Hello and welcome to another Piptree Early Learning newsletter. A very big welcome to all our new children and their families I would like to extend a warm welcome, we hope that your children will learn many new skills whilst attending the centre and that their families will enjoy the support and encouragement of our friendly team of professionals working here. 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. Just a reminder, all families you recommend to our Piptree family can get you two weeks free if they mention your name on the enrolment forms.
As regulations are asking we utilise all natural items with the children we are asking for families to keep an eye out for heavy duty cane baskets, coloured glass stones, large logs that can be cut up and used as stepping stones. Anything that you think maybe able to help us and your children to have a more sustainable environment.
Our March Calendar of Events has included Crazy Hair Day where the children came with "Crazy Hair" and a gold coin donation to be contributed to the Shave for a cure; it was a fun day for the children and staff at the Centre whilst raising money for a very worthwhile foundation. Also "Dress in Green" day to help celebrate the Irish St Patrick's Day. This too was a fun day of GREEN.
1st April Henny Penny hatchlings arrive
Easter Celebrations afternoon tea with parents
Thursday 18th April -Easter afternoon tea 2.30pm
Bonnet parade 2.45pm
Easter Raffle drawn 3.00pm
Visit from the Easter bunny and egg hunt
Centre closed 19th April Good Friday
Centre Closed 22nd April Easter Monday
Centre Closed 25th April ANZAC Day
Bringing sick children to Day Care
Please check your child daily to ensure that they are well enough to attend the Centre.If your child is displaying any of the common symptoms, eg high temp, lethargy, vomiting, not eating, stomach pains etc then they should probably be kept home.We have a duty of care to all the children attending and sick children will be sent home.Regular updates are posted to inform you of any illnesses reported to the centre.
Signing in and out
We have been finding that many parents are not signing their children in on arrival and out on departure each day. It is a legal requirement that you sign your child in and out every day of attendance.A staff member is more than happy to assist you if you are having difficulty using the Kiosk.
Labelling your child's belongings
We cannot emphasise enough the importance of labelling your child's belongings.As children these days have a lot of similar clothing, shoes, and even back packs.It is hard enough keep the belonging together during the day so as you can imagine the difficulty when the belongings are not labelled.
We have our Home bake bakery fundraiser starting not with all orders and money back by Thursday 11/4/19 and delivery will be Thursday 18.4.19 between 10am-2pm.
We are now selling raffle tickets for the Easter basket raffle this will be Drawn on Thursday 18th April at 3.pm so hurry get your tickets in to be in the chance of winning. We have put some in your parent pockets located in your children's room. Please fell free to donate something special into the raffle.
Sunscreen should be applied to children 20 minutes prior to going out into the sun to allow the sunscreen to absorb and protect the skin from the UV rays. We ask that each child arrives to the centre with sunscreen already applied at home so they are ready for the morning outside play program.Staff will reapply throughout the day 20 minutes prior to going back out in the sun. They will also remind you when you need to bring in a bottle of sunscreen per child in the service.Remember no hat no play. Your child will then be asked to play under cover.
Safety in the car park and gate security
The car park is a dangerous place for children especially with the amount of traffic that moves through it at peak times during the day. Road safety is a skill that children can learn, and here we teach some groovy songs about putting on seat belts, wearing helmets and staying safe on the road, however it is not enough. The best way to keep children safe is to hold their hand until they are 8yrs old and they should be closely supervised on the roads until they are 10yrs old. Children simply do not have the skills or ability to estimate distance and speed of travelling cars and are easily distracted. Click on this link and go to the fact sheets for some great information on road safety for young children. http://www.kidsandtraffic.mq.edu.au