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Birthdays at kindergarten
Our Kindergarten is now accredited with the” Kids Go For Your Life” Program which fosters positive attitudes towards healthy eating and lifestyle. With this in mind the staff has talked together about how to handle birthdays in the kindergarten in regards to treats for these times.
Keeping in mind……
- That a treat now and again is fine[a sometimes food] , but in kindergarten we have 21-25 birthdays per year and sometimes 3 in a week!
- Lolly pops and chup-a -chups are too hard to open and take too long to eat, especially when the other children are eager to go outside. Wizz Fizz’s are messy and too hard to open and eat
- We know children like to share something with their friends on their special day so here are some great suggestions of what to bring. ( remember there are approx. 25 children in 4’s and 22 in 3’s)
We recommend a packet of “Natural Confectionary Lollies ” or similar eg. snakes. Please be aware that we have some children who are allergic to dairy products.
The children with allergies/ dietary restrictions will continue to bring their own treats but that too will be a small treat that takes a short time to eat.
We hope that this compromise creates the balance between healthy eating and continuing to celebrate special times.
Clothes to wear
Encourage your child to wear clothes in which they can play without fuss.. Try to avoid any buckles or belts that the child cannot undo and may lead to toilet accidents.
Shoes should be suitable for climbing – NO THONGS PLEASE. Velcro shoes are great as they are easier for the child to manage
Please send along a Kindergarten bag with your child EVERYDAY. A large square or rectangular bag which is easy to open and large enough to fit your child’s artwork is great. Put in a change of clothes every day.
The Department of Education and Training brings together a range of learning and development services for Victorian children, young people and adults.
This is a link to their website http://www.education.vic.gov.au/ which includes information, resources and policy on learning, development, education and training in Victoria.
Drop Off & Pick Up Procedure
When dropping your child at kindergarten you are required to sign him/her in. The sign in book is situated near the door. Due to Children’s Services regulations you need to fill in the time your child arrives at the kindergarten and your name. This procedure is also necessary when collecting your child at the end of the session. Your child will only allowed to be collected by a person that you as the parent has officially authorised on the enrolment form- this is due to the children’s services regulations. This person needs to be over 16 years of age .
When you are on duty please sign in too and write the name/s of other children with you –this is used in any fire drills
As you can realise the Kindergarten is a very busy place especially at the end of the session when children are being collected. Not only are we farewelling the children who are going home, but we are also supervising those children who are still waiting to be collected. Therefore you are requested to come right into the room when bringing your child and collecting them.- You must never leave them in the foyer to make their way in themselves.
At drop off and pick up times please do not let your younger or school age children play in the room
The car park is a busy place especially at the end of a session. Please take extra care and keep your eyes alert for children. Please do not park on the grass areas. You may get bogged or booked.
After you have picked up your child at the end of a session, the safety of your child is your responsibility. Please be aware of your child’s and others actions. Children are not allowed to open the gate at the end of the ramp, or climb on the ramp fences. Please be very aware not to let another child out the front door or gate as you are leaving.
We ask parents to be aware of other peoples cars and open the doors carefully so other cars are not damaged .
Every term we practice a fire drill with the children.
We have an emergency evacuation procedure and these are displayed in the kitchen and near the front door next to the heater.
The committee of the kindergarten have formulated policies on a range of areas and these policies are available for your perusal on request.
Excursions / Incursions and Entertainment
Term fees cover most incursions. You will be given notice of these events and be asked to sign a consent form if the children go out of the centre. Parents will be required to accompany us on these occasions
A friendship list of children and parents names will be typed and given to all families in the group. With your permission we will add your phone number.
Early Learning Association of Australia (ELAA) represents the interests of more than 200,000 children and their families. We are the peak organisation promoting the voice of parents in quality early childhood education for Victorian children. ELAA provides support and resources relating to governance, management and community participation in line with Vision 2011, our vision for the strategic development of early childhood education. ELAA members include over 1100 early education and care providers such as independent kindergartens, cluster managers, long day care services and local governments. This is a link to their website http://www.elaa.org.au
Late Pick Up Policy
Unfortunately, as some parents are continually late when picking up their child, the Committee of Management has had to introduce a late pick up policy. This policy is in line with Government regulations. It states that should parents be late picking up their child on two or more occasions, without ringing the Centre, then a warning shall be issued. If the parent is subsequently late again, then a fine [in line with committee policy] will be issued. This policy is necessary as the time between kindergarten sessions is limited and Government regulations state that two staff members must be on duty at all times (even if only one child remains present).
