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2021 Newsletters

Yet to come…

Newsletter for Nov 2021.

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Yet to come…

Newsletter for Oct 2021.

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Yet to come…

Newsletter for Sept 2021.

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August/Sept

August_September 2021 newsletter

Newsletter August/Sept 2021.

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July

July 2021 newsletter

Newsletter for July 2021.

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June

June 2021 newsletter

Newsletter for June 2021.

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May

May 2021 newsletter

Newsletter for May 2021.

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April

April 2021 newsletter

Newsletter for April 2021.

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March

March 2021 newsletter

Newsletter for March 2021.

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February

February 2021 newsletter

Newsletter for February 2021.

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Information

Parent Handbook - 2021 with Covid safe amendments

The attached handbook covers all areas of information for parents on what to expect and what to do at preschool.

Springwood 2021 COVID Parent handbook

COVID-19 policy

It covers topics such as:

  • Hours of Operation.
  • Policies and Procedures.
  • Enrolment.
  • Skoolbag app.
  • Staff
  • Arrivals & Departures.
  • Things to remember
  • General Information.
  • Health & Safety.

 

Hints for Birthdays:- Children love to celebrate their birthdays with their friends at preschool. It is a great idea to bring Pre-Packed mini cupcakes for the children. They are a great size for the children to eat and prepacked from the supermarket is in line with our Covid safe procedures. Please remember it is very important that there is NO peanuts or nut products to be included. To give you an idea of numbers, both rooms have up to 20 children on any given day.

Settling Your Child into the Preschool Environment

The introduction into preschool can be hard for children and parents. Children’s welfare and happiness are the priority for staff when welcoming new children to the preschool and when assisting the family to settle into the preschool environment. 

 

The following outlines some helpful hints for parents on settling their child into the preschool environment:-

Make sure you familiarise your child with the environment and the people in the environment (children and adults) by coming in for visits (orientation held in November) before commencement.

If your child is unsettled, we encourage you to stay if this eases your child’s anxiety.

Interactions between staff and parents or staff and other children can produce positive role models and be reassuring. This experience can help to establish trust in an unfamiliar setting.

Try to talk at home about preschool. Mention the names of the staff and other children. Talk about the things the child will be able to do at preschool that are fun and enjoyable.

Talk to the teachers about your child, for example, what they like to do, their likes and dislikes and so on. This helps teachers to get to know your child.

It sometimes helps to establish a routine when leaving. For example, giving your child a cuddle and giving them to a staff member or sitting down with them for a short play or reading a book together then leaving

  • Expose your child to many different people, situations, and environments.
  • Prepare your child by talking about the new environment.
  • Use a visual timetable to talk about the daily events
  • Be patient, it takes time to get used to new environment and it will depend on the individual child and their previous experiences in separating from you.

 

To help with saying goodbyes at parting:

  • Don’t forget to say goodbye, it is best not to just leave unnoticed.
  • Ensure you explain to your child you will come back later to pick them up.
  • Establish a routine where before leaving you do something, such as give each other a kiss.
  • Distract the child with favourite toys and activities or ask the child’s teacher to become involved. There may be a teacher your child would feel most comfortable with.
  • Stay calm and be firm. You can leave once you’ve said goodbye. Don’t panic. Your child is very likely to settle when you leave.

It is important to remember that separation anxiety might increase at certain times of changes, such as birth of a sibling, moving houses, or divorce. Also, when you are stressed yourself about something, your child might pick up your emotions and will display separation anxiety as a reaction to not knowing what is happening with you. Children feel calmer when you are in control. At those times, children might “regress” and would need more temporary support in tolerating separation from you.

 

Hints for Birthdays:- Children love to celebrate their birthdays with their friends at preschool. It is a great idea to bring Pre-Packed mini cupcakes for the children. They are a great size for the children to eat and prepacked from the supermarket is in line with our Covid safe procedures. Please remember it is very important that there is NO peanuts or nut products to be included. To give you an idea of numbers, both rooms have up to 20 children on any given day.

Attendance Procedure - Currently Amended due to Covid Safety plan

ON ARRIVAL PARENTS/CARERS ARE REQUIRED TO:

  • Sign child in
  • Enter any medication on a medication form and hand to staff
  • Collect information from Parent File in the foyer if you have requested printed communications instead of email
  • Put child’s bag in locker area
  • Place child’s drink and lunch on designated area
  • Put child’s food items that need to remain cold in the fridge
  • Put sunscreen on your child
  • Settle your child – seek out staff if help is required

UPON LEAVING PARENTS/CARERS ARE REQUIRED TO:

  • Sign your child out and note time please.
  • Look on the TV screen for photos of your child’s day.
  • Collect your child’s belongings and craft.
  • Ensure you have your child’s hat, lunch box, drink, jumper etc.

 

Clothing

Paint, play dough, sand and messy play are an everyday part of our preschool day, please keep clothing comfortable. Practical shoes for climbing and running are also advisable. Please ensure that all clothing is clearly named for easy identification.

Please include a complete change of clothes in your child’s bag for any accidents that may occur.

We also sell preschool T-shirts that you may purchase for your child to wear, this sometimes takes the stress of wear and tear of your own children’s home clothes.

CLOTHING PRICES

$10.00  T-shirt
$18.50  Jumper
$9.00  Widebrim hat
$7.00  Bucket hat

 

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is provided for the children by the preschool. Parents may supply their own sunscreen if preferred. According to the recommendation of the preschools Sun Protection Policy sunscreen is applied to the exposed skin of children. We ask parents to apply sunscreen in the morning as the children arrive and staff will apply it again when children go outside again in the afternoon.

When playing outdoors the children will also be required to wear a sunhat and be appropriately dressed (Refer to attachment 2 for our sun care policy). For further information on sun protection please refer to the Policy Handbook or speak to staff.

Past years Newsletters

February

Newsletter for December 2019.

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December

Newsletter for December 2019.

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November

Newsletter for November 2019.

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September

Newsletter for September 2019.

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Enrolling at Preschool

Contact

9 Macquarie Rd
Springwood NSW 2777

4751 3360

admin(at)springwoodpreschool.org.au