January has flown by and all the children and staff have now settled into their rooms. The children have spent the month getting to know their new Educators, new routines and meeting new friends. Last week we celebrated the Beautiful country that we live in completing all things Australia. The Children completed educational activities enhancing their cultural awareness of Australia; activities included face painting, arts and crafts, stories and discussions on Australian animals and culture and lastly some cooking of some yummy Australian foods such as a delicious damper.
last month in review
a note from our approved provider
One of our best advantages of Erina Kindergarten over other childcare centers on the coast is that we are the largest childcare on land on Central Coast & children are best placed in different play areas according to age groups. At Erina kindergarten we believe play is an integral part of learning, and part of our strategy to continually improve we will be continuing to make improvements to our external large playground areas to maximize your child’s imaginative & interactive play experience complete with interactive musical instruments, wooden animal features, playgrounds, climbing, tee pees, vegetable & herb gardens, interactive water features, sandpits and mud kitchens & much more so stay tuned!
The snuggle pots will be receiving brand new 98.9% UV block shade sales this month to increase sun protection whilst active in the play areas. We look forward to your feedback.
We will also be looking at introducing some much-needed barnyard fun as a new major feature to the Centre e.g. miniature pig, chickens, Guinea pigs. We already have a very special & spoilt rabbit named caramel which the children & staff adore! Children will be encouraged to participate with animals & be involved in their care – developing a sense of responsibility and cooperation.
New Childcare Package
Have you heard about the changes to the Child Care Subsidies? From 2 July 2018, Australia will have a New Child Care Package providing more support for families. On 1st March 2018 we will be holding a Family Information Sessions for changes to childcare funding with a Breakfast BBQ & including tea & coffee 7:30am-8:30am.
Family Input & Communication
Family input is a vital part of the Early Years Learning Framework. As educators we encourage families to share their interests, skills and culture with the service allowing educators to include cultural learning activities, learning activities that extend on individual children’s interests and strengths and activities and life outside the service that children are linked to. This input ensures that children feel like they belong, have a positive self-identity and they understand their place in the world.
Family input can be in the form of an email to the Centre, completing a family weekend sheet (this can be located next to your child’s roll) or through discussion with your child’s educators.
We would like to give families plenty of notice that the daily fee will be increased from 2nd July 2018. Bush Babies & Snugglepots will increase to $107 per day & Gumnuts, Joeys, Koalas & Emus will increase to $102 per day.
We will also be having a special for new and existing families. If your child has a permanent booking at the centre 5 days per week before 2nd July 2018 you will be charged at the current rate and no fee increase will apply. Please see Administration staff for further details and terms & conditions.
Educator of the month
At Erina Kindergarten we pride ourselves on having high quality Educators that have been apart of our team for many years. We like to recognise Educators that have demonstrated excellence by awarding them with an Educator of the Month Award.
This months Educator of the month is awarded to Miss Micah! Miss Micah has been awarded this for her ability to adjust extremely well to her new room for 2018, her amazing teamwork & consistent effort.
We welcome back Miss Jess J from Maternity Leave this week. She is a Snugglepot Educator on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Miss taryn will also be returning on 6th March and will be floating around the centre on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays. We are so happy to have these beautiful Educators back with the EK Team.
Events Planner 2018
Our Event Planner for 2018 is now live online. We will email you a copy or visit the planner by using the link. We look forward to seeing you at our many exciting events.