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AUTUMNSNIPPETS

ISSUE 2, 3 & 4 | SUMMER 2012

salisbury child care

F O R A T S R OU ER T R A U Q E TH IS LIAM


inside this issue centre happenings office news staffing allocations staffing news important things to remember

general news fundraising vs fundraising levy direct debits fee payment receipts child care rebate woolowths earn and learn program

recent & upcoming events photos Australia Day Bunnings visit Crazy Hair Day Meet n Greet night

room news bumblebees dragonflies lady bugs


office news For those families new to our Centre, we

Centre. All elements in the New Quality Standards

have this newsletter which we publish

are reviewed and a self-assessment living document

every quarter to keep all parents up to

is updated when the goals we set are achieved

date with Centre news, developments and

and completed, the QIP is an ongoing process

changes.

as there are always opportunities to improve procedures. This is available for parents to view

If parents have anything they would like

once it is finished. If parents have any feedback that

to contribute to future newsletters, please

they would like to see within the service you are

do not hesitate to speak with Lisa or Ewa.

welcome to write down suggestions and let the office staff know your ideas.

We also offer free advertising of family businesses in this newsletter. If you or a

If you have any questions or would like some more

family member has a business or hobby

information about the National Early Years Frame-

they would like to advertise – please see

work please don’t hesitate to ask.

Lisa or Ewa and provide us with your business card. We will then scan this into

Regards

the Snippets and your business will be advertised to all our parents and their friends. All Educators are working extremely hard in the rooms to implement the new Early Years Framework that was introduced nationally last year. I am very proud of the team and all that they achieve each day and I’m confident that all parents have seen the changes to the style of programming, observations and our new approach in extending the knowledge of our young learners. All Educators are undertaking specialized training courses to extend their knowledge of the new Curriculum that is being implemented. We are in the process of completing our Quality Improvement Plan for the

Lisa and Ewa


staffing allocations Just a friendly reminder to parents again to remind you of who their staff are in their rooms for 2013.

Jackson. As Heather is not back from maternity leave yet we have employed Loretta to finish Heather’s leave. Loretta has been in the organisation for over 20 years and has been working on a part time basis at our centre for a few years

Bumblebees Silvana Room Leader Qualified Educator Brooke Qualified Educator Rachel Assistant Educator Sheila (Monday’s only)Assistant Educator

Ladybugs Emma Room Leader, Qualified Educator Loretta ualified Educator Disa Assistant Educator Sheila (Wed, Thur, Fri) Assistant Educator

now.

important things to remember Each family needs to provide the following items twice per year to help keep costs down. •

1 box of tissues

1 x 4 pack of Toilet Tissue

1 packet of wet wipes

Any help or assistance is greatly appreciated with these donations.

Dragonflies Chevon Room Leader, Qualified Educator Diana Qualified Educator Marie Assistant Educator Support Staff in Dragonflies

We hope all the new families settle into our centre and become a part of our ‘BIG’ family. We look forward to lots of smiley faces. Thank you once again.

Blair Qualified Educator

fundraising vs fundraising levy

Float Staff

For those of you who are new to the centre this year

Marilyn Assistant Educator Amy

Assistant Educator

Vicki, Monika, Ros

Qualified Educator

Tina Assistant Educator

Kitchen Monica

Office Lisa and Ewa

staffing news We were sad to see Lisa.K. finish up at the centre in February to leave an have her baby. Lisa.K. was employed to cover Heather’s maternity leave and now Lisa.K. has left the centre to go off and have a little bundle of joy herself! We wish Lisa and her husband Paul the best of luck and lots of happiness on the safe arrival of baby

we would like to give some background information regarding the fundraising levy. All of our families are very busy and do not always have the time to contribute to fundraising events and as such the centre still needs to raise much needed money to purchase toys and equipment not included in the general budget. Over the past years we have introduced the Fundraising Levy which is a contribution of a once off annual payment of $50.00 (this is less than a $1.00 per week over the year) and has been very successful in past years. So it was decided that we will continue the levy into 2013. The invoices for the Levy are distributed to all families in March and September 2013. By now you all would have received the first invoice for the Fundraising Levy for 2013. If you could please make your contribution by Friday 19th April it would be greatly appreciated.


