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Now for 2023!

1 Watts Place West Hoxton NSW 2171

ph: (02) 9825 8822 mob: 0426 972 893

westhoxton@happydayskindy.com

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Welcome to December!

Dear Parents/Families,

On behalf of management and staff, as we wrap up what is left of 2022, we would like to thank Happy Days families for your support and generosity for what was another fantastic year here at Happy Days.

Reflecting back on the year, we couldn’t be prouder of each and every child here at Happy Days and what they have achieved as an individual and as a group. We wish you all the best for the remainder of 2022 and a safe and prosperous New Year.

 

To our graduates who leaving us, we wish you all the best for BIG school next year! We hope it is everything you imagined and so much more, please don’t forget us and always know our doors are open for you to pop in and say hello.

We look forward to welcoming Happy Days families, existing and new, next year and embark on a new exciting learning journey.

What's On?

Christmas Spirits

Graduation and Christmas Party!

Sunday 4th of December

Our graduates are going off to BIG SCHOOL 

Graduation will be held at Ingleburn RSL in the Bardia room at 4:30pm, we ask kindly that you arrive on time as being late might hold up the rest of the graduates or worst-case scenario miss out.

Due to a high volume of attendances for graduation there will be set seating for immediate family ONLY, extended family will need to sit on available seats on a first in first serve basis.

 

Our end of year Christmas party will also be held at Ingleburn RSL inside Tabatinga Play Centre starting from 6pm. Management from Tabatinga have been quite strict upon booking the venue that the doors will not open till 6pm so please avoid arriving earlier.

If you have not already RSVP’d to our Christmas event unfortunately it is to late, numbers have been counted and paid for already as of Friday 11th November. Once again we have a high volume of attendances at the Christmas party so, please be mindful of seating and allow for wait times when ordering food from the café.

 

We hope you have an enjoyable night, and we hope for Santa to make a special appearance sometime throughout the evening. Raffle tickets will also be sold on the night with the option of cash or adding to your Xplor account.

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Dabbing in Water

Water Play Day
Friday 16th of December

Happy Days will be hosting many water play days this month to end the year with a SPLASH!

 

We are very excited to have some fun in the sun (so long as the weather permits). The children are more than welcome to come to school dressed in their swimmers; however, educators can change the children once they are here if it is easier.

 

We ask parents to pack a towel, spare clothes/shoes, a swim hat and if your child is in nappies, please provide a water play nappy.

 

We also recommend for children to bring water shoes e.g., thongs or slides as the soft fall can get hot. Most importantly we ask that you LABEL everything to avoid any mix-ups or items missing.

Happy Holidays

Last Day of School! 

Friday 23rd of December

Happy Days says farewell for 2022, Friday 23rd December will be our last day for the year, the centre will close at 3pm so we ask kindly that all children are picked up before then.

 

Our usual Christmas treat is to order a McDonald’s Happy Meal on the last day of school on behalf of management. Permission slips to follow in regards to what your child prefers to eat.

Playing in the Water

Water Play Day 

Wednesday 7th of December

Happy Days will be hosting many water play days this month to end the year with a SPLASH!

 

We are very excited to have some fun in the sun (so long as the weather permits). The children are more than welcome to come to school dressed in their swimmers; however, educators can change the children once they are here if it is easier.

 

We ask parents to pack a towel, spare clothes/shoes, a swim hat and if your child is in nappies, please provide a water play nappy.

 

We also recommend for children to bring water shoes e.g., thongs or slides as the soft fall can get hot. Most importantly we ask that you LABEL everything to avoid any mix-ups or items missing.

Girl playing in water

Water Play Day
Monday 19th of December

Happy Days will be hosting many water play days this month to end the year with a SPLASH!

 

We are very excited to have some fun in the sun (so long as the weather permits). The children are more than welcome to come to school dressed in their swimmers; however, educators can change the children once they are here if it is easier.

 

We ask parents to pack a towel, spare clothes/shoes, a swim hat and if your child is in nappies, please provide a water play nappy.

 

We also recommend for children to bring water shoes e.g., thongs or slides as the soft fall can get hot. Most importantly we ask that you LABEL everything to avoid any mix-ups or items missing.

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Bush Fire Evacuation

2nd - Fire Evacuation

15th- Intruder lockdown 

At Happy Days, the educators practice various emergency drills frequently and regularly. This is to ensure that in case of an emergency, all staff are fully prepared to act appropriately and ensure the safety of the children.

If your child is attending on any of the above days, please help prepare them for the drill by discussing with them what to expect on the day.​

Bubbles

Miss Belle's Bubble Show

Tuesday 13th of December

Miss Belle’s Bubbles is the ultimate illusionist with the most magical bubble mix.

 

To end the year with a POP of fun we have invited Miss Belle back to Happy Days for another fantastic show. There is loads of audience participation as children dance up a bubble storm and balance them on their heads. With loads of comedy, magic and circus tricks your bound to be amazed so sit back and enjoy the show.

 

The show will start at approximately 10am and will cost $10 per child, all payments will be added directly to your Xplor account on the day with permission slips to follow closer to the date.

If your child does not attend on Tuesday but would like them to participate in the show, you are more than welcome to, please note that parents will need to stay for supervision purposes.

Christmas Times

Christmas Colour Dress Up 

Thursday 22nd of December

Come to school dressed in your best Christmas outfit or colours to celebrate the end of another great year!

