This month we enjoyed many special events at Erina Kindergarten! We held our annual School Reunion Afternoon Tea on 9th March which saw a fantastic turnout of our children that have moved onto Kindergarten this year. It was so lovely to see them in their “big school” uniforms and for them to be able to catch up with their Preschool friends and Educators. We also held our Easter Hat Parades during the week which are always lots of fun. We love seeing the amazing hat creations! I even heard of quite a few Dad’s giving the decorating a try this year……fantastic effort. Henny Penny Hatching brought their incubator and baby chick pen as they do each year and the children were able to watch the process of the chick hatching from the egg and then caring for them as they grew quickly over the 2 weeks. The Gumnuts visited Terrigal Drive Nursing Home for a special Easter morning tea on 28th March. The Gumnuts sang some Easter songs for the residents and were able to interact and share some special moments with them. We love taking the children on visits to the Nursing Home and will attempt to give all rooms and opportunity to do this. We are also looking into other possible excursions that we take the children on in the future.
last month in review
a note from our approved provider
Wishing all our families a safe & Happy Easter! Hope the Easter bunny is very generous to all!!
A busy month of March has come & gone with lots of improvements to the gardens, playgrounds & rooms at ERINA kindergarten including freshly painted areas & new shade sails for our beautiful Snugglepots! Next on the agenda is more new sails for our Gumnuts & then our Bush Babies!! The new sails have greater UV protection and our Snugglepots & Preschoolers are really enjoying playing under the increased shaded areas.
Our resident educational horticulturalist Matt has been busy planting lots of new sustainable & organic beautiful herbs & vegetables & has been engaging with the children to teach them about plants & how to care for them. The children really enjoy engaging Mr Matt & Mr Steve!
The children are also absolutely loving the new improved gardens & field and we thank parents for the continued positive feedback in regards to the overall improvements at the kindergarten and we look forward to continuing to provide you with much more improvements over the coming months.
As you may have noticed we are also working with the staff & children to introduce more activities to our annual calendar to keep the children active & engaged and the children are really thriving and engaging with lots of new activities which is fabulous! We look forward to continuing to receive your feedback.
Kind Regards, Veronica Klumper-Peters
Director on Leave
I will be on annual leave from 3rd April until 27th April 2018. I am going on a cruise with my family to Hawaii. Miss Ashlea will be in the office Tuesday’s & Friday’s as normal and then Miss Jemma will be returning from Maternity Leave after having her third bubba – Alfie. She will return on 9th April and be in the office Mon, Wed & Thurs. Please feel free to contact either Ashlea or Jemma at any time. I will see you all when I return – Miss Melissa
We have currently reviewed and updated our Philosophy to better reflect the National Quality Framework and to capture what reflects our daily practices and values here at Erina Kindergarten. I have attached our reviewed philosophy for families to have a look at. Please let me know if there is anything you feel should be added or changed. I have also added this into our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
School Photo Week was a success! Photos will be available in approximately 3-4 weeks. All discounted prepaid packs will be delivered to the centre. All families wanting to purchase their child’s photos that did not prepay will be directed to the gallery to choose the photos you would like. There will be an email with further information sent out once the photos are ready.
Future Care mobile dental services
On 10th & 11th May 2018 we will be providing a mobile dental service for children aged 2-5 years. A team of experienced Dentists will attend our service and provide children with a full oral examination, clean, scale and fluoride. In most cases this is a free service if you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme. All you need to do is complete the pink consent form which will is located near each sign in desk and the Dentists will enquire about your eligibility. If you are not covered by this scheme it is at a cost of $79 – you will be given a receipt which can be claimed on your private health insurance if applicable. Please contact me if you require any further information.
I have just been informed that the Government is providing free flu shots for all children in NSW aged 6 months to under 5 years. It is available from April 2018. Talk to your GP or immunisation provider to schedule this service.
Educator of the month
Educator of the month for March is Miss Ashlea from the Koala / Snugglepot Room. Miss Ashlea is receiving this award for her beautiful, caring interactions with families and children at Erina Kindergarten. Her bubbly personality is infectious and I know all of the Educators are happy to have her working on the floor with the children again. Congratulation Miss Ash
Educators returning from Maternity Leave
This month we welcomed back Miss Taryn on Tues, Wed & Thurs to the Babies Room after having her baby boy Vinny. Miss Sam will be returning after having her second baby girl Logan on the 23rd April as an Educator in the Gumnut Room on Tues, Wed & Thurs. Miss Kimmy will be returning a casual Educator from 2nd April after having her second baby girl Quinn and Miss Jemma will be returning on 9th April as previously mentioned. We are so excited to welcome these wonderful Educators back to the EK Team.
School Readiness information night
Our annual School Readiness Information Night will be held on the 12th of June, and is a great opportunity for parents sending their children to school next year to speak to teachers from a variety of schools in the area. This can be a very exciting and overwhelming time for parents, and the information evening is a great opportunity to get some of your questions answered! There will be an invitation with more details to follow.
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.