I have been in the industry for nearly a decade,  Starting when I was still in high school, working part time as an Assistant. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood, and studying towards my Bachelor of Education. I have two little ones myself, a 6 year old girl, and a 2 year old boy! I am passionate about providing quality care, and assisting each... child, as an individual, in their preparation for the next stages in their lives. Working together with all of our caring, experienced staff to ensure all children are supported, and respected in their early years learning experience.   More

Getting Ready for Our Excursion to Woolies!

Our Woolworths Fresh Food Tour excursion is FINALLY here!!  The children are super excited, especially Ronin as he gets to show all his friends where his mum works. Kelly, Ronin's mum was very kind to give us a few sample hair nets for the children to try.  The children were all eager to get theirs, so Miss Elena helped the children put them on – then they suggested we giv...
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August 2018

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Dress like a farmer to fund drought relief

 Piptree Mount Gravatt East would like to take part in "Hit105's Fiver for a Farmer" fundraiser for drought relief.   As our Woolworths Fresh Food Excursion will be on Friday the 17th August, we will be holding the fundraiser on Thursday 16th August instead. A $5 note or a gold coin donation would be extremely appreciated, as all donations collected will go straight to the Drought R...
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Our Fire station Visit

Today was the day for our ' Thank You' basket delivery to the Wishart Fire Station! Six children from the Poppies were chosen to ride with Ms Renee and Ms Nulla on one of our sister centre buses, and personally deliver the thank you basket to the firemen for all of their hard work in helping the community, and for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and visit our centre!. Take a look a...
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Save the date!

After a recent enquiry from a parent, Piptree Mt Gravatt East will be holding our first Date Night for parents on Friday 23rd August 2018! If you've been putting off that night out, or the catch up with friends because you couldn't get anyone to look after the children, worry no more! Piptree Mt Gravatt East is here to help with that Friday night out, you so desperately deserve! The date nigh...
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Firemen 'Thank you' gift

Do you want to take part in our 'Thank you' basket to our local firemen from the Wishart Fire Station for taking time out of their busy schedule to visit our centre last week? We are collecting $5.00 to help accomplish this great idea that was introduced by some of the Poppies children. As it was their idea, a few will be going down to the station (more info to come soon) to personally deliver thi...
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Fire Truck Visit

We had our very much anticipated fire truck visit today!  As expected, the firemen arrived at the centre just before 9.30 and started the process of reversing the HUGE firetruck in our driveway.  Fireman Pete introduced himself and the other firemen to the children and had a really important talk with all the boys and girls. "I know where your fire station and truck is" said Eli B f...
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Please read

 Our Sun and Clothing Protection Policy has now been updated to align with the Cancer Council SunSmart Policy Guidelines in Early Childhood Settings, and the National Qualtiy Standards - Standard 2 (Children's Health and Safety). Parents are required to apply their child's sunscreen in the morning at home, and the Educators will apply it as needed throughout the day.   Ple...
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We Need Your Help!

​Our next survey is finally ready for your input. This one is in relation to Quality Area 2 - Children's health and safety. We ask that you please take a couple of minutes to answer the questions, and let us know what we are doing well and what we may need to improve on.   As you know, collaborative partnerships with you is extremely important to us, which is why we request for your inpu...
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Teddy Bear's Picnic

​On Tuesday, all the children took part in our Teddy Bear's Picnic. Each child (and Educator) had brought in their own special Teddy Bear from home to bring to the picnic. The Buds (2-3 yrs old) enjoyed a picnic lunch also, eating under the nice warm winter sun.  They were thrilled to be eating outside, and all ate exceptionally well with huge smiles on their faces! In the afternoon...
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Book Club

Our Scholastic Book Club is back in full swing! Issue 5 is now in, and can be found both in the parents room, and the foyer or online through the scholastic website under 'Book Club LOOP'.   If you haven't already, and you'd like to, click on the link below to register yourself as a parent at our service and order online! https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/Register.aspx&nb...
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Healthy UV Rays?

  Download PDF File Here Good afternoon parents, Happy Monday! I came across this article relating to Vitamin D exposure and healthy UV rays that thought I'd share with you. UV levels vary depending on the time of year, and the amount of sun exposure you need varies accordingly. However regardless of the time of year, Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is necessary for the production of ...
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June 2018

 We are half way through 2018! I have been here for 5 months now, and what a wild ride it has been. The educators and I have been focusing on the Quality Areas to ensure we are doing 110%. We have been looking at Quality Area 1 - Educational Program and Practice, as a team. and together with your feedback we have been able to identify areas where we could improve, and explored what we ar...
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Red Nose Day - Friday 29th June 2018

It's Red Nose day tomorrow! Staff will be wearing RED in support of this great cause.   We encourage all our families to take part also by wearing something red. *Gold coin donation is greatly appreciated! All funds will go towards research through the Red Nose foundation.* About Red Nose Day "Annually, 3,200 Australian families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or chi...
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Holiday Time!

​It's school holiday time again! I bet you're all very excited. (right??) Just a reminder that we now have vacation care available, Monday to Friday from 6.15am - 6.15pm. After 11 weeks at school, I'm sure you're in need of some time out.   I know I am, and my child is only in year one! Send your children in while you enjoy a day off, or sign them up for the duration of the&nbs...
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FREE Family Day Out?

