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First of all I would like to welcome back all our families to Piptree Early Learning -Tanah Merah! An extended welcome is also due to all our new families who have just joined the Piptree family. We understand that it's also a settling in time for parents, adjusting to childcare, separation struggles and in many cases returning back to work too. If you or your child are having difficulties settling in or if you are uncertain about or have any issues during the year, don't hesitate to approach me, Kirstin or your child's carers, we will be more than happy to have a chat.
It feels like just yesterday that we were all off on holidays and enjoying the break over Christmas and New Year! This is one of the many newsletters that will be emailed to parents on a monthly basis. The newsletters will contain information on what each class are learning and creating throughout the year. The newsletter will also be used to assist families in keeping up with all of the upcoming events throughout the year. We hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Days and your day was spent sending and receiving lots of love. Our vacancies are slowly filling up; I would still like to put to you that if you would like extra days or know of anyone who is looking for care to recommend our centre. In return, you can receive up to 2 week's free childcare when the new enrolment mentions your name. Please see me for any further information as conditions apply.
.Due to the lower numbers on a Monday and Friday in our centre I have decided to combine the rooms for lunch and rest period.This is allowing the children to interact with more children over the lunch period and to have new friendships forming. I ensure your children have all settled nicely into your new rooms. Your children have done a fantastic job on decorating their rooms so far and hopefully this level of art flare will continue throughout the year.
Our staff photos and qualifications are displayed on all room doors and in the foyer behind my desk for your perusal at any time So if you have some spare time please feel free to stay a little longer and have a little look.
We are still trying to 'formalise' enrolments for a number of new children that have commenced care. All children and families are required to have a Child Reference Number (CRN) and Family Reference Number. These numbers link you and your child to our centre through the Family Assistance Office (FAO). So, if you are intending to claim Child Care Benefit (CCB) to reduce your daily fee or claim CCB as a lump sum at the end of the financial year you must register and complete paperwork form the FAO. If you have completed all the necessary paperwork with the FAO and your child is still an 'informal' enrolment, contact the FAO on 13 61 50 and ask that you and your child are made 'active'. If you are unsure on what to do, please see Kylie in the office.
To start this year fundraising off will be Easter hamper raffles so start thinking about what you could donate. The shops are full of fantastic Easter items at the moment. Raffle tickets will be sent home in a couple of weeks.
Centre fundraising enables us to purchase those extra things for our children to extend on our already well-resourced centre.Whilst the centre is resourced in accordance to and beyond the licensing requirements there are times where we feel as educators that something extra will make our programs even more creative and interesting for the children.It also helps make the children's end of year celebration something to remember.
We practice sustainability within the service and believe the removal of plastic bags to be a step in the right direction for our Environment.
Many germs spread easily to other people – to try and stop the spread of infection wet/soiled items will not be washed at the centre. It is important to minimise the risk of contact with urine and faeces when dealing with soiled items.
Points to consider:
Water Proof Bag
You can purchase a waterproof bag from the centre. Our first order will be placed in April, so payment would need to be made no later than 29 March.
Payment must be made prior to the order being placed. The centre will not have spare bags available to purchase unless you place your order.
You can purchase them online yourself through www.smellybag.com.au for $18.50 or you can place your order at the office and pay only $10.
What do they look like?
What are the features of this bag?
How many items of clothing will the wet bag store?
The wet bag will hold 3 sets of wet/soiled clothing
Parents CornerPrepare your little one by attending the centre for an hour or two a week to familiarise themselves with this new environment. This is also a great opportunity for you to spend time with the educators and centre manager.