Please support us in our fundraising efforts! This money is only used to purchase equipment for YOUR children to play with. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to date!

direct debits As most of you are aware, we introduced a new form of payment last year – Direct Debit from a Cheque or Savings account and are processed fortnightly on a Thursday. We have been phasing this in over the past six months with the vision that this will be the only method of payment by the 1st January 2014. If you are currently paying by EFTPOS, cash, cheque or credit card direct debit we would greatly appreciate it if you could make to switch as soon as possible.

fee payment receipts We will stop providing families with printed receipts by the end of June 2013. Instead we will be emailing out a parent statement at the end of each month for your record which shows the fees charged, fees paid as well as any child care rebate or child care benefit that was paid to the centre on your behalf. We are trying to do our bit for the environment by saving trees as well as saving precious administration time

child care rebate The child care rebate covers 50 per cent of your out-of-pocket expenses (up to a maximum amount per child per year of $7500), when you claim Child Care Benefit for approved child care. Out-of-pocket expenses are the total of your child care fees less the amount of any Child Care Benefit or of any Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance you receive. There are eligibility requirements for receiving the rebate. You must meet the Child Care Rebate ‘work, training, study test’ to receive the rebate. To be eligible for Child Care Rebate, you need to be assessed as being eligible for Child Care Benefit for approved child care, even if you are assessed at a zero rate. Up until last year the CCR was being paid to parents on a quarterly or yearly basis. There is now the option of the rebate to be paid directly to the center on a weekly basis. This then means you only pay the difference of you weekly child care fees, so halving your out of pocket expenses. If you are currently being paid the CCR directly to you and would prefer the option of it being paid straight to the center all you need to do is get in touch with the Family Assistance Office and change your payment arrangements. They may not activate this option straight away but you will be able to start it from the new financial year on the 1st of July 2013 (which is only 3 months away!!).


If you have any further queries please speak with Lisa in the office or visit http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/childcare-rebate

woolworths earn and learn program This year we will be participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. Through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our centre – and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths. From Monday 8th April to Sunday 9th June, we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Points. You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Point for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards). Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Points onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet and when it’s complete, the Points Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box here at the centre or at your local store. At the end of the promotion, we’ll be able to get some great new equipment. The range is extensive and offers lots of items ideal for our children – including resources for Maths, English, Science and some fantastic fun supplies for Arts & Craft and Sports. If you’d like to know more visit woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn We have attached an Earn and Learn Points Sheet for you to fill in. Just print it off and start shopping at Woolies to earn points! You can also collect a form from in the foyer here at the centre. Thanks in advance and happy shopping 

recent events Friday 25th January

Australia Day Celebrations

Friday 8th March

Bunnings Visit

Thursday 14th March

Crazy Hair Day

Monday 18th March

St Patricks Day Celebrations

Friday 22nd March

Meet and Greet Family Night

Tuesday 16th April

Radical Reptiles Incursion

Wednesday 1st May

Farm Yard on Wheels Incursion

Friday 10th May

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea


upcoming events Tuesday 11th June

Pyjama Day

Friday 30th August

Father’s Day Afternoon Tea

Friday 25th October

Annual Family Evening

Sunday 24th November Christmas Family Picnic

pac meeting dates If you are interested in joining our Parent Advisory Committee we would love for you to come. The dates for the rest of 2013 are: •

Monday 15th July

AGM Friday 25th October

Monday 4th November

All meeting are held here at the centre and start at 6pm! We hope to see you there!


A Message from the PAC!!! Welcome to the first Salisbury News publication for 2013…. The role of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)… The PAC meets on Monday evenings for one and a half hours, every second month at the Centre. Our role is made easy by all the hard work staff put into the daily operations of Salisbury Child Care Centre. It is the responsibility of the PAC to provide an advisory role for facility and resource upgrades, parent communication, fundraising, social opportunities and child/family involvement. We are in the unique situation of being one of 3 Child Care Centre’s managed under the umbrella of the City of Bayswater. The other Centre’s include Noranda and Silverwood Child Care Centre’s. My role as PAC President includes representing our Centre at the City of Bayswater Child Care Centre Management Committee meetings as required. You will have seen many changes to the room environments at the Centre over the last couple of months. These changes are more than just aesthetically pleasing. Childcare services must now align themselves to a new National Quality Framework, Regulatory system and Curriculum. I am sure that you will agree that the girls have put in a lot of work to transition to the new Centre and that the rooms look great!!! As you can see from the newsletter there is a lot happening at the Centre at the moment. If you would like to get more involved there’s always room for more people on our PAC – so if you’re interested in getting involved please see Lisa Glew for more information. Lisa Bevan Rachel Masters Jody Smith Liz Perkins Kelly Matusik Renae Flegg & Shana O’Shea Caroline Seubert John and Kylie Caporn Asha Clucas Kylie Burath Nicola Messervy Christina Chan-Byrne Ros Green Betti Radford Carmen Maughan Lynette Askin

President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Newsletter Coordinator Social Coordinators General Committee Member General Committee Member General Committee Member General Committee Member General Committee Member General Committee Member General Committee Member General Committee Member General Committee Member General Committee Member

