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Newsletter September 2018

 

Office News:

Welcome to our September Newsletter. This version highlights how we deliver play-based learning experiences that are rich in arts, literacy and mathematics.

A couple of weeks ago, three teachers from Beecroft Primary School visited our centre. We had a discussion about our school readiness program and how to facilitate our children’s transition to school. We value our partnership with the local school and believe it can help our children to maximise their potential.

 

Staff update:

Michelle Lee: Michelle is returning to work on Tuesday, the 2nd of October 2018.

Tamika Shore: Tamika is a Certificate III trainee that has joined the team and is working in the Dolphins room.

Lisitaate Akaveka: Lisi will complete her Diploma in mid-October 2018 and will be leaving us. Upon its completion, Lisi moved to the Parramatta area recently. We thank Lisi for her time at Beecroft Early Learning Centre and wish her well in the future.

Based on educators’ individual development plans, Tara will be stepping into the role of a Diploma Trainee in Dolphin’s room, Suzie will work with Marta in the Crabs Room and Tanya will work in the Starfish room.

 

Who will be your child’s educators?

Starfish Room (0-2) Liza and Tanya

Crabs Room (2-3) Marta and Suzie

Dolphins Room (3-5) Mandy, Tara and Tamika

Floater- Lisi

  • Michelle returning: 2nd of October 2018.’

 

Upcoming events:

Henny Penny Hatching program: From Monday, the 17th of September to Friday, the 28th of September, the children will learn about chicken hatching. We will have fertilised eggs and an incubator set in the Dolphin’s classroom. The children will be able to observe the eggs in the incubator, watch the hatching process and take care of baby chicken. Please feel free to bring your child to see the baby chicks in Dolphin’s room.

Christmas concert: The Christmas concert will be at Beecroft Primary School Hall on Monday, the 10th of December, from 6:30pm. Detailed to be provided close to the date.

 

Starfish News

We would like to welcome our new friends Rex, Marvel, Ava and Bowen into the Starfish room. They are all settling in very well and connecting with others. Besides, they have built a trusting and positive relationships with both their teachers, Liza and Suzie, and their peers.

Recently, we have done several projects about Fish, Ducks, Transports and Fruit picking. These projects are all based on children’s interests. We are responsive to the children’s strengths, abilities and interests. We value and build on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning. In addition, we value family inputs and take them into consideration when making curriculum decisions in order to ensure that learning experiences are meaningful.

Please take your time to look at our day book and our curriculums that are documented the activities and projects that the children are engaged throughout the day. You are also feel free to look at your child’s portfolio. If you want to take the portfolio home, please talk to Liza and Suzie.

Friendly reminders

  • Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your child when arriving and put the stamp on your child’s hand.
  • Please ensure that your child has enough spare clothes of all weather in their bags throughout the week.
  • If your child has a soiled nappy when arriving in the morning, please take time to use our nappy change facilities.

The Starfish team- (Liza and Suzie)

 

Crabs News

Welcome Jhanvi and Henry into the Crabs room! They enjoyed meeting the other children and interacting with them and their teachers, Marta, Tanya and Tara.

The Crabs room is always filled with laughter, fun and learning. Recently, educators in crabs room have been working on foster the children’s literacy skills, physical skills and creativity.  We continued our learning on numbers and shapes. The children worked together to create ‘the very hungry caterpillar with numbers written on its body’ which helps the children recognize numbers and counting from 1 to 10. In addition, by engaging in painting with stencils, the children have been learning to recognize shapes of letters in their names.

To scaffold the children’s physical skills, we have implemented activities focusing on gross motor movements, including obstacle courses, soccer, badminton, bowling and throwing and catching the ball. Through these activities, the children were able to refine their eye-hand coordination and cooperative play.

The children actively participated in our art and craft activities. We encouraged the children to use different shapes to create a variety of objects, such as a house, a sun or a fish. By setting up free painting activities, the children were able to learn about element of arts (lines, colours, textures and space) and experiment with colour mixing.

We displayed the children’s artwork in the Crabs classroom, please take time to see your child’s works.

The Crabs team- (Marta, Tanya and Tara)

 

Dolphins News

Welcome Anagh, Xavier, Harriet and Margot into the Dolphins rooms. They have been very excited to make new friends and are building trusting relationship with Mandy, Lisi and Tamika.

The past few months have been filled with fun, excitement and laughter! The Dolphins have really enjoyed the activities that we have planned for them based on their interests. From the solar system to dinosaurs, from pirate day to pyjama day and from NAIDOC week to book week.  Our daily curriculum has been jammed packed with these awesome learning experiences.

The children actively participated in the science experiments. We did volcano eruption experiment, dinosaur hatching experiment, foam explosion experiment and we spread salt on wet watercolour paintings. The children were able to experiment with cause and effect as they observed the chemical reactions between baking soda and vinegar and between hydrogen peroxide liquid, dry yeast and liquid dish washing soap.

