ELC Communication Notes

Term 1, Week 7

Weekly Routine
Wednesday - Library Day

General reminders
Lunch Box items: Packing the school lunch box can often be a tricky decision about what to pack and what not to pack. As a reminder to all families we are a nut and egg free centre as we have children in attendance who are anaphylactic to nuts and eggs. Baked goods with egg as an ingredient is fine however egg sandwiches or quiches are not suitable to bring for your child. Also a reminder to limit the amount of treats packed in your child's lunch box as this is a distraction from eating their healthy choices first.

Uniform: It is wonderful to see the majority of children attending in their full uniform and I am aware that there are families still waiting on some items. With the mornings becoming colder it is worth reminding all families to purchase the long track pants from the uniform shop as wearing leggings under shorts is not acceptable. Children are permitted to wear a long sleeve white top under their polo shirt. Please label your child's socks so that we can easily reconcile socks to children at the end of the day.

Hair accessories, jewellery and watches: We have noticed over the past few weeks that a growing number of children are wearing watches, jewellery and hair accessories that do not conform to the uniform requirements. Please do not send your child to the ELC with a watch or Fitbit as these are a big distraction to their learning during the day. Please do not send your child with necklaces or bracelets or hair accessories that do not meet the requirements for uniform. If you have any questions about this please don't hesitate to speak with me.

Meet and Greet: We are looking forward to hosting the Meet and Greet on Monday 22nd March from 9-10am. This will be a great opportunity for families to meet with each other, to spend some time in their child's room to see their learning and to meet with the educators. As you are aware, there is limited parking available onsite so please use surrounding streets safely to park if the ELC car park is full on arrival.

SPM's: Our Student Progress Meetings are on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st March. Bookings are available for this on the website and app. These formal meetings are an opportunity to meet with your child's educator to discuss how they have settled in so far and your goals for the year ahead.

Healthy Adventures Book Pack: We have been sending the Healthy Adventures Book Pack home for a couple of weeks with families and have had a great response. It's not too late to sign up for this opportunity as we will have these packs with us all year.

Chickens!! Many of our families will have seen the chicken run being built in our yard this past week which is very exciting. We will be working with Mr Brian Barter in Secondary to establish a suitable place for the chickens, how we can best maintain them and how to care for them. The team of educators will be putting together a Risk Assessment and Management Plan to cover all aspects of their care and to make sure that children are kept safe when caring for the chickens. We will also be addressing the fact that we have children with allergies to egg and asthma which may be triggered by animals. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

Afternoon tea: Thank you to the families that provided feedback to our change to routine in moving afternoon tea earlier in the day - to 3:30pm. Some families raised the issue of children attending dance class during this time and for those children, they will have afternoon tea on their return to the ELC. 

We will be changing our routine from next week (Monday 22nd March) so that afternoon tea will be at 3:30pm. If you believe your child will still be at the ELC at that time please include some afternoon tea for your child. This can be a piece of fruit and a snack. Our team of educators are looking forward to implementing this change and allowing children more time to play indoors and for a smoother pick up in the afternoon.

Term 1, Week 5

General reminders
Please pack a spare set of clothes for your child in case of a toileting accident. This can be plain clothes.

Please label your child's belongings so that they can be returned if misplaced or lost.

Upcoming events: Our Meet and Greet is scheduled for Monday 22nd March from 9 - 10am. This will be a great opportunity to meet your child's educator, have a look at your child's room and the learning that they have been engaged in as well as meet other families. Building a sense of community is very important to us and we see this as a wonderful opportunity to form connections and relationships.  Parking at the College will be limited to the ELC car spaces and then on surrounding streets. The short term parking off Regent street will also be available from 9am however will need to be clear before 9am to allow for Primary school students to be dropped off. We look forward to spending this time with you and a chance to see all the learning that's been happening so far this year.

Healthy Adventures Book Pack: Our first families and children have taken home the Book Pack this week to experience healthy adventures and learn more about nutrition and being active. Each family who has signed the consent form will have the opportunity to take home one of the packs for a week and record their adventures in the diary. It's not too late to sign up for this opportunity with consent forms available in the foyer.

Learning Overview: Below is an overview of the learning and projects happening in each of the rooms.  These have also been documented on Storypark.