Finally, on behalf of the PAC Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new families to the Centre, we hope that your time at the Centre is a special one. To all of our returning families I would like to thank you for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you all at the next family event. Warm regards, Lisa Bevan


dragonflies Hi everyone We have had a busy start to the year celebrating lots of special occasions. Australia day was the start of our celebrations and what a fantastic day we had. We have also celebrated Chinese New Year, NZ day, Valentines Day and most recently St Patrick’s Day. The children have really enjoyed all the celebrations and learning about aspects of other cultures. Recently in the dragonflies room we have been embracing the natural world by providing children with opportunities to discover, connect with and act responsibly in the environment. The tadpoles have been a really exciting project for the children; they have loved watching seeing the changes in the tadpoles and watching them grow into frogs as well as learning about the frog life cycle. We were lucky enough to have Kirsty from bunnings visit us; she brought lots of plant with her and helped the children to plant them in our vegie patch. The children had a lot of fun and they will continue care for the plants by watering them and watching them grow. We will also be exploring sustainability and recycling in the near future. The children are starting to get really excited about the Easter bunny com-

ing soon. We have started making our Easter baskets and we are being really creative this year by promoting the importance of recycling and reusing materials such as lemonade bottles. Small boxes, milk cartons, juice cartons and basically anything that we find to make our Easter baskets and they look fantastic. We have also done a lot of other wonderful things which are all displayed in our curriculum journal (located next to the sign in/ out book) please feel free to take a look at our journal and write any suggestions or feedback. Chevon, Diana, Marie and Blair


bumblebees Hello from the Bumblebees!

the toddler room!

It was lovely to see so

This year we welcome to the

We have had a great start to the many of you at our meet

room some new staff members,

year so far, with the hot days

and greet night and we

Brooke, Sheila and Amy, the

we have had lots of water play

hope you all had a nice

children are developing warm

which the babies seem to really

time! We look forward to

friendships with their new edu-

enjoy! We had lots of fun with

spending the year with

cators and Rachel and Silvana

Australia day celebrations, Crazy you all!

are enjoying working with the

hair day and have enjoyed do-

Love Rachel, Brooke, Sil-

girls too!

ing artwork for Valentine’s day

vana, Sheila and Amy

Welcome back to all of our

and Easter, we have some very

xx

babies from last year who will

creative children who enjoy

be spending another year with

drawing and painting!

us! You have all grown and

As the weather cools down a

changed so much and we look

little we have had a lot more

forward to spending another

outdoor play which the children

year with you all! A big hello to

absolutely love! We also enjoy

all of our new babies and fami-

having a little alfresco dining

lies, our new babies are doing

outdoors for lunch every now

so well and are settling in nicely,

and then and have many pic-

we are so proud of you all and

nics on the lawn for afternoon

we look forward to getting to

tea!

know you and watching your

Just a little reminder, if you have

little personalities shine!

not yet returned the family

We would like to say goodbye

photo album, we would really

to our big kids who have moved

appreciate it if you could please

up to the lady bugs room! We

hand these in as soon as pos-

really enjoyed our time that we

sible, though we do understand

shared with you all watching

that you are all very busy, the

you grow and learn and we will

children love to look at and

miss you very much! You are all

show their friends their loved

looking happy and very busy in

ones!


ladybugs It’s been a fantastic start to the year,

to freely express themselves through

tadpoles grow into real frogs and

with everyone settling in very well

creative art and play. The ‘Body Art

growing beans from seeds. As

and quickly. The staff in the Lady-

Mural’ was especially lots of fun to

the beans grew bigger, we were

bugs room is Emma (room leader)

be apart of, as the children were

then able to replant them into

and Disa, whom are fulltime, with

stripped down and given trays of

the ground, in amongst our new

Amy and sheila working two days a

paint with various brushes, and then

vegetable patch. With excitement

week each. Lisa K has left us to go

encouraged to be as innovative and

and anticipation we can’t wait to

and have her own baby and Loretta

imaginative as they could, decorat-

be rewarded with our very own

has filled in her position.

ing a ginormous piece of paper

home grown beans to eat.

In our room we have been focusing

outside.

