March 2018 Family Newsletter

It’s been a busy time over the Christmas break but now with things settling down we are looking forward to another amazing year ahead at Parkside.

You would have seen some new faces join the Parkside Team in recent times including Miss Lani our new director, Miss Ellenor, our professional cook, Mr Ezra our sports coach and a number of others.

Carolin and Andrew had some time off over Christmas visiting a number of Forest Kindergartens in Germany to look for ways to continue improve the Parkside Bush Kindy program.

We will soon be starting our next stage of improvements inside and outside in the coming months to continue the investment into our children and facility. We will begin the development of the bottom yard including installing an outdoor classroom. We have purchased Storypark which will be a phased implementation in the next couple of months. More about these further in the news letter.

We update our Parkside Facebook Page daily so if you haven’t liked our page already make sure you do to keep updated with all that is going on at Parkside.

And finally we want to welcome the 21 new families that have joined the Parkside Family recently. We are so happy that you have chosen us to care and educator your children.

Andrew & Carolin

Riley Family

Storypark is Coming

What is Storypark?

Storypark is a way of capturing your child’s learning and making it available for you anywhere anytime in a private online community.

Whether you are at home or work during the day you can see what your child has been up experiencing and all the fun they are having from your phone, tablet or computer.

To find out more you can go to the Storypark website here or talk to one the Parkside Team.

Storypark

Up & Coming Events

March

21st  – Harmony Day

29th – Term 1 ends

29th Easter Hat Parade show and Egg Hunt at the centre

30th – Good Friday – centre closed

April

2nd – Easter Monday – centre closed

13th – Commonwealth Games show

23rd  – Earth Day (22/04) commemorated

25th  – Anzac Day

Hannah Play

What To Bring

We are preparing our children for life. Let’s help them by preparing them each day for success at Parkside with all the things they will need. Each day all children need to bring the following items:

  • Hat
  • Shoes
  • Spare change of clothes
  • Nappies
  • Bottles with lids
  • Fitted cot sheet and a blanket for rest time

Parkside does have limited spares but these would need to be charged to family accounts due to cleaning.

Referring Family & Friends

If one of our Parkside Families refer us to one of their friends or families as a thank you we give a $100 gift voucher. If you have recently referred anybody please let us know. If you know of anybody who is looking for high quality child care and education we would love it if you send them out way.

Some of the Parkside Families receiving their $100 gift vouchers. Thanks so much guys for the referrals and enjoy the vouchers.

Sustainability

One of our goals for the year is to concentrate on Sustainability. The children will be learning about recycling (water, paper), our environment, such as plants, caring for plants, and most importantly, how we can do our part for the environment. Did you know that the process of recycling paper instead of making it form new materials generates 74% less air pollution and uses 50% less water. Here at Parkside we do lots of arts and craft activities which mean we use a lot of paper! I am asking families, if you do have scrap paper, newspapers or cardboard at home, please bring them into the centre so that we can recycle them here for the children’s art and craft experiences!

Absent Days

In relation to absent days we ask that families inform the centre if your child will be absent. The Family Assistance Office allows children to take up to 42 absent days a year without providing documentation, however all parents will need to still mark the class rolls for their child’s absent days in order for CCB/CCR to be paid on absent days.

Parkside Cook Miss Ellenor

From the Kitchen

As you may have all noticed, we use Kids Gourmet Foods (childcare catering) to provide our children with nutritional meals throughout the day. All meals provided are Halal and the company does not use nut or egg products in their foods. The menu is displayed in the office and all our rooms for you to have a look at.

If your children have any food allergies or intolerances make sure you advise the Parkside Team or if any of your children’s health needs have changed.

Policy Update

Here at Parkside we value and appreciate all family contribution to our centre. We believe that we are one big family and therefore all parents are invited to contribute their ideas in all aspects of the operation of our service. In the upcoming weeks Parkside will be reviewing and amending all policies. We ask that parents to have a read of our policies and provide us with feedback.

Highlights from the last month at Parkside