Our writing centre was a success. The children have been more interested in drawing and writing. Many can now write their name and we have been practicing the letters of the alphabet and number on a regular basis. Also, we set up several activities to encourage the children to cut with scissors. The children have picked up the skill and further developed it.  They are now cutting with a lot more confidence.

We greatly appreciate the conversations we have with our families particularly during drop off and pick up, as we are able to gain new insights that offer a richer picture about the children and know more about the family, cultural and community contexts that each child and their family brings with them. We value the photos that families have provided and contributed to our Family Tree. The photographs of children’s families not only act as a familiar comfort item for children to reaffirm their sense of belonging from one environment to the next, but also facilitates conversations with educators and their peers as they share about their family members.

All the children’s learning are documented in their portfolios. If you would like to have a look at them, please let one of the educators know and ensure the portfolios are not taken off the premises unless you have signed in the book that you will be taking it home for read.

The Dolphins team- (Mandy, Lisi and Tamika)

 

Thank you,

Management and Staff

Bookshop and Park excursion

On Tuesday, the  21st of August,  we will have another Bookshop and Park excursion!

This is the 3rd excursion for this year, so the children are very familiar with what to do: walking on the footpath, holding hands, staying with the teachers, making the roll, which are all excellent skills in preparation for school excursions in the future.

The local Children’s Bookshop (located on Hannah Street) will have a book reading for Preschoolers at 9:45am. The book reading will finish at approximately  10:15-10:30, and we will then walk to the local park which is located on the corner of Wongala Cres and Hannah St, next to Beecroft Station for a play for approximately one hour.

If your child does not attend on Tuesday, they are still invited to join us! He/She will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer.

All parents/family members are invited to join us. It would be a positive experience to spend time with your child and his/her peers and teachers.

 

Staff News

We would like to warmly welcome a new staff member to our team. Tamika will be joining us as a Certificate III Trainee. Feel free to approach her and introduce yourselves. She will be a floater.

Bookshop Excursion

On Friday, the 22nd of June, we will have an excursion to the Children’s Bookshop. The local Children’s Bookshop (located on Hannah Steet) will have a book reading for Preschoolers at 9:45am. The book reading will finish at approximately  10:15-10:30,and we will then walk to the local park which is located on the corner of Wongala Cres and Hannah St, next to Beecroft Station for a play for approximately one hour.

If your child does not attend on Fridays, they are still invited to join us! He/She will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer.

All parents/family members are invited to join us. It would be a positive experience to spend time with your child and his/her peers and teachers.

 

Newsletter May 2018

Beecroft Long Day and Early Learning Centre

Newsletter May 2018

Staff update:

Mandy Hu: is a Diploma qualified educator that has joined the team and is working in the Dolphins room. Mandy is currently studying Bachelor of Teaching (0-5 years old) at Macquarie University, and brings new experiences to the team. Mandy lives locally with her 3-year-old son and her husband in Beecroft and has been teaching for four years.

Michelle Lee: is away from the 30th of April to the 30th of September 2018. Michelle will visit her families in Hong Kong and travel around with her families. Michelle will also visit a variety of Early Learning Centre in Honk Kong to further her skills as an educator. We are all looking forward to Michelle’ return in September with renewed inspiration and energy.

 

Who are your child’s educators?

Starfish Room (0-2) Liza and Suzie

Crabs Room (2-3) Marta and Tanya

Dolphins Room (3-5) Mandy and Lisi

Floater- Tara

 

Our Website

Please remember to look our website for upcoming incursions and dress up days. We don’t want any child missing out on these fun experiences! As we want to maintain sustainable practices, we will not be handing out paper reminders. One or two posters will be put up closer to a special event and these will be placed either in the foyer near the sign in/out sheet or on the parent information board where our menu currently is. We encourage families to get involved with what our centre has planned for the year and further engage in your child’s learning.

 

Starfish News

The babies are settling very well and have built a trust and positive relationship with Liza and Suzie.

The Starfish have confidently explored our classroom through crawling, standing with support and walking. Younger babies have enjoyed the tummy time improving their muscle strength. The children have also started to develop their self-identity by watching themselves in mirror.

Recently, the children have shown their interest in transports, colours and shapes. Liza and Suzie have planned a variety of activities for the children to explore and experiment with different colours and shapes.

Please have a look at our daily book that the children’s learning throughout the day are documented in. Liza and Suzie have worked on your child’s portfolio, you are always welcome to read your child’s portfolio.

Friendly reminders:

  • Please ensure that your child has enough spare clothes in their bags. Also, check the board to see if there are any dirty clothes needs to take and wash.
  • If your child has dirty nappy when arriving, please take time to use our nappy change facilities.
  • Please bring in some plastic bags.