​It's that time of the year again! The Brisbane Racing club is having a Teddy Bears' Picnic at the Doomben Racecourse on Saturday 28th July  & we have 4 free passes for one lucky family to win! "Round up the kids & their best dressed bears for a pawfect family day out" There will be free activities for the whole family to enjoy on the day. Some of them include - JUMPING CASTLE PETTING...
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Ocean Life Visit

We were so lucky to have a visit from Ocean Life this week! The children were so excited coming in to the room they could hardly wait to go off and explore! The ocean life Discovery Program introduces children to creatures form the ocean, with live marine creatures to touch as well as shells and pictures to look at. The children explored a range of live creatures such as starfish, sea cucumbers, a...
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Step into Prep

 We have teamed up with the prep teachers at Mount Gravatt East   State School  to provide you with an opportunity to attend their Parent Information Night! The new partnership with the school will also allow you to participate in their 'Step up into Prep Sessions'.   Each session children will be involved in lessons whilst parents attend information sessions.   ...
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Winter Menu

In order for our little pips to grow, they need to be fed!    We started our new winter menu this week! It's only day three but the children have welcomed the change.   Today Ms Nulla wore the chef hat as she prepared the children's afternoon tea. On the menu was Pikelets and veggie sticks.   The Blossoms (3-4yrs)  & Poppies (4-5yrs) enjoyed the muffins they ...
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Pirate Day

PIRATE DAY IS THIS FRIDAY 8th JUNE!!! Help us raise funds for Childhood Cancer Research by coming in dressed up as a Pirate or A Princess and donating a gold coin.  The money raised will go towards improving treatments and finding a cure! 
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JUNE 2018

 Good afternoon parents! Here we are, nearly halfway through the year.  Have these 6 months been as fast for you as they have been for me? Thank you to all the parents that joined the Educators and I at our Parent information night.  I hope you will agree that it was a great night!  It was really good to be able to communicate with you and hear feedback in a different form...
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Get to know your Educators!

​Hi Parents, Just a reminder that our Parent Information night is on tomorrow at 6.15pm. Even though this meeting is aimed at getting to know your Educators, the staff and I have invited Tracie from Tracie talks Nutrition to join us on the night, as we discuss Healthy Lunchbox Ideas and all things Nutrition! We hope to see you there :) 
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Aiming for EXCELLENT Quality Care

Dear parents, As you would have heard,  Ms Rosemary will be finishing up with us this Friday 18th of May. She has been a well loved educator during her time here and will be missed. We are lucky that we have current relief staff that are loved and trusted by your children. Miss June has accepted the position as Toddler Educator starting as of Monday 21s...
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Mummy & Me Pamper Morning

Thank you to all of our beautiful mummies, grandmothers and everyone else that took part in our Mother's Day Pamper morning! It was wonderful to see the joy in all the children's faces as they pampered their favourite human being! From hand massages to nail paintings, cookie decorating and make up, and even messy hand painting, everyone had a blast, and it will be a day that I'm sure the children ...
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Mother's Day Hamper

  Download PDF File Here Enter your text here ... ​1 Day left to enter our Mother's Day Raffle Draw!!! There are so many amazing and generous prizes that were donated to us by our lovely local businesses. This basket has a total value of over $400!!!! Don't forget, last day to buy tickets is until end of day tomorrow!
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May 2018

From the Office Hi Parents, and welcome to May 2018! Nearly half way through the year already and we've gone through so much together! April   Last month we took part in World Autism Day, working together as a centre to all decorate a puzzle piece which was created to raise awareness on World Autism Day, but to also teach the children about the 'same but different' concept.  Thank y...
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Kiosk Update

 Dear Parents, As you may have noticed, we have been having issues with our internet the past week. This has resulted in us going back to signing the children in and out on paper. I would like to inform you that we are working with both KAL IT team as well as Exetel to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Until then, I have printed out room rolls with your child/children's names on the...
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Ultimate Mother's Day Hamper

With Mother's Day fast approaching, we have organised a few treats for our mummies here at Piptree MTG. On top of our 'Mummy & Me Pamper Morning' on Friday 11th May at 9am, we have also teamed up with community businesses to create a Mother's Day Gift Basket that you will LOVE. The basket will be raffled off, with one lucky mummy to win it all! Some of the treats the basket contains are - Schw...
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Vacation Care!