The Management Committee is responsible for the running of the Kindergarten and is made up of parents elected at the Annual General Meeting whose children are attending the Kindergarten. It is a very interesting and rewarding experience to participate in the decision making which will effect your child’s pre-school years, and we suggest that you give consideration to participating in the running of the Kindergarten. To find out more, visit our Committee page. The current Management Committee is listed on the notice board at the Kindergarten.
The Social Committee is part of the management committee. It arranges social activities and functions throughout the year. This may be a morning coffee, family B.B.Q or night time function -we hope you will enjoy getting to know the other families.
Fees and the partial government subsidy only cover part of the finances needed to run a kindergarten and the fundraising is a necessary way to keep our centre well maintained. We encourage you to support their efforts.
Notices and Newsletters
In the foyer there is a “pigeon hole” bearing your family’s name. Please check this daily as notices and receipts will be placed there. It is your responsibility to read these notices so you are up to date with what is happening at the centre. Please try to read the notice boards near the entrance to the Kindergarten as well. The Newsletters are also available for download on our website. Please do not let your child collect the notices
Parents are invited and encouraged to become members of the Management Committee. Parents are also invited to spend time at the Kindergarten sharing with the children any special skills or talents i.e. cooking, carpentry, music, etc.
Here are some ways in which you can help your child to happily join into the Kindergarten program:
To encourage independence please bring your child into the Kindergarten room, give him/her a friendly goodbye letting him/her know you will be back later to pick him/her up and then leave. Indecision about leaving on the parent’s part only creates insecurity in your child. Let your child carry his/her own belongings and put them away when they enter the Kindergarten.
Be there on time to collect your child at the end of the session.
Please remember to inform the teacher of any change of address, telephone number, doctor, authorised people to pick up your child etc., as these need to be kept up to date.
**Also, please ensure that the Kindergarten has always got an up to date phone number for you and an emergency contact person. Whenever you move house or job etc. please DON’T FORGET to give us your new number.
A photographer will visit the kindergarten during the year to photograph the children while they are engaged in normal kindergarten activities. All photographs will be on sale, however there is no obligation to buy
As the children love having their Mother or Father to help them and their friends at kindergarten, we have a roster system so that parents can come along to help out at least once each term. On this day we ask the parent to help in activities with the children, and generally assist during the session. Please write your name on the roster near the kitchen. Toddlers can come on your roster day but it must be stressed that they are the parents’ responsibility at all times during the session, both indoors and out.
Kindergarten Environment / Program
When the children arrive they put their drink bottle on the top of the trolley and their lunch box on one of the lower shelves. The children hang their bags on the hooks.
Depending on the day the children may either play indoors or outdoors. Many open ended activities are available for the children throughout the session. These activities are also ideal for developing small motor skills, problem solving, creativity and social skills as they chat to their friends as they arrive.
We offer small and large group times where the children can contribute to the kindergarten program through dance, drama, song and ideas. We will also talk about any special happenings the session may hold.
Educators will provide a range of active and restful experiences throughout the day and support children to make appropriate decisions. Educators will discuss health and safety issues with children and involve them in developing guidelines to keep the environment safe for all.
We will support the children to take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical well being. Children will be encouraged to participe in physical play and negotiate play spaces to ensure the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.
The children are always encouraged to help us tidy up during tranistion times.
During snack/lunchtime the children come together as a group indoor or outdoor depending on the weather.
Your child will be in a group of between 20 to 27 children with 2 to 3 adults. This experience may be overwhelming for some children at first. Give your child time to adjust. Be patient and understanding while they learn to cope with this new situation.
It may be necessary for you to stay a while until your child is ready to leave. When you leave remember to say goodbye and tell your child when you will be back, e.g. after outside time. Some children take longer than others to settle in to a new environment and with time the child will build up confidence and feel happy for you to leave. Ask the teacher for help if you need it.
