Thank you to all our families for attending our first welcome morning tea the children and their Teddies had a lovely picnic. We also appreciated the donations of food for the morning.
Reminder Preschool Hours: 9am – 2.25pm
HARMONY DAY/WEEK 21st – 24th March
We invite any parents who might like to come in and share a little something about their cultural heritage with the children on any day that week eg. National costume or simple cooking experience. Please advise Christine - Monday Tuesday or Wednesday and Debbie – ThursdayJ. All children and staff to wear orange or their national costume on any day they attend that week.
We encourage you to speak to your child’s teacher, if you have any concerns about your child!! It is advisable to make appointment with Christine or Debbie if it is a serious concern.
At Preschool we work on “developing children’s fine and gross motor skills” to write their names and develop skills such as balancing, hopping and eventually skipping. At 3 years we are not expecting them to hold a pencil correctly and often they are still deciding on handedness ie; left or right, so may keep swapping. Play dough, lots of practise to draw or paint freely, using pegs or tongs, manipulating toys such as duplo, mobilo etc. all help the fine muscles to become stronger in readiness for writing and holding a pencil with a dynamic tripod grip. (4-6years). I have attached some information regarding the development of pencil grip for you to refer to if you are concerned. You can help by encouraging your child to practise each day at home:)
Some children experience separation anxiety when first starting Preschool. Please don’t hesitate to discuss any concerns with us.
Ways you can help include:
- Ensuring your child is settled in a favourite activity
- Let the educator know you are leaving, say Goodbye briefly and leave
- Stay relaxed and have a happy expression so your child knows YOU think this is a safe and fun place to stay
- Allow your child to bring a security item from home
Helpful websites that discuss separation anxiety are:
HEALTH AND ALLERGIES – STRICTLY NUT FREE!!
We have been talking to the children about “healthy” food choices and we ask that you refrain from sending cakes, sweet biscuits, lollies or chocolates in your child’s morning tea or lunch. The preferred drink is water in their drink bottle, a popper drink is not necessary, so please save the “sometimes” foods and drinks for home…………… Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
At our Preschool we have children attending with allergies to:
Nuts Dairy Egg Gluten
Olive oil Yeast Wheat Kiwi Fruits
Penicillin Bandaids Strawberries Soy
We have plans in place to minimise risk for children with allergies and all children with allergies need to provide a health form to help us with this. The severity of nut allergies, however, means we need your help.
How can you help?
Ensure you check all packaging and ingredients
and ensure no items containing nuts are sent to Preschool
We appreciate your assistance in this important matter.
Although we encourage healthy choices most of the time, we do acknowledge children’s birthdays at Preschool. (Sometimes foods)! Parents are invited to bring in a birthday cake or 20small cupcakes and we sing Happy Birthday and share the cake/s. Your child is given a card and a Happy Birthday sticker on their Birthday or the day closest to it……… if you are unsure just check with a staff member.
EMAIL CONSENT/DAY SWAP/SELL:
The day “selling and swapping” unwritten policy is currently under review and you will be advised accordingly. Reminder, if you have not yet returned your “email” consent form advising us of this authorization could you do so asap. Email addresses will not be distributed without your authorisation. Parents will not be permitted to use these email address for spamming, business posts or other personal advantage.
CHILDREN’S FUNNY QUOTES:
We were singing the “echo song” and I asked the children what an echo was? A child replied: “It’s a car”
Looking at Healthy foods, I pointed to some mushrooms and asked the children what they were. A child replied: “They are mushmellows”
I love coming to this preschool Educator asks Why? Because we get to watch TV (The very hungry caterpillar story!) & I get to go home early.
Our new Preschool Management Committee have hit the ground running and have installed some new (2nd hand) shelving to fit out our silver shed which houses the library. Thank you to Trudy Wallington. Katie Roberts and Siobhan Marshman are also lending a hand to clean and sort the books which were in need of some TLCL Again, we are very grateful for anyone that can help at the Preschool in any way.
We are still looking for some fundraising/social committee volunteers??? Perhaps if you could help co-ordinate ONE of the following events we hope to plan for this year it would be much appreciated. All monies go to the purchase of new equipment.
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, Toddle Waddle, A raffle, Cake stall or End of year Disco??
Annemarie Hoek also sourced some 2nd hand pavers for the Preschool
and some of the parents helped her to unload them – a big thank you to those people who helped. We now need to work out a cost effective way to have them installed in our playground – in and around the cubby area. If you know anyone with experience that could help please let me knowJ
- Easter: 25th – 28th March (Preschool closed)
- Fees 2nd Installment: 18th March
- Harmony Day/Week: 21st March (Chn wear orange/national dress)
- General Meeting: 30th March 7:30pm - (NWPS Resource room)
- Last day Term 1: 8th April
- Term 2 starts: 27th April (Wednesday)
- Mother’s Morning Tea: 4th May (9.30 – 10.30am)
- StEPS Vision Screen: 11th May (Available only for 4 year olds)
Debbie, Christine, Michele, Annemarie and Belle