The returning children are enjoying being the ‘big kids’ and helping the new ones with the routine.
As you would have heard, I will be leaving Banyan Park. However, I want to assure everyone that I am committed to staying and continuing to provide quality care and early learning teaching until a replacement Director can be appointed. As soon as I know when I am finishing I will let parents know.
CHANGES TO LIBRARY
Due to timetabling changes at the school, our library day has changed to Monday from 9.40 to 10.30. I have amended the permission forms and I will see you one afternoon this week to get your signature. I will also need a volunteer each week to assist the educator taking the children over to the library, so if you have spare hour on a Monday morning once a month and would like to assist, please let Katherine or one of the other educators know and we will create a roster.
If your child doesn’t come on a Monday but you would like them to be involved in library (it is a great school readiness experience) then please join us at the library from 9.40am to 10.30am.
There appears to have been a rise in head lice recently, so please check your children’s hair regularly for the little critters. If you discover your child has lice, please let us know. Once your child has had their hair treated they are allowed to return to Banyan. You can purchase lice shampoo at the chemist and it is easy to use and effective. You can also purchase products that deter lice and I have heard a tea tree oil and water solution sprayed onto hair each morning is also an effective natural deterrent. Don’t forget to treat all family members!
If your child becomes unwell or injures themselves enough to require treatment at Banyan Park, educators complete an illness/injury/accident form after treatment has been given. If your child’s injury or illness is significant, we will contact parents immediately (if parents are uncontactable, we will call your emergency contacts).
If the injury is not deemed significant (scratched knee etc) we will complete a form and present it to you to be signed at the end of the day (or, as per policy, within 24 hours if an approved contact other than a parent collects your child).
And just to be on the safe side, to ensure we don’t miss anyone at pick-up time, we will now highlight your child’s name and write a note in the ‘additional comments’ section of the attendance register if we need to speak with you before you go. So if your child’s name is highlighted when you sign them out, please make sure you see an educator before you leave.
Show and Share
You will find a little note in your message pockets which has your child’s Show and Share day on it. Your child can bring in something special from home to show their friends during Show or Share, or they may have something special to tell us. Show and Share is an important opportunity for children to develop language skills and confidence in front of a small group. We have a special ‘Show and Share Box’ which all the special things go into when you arrive in the morning. This box then stays in Katherine’s office until it is Show and Share time to keep special things safe.
TOYS FROM HOME
If it’s not your child’s Show and Share day we ask that children not bring in toys from home. They inevitably get lost, dirty, broken or taken home in someone else’s bag.
We have at least one distressed child a day who has lost or broken a special toy they have bought in from home. Thanks for your understanding in this matter.
NEW ADDITIONS TO ROOMS
Ensuring we continue to provide a quality and safe environment for your children, you may have noticed we have a few new items including a fully stocked and compliant First Aid kit, which sits on the wall (out of the reach of little hands!) opposite the front door. The new kit contains EpiPens, Ventolin and asthma spacers in the rare case of asthma or anaphylaxis.
New soap and paper towel dispensers have also been installed in the bathroom, supporting healthy handwashing practices.