November 2018

Good afternoon parents!

Welcome to our November newsletter.   

Take a look at the below calendar for important dates this month.


Christmas Party

Our Christmas party has been booked for Friday the 14th of December.  The Poppies Graduation will be held on the same day, from 1.30pm followed by the Christmas party.  Invitations will be sent out in the next few weeks.  Please note this in your calendars.  

Sun Safety

With summer upon us in full spirit, I'd like to draw your attention to sun safety.  

Sunscreen is only 1/3 of being sun safe!  Each child requires a hat, and sun safe clothes (no singlets, or dresses with spaghetti straps) to be able to play outside.  Please ensure your child has a hat, and appropriate clothing every day they attend.  

Transition Statements

 For the children heading off to school next year (Poppies), transition statements are now ready and ready to be picked up.  Please see Ms Renee to get yours!

Spare Clothes

One of the things your child requires to bring in is spare clothes.  This may be used for toilet training purposes, for water play or even as a spare change of clothes if they get too dirty or require a change. Please ensure summer appropriate clothes are sent in with your child.  If your child is toilet training, we recommend sending in 3/4 different sets in case of accidents.  If you have any questions regarding toilet training please see your child's Educator.   

Quality Improvement Plan in Action

We have recently updated our Quality Improvement Plan in the foyer.  While outlining what we need to improve and creating a plan to do so is important for growth, we have decided to focus on what we really do well and continue to build on this rather than dwelling on 'what we don't do'.  

Our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) has been brought to life using photos, blurbs and bullet points to really showcase how each element in the National Quality Standard is embedded in our everyday practises.  

Please take a minute to stop and view our display, and if you'd like you can even leave us notes on each standard of what you think we do well using the post it notes provided :) 

Illness & Infections Disease Policy

 After our last survey on Quality area 2 - Children's health & Safety, I wanted to send out a little reminder of what our policy is on Illness & Infectious Diseases.   

As extracted from our Centre Policies Handbook -  "The guidelines have been drawn up to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases and illnesses and to promote a safer environment for the children.  This is the responsibility of both parents and Educators." 

Please consider your child when they are sick, as they want more attention, rest and quiet which is impossible to give to a child in a group situation in child care.  Please consider the other children and the educators who catch these illnesses.  If all parents restrict attendance of their children when they are ill, this should mean all our children will be healthier, have fewer absences and thereby minimise disruption for parents.  

Sooner or later all children get sick, so please be prepared and have a contingency plan should illness occur.

Please do not give your child panadol/nurofen and send them in, especially without notifying an Educator.  While your child may feel better in their initial 4 hrs of attendance, their health will slowly deteriorate as the nurofen/panadol starts to wear off and symptoms become evident again.  

If you feel the need to administer panadol/nurofen to your child, please consider keeping them home for the day.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please feel free to contact me.  

Thank You!

​Lastly, I want to thank you all for your support, encouragement and kind words.  October marks my 10 months as your centre manager, and I have loved being a part of this roller coaster ride with you all.  I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for our amazing Piptree MTG family!

On behalf of our whole team, Thank you for all the love! 


 

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