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Welcome to this month's newsletter .
Current Staffing –
Suzie – Centre Manager
Leena – Cook and Educator
Swati – Lead Educator 0-2s Joeys
Leigh-Ann – Assisting Educator 0-2s Joeys
Chandell – 2IC, Educational Leader and Lead Educator 15mth-2yrs Bilbies
Sarah – Assisting Educator 15mth-2yrs Bilbies/float
Kc - Lead Educator 2-3s Koalas
Harman – Assisting Educator 2-3s Koalas
Trish – Lead Educator 3-4s Wombats
Kahu - Educator 3-4s Wombats
Tracey – Early Childhood Teacher 4-5s Goannas
Pinky – Assisting Educator 4-5s Goannas/float
Rachel - Float/relief
Mandeep – Casual Float/relief
Jessica – Casual Float/relief
Re-enrolment for 2021- Forms have been emailed out to all families to complete and return as soon as possible. These forms will assist us with planning for next year and to ensure that we have sufficient staff allocations during the holidays and Christmas/New Year period, when many families and staff like to have time off with their families. As soon as we have completed collating these, we will be able to approve staff leave and commence offering places to families on our waiting list for 2021. We do have vacancies in all age groups if any of you are thinking of adding extra days to your current booking.
Signing in and Out - It is very important that children are signed in and out each day on the Kiosk tablet. This is a legal requirement and a requirement under Childcare Subsidy guidelines. If for some reason the Kiosk tablet is not working or you are experiencing difficulty using the tablet, please ask a staff member for assistance.
Updating Details - It is extremely important that we are made aware of any changes to details that we currently have on file e.g. change of address, phone numbers, authorised pick-ups, current work details etc. If there is an emergency, we need to be able to contact families as quickly as possible. It would be appreciated if parents could possibly phone through if their child is being collected by persons other than themselves and if they could please remind the person to have their license or photo ID with them. It is our policy that we will only release children to authorised persons and all persons dropping children off and collecting children must be 18 years of age.
Dates to Remember -
Ocean Stars Marine Education Visit –
On 10th November Ocean Stars will be visiting the Centre to deliver their "Sustainable Me, Sustainable Sea" program as a part of our activities for recycling week. This program introduces the concept of sustainability and living without harming the environment. Using engaging activities and a make-believe ocean we will explore the effects of rubbish on the environment and encourage children to re-think their rubbish, as well as keeping waterways clean and caring for wildlife. The program runs for approx. 45mins and includes some hands-on learning about awesome marine animals and time at the end of the lesson for each student to touch and interact with some beautiful ocean friends.
Developing children's positive behaviour in child care
Learning to manage emotions and responses can be challenging for some young children. This factsheet will help you understand how you can work collaboratively with the educators at your child's service to help your little one develop these skills.
Each child is unique and they each have different temperaments. Some children are active, others are quiet; some adapt easily to change while others react uneasily to change; some give clear signals to others about what they want and need while others find it difficult to communicate their needs with others.
Guiding every child's behaviour
Educators at your service will provide different levels of support to children of different ages. For example, a toddler who is not yet verbal and may bite others as a way of gaining some control over their environment will need a different level of understanding and support to that of an older child who demonstrates inconsiderate behaviour as they interrupt the play of others by continually knocking down their construction.
In your service you should see educators:
The national legislation informs providers and educators about quality interactions with children. Interactions should maintain the dignity and rights of each child and educators should give each child positive guidance and encouragement toward acceptable behaviour. At no time is it acceptable that educators or staff raise their voices, smack, humiliate or isolate the child for misbehaviour.
Working collaboratively with your child's educator
All services are required to have a policy about interactions with children, which guides how they provide opportunities for children to interact and develop respectful and positive relationships with each other and with staff members. The policy will be available to you and is a good starting point as you work collaboratively with educators to develop your child's behaviour.
It is also important to ensure that all children are treated fairly and that they are supported to develop and practice their problem solving and negotiation skills and to interact positively with their peers.
Sourced from www.startingblocks.gov.au