We have some very exciting news to share with all of our families! DRUM ROLL..... . . . . . Piptree Mount Gravatt East is now doing vacation care!  If you would like to know any details regarding fees or anything else please see the office!
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Changes to CCB/CCR

Dear families, I'm sure all of you are aware by now about the Childcare Benefit (CCB) and Rebate (CCR) that is taking place on the 2nd of July 2018. I wanted to give you a bit more of an idea about what this means.   What has changed? ​ Current CCB & CCR Payments will be scrapped. The Child Care rebate (which covers 50 percent of child care fees up to an annual cap of $75 000) and th...
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March Newsletter

It's the little things that matter! ​Hi Parents, and welcome to another month of our Newsletter! Welcome also to the new families that we have had join us this past month!  Here at Piptree Mount Gravatt East, we truly believe it is the little things that matter, so  I'd like to kindly remind you to take advantage of our '2 weeks' free childcare if you have recently joined our Piptree fam...
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Big Walk Off

 Dear Parents, Please be advised that staff at Piptree Early Learning Centre Mount Gravatt East, will not be taking part in the big walk off scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday 27th March 2018) and the centre will be open as per usual. Thank you, Management
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Henny Penny Hatching Program

 With our Henny Penny Hatching Program coming to an end on Thursday 29th April, our baby chicks will be up for grabs for anyone who is interested! If it's something you're considering, but would like to find out more about whats involved, please don't hesitate to see either Ms Renee, Ms Julie C, or myself.   Hopefully we can find our baby chicks lovely new homes, and don't have to s...
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Lead Educator in Pips Room

​Dear Parents, As you know, Ms Lorelle's last day is on the 29th of March (Thursday).   I have been conducting interviews all week, and am happy to announce that the position has now been filled. Ms Lorelle and I have been working very closely together to ensure the new room leader we offer the position to, is someone with a passion for the nursery, experienced, loving, approac...
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Upcoming Staff Changes

Good morning Parents, There will be some changes to staff within the coming weeks that I would like to inform you about. It comes with great sadness that I inform you about our beloved Nursery Lead Educator - Miss Lorelle. Miss Lorelle has recently accepted an opportunity to work in one of our other Piptree centres which is a bit closer to home for her.   This change will alleviate Miss ...
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Harmony Day

 We would love your contribution!
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Important Announcement

Good afternoon parents, In order to ensure we have up to date information of your child/children, I have sent out letters with all details we have on file. I have passed these on, together with Media Permission slips, to your child's educators, and ask that you please take a minute, (take them home if need be) to ensure all the details we have on your files are correct.  If anything need...
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Starlight Family Race day

Good afternoon parents, The Starlight Children's foundation are hosting a Family Race Day on the 28th of April 2018 at the Doomben Race course.    We are proud to announce that here at Piptree, we have 4 FREE PASSES for a lucky family.   All you have to do to enter the draw is -       1.  F ollow us on Facebook (Piptree Early Learning Mount Gravatt East...
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PHOTOS ARE BACK

 Dear Parents, I am happy to announce that I have received our centre photos back today! If you have ordered any, please see me in the office, if you haven't and are interested let me know and we can organise this too!
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Happy Birthday Miss B!

 It was Miss Belinda's birthday today! The children and staff enjoyed making Miss Belinda a birthday card and singing Happy Birthday! We also had a very special visit from Miss Belinda's husband, who surprised her on his own with a beautiful bouquet.   The children and staff also gifted Miss Belinda a bouquet, as a thank you gesture for all the love she shares with us! HAPPY BIRTHDA...
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Notice from the Office

Good Afternoon Parents, There has been some conjecture in our centre community regarding the implementation of the Education and Care National Regulations Part 4.4, Reg123, 123 and 135 related to staff:child ratios. These concerns were bought to the attention of the Office of Early Childhood and Care , which resulted in a visit from them on Thursday  the 22nd of February . As a result fr...
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Thank you!

We had a very special surprise today from one of our beautiful parents that finished up last friday! Aren't they beautiful?? The staff felt so spoilt! Thank you so much to Jamila & Noah and their beautiful family & we wish you all the best in your new journey! Love,  The Piptree MTG Team  
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Sunscreen Station

Dear Parents, As you may notice walking in to the foyer, we now have an "Apply your own sunscreen" station! Please encourage your child to use this area in the morning when arriving at the centre, and then give themselves a stamp to show that sunscreen has been applied! This has been set up to help you out with the morning drop offs, and reduce stress of 'looking for the sunscreen' when you a...
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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Dear Parents, I would like to inform you that we have recently had CCTV installed at our centre. This is for the safety and security of all the children and staff. These will be switched on and working in the next 24 hours. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to come and see me. Thank you Nulla Centre Manager
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February Newsletter

From the Office ​Welcome back to an exciting year packed full of fun and learning at Piptree Early Learning, Mount Gravatt East! Welcome also to our lovely new families and we hope you enjoy your time with us.   Most of you may already know that Piptree Mt Gravatt East recently underwent a change in their management.   I am privileged to be the Centre Manager here and am v...
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Photo Orders

Photo Orders  We had our last day of photos yesterday, (Thursday)! Thank you to all the parents that have brought back their assigned envelope back in time. If you are still wanting to order photos, but haven't returned your envelope, please note that the cut off date will be Wednesday 28th February 2018. Any orders made after this date, will incur a late fee from the Photographers. Keep Smil...
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Educator - Child Ratios

Educator - Child Ratio Information Dear Parents, A re you aware of the ratios in our centre? For those of you that aren't, I have attached the photos below, taken directly from the National Quality Framework. These adhere to Regulation 123 of The National Education and Care Services Regulations 2012. They reference - "Ratios are calculated across the service (not by individual rooms) and are based...
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