Hello and welcome to the first quarterly newsletter for 2019.
We have many new families joining us this year and we hope that your child is settling-in well to his/her respective room. We have always been a progressive centre with a clear vision of our future and how we can best cater to the needs of families and individual children.
It is our responsibility to deliver high quality outcomes for all our children based on current, reliable research. What has become increasingly evident over the past 30 years, is that the developmental and behavioural capacities of children are more varied than previously acknowledged. Where some children thrive in a dynamic, busy group environment, other children might prefer a quieter more predictable environment in which to grow and thrive. These variations in individual children require variations in the service that we provide. From creating quiet spaces where children can focus on what they are doing without interruptions, to increasing staffing at certain times / days to ensure that individual children get the resources they require to minimise their anxiety or to provide a program that allows them to develop the skills required to enjoy their new social environment with confidence.
Noise levels, interior design and even the illumination of a room can really impact a highly sensitive child. It is difficult to predict the atmospherics of any early childhood space on a day to day basis given the emotional volatility of young children, but we aim to provide a calm alternative each day for those that require it. Each section has separate quieter spaces that allow children to assimilate at a gentler pace into the day and provide less surrounding stimulation.
Overwhelmingly, the research tells us that it is the people who work with children that make the greatest impact on children’s learning, well-being and happiness. People who have studied early childhood education and who have the capacity to combine this knowledge with the empathy and nurturing required to achieve the best possible outcomes. People with the experience both professionally and in their own lives to understand the uniqueness of individual children and their family circumstances.
We have worked hard to assemble our current team and we will continue to learn and strive to provide an exciting and educational environment in which each child can make lasting friendships, develop strong social skills to make future relationships and to grow into productive and responsible people that value culture, the environment and the feelings of others.
You may have noticed that walls have been erected in the kindy to create a separate programming space for extended curriculum activities and to provide a clearly observable but quieter sleep environment for those younger children that still require a rest throughout the day. This room will also provide a calm and peaceful space for children to experience a break from the high energy activities of kindy life.
In the Toddler 1 yard, we have recently created a new ‘potion centre’ and water feature under the shade of the Robinia tree for children to escape the heat of summer and to experiment and create all kinds of mixtures and potions utilising water, dirt, chalk and many other mediums. It has also become a great platform for cars and truck play for those children who are keen on these activities.
In the coming months we will embark upon our final project for 2019 when we focus on improving the balcony space in Toddler 2. A weather-proof, play space with new doors and far greater natural light will enhance the opportunities for programming and for gross-motor activity throughout the wetter/colder months. As always, we thank Bruce (kindy) for his phenomenal building skills and endless enthusiasm for achieving these otherwise prohibitively costly outcomes.
Inclusivity at FMC.C.C.C.C
We have many children at the centre who have additional requirements whether it be specialist physical resources, visiting professional therapists or extra staffing.
Leo has recently graduated from T1 up to the kindy. Leo was born with cerebral palsy and has attended the centre since he was a baby. He utilises a variety of mobility aids and special feeding apparatus but apart from this is just another child within the kindy community. Vivek is Leo’s close confidante and has undertaken extra studies over the past few years in order to best cater for Leo’s needs. Leo communicates in many ways but primarily he uses his PODD book. (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display). He loves bubbles, swings and reading books and although he may not respond immediately, Leo will appreciate your patience and if you hold his hand, may even give you a high five!
Leo is a beautiful person who enjoys a laugh and loves the interaction and friendships he is fostering within his cohort. Many of the kindy children have taken a keen interest in the welfare and happiness of Leo and his extra requirements are not unusual or out of context to them. Leo’s brother, Oliver is in the baby house and both Leo and Oliver enjoy visiting each other throughout the day.
The Management Committee meets bi-monthly at 5pm (Wednesdays) at the centre to discuss any issues that may arise regarding changes to government legislation, staffing, maintenance and to plan for the future of the centre to ensure our ongoing viability. These meetings are very casual and relaxed in nature and are only one hour in duration. If you would like to join the committee or want some further information, please contact the office.
It is in the interest of everyone if unwell and infectious children are kept at home until symptoms of illness have subsided and general wellness has returned.
The relief of some symptoms with paracetamol/ibuprofen and other medications does not reduce the infectiousness of an illness and often masks other symptoms which may prove more serious.
If your child requires a pain reliever to attend childcare, then he/she should be at home.
We realise how difficult it can be to juggle family and work commitments, but it is our responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of all the children in our care.
All prescribed medications must be in a pharmacy labelled container with your child’s full name and dosage/frequency details.
A medication consent form must be completed by the parent/guardian each day.
Due to the legal (and efficacy) implications, alternatives not prescribed by a Registered Medical Practitioner will not be administered by the staff under any circumstances.
This year we are experiencing an influx of very docile, lethargic bees in the kindy yard which spend a good deal of their time on the ground often dying soon after falling from the gum tree above. The most likely reason for this is a phenomenon called ‘Nectar toxicity’ whereby certain bees at certain times of the year (Autumn/Winter) appear to become intoxicated on nectar from certain native trees and subsequently end up on the ground. Many of the bees are also looking for nectar from fallen flowers after the local lorikeets have ravaged them high in the trees.
This is of course bad news for children in bare feet and we have had numerous stings in the past two weeks.
We are monitoring the situation as it occurs and sweeping the areas regularly as well as encouraging children to wear shoes until the situation improves.
Hopefully by now, most people have navigated the new sign in/out program that came into effect in mid-January. This new regime although not without hiccups, has for the most part been reasonably seamless for most families. Please contact Belinda in the office if you have any other queries relating to your account.
Your account can be viewed via the email address and password you set up through this link; https://web.myxplor.com/
Statements are available via the ‘Accounts’ tab at any time although the previous week’s fees and receipts will be fully updated on a Wednesday, so that is the best day to check your account balance.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PAY YOUR ACCOUNTS EACH FORTNIGHT
Payment is still via EFT and our bank details are available on the Statements, these have not changed. Please use the enrolling parents FULL NAME as reference, plus child’s name if there is room.
Please open the ‘CCS Agreements’ tab and agree to the CWA for your child/ren, this is especially important for any session changes this year as it directly impacts on your CCS eligibility.
Please also open the ‘Profile’ tab and update the contact information.
If your CCS stops, please check that Centrelink has your child’s updated immunisation records and your current income information.
A late immunisation will often result in CCS ceasing and the whole application process will need to be completed again.
Please see the following Centrelink message regarding updating income;
It has been seven months since the new Child Care Subsidy started! It is a good time to check in on your family income estimate. Make sure it is up to date and reflects your and your partner’s income for the whole financial year.
If your estimate is lower than your actual income, you may get a debt, which you will have to pay back. It is also a good time to check and update your activity test if your circumstances have changed.
The easiest way to update your family income estimate is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov, or the Express Plus Centrelink app.
While you are there, do not forget to make sure your and your partner’s activity details are up to date too.
For more information, please visit here.
Please pop in/call/email Julianne or Martin anytime to discuss anything at all about the centre or your child’s specific needs.
Martin & Julianne