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Welcome to June!
Winter is definitely upon us! Time to rug up and stay warm and cozy!
This month will be full of fun, culture and community.
At Happy Days we want the children, educators, families and the community to be apart of our wonderful centre's celebrations. Family and community participation will have a positive impact on your child's development, sense of belonging, being and becoming. We look forward to these events and love seeing our Happy Days Children growing, taking in all the information and having the best time.
We welcome Miss Soni and Miss Chloe to the Happy Days Team Awesome!
Take a look at what we got up to in May and what June has in store for us.
What's on in June
Friday 2 June
National Italian Day
At Happy Days, we introduce the children to various cultures in the world to enhance their awareness and respect for people's cultural differences.
This day will be all about the Italian culture. Happy Days children will participate in cooking experiences such as making pasta and pizza - YUM!! They will also join in discussions and watch videos regarding the beautiful Italian culture.
Thursday 15 June
Free Vision Screening
Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening (StEPS) is an initiative of NSW Health that offers all preschoolers free vision screening.
StEPS will be conducted at Happy Days premises on the above date.
We strongly encourage all 3-5 year old Happy Days children to attend the screening.
If your child does not usually attend on a Thursday, a family member must be present throughout the short duration of the screening to supervise their child.
Forms will be sent home to families shortly.
Wednesday 7 June
World Ocean Day
The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean and develop and mobilise a worldwide movement of sustainable management of the world's oceans.
Happy Days children will participate in activities and discussions to learn about our impact on the oceans, the importance of keeping our oceans clean and what happens if we don't make a conscious effort in developing sustainable practices.
Friday 30 June
Red Nose Day
Join us in wearing red and bringing a gold coin donation.
Red Nose Day sparked a global movement and catalysed research into the reasons why babies die suddenly in their sleep.
Because of that, we now have six evidence-based steps all parents can take to reduce the risk of their baby dying in their sleep. None of this would have been possible without the incredible public support for Red Nose Day.
Monday 12 June
Happy Days Kindergarten will be closed on King's Birthday, Monday 12 June 2023.
Use Fob Key Upon Entry
Please ensure that you are using your fob key to enter the centre on drop off and pick up. Not using your key takes educators away from supervising the children.
If you require an additional key please speak with Ashleigh.
Car Park Etiquette
Onsite parking is something for all of us to share. Please follow these simple car park rules for everyone's safety:
PARK AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THE COLOURBOND FENCE to allow another vehicle to park behind you. We can safely fit 4 vehicles at any time during drop off and pick up times if everyone is parked appropriately.
DO NOT PARK IN THE DRIVEWAY IN FRONT OF THE CENTRE, this is the thoroughfare to allow vehicles to enter and exit safely at Happy Days.
MAKE YOUR DROP-OFF/PICK UP AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE if you have parked someone in. If you’re planning on talking with an educator, we advise you to park on the curb side instead.
DO NOT PARK IN THE STAFF CAR PARK.
Collection of Children by Others
You must call the Centre or inform educators if somebody else is collecting your children from Happy Days.
A valid ID from the person picking up your child is required to be presented to one of our educators for photocopying.
Child Safety - Reportable Offence
Happy Days' Number One Priority: KEEP THE CHILDREN SAFE.
We will report any child being left in a vehicle at any time. Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle could have you fined for up to $22,000 dollars.
Open and closing Hours
Please be reminded that Happy Days opens at 7am. Educators will not allow any child to enter the centre before 7am.
We close at 6pm. Parents must collect their child before 5:55pm as this time will allow staff to close the centre and go home to their own families on time. A late fee of $2 per minute will be applied to your account for any late pick-ups. To ensure this doesn't occur please have an emergency contact on standby to pick up your child.
At Happy Days we like to promote healthy eating and dental care.
Many children are arriving with snacks that do not meet our healthy eating policy. This includes chocolate, chips, Tim Tams and other sweet snacks.
Please ensure that you child’s lunch box is healthy and nutritious. No juice is to be placed in your child’s lunch box. Please provide water or milk only.
