As the year is quickly drawing to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families a Merry Christmas, and thank you for all your support through the past 12 months. If you are going away for the holidays, we wish you safe and happy travels.
To those families who are moving on, we wish you all the best and trust that the transition to school from Preschool is a smooth one. Please feel welcome to send us a photo of your child in their school uniform and let us know how that first day was.
If any families are looking for additional days, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can assist you. Please keep in mind that we require 2 weeks written notice if your child is finishing up or you are changing your booked days.
Children are currently having visits and play dates to assist with their transition to the next age group, if appropriate, from 24th January. Rolls for the rooms will be put up from the beginning of January so please remember to check to see which room your child will be in from 24th January.
Staffing from 24th January 2022
Suzie - Centre Manager
Chandell - 2IC & Educational Leader
Pinky - Cook
Leigh-Ann - Joeys Lead Educator (Dip)
Hema- Joeys Assisting Educator (Cert iii)
Mandeep- Bilbies Lead Educator (Dip)
Majanna - Bilbies Assisting Educator (Dip)
Kc- Koalas Lead Educator (Dip)
Ann - Koalas Assisting Educator (Dip)
Teagan - Koalas Assisting Educator (Cert iii)
Rachel - Wombats Lead Educator (Dip)
Emma - Wombats Assisting Educator (Cert iii)
Angela - Goannas Early Childhood Teacher (Bach)
Sara - Goannas Assisting Educator (Cert iii)
Harman - Assisting Educator (Dip)
Mandy - Assisting Educator (Cert iii)
Sharon - Assisting Educator (Dip)
Tegan - Assisting Educator (Bach)
Kamini - Assisting Educator (Cert iii)
Hayley - Trainee Assisting Educator
Portia - Casual Assisting Educator (Cert iii)
Dates to remember
December 25 Christmas day
December 26 Boxing day
December 27 Christmas day public holiday – centre closed
December 28 Boxing day public holiday – centre closed
January 1 New Year's day
January 3 New Years day public holiday – centre closed
January 24 School term commences.
January 25 Aussie Dress Up Day
January 26 Australia Day public holiday -centre closed
February 1 Chinese New Year
February 3 The Centre's 2nd birthday celebrations
February 4 Waitangi Day celebrations
February 6 Waitangi Day
February 14 Valentine's Day
Non Feeding Food exposure
If children will mostly eat foods they are familiar with, we must provide as many opportunities as possible for them to get to know those foods we want them to eat, right?
There are a number of activities that can bring children closer to foods and which don't involve eating. These are great because children can enjoy the experience without feeling under pressure to eat. It's when they can really explore those foods!
In this article (split in parts 1 and 2), Fern Rodrigues talks about a few activities to engage children in food exploration away from the dining table. Open the link below to read the full article.