Its hard to believe Easter is upon

on some amazing days that we cel-

Another day of fun was our ‘Crazy

us. The ‘Great Easter Egg Hunt’ is

ebrate in our country. On Australia

Hair Day’ in support of the Leukamia

a Salisbury tradition we all look

Day we had heaps of fun playing

Foundation. There was stripes, spots,

forward to and decorating eggs

under the sprinklers and on the wa-

zigzags and all different styles of hair

and painting bunnies is all part of

ter slide with inflatable thongs and

do’s. All the children loved looking at

the fun. After Easter, we are hop-

balls added in for true authenticity.

themselves in the mirror to see how

ing to plan an excursion to AQWA,

We embraced multiculturalism when

‘crazy’ they looked. (Hope it all came

to extend and follow our interest

we created an awesome Dragon for

out ok? Mums? Dads??)

in creatures under the sea. We

Chinese New Year. And of course on

There has been a lot of interest and

realise that some of you may feel

Valentines Day we expressed our af-

curiosity shown with our research

a little anxious about this but we

fection for our Loved Ones with love

on lifecycles of frogs and plants.

will have a 1 staff to 2 children ra-

heart painted scrolls’.

We have been lucky to observe

tio, and educators have had lots of

Expressive Art has been a huge hit,

and research them first hand, with

experience in excursions having

with the children being encouraged

the opportunity of observing small

been on them many times before.


If you have any concerns please feel free to talk to us. In our room we have a red filing cabinet which contains your child’s own portfolio. Please feel free to go through your child’s folder at any time. We also have a curriculum journal on display, which highlights all the things we get up to throughout the week. We would greatly appreciate any feedback or suggestions you may have or you can always document them in our journal. Please don’t be afraid to write anywhere in his book, it belongs to you too! As much as we encourage your child’s development, we educators try very hard to ensure they are always having fun and feel safe and secure in our care. We firmly believe that children learn through their play and we endeavour to continue to create a stimulating environment where all their needs are met. We look forward to getting to know you all a little better this Friday at the ‘Meet and Greet’ night. Ladybugs Room Emma, Disa, Loretta, Sheila, Amy


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Australia Day


Australia Day

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Bunnings Visit

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Bunnings Visit


Bunnings Visit

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Crazy Hair Day

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Crazy Hair Day


Crazy Hair Day


Parents Meet -n-Greet


Parents -meet-n-greet

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We’re thrilled to invite you to participate in this year’s Woolworths Earn & Learn program. Find out how to earn educational resources for your School or Early Learning Centre in this handy flyer.

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It’s time to register Whether you’re a new or returning school it’s time to register. Use your unique User Name and Password provided in the letter sent to your School Principal or Early Learning Centre Director. Visit teaching.com.au and follow the registration instructions from there. It’s simple to participate From Monday 8th April to Sunday 9th June 2013, when your staff and parents shop at Woolworths they can collect Woolworths Earn and Learn Points from the checkout operator and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet. There’ll be one Woolworths Earn and Learn Point for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco, and gift cards). Once completed, simply place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet in the Collection Box, either at your school or at your local Woolworths. Same great partnership with MTA We’re proud to say we’re partnering once again with Modern Teaching Aids – Australia’s biggest supplier of resources for schools. This means you can choose your resources based on your unique needs, across every category possible including Mathematics, English, Science, Arts & Crafts, Sports and more.

Next Steps Inform & encourage your school community Be sure to encourage your parents, teachers, and kids alike to support the Woolworths Earn & Learn program by collecting Woolworths Earn and Learn Points at their local Woolworths between 8th April and 9th June 2013. Templates for emailing and writing to parents can be found on teaching.com.au. Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet Once collected, Woolworths Earn & Learn Points need to be stuck onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet. Please print out Points Sheets for your students. These can be downloaded from woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn. Use your Collection Box Put your Earn & Learn Collection Box in a prominent place at your school. Be sure to let everyone know to place their completed Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheets in the Collection Box. Nominate for a Collection Box at your local store Visit your local Woolworths to nominate your school for a Collection Box that will be displayed in store. Each store will have up to five boxes, so be sure to get in early and claim your box. You’ll need to ensure that you regularly empty your box to enable customers to keep filling it up with Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheets. At the end of the program, you’ll need to compile all of your completed Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheets to send back to Woolworths – a mailbag will be provided closer to the time.

For more information, including Points Sheets and answers to frequently asked questions, please go to woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn

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Entry to the promotion is open to registered Primary and Secondary schools and eligible Early Learning Centres (ELC) in Australia. Promotional period is from 8th April – 9th June 2013. Speak to your school or ELC to ensure they are registered, or visit woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn and check online. One Woolworths Earn & Learn Point is given for every $10 spend. Excludes purchase of liquor, tobacco and gift cards. Woolworths Earn & Learn Points will not be accepted by Promoter unless attached to a Points Sheet. Woolworths Earn & Points Sheets must be received by the Promoter by the 26th July 2013 for counting. For full set of terms and conditions please visit woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn.

my school is: _________________________________________________________________________________________________

my name is:___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Support your local school Stick Woolworths Earn & Learn Points in the squares below, then drop your completed Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet into the Collection Box at your school or your local store. They will be redeemed for educational resources.


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