Clothing & Sunscreen
Please ensure your child has a bag which contains SPARE CLOTHES which includes pants shirts, jumpers, socks and underwear. We understand that your child may not have accidents however spare clothes are required for those times your child may have an accident or gets wet or dirty.
As the weather is beginning to change, please bring WARM CLOTHES in your child's bag for weather changes such as a long/short sleeve shirt, a pair of shorts and pants/tights, spare socks and a jumper.
SUNSCREEN MUST BE APPLIED BEFORE OR UPON ARRIVAL AT THE CENTRE. You will find our sunscreen on the sunscreen table in the classroom just outside the foyer.
SLEEP SHEETS ARE REQUIRED for all children 2-4yrs who are not in the Mighty Mangoes room.
These must be CLEARLY LABELLED with your child’s name and placed in a labeled pillow case. Your child may not have a sleep however it is our duty of care to allow your child to have a rest for 10min listening to soothing music while the room is cleaned after lunch. Your child will then be invited to participate in quiet activities with the educators.
Every month we review a set of policies to ensure that they are relevant and up to date according to regulations.
You are invited to provide feedback on our policy of the month below (send your feedback to email@example.com):
Up Coming Events For July
Monday 3 July: NAIDOC show
10-14 July: NAIDOC week- children will be involved in numerous activities learning about the Aboriginal culture.
17-28 June: Evacuation week - children will be involved in many different drills to practice evacuations, lockdowns etc.
24 July: Healthy Harold will be visiting the centre to talk about healthy life habits. A charge of $12 will be added to families' accounts for children in attendance on that day.
What we've been up to
Happy Days Kindergarten turned 10!
Thank you for your support!
Mothers Day Morning Tea and Stall
Firstly we want to thank all the wonderful Mothers, Aunties, Grandmothers and mother-figures who attended our Mothers Day Morning Tea. It was a lovely day with beautiful weather. The children did a lovely job with painting their mother's nails and putting make-up on them. The photos from the Mothers Day Photo Booth turned out beautifully.
Our mothers were able to enjoy some scrumptious morning tea sweets and a nice coffee (though we think the children enjoyed the sweet treats more).
Our Mother’s Day stall was a hit! The children (and adults) enjoyed shopping and bought beautiful gifts for their mums including candles made by an ex-student candle, called OLIBEL creations. They were beautifully presented and packaged and best of all, they smelt divine! We were so glad we could make that happen for her.
Thankyou for all your help and participation, we cannot wait to celebrate with you again next year!
World Bee Day
WE NEED BEES.
Nearly two-thirds of Australia’s agricultural production benefits from bee pollination. But bee populations are under threat due to the destruction of their natural habitat, intensive farming practices, and pests and diseases to name a few.
Some species of plant can only be pollinated by a particular species of bee. In the absence of pollination, the plant species cannot reproduce so if that bee species dies, so too will the plant. Without bees, our food supply, biodiversity are ecosystem are at risk.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE THE BEES FOR THE SAKE OF YOU AND THE ENTIRE PLANET!
We do our bit at Happy Days by increasing the children's awareness of bees. On World Bee Day, Happy Days children were encouraged to wear yellow as well as being involved in some activities related to bees such as making bees out of play dough, coloured paper and pipe cleaners, drawing and colouring. The children also enjoyed making and having delicious honey toast for afternoon tea. We discussed the important role that bees play in our survival, how honey is made, that bees sting, etc.
It was a lovely day and the children became very interested in bees and their honeycomb. We extended their play on the next day with a honey comb puzzle game.
National Sorry Day
National Sorry Day or the National Day of Healing is an event held annually in Australia commemorating the Stolen Generations which occurred approx. between 1905 and 1970. It is part of the ongoing efforts towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Happy Days learned about National Sorry Day and the Aboriginal culture through many different activities. The children played with loose parts and counted in the language of the Elders (Durug), using their math skills and fine motor skills.
The children joined in a painting experience with Miss Dakoda using wax from a candle and some water paint to create the word "SORRY" and children then coloured in their hands to make a wonderful art piece. The children were also involved in rock painting of Aboriginal art as well as face painting using templates.
We all watched a short video on what National Sorry Day is about. Many children were able to recount what had happened and answered some open ended questions.