Preschool / Kamala Room - The children in the Kamala Room have been investigating animals over the past few weeks as it started with Australian animals and has now progressed into dinosaurs. This is obviously a favourite topic for children of this age and there is much excitement in the room as they discover lots of facts about dinosaurs. The children have been sharing with each other what their favourite dinosaur is and have been reading stories and singing songs about dinosaurs.

Preschool / Mao Chong Room - The children in the Mao ChongRoom have also been interested in animals however their learning and interest has been more focussed on pretending to be animals and using animals in their imaginative play. The educators have been encouraging the children to consider how these animals move and to try to do the same. Most of the animals that the children have been investigating are jungle animals which prompted the inclusion of a safari tent in their room. During devotions, the children have been learning about Creation and what God created on each of the days.  It will be interesting to see where this discussion leads them.

Prep / Papillon Room - The children in the Papillon Room have been engaging in a project all about transport and things that move. This has seen the children use large cardboard boxes to create cars / taxis and boats and they have used paddle pop sticks to create a long train track. Educators have often seen children creating different vehicles with blocks and connecting materials. It has been wonderful to see children forming friendships and building their social skills as they share ideas with each other about what they're making.

Prep / Burudyara Room - The children in the Burudyara Room have spent some time investigating what Burudyara means which has led to some learning about indigenous culture. Children explored indigenous art and stories, learning about their culture and how they cared for the land. The children have also recently started to explore visual arts which started from one of the families bringing in an artwork which is on display in their room. Children talked about how the painting was made and the different lines in it. This has prompted the children to explore different artists and to create their own pieces of art. I'm sure you will start to see some amazing artworks coming home soon.

Prep / Mariposa Room - The children in the mariposa Room have been learning all about camping which started at the beginning of the year as children talked about what they did in the summer holidays. Children talked about what they already know about camping and what their favourite part is. The Educators then took them to the bush area near the ELC to collect sticks to make their own campfire (no actual flames were made!) which was an exciting adventure in itself. Since then, the children have been discussing other aspects of camping which is now focussed on what food they cook when camping. The educators will extend on this with some cooking experiences in the coming days.

Term 1, Week 1

Welcome to new families
It has been wonderful to welcome so many new families to the ELC this year and for children to be settling in so quickly.  The children have been starting to form friendships, to remember the names of other children in their class and to remember the name of the class.

As a reminder for families, our classes and teachers for this year are:

Preschool - Kamala (Hindi word for Caterpillar)
Miss Nicky, Miss Elia and Mr Ben

Preschool - Mao Chong (Mandarin word for Caterpillar)
Miss Amy, Miss Joanne and Miss Deborah

Prep - Mariposa (Spanish word for Butterfly)
Miss Maya and Miss Emily

Prep - Burudyara (Indigenous word for Butterfly)
Miss Rhiannan and Miss Ani

Prep - Papillon (French word for Butterfly)
Miss Marie and Miss Rohini

Communicating with the ELC
If you are needing to pass on a message to your child's teacher or to inform the ELC that your child is away due to illness or holiday this can be done through a Conversation on Storypark or an email to [email protected]

News time
Our news theme for this term is All About Me.  Each room will be sending out a roster to indicate the date that your child will be presenting their news.  Some ideas for news are to create a poster with lots of information about your child - favourite colour, food, toy, place to be, pets at home, etc.  You could also bring in some objects that are of particular meaning to your child.  Photos could also be sent that feature family members and key moments in your child's life.  We're looking forward to seeing children present their news!

Lunch boxes
We are still having many families bring in their child's lunch in an insulated bag.  All children's lunches are stored in the fridge therefore the insulated bag is not being effective in keeping your child's lunch at a safe temperature.  The insulated bags are also quite large and take up valuable space in the fridge.  If your child is bringing warm food in a thermos this can be kept in the labelled box near the fridge.  We really appreciate your help with this.

Welcome to ELC Dinner
We will be hosting a Welcome to ELC dinner for all of our new families on Tuesday 16th February from 5pm.  More information will be sent out in the coming days regarding this however please save the date in your calendar.

Healthy Adventures Book Pack
As shared on Storypark, we are participating in an initiative from NSW Health and Munch and Move to promote healthy eating and active play with our families.  There is information about how you can be involved in our foyer with a consent form available for you to sign.  Please speak with either Suzi Scott or one of the educators if you need more information about this.