November News

 Centre Christmas Party 

The centre Christmas Party is going to look a little different this year.  Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we are still restricted to the amount of people we can have within the centre at all time. 

We looked at a few different options but found it too difficult to accommodate and be inclusive for all staff/ families. 

So....The week of 14th-18th of December we will be hosting special Christmas activities and treats for the children throughout service operational hours.  This is to ensure the safety of all children, staff and families but still be able to have the celebrations that we look forward to every year. 

Each child will still get a present from Santa and gifts from their classrooms. 

Thank you for your understanding. 

Positive Bed time routines for children 

A positive bedtime routine involves your child going through a few quiet, enjoyable activities about 20 minutes before bedtime. Without a good bedtime routine, it can be hard for babies and young children to settle to sleep.

What a positive bedtime routine looks like:

Most bedtime routines include pre-bed tasks like having a bath and brushing teeth, as well as quiet, enjoyable activities like reading a book or listening to a story. The aim is to keep the atmosphere calm and positive, using positive attention and praise.

Here's an example of a bedtime routine that could start after dinner and a bath:

  • Your child plays quietly for 15-20 minutes – this could include reading with you.
  • You and your child go into the bedroom.
  • You and your child have a brief cuddle and kiss.
  • You put your child into bed.

At the end of the 20-minute 'positive period', be clear that it's now time for sleep. This means no more stories or talking. Say goodnight to your child, then leave the room straight away.

Making a start: choosing a bedtime

You might have an ideal bedtime in mind – somewhere between 7 pm and 8 pm often works for young children.

Moving your child's actual bedtime towards your ideal bedtime

About a week after you introduce the positive bedtime routine, you can start gradually making your child's bedtime earlier.

This involves making bedtime about 15 minutes earlier every couple of days. You do this until you reach the ideal bedtime for your child.

For example, your child has been falling asleep at 9 pm, but you want an 8 pm bedtime. Here's what to do:

  1. Start your positive bedtime routine at 8.40 pm, so that your child is ready for a 9 pm bedtime.
  2. Do this for two nights.
  3. Start your positive bedtime routine at 8.25 pm, so your child is ready for an 8.45 pm bedtime.
  4. Do this for two nights.
  5. Continue this gradual 'fading' process until your child is going to bed at 8 pm or the time you want.

The strategy will work best if you consistently put your child to bed on time while you're trying to make their bedtime earlier. It can take a few weeks, but a positive bedtime routine will improve settling problems, decrease the number of times your child calls out to you at night, and lead to better parent-child relationships. 

Enrolment for 2021!!

If you have not yet returned your enrolment/ holiday form for 2021.  Please do so at your earliest convenience.  We would like to staff correctly and offer our Educators holiday opportunities.