about colours, as they pick up different coloured pencils, paints and collage materials.
Thank you, Miss Renee, Miss Leanne & Miss Ella
Junior Kindergarten 1
Hello Junior Kindergarten 1 Families!
And just like that, another 2 exciting busy months are done! Firstly, we were very excited to welcome Miss Satoko back to our Junior Kindy 1 family, after many months of being away! All the children were over the moon to see her again and greeted her with big hugs and smiles. We have also welcomed Sofia to our PIB family this month, and also Tommy and Archie joining us, transitioning down from Toddlers. Sadly, we farewelled Alice, Jonah and Rohan from Junior Kindy 1 as they transitioned up to Junior Kindy 2. We wish them all the best and know they will love their new room!
We started May off by celebrating Mother’s day with a lovely morning tea! It was a beautiful day seeing all the mother’s come and spend a special day together. To continue the family celebrations, we also had a lovely afternoon with all the Uncles and Aunts joining the children for a play.
The Junior Kindy 1 children have participated in a variety of exciting shows over the past 2 months! They firstly engaged in a story reading with an astronaut. We extended this incursion with the children creating all the planets. The children then celebrated world environment day by sitting through an evergreen children’s theatre show based on the rain forest. To celebrate World Ocean Day, the children got involved in a hands-on ocean life incursion where they were able to see and feel a variety of sea creatures including a shark, a turtle, sea stars and sea cucumbers. We ended the exciting two months by engaging in a cheeky monkey class, where the children sang and danced along to all the different songs/performances.
The Junior Kindy 1 children have engaged in a variety of new painting activities over the past two months, including cotton ball painting, pasta painting, marble painting and mop head painting. All these activities helped enhance their fine motor skills and encouraged them to use their creativity skills.
The children explored their sensory capabilities as they participated in two different activities. They firstly used their hands to feel a variety of different textures (sand, velcro, slime, rice, wool and water), using verbal skills to respond to what they felt. They also engaged in a sensory paint bag activity, where they used their hands again to mix all the colours together in a zip lock bag. The children were satisfied in this activity as they watched the colours blend and learnt about the colour wheel.
This month’s cooking consisted of the children making pizza scrolls and sausages and mash! The children got involved as they helped prep all the ingredients and loved eating the final creation!
The Junior Kindy 1 children have got involved in a variety of special days over the past 2 months including rainbow clothes day, crazy hair day and teddy bears picnic, enjoying a babycino with their teddies!
We have continued to focus on colours, numbers and shapes at grouptime, through flashcards and different stories and songs. All the children are demonstrating growing confidence with these as we focus on them each day.
Well it has been a very exciting and busy past two months! The children have shared many special moments together, building their friendships and their trust with the PIB family. Just a reminder to continue to ensure there is spare winter clothes in the children’s bags with the cold days approaching. If you have any questions, please communicate with either myself, Miss Satoko or Miss Elle! We have got many special days planned for our Junior Kindy 1 children in the upcoming months!
Until next time.
Thank you, Miss Jess, Miss Satoko & Miss Elle
Junior Kindergarten 2
The past two months have been filled with many activities, shows and entertainment. Before going into detail about what we took part in, I firstly want to talk about how amazing the children we have in the JK2 room are. It’s an absolute pleasure to be their educators. Each and every day is different and it’s clear to see the children are thriving, developing and learning. They show interest and curiosity in every activity they participate in and it is wonderful to watch them grow and learn.
As mentioned we implemented many activities. The beginning of May we celebrated Mothers Day. We organised a Mothers Day Morning Tea for all the mothers or family members/relatives who wanted to attend. The children really enjoyed spending the morning with their loved ones.
We had a Rainbow clothes day, this was a fun day and everyone showed their bright and colourful side.
JK2 cooking days were very successful, our little chefs helped to prepare the ingredients and make Savoury Muffins and Mini Pizzas. Both dishes were delicious and the children devoured every last bite for lunch.
The Cheeky Monkey show is always fantastic, the themes were Aboriginal and Under the Sea. All the children danced and sang along to the music. Building up huge excitement and happiness.
Face Painting was a fun day, the children had the opportunity to choose what painting they would like on their faces. The most popular was a snake and a lion. Once they saw the finished face painting their little eyes lit up with joy. Face Painting day is definitely a day we will incorporate more often as the children loved it!