Show and Tell
The Children will all be offered the opportunity to share with the group. This experience encourages the children to learn through use of descriptive languarge, practice listening skills and sharing their special items with others. At other times, please encourage your child to leave his/her toys at home. This will mean that favourite or expensive toys are not lost, broken or borrowed by other children.
Please let the teacher know if your child is absent from the Kindergarten for more than one or two days. Also please let the teacher know if children in your family have contagious diseases such as measles, chicken pox. Children who are unwell need to stay at home until they are well “even if they want to come” A child with a heavy cough or cold should be kept at home.
The children will need to bring their own individual snack/lunch and drink every session to have at morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea.
This routine has the following advantages:
Avoids leftover food- the children will take anything they haven’t eaten home.
Frees the parent on duty from preparing fruit and washing up leaving time for assisting with activities with the children or helping with admin tasks.
Encourages independence with handling snack box, drink bottle etc
How it works:
At the start of each session the children will put their drink bottle on the top of the trolley and their snack box on the bottom shelf. The drink bottles will stay on the top of the trolley during the session so the children can have a drink whenever they need it.
The lunchboxes will also stay on the trolley so if there is an item that needs to stay cool you will need to put a ice fridge pack in there. After eating they will put their lunchboxes in their bags ready to take home at the end of the session
The snack/lunch box needs to be reusable with child’s name written clearly on it so they can see it.
The drink container needs to be plastic and reusable, again with the child’s name clearly written on it.
Please check to make sure your child can manage to open and close the containers.
The aim of snack time is to promote healthy eating and drinking and good nutrition habits for children. Therefore it is important that foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt and sugar be avoided.
Plain water is the only drink allowed
Food suggestions for snack /lunch time:
Fresh Fruit and vegetables Small pieces the child can manage to eat without help, eg. Cut up Fruit, Celery, Carrot sticks
A sandwich preferably with wholemeal or Multigrain bread
Please do not bring Fruit bars, biscuits , breakfast bars, muesli bars and the like [they are high in fat and /or sugar, hard for the children to open and may contain nuts . see note below.
Yoghurt is not encouraged as it is messy for the children to handle and it will not be refrigerated
Food NOT allowed: Chips, lollies, sweet biscuits. Nuts and nut products *see note below
The children will return any uneaten food home along with any packaging. This is so you know how much they are eating .
For environmental reasons try to keep packaging, wrapping etc to a minimum. Children sometimes have difficulty managing cling wraps and cheese stick wrapping.
Snack time does not replace the need to have a parent rostered on duty- having a parent with us each session is a valuable asset to the program and an excellent chance for you to see what’s happening and be involved with your child’s kindergarten session.
The children will be having their morning tea together at the tables or on the mat or outside – this is a valuable opportunity to socialize and develop “eating” manners
Snack/lunch time is a good opportunity to encourage your child to try new and different foods and develop their taste experiences. Please try to give your child a variety of foods not the same thing every day. We will be encouraging the children to try new tastes as part of the program as well.
We also ask that you do not send nuts, peanut butter, Nutella or muesli bars . We are a NUT FREE kinder. This is due to the cross contamination that can affect an allergic child.
Our centre is a “Kids Go for Your Life’ service which promotes healthy eating and active play. Staff, parents and children are all encouraged to support the program. More information will be provided about the programs six key healthy lifestyle messages.
You will need to provide a hat for your child –either broad rimmed or legionnaire style provide the most protection. These will stay at kindergarten for the year, will have the child’s name written on it and be put in the hat basket while not in use. These hats will be worn from September until the end of April.
Don’t forget also to apply sunscreen to your child before kindergarten. Due to regulations, staff are unable to apply sunscreen to your child.
Working Bees /Maintenance
Our Kindergarten requires a certain amount of regular maintenance. Parents will be asked to participate in at least two of the four scheduled Working Bees during the year, You will be notified of the dates. If you attend 2 working bees or one Bunnings BBQ fundraiser , your $100 working bee levy will be refunded at the end of the year.