 

Crabs News

Welcome Harvey, Alex, Adwit, Kieran and Rachael into Crabs room! They enjoyed meeting the other children and interacting with them and their teachers: Marta, Tanya and Tara.

The Toddlers have been busily engaged in craft every day. They were actively involved in preparing a basket full of flowers for the Mother’s Day. They also extended their knowledge about recycling as they created the Monster recycling bins with Marta. They all happily fed the Monster with paper and plastic bottles.

We have also been learning how to dance together. The children enjoyed holding their hands while dancing in circle. In addition, the children engaged playing with puzzles a lot. Marta, Tanya and Tara provided a whole range of puzzle, such as alphabets, shapes, vegetables, numbers, pets, and transport. The Crabs had an opportunity to develop and refine their fine motor skills, hand and eye manipulation and cooperative play.

Over the past few weeks, the Crabs expressed a growing interest in animals. The children began using their own creativity in the outdoor environment. They used the stepping stones as a train for the animals. We decided to create a new train for animals using the box of tissues.

Another emerging interest in the Crabs room were drawing with stencils. The educators encouraged the children to use crayons and paint to fill the stencils. We used a wide range of shapes, such as flowers, dinosaurs, shapes of geometric figures and letters.

 

Dolphins News

Welcome Annie and Shuxing into the Dolphins rooms. They have been very excited to make new friends and are building trusting relationship with Mandy and Lisi.

‘Where does honey come from?’ In early May, the Dolphins busily engaged in craft and learning about the bees. Mandy and Lisi read several Bees’ information books with the children during the group time. The children also got a chance to watch a short video regarding bees and beehive on our smart board. Then, the children were encouraged to make a beehive together with egg cartons. We also made honey biscuits for afternoon tea and the children were very excited and they all actively participated in this cooking experience.

Recently, the children have just started to learn about countries around the world. Based on the children’s cultural backgrounds and their interests, Mandy and Lisi will introduce a variety of countries, including Australia, China, South Korea, Italy, United Kingdom, Chile and Afghanistan.  The children will participate in a variety of activities to broaden their understanding about the world they live.

Mandy and Lisi have organised a writing centre in the Dolphin’s classroom. We believe that having writing materials available encourages children to explore writing tools, building fine motor skills that are necessary for future writing. We will change out what we offer at the writing centre regularly so that the children can experience different writing tools and surface.

Please remember to bring in a drink bottle, labelled with your child’s name and ensure that all sheets and extra clothing are labelled as well. During drop-offs, please apply sunscreen on your child and put a stamp on their hand. Our program is pinned to our board in the classroom as well as a calendar with the child’s news date. Please feel free to have a look and prepare your child for their news day. We encourage children to keep their own toys at home to avoid it getting damaged or lost.

 

 

Thank you,

Management and Staff

Staff News

  • Michelle will be away from 30 April 2018 to 30 September 2018. On her sabbatical, Michelle will visit her families in Hong Kong and travel around with her families.
  • We would like to warmly welcome a new staff member to our team. Mandy will be joining us as a Diploma trained educator. Feel free to approach her and introduce yourselves. She will be working with Lisi in the Dolphins room.

Our Sustainability Program and Munch and Move Program

Dear Families,

Having recently reviewed our curriculum, we would like to give you more information on our sustainability program and our Munch and Move program. These two programs have impacted the way we teach children about the world we live in.

Worm Farm and Composting:

Liza and Marta have taken on the role as our Sustainable Officers. As some may know, we have a worm farm located in the front yard near the shed. The children have been actively feeding the worms scraps that are collected in a bucket from each meal time. Some scraps are allocated for our compost bin in the backyard. The children have been interacting with the charts displayed on the Dolphin’s sliding door, which also has letter flash cards with images showing the importance of caring for our environment. If you have a garden or a yard, we encourage you to start a worm farm or compost bin. The main purpose of this program is for children to gain awareness of their impact on the environment and ways to minimize it. We want to assist young children and families to understand sustainability issues, concepts and practices. The underpinning ideals of the national Early Years Learning Framework not only reinforce these earlier statements but strongly recommend that sustainability be ‘embedded in all daily routines and practices’ (DEEWR, 2009, p. 29) within early childhood settings, and that early childhood educators need to discuss with children that all ‘living things are interconnected’.

Munch and Move:

Munch & Move is NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time (e.g. watching TV or DVDs, playing on computers and small hand-held games devices). We will be implementing activities daily, to further promote children’s health and wellbeing. Every couple weeks, there will be flyers placed near the sign in/out sheet about healthy living. Please feel free to grab a copy anytime. The main purpose of this program is for children to learn a range of fundamental movement skills that will help them take part in and enjoy physical activity throughout their lives. It also supports the NSW Government’s priority of preventing childhood overweight and obesity.