We have Billy’s Buddies and Remar Tennis activities ongoing each week. The children who participate have developed impressive skills. It’s distinctly obvious they have a passion to play, putting effort and focus during the classes.
As dedicated childcare educators we will continue to nurture and care for the children who are a part of our team and assist them learn and grow to their full potential.
We want to thank all our families for their fabulous Family Input each week. We love hearing about the adventures that take place over the weekend. A big thank you to families for providing family photos for our family tree. It looks fantastic.
We are looking forward to what next month will bring us.
Thank you, Miss Linda, Miss Gina & Miss Chiara
Hello Kindy 2 families,
Welcome to our May/June newsletter. Once again, we have had a very busy two months extending on children’s interests and engaging in meaningful learning experiences.
A big thank you to all our families who continue to send in family input, photos and show and tell. The collection of this information has led to a varied and colourful curriculum which ensures that children are engaged and participating in activities/experiences that are important to them. It’s a lovely part of our day for both children and educators as they interact, communicate and share their family news. It always warms our hearts when we see the wonderful times and adventures our families have together away from the Centre.
Recently, the Kindy 2 children have been involved in many exciting science experiments led by Miss Tricia. The children have demonstrated a curiosity and interest in magnifying glasses, rocks, magnetic chains, paperclips, and small pegs and tin. The children are very good at predicting outcomes and explaining their thoughts on science processes.
The children have participated in many incursions and fun days such as Come dressed as a Firefighter Day, Mother’s Day Celebrations, International Families Day, Teddy Bears Picnic, Clay Play, Rainbow Clothes Day, World Oceans Day, Cheeky Monkey Club and Cooking Day. Please remember if you would like to enroll your child in Tennis Lessons (Tuesdays), Billy’s Buddies (Wednesdays) or PhysiKids (Thursdays) it is not too late – just contact Miss Leisa or Miss Trish. We continue our Japanese lessons on a Thursday and Yoga classes on a Friday.
Over the last two months, the Kindy 2 children have been learning about the Solar System. They have created their own interpretation of the planets, which can be seen hanging under the gazebo. Miss Andrea has successfully engaged children by using technology to gain a greater appreciation for the universe by researching on the computers and involving the children in several interactive experiences.
The children have been enjoying the cooler weather by participating in outdoor activities. When children are outside, they have more space and freedom for big movements, like running, jumping, kicking and throwing. Physical activities like these are good for your child’s health, fitness and physical development. When we are outside children are able to reconnect with nature and it is a good reminder to us, as educators, that all of the expensive equipment cannot replace the experience of hands-on experiences with natural materials and open-ended activities.
Please remember to dress your child warmly for the cooler months.
Thank you, Miss Dora, Miss Tricia & Miss Andrea
It’s hard to believe we are at the halfway point of the year and in a few short months our Preschoolers will be off to “big school”. An important part of the Transition process is the Transition Statement. At the beginning of the year our Preschool families received some paperwork to fill in and return. There are still some outstanding. It is important that these come back to us as soon as possible as they make up an integral part of the Transition Statement.
Many thanks again for all your Family Input and Show and Tells. These all make for an interesting and varied Curriculum and allows for the opportunity to share news from outside Puss in Boots. Just a reminder please that we discourage the bringing in of toys for Show and Tells. Books, games, puzzles, photos, things from nature and special items allow for a more individual and interesting discussion.
Last month we all enjoyed an excursion up to Morningside State School for Under 8’s Day. This was a great experience with the children not only being able to participate in various activities, but also seeing what a “big school” looks like. We have also had lots of incursions and the introduction of some new interests. These have included: – World Environment Day (Rainforest Puppet Show) – Cheeky Monkey Club – Sea Creature Show – Water Warriors (Bruce the Shark) – Read Along with an Astronaut – Mr Paramedic – Clay Play – Goop making (sensory) – Butterfly painting – Crazy Hair Day – Face Painting Day (Thanks to Mr Jack).
The children are also continuing to make good progress with their Reading Eggs and Fine Motor development. We have also introduced number and letter Bingo. This is a fun and great play-based way to establish early letter and number recognition. In August we will again be participating in the Premiers Reading Challenge. Please stay tuned for more information regarding this.
Lastly, Parent/Educator interviews are coming up in July. The Saturday list is full but please let us know if you would like to organise another time.
That’s all for now.
Thank you, Miss Tracy, Miss Nicole and Mr Jack