Dress up as Santa, an Angel, an Elf or maybe even a Christmas Tree?!

 

Come to school wrapped up in tinsel or maybe you might fancy an awesome Christmas Tee…. join us as we celebrate the second last day of the year J

Important Reminders

2023 Enrolments 

A friendly reminder that 2023 enrolments are now open to the public.

 

If you are looking at increasing or changing days, please send an email to Miss Stefanie so that it can be noted down in our 2023 enrolments list.

 

If you have not made any contact regarding enrolments, your child/ren’s booked days will remain the same. Keep in mind change of days are subject to availability, come October 2022 we open 2023 enrolments to new families and the surrounding community.

If your child/ren is a graduate please email us through their end date OR if they are continuing for the month of January, when their end date will be for 2023.

Absences

If your child is going to be absent from the centre, please call our centre landline on (02) 9825 8822 or our centre mobile on 0426 972 893 to inform the staff. Notifying us of your child’s absence allows us to open that spot to a family that might need it as a casual day.

Parents, Please Sign-In and Sign-Out

It is a government requirement for every parent or carer to sign your child in & out of Happy Days for your correct attendance.

Your Centrelink entitlements will be affected for non-compliance. 

Centre Vacancies

Our centre vacancies/availabilities for 2023 are as follows:

Little Learners: Monday to Friday

Big Explorers: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

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 westhoxton@happydayskindy.com):

'Sun Safety Policy"

Listed below are the other policies we reviewed last month. Please feel free to ask one of our friendly educators for a copy if you're interested.

- Technology 

- CCTV

- Death of a child at the service 

- Death of a staff member 

- Safe Storage of Hazardous Chemicals

- Responsible person

- Staff Leave Entitlement 

- Student and Volunteer

Control of Infectious Illnesses

Please HELP us contain infectious illnesses by keeping your child at home when they are sick. If your child is absent from school due to an illness, please make sure to bring in a clearance form from the doctors on their next booked day.

 

If your child has been sent home from school on their booked day, in correspondence to our SICK CHILDREN'S Policy, your child must stay home for 24 hours before bringing them back, to reduce the spread of illnesses.

 

During COVID-19, staff have a right to turn down your child’s attendance if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms or have had Panadol or Nurofen prior to attending the centre. Please do not “Dose and Dump”.

What to Pack

This is just a friendly reminder on what to pack for your child when attending Happy Days.

 

In your child's bag they must have the following (ALL LABELLED with your child's name):

  • Spare clothes suited for the season and weather, including short sleeve/long sleeve t-shirt, shorts and pants, underwear, socks, jumpers or jackets. 

  • Bedding including a fitted sheet and blanket

  • A water bottle

  • Nappies or pull ups if required

Label Clothing

A BIG reminder to please label your children’s belongings. If an item isn’t collected within 2 weeks, they will go towards our MS fundraising bin. 

COVID-19 Testing and Isolation Guide

NSW Health recommends that all children and staff get a COVID-19 test if they have even mild symptoms. Those who test positive must isolate and should not attend the service for 7 days. They can leave isolation after 7 days only if they haven't had any symptom of sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath for the last 24 hours. They do not need to test before returning to the service.

For more information, please refer to the NSW Government's Information for families: COVID-19 and early childhood education.

What we've been Up To

Garbage Factory

Rubbish with Magic Mic Show

What a show! Today we had a special visit from our host Magic Mic. Both Big Explorers and Little Learners sat down and engaged in this experience!

This show was a fun take on how we can recycle our rubbish with a touch of magic. The host Magic Mic had lots of different props and tricks to show us including floating cups, a guitar made out of recycled materials and flowers that appear out of a stick.

The children could not help but say WOW. He even got some helpers to come up on stage and have a turn at their own magic tricks!

Men Volunteering

Recycling Week

National Recycling Week is an initiative by Planet Art which educates and encourages children to reduce, reuse and recycle to secure a more sustainable future.

For this week the Little Leaners and Big Explorers have been learning about reduce, reuse, and recycle. The children did some amazing artworks using newspaper, toilet paper roll, recycled cardboard, milk cardboard and many more recycled materials.

The Big Explorers did some awesome experiment with some recycled materials using toilet paper roll and milk cartons dipping them into paint and creatively expressed themselves by stamping them onto the paper.

The Little Learners used some recycled materials such as cardboard, papers, toilet paper roll, paper plate and egg carton to create garbage truck. Everyone was super excited to paint the garbage truck GREEN.

Apple in Lunchbox

Bring your lunch boxes to school

What a great experience! The graduates absolutely loved lunchbox week.

The children sat with their fellow peers in a circle with their lunchbox and enjoyed eating various snacks brought from home for morning tea and afternoon tea.

The children experienced many learning opportunities that they will take with them when they start kindy, for example, learning how to open packets of food, or eat uncut fruits and veggies and rationing their food to ensure they have enough for both mealtimes.

 

It was so great to see the children interacting with their peers and discussing all the different foods they had in their lunchbox.

Memorial Flowers

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is celebrated on 11th of November, this day is a memorial day held within the commonwealth member states to honour the armed forces since World War One.

 

Happy Days took a moment of silence at 11am to commemorate the fallen solders. The Big Explores and Little Learners completed a poppy craft, everyone enjoyed painting and creating their craft.

 

The children also listened to some stories about why we celebrate remembrance day and why it is important.