Please take the time to read our daily reflection book or logon to Storypark to read about and see what your child is learning. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be introducing Toby Ted for the children to take home and return with news about Toby adventures. A book will accompany Toby to write down all that he has gotten up to.
The pre-kinder have started with group time in the morning. They start their day learning the day of the week, the weather outside, and what we are doing for the day. This week we have been concentrating on the Letter “A” and activities surrounding “A”. The children have been very interested to learn through this innovative method.
We have re-designed the 3 year old room to make it more aesthetically pleasing for the children by opening it up and adding new learning areas. This will help to develop the children’s self-help and confidence skills. They now have a library corner, learning tables, an art area, and an area for construction and dramatic play. Their curriculum will involve child initiated learning and also educator intentional teaching.
Coming into the New Year we have spent the time improving the programmes for our families so their children can have an age appropriate learning. As you have seen through dropping your children off, that the 4 year old funded program is purely for 4 years only. Kinder is such an important year for your child as they make their journey to school. I spent the start of the week rearranging the 3 year old room for better experiences and to challenge them more. The 2‘s are working more towards self-help skills.
Marrie has been away on annual leave and will return on the 7th of March 2017. Carly has done a great job educating the 3’s in Marries’ absence. Cameron will be on holidays over the Easter period and again Carly will take over until he returns.
Over the summer break Our House has had a face lift. The inside rooms have been given a new coat of paint.The walls in each room now have Perspex boards on which the educators can display the children’s artwork and learning. In addition, the 2-3 old room will soon have another air conditioner installed.
Are you looking for that quiet dinner without the children? Or do you work late shifts? If so see Marlene about Our House’s Night care program. This program will run from 4.30 to 8.30pm and will cost $70. Families are eligible for all government entitlements of CCB and CCR. Presently we need to have a certain number of enrolments per evening to get the program going, so please register your interest, and tell all your friends!
At Our House we have a referral program. When someone you refer to Our House enrols their child for at least 2 days a week, then after 3 months of their attendance, you will receive a FREE $100 gift voucher from Woolworths. Grab some material or a parent pack from Marlene or Jo or just take some of the flyers we have on the table in the hall and spread the word. Anyone can tour Our House anytime without an appointment. Be sure to let us know if your referral enrols a child so we can reward you with the voucher.
In order to ensure you have closer communication with the centre, Marlene will be more accessible on her new mobile number for you to ring in case you are unable to reach her on the centre landline. The number is 0403 489 246
The parent pockets are almost done being updated. As you can see your pocket has your child’s photo and name attached to it. These pockets are where you will find all hard copy notices and newsletters. This information is crucial for you to keep up with so please check your parent pockets at least once a week. We cannot let the pockets get overfilled so please take these notices home each week.
The year has been planned out and you can find the first half of the year calendar of events below and on the board in the hall. JANUARY Tuesday 3rd– Centre Re-opens Monday 16th– Transition begins into new rooms Thursday 26th– Australia Day Public Holiday- Centre Closed Friday 27th– Australia Day Centre Celebrations- Come dressed in your “Aussie” clothes today for our Australia Day celebrations Saturday 28th – Chinese New Year FEBRUARY Monday 6th – Term 1 Commences Saturday 14th– Valentine’s Day- During the week children will be involved in making gifts for their loved ones Tuesday 28th– Shrove Tuesday- Children will be making pancakes today MARCH Monday 6th– Clean up Australia Day- This week children will learn about keeping taking care of the environment and making sure they ensure that Monday 13th– Labour Day Public Holiday- Centre Closed Monday 13th- 17th – World’s Greatest Shave- Wear your craziest hair day today throughout the week. Gold coin donation for the world’s greatest shave Tuesday 17th– St Patricks Day- Wear something GREEN today. Sunday 19th – Earth Hour From 8.30pm-9.30 pm turn your lights off a home to celebrate Earth Hour Tuesday 21st – Harmony Day Wear something ORANGE today. Bring an item […]
We have updated our photo board in the hall with all our educators that work as part of the fantastic team at Our House. Each photo has the educator’s name and their position held within the service. In the next few weeks each door will have a sign also displaying who is in the room.
As you well know the centre has a new room layout. This was done to benefit your child with their learning and development. The funded kinder now has its own room as this is a separate program run by our Bachelor of Education accredited kinder teacher Cameron. Having their own room will improve the kinder children’s education. Your child’s kinder year is an important one. We provide an enriched educational program. In our kinder your child will learn to make friends, join in cooperative activities, and focus on learning their letters and colours. All this will help your child get ready for the next milestone of going to school. The babies now have much more room in their new nursery. This bigger room enables us to extend the nursery room to provide for children up to 2.5 years old. After that, they will then move to the toddler room which is for ages 2.5 to 3. The toddler room caters to a whole different set of learning and development than the nursery room does, and the play and educational programs there will be much more age appropriate.
Colleen is an amazing cook. The children thoroughly enjoy her food. She works every day from 8.30am -1.30pm and prepares healthy, tasty, well-balanced meals and snacks for your child. Since Colleen has joined our centre the children look forward to each tea and lunch with much anticipation. Colleen caters for all our children’s dietary needs and provides the centre with a lovely aroma. If you haven’t met Colleen, come on in and say hi as she is very friendly and really loves the children. If you would like any of our centre recipes just come and ask. These can be emailed to you or placed into your parent pockets.
Over the summer break the Approved Provider worked hard on the upkeep of Our House. As you can see, this includes a new coat of paint (still in progress in the toddler room) as well as the repainting of the outside deck, porch, and wooden fencing. We have also been working to keep the entire yard clean and well-presented so that all staff and parents can be proud of it. The ongoing of maintenance means that your child will attend a safe and healthy environment for them to learn, play. and grow. This will give you peace of mind for their safety.