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Welcome to MARCH!

“Autumn colours are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with colour, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary"

Please take note of weather change, dress your children appropriately and pack extra clothes for change in weather. 

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I would like to acknowledge the Dharug people, the Traditional custodians of the lands on which I live and work today. I pay my respects to elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hope of Aboriginal Australians.

What's on in March!

Rubbish Removal

Clean Up Australia Day

5th March

For Clean Up Australia Day Miss Mel and Miss Dakoda will be taking the Mighty Mango children to a local park to clean up the area. We will also be involved in experiences throughout the day to teach children the importance of keeping the environment and our community clean. 

Easter Bunny Costume

Easter Party

27th March 10am

Join us at our Easter Party on the 27th at 10am. Please provide a plate to share with families and children (no nuts products). We will also be holding an easter egg guessing competition and easter raffle. Raffle tickets will be available from 1/3/24. 

Child Brushing Teeth 2

Dental Week

11th-15th March

During this week the children will be involved in many different activities that will have the children develop the knowledge and skills to better their dental health. We will have the Dentist visit us on the 13th March- Please fill out forms that were emailed to you. 

Country Flags

Cultural Diversity Week

18th-22nd March

Join us in celebrating Cultural Diversity Week from 18th to 24 March! This year, the Victorian Multicultural Commission invites you to embrace the beauty of diversity through the power of #OurSharedStories.
Children will be involved in numerous activities and group times discussing different cultures. 

Portrait with Megaphone

Important Reminders

Fob (DOOR) Key 

Please speak with Miss Ashleigh or the other Educators if you have not received a key. There us a charge of $25 per key, refunded at the end of your child's enrolment, once returned. 

KinderM8

Happy Days uses Kinderm8 software for your children observations and daily updates. Please ensure that you have downloaded the app and log in. if you are having trouble, please speak with Miss Ashleigh. 

 

Clothing & Sunscreen

Please ensure your child has a bag which contains SPARE CLOTHES which includes shorts ,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

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.

 

Policy Review

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 blacktown@happydayskindy.com):

Physical Environment Policy

Emails

Please look at your emails regularly. This is one of our main sources of communication with families. Ensure that you are emptying your inbox to allow new emails to come through. Your child could be missing out on many experiences or communications between staff and yourself by not checking them. Most emails are also copied into Kinderm8 please ensure you have logged into Kinderm8 to see your childs learning and day. 

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. 

Children under the age of 18 are no permitted to drop off or pick up your child. An adult must always be present.

 

A valid ID from the person picking up your child is required to be presented to one of our educators for photocopying.

Fees

Please ensure that you have attached your bank details to your Xplor app to allow for direct debt of your fees. Failure to make payments will result in a late fee of $20 per transaction.

 

 

 

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. 

What we got up to last month...

Healthy Sandwich

Healthy Lunchbox Week

February 5h-9th was Healthy lunchbox week. It was promoted weeks in advance to ensure that the children had beautiful healthy lunches. During this week we noticed some families had made the effort to provide their children with more healthy options more fruit and veggies and less packaged items. However not as much as we had hoped. The educators set up experiences helping children in understanding the importance of eating healthy and keeping their body fuelled with nutritious foods. 

At Happy Days we continue to promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. We highly encourage you to do the same at home also. 

Pizza

International Pizza Day

For International Pizza day, The children were involved in making their own pizzas to enjoy for afternoon tea. 

They discussed hand washing before we make them and before we eat. We practiced washing our hands by singing twinkle twinkle twice. The children used great skills to spread on sauce and place all their options on the Pizza. The children enjoyed making these as well as devouring them in the afternoon. Pizza was a massive hit. On this Day we also Celebrated Bani and Eloras' 3rd Birthday!!!!

Heart Confetti

Valentines Day

Valentines day is a special day that were celebrate here at Happy Days. The children create and design gorgeous cards and decorated some loveheart shaped cupcakes for us to take to our local nursing home. The children take such pride in do these activities as the educators share with them the reason behind it all. The children were so excited to be able to make these things for the people in the nursing home. We wanted the children to know that love can be expressed to others. 

Intwined Ribbons

Focus Learning Programs

Top View of Kids Playing

Happy Days Social Skills Program

For the month of February the children have focused on the topic of turn taking. The children have participated in a wide variety of different activities that involve the children to partake in learning and developing there turn taking skills. The children were involved in creating a tower, colouring in, building a castle and also a dice number game. The children also participated in making play dough by helping add all the ingredients as well as the food colouring while taking turns to mix up the ingredients. Throughout next month the children will begin to learn about asking for help which will also involve a wide variety of games and activities for the children. 

Playing And Learning to Socialise (PALS)