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1 Watts Place West Hoxton NSW 2171

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

westhoxton@happydayskindy.com

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Welcome to September!

Take a moment to look around…...the flowers are flourishing; the weather is getting warmer, daylight is lingering longer... Happy Days welcomes SPRING with open arms!

With COVID-19 cases still about, we ask for your support and understanding when it comes to sicknesses and flu-like symptoms. Please keep your child home if they are displaying any flu-like symptoms, otherwise they will be sent home. The educators will be asking for a medical clearance upon return.

 

We greatly appreciate that everyone is on board with Happy Days' health and safety protocols in keeping the children, their families and our educators safe.

What's On?

Father and Son

Father's Day Stall
29th Aug - 2nd Sep

The Father’s Day Stall is back! The items being offered will range in price allowing each child to purchase something based on your allocated budget.

 

The children can have fun shopping for a special gift for their dad!

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OFF THE GRID
September

As you know technology has taken over a huge chunk of our lives, it’s how we communicate and complete our work and when we get some spare time it's what we use to wind down. Being that technology is such a big part of our lives, children included (albeit on restricted, structured and supervised times only at Happy Days). 

 

To maximise our quality time with the children, we are going off the grid one day every month! Our off-the-grid day for this month is displayed above.

When “off the grid” takes place educators are to put away all technology (iPads and laptops), no photos will be taken, no updates will be uploaded to Xplor except for mealtimes, sleep, and nappy change. 

 

If you would like to know what we got up to on the day, please feel free to speak to an educator or simply just ask your children. 

 

We would love to hear your feedback on what you think about being “off the grid” for one day a month.

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Educators Day
7th of September

It is time that we recognise and celebrate the work of Happy Days educators for their wonderful contribution and hard work in caring for the children.

Please send some words of appreciation to your child's teacher to help make them feel appreciated and celebrated.

 

Happy Days Management is spoiling the educators "Pinot & Picasso" night out. This will be a chance for the educators to unwind, paint, laugh, sip a glass of wine or two and indulge in delicious food. This day is a special day to say thank you to all the staff on a very personal level and appreciate what they do every day.

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R U OK Day 
Wednesday 28th of September 

Is a National Day of Action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, “are you ok?” and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.

 

We would love for our parents to join us in R U Ok Day by checking up on one another whilst we check in with your children and encourage new friendships with other classmates.

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The Big Bag Show
29th of September @10am

The Big Bag show is a bag of endless possibilities! One by one Dennis asks the audience for ideas and one by one he places their ideas into the big bag. With his amazing skills of mime, illusion and a grand pinch of inspiration, the children discover the bag is full of life as Dennis transforms their ideas into surprises and laughs. There will be lots of sing-alongs and intriguing entertainment.

 

The show will start at approximately 10am and will cost $10.00 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 Tuesdays but would like them to participate in the show, you are more than welcome to take them to the kindy but please stay for supervision purposes.

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Fire Drill 
September

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.​

Important Reminders

2023 Enrolments 

A friendly reminder that 2023 enrolments open to the public October 2022.

 

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

Spots are filling fast Happy Days only has availability on Monday in our 3-5 year room.

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):

'Health and 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.

- Multicultural Policy 

- Children's belongings Policy

- Control of Infectious Disease Policy

- Cyber safety Policy

- Immunisation Policy

- Incident, Injury, Trauma and Illness Policy

- Teething Policy

- Privacy and confidentiality Policy

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

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Dental Health Week

Dental Health Week was fun of a variety of educational and fun activities relating to the care of teeth. The children completed toothpaste painting to clean the tooth, designing their own toothbrush, toothpaste and holder and having group discussions about dental health and hygiene.

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Jeans for Genes Day

Jeans for Genes Day is a fund raising event to support families and children with birth defects or incurable genetic diseases. We had a few discussions with the children about how some babies can be born with diseases and how we can help them. The children completed a range of crafts from designing their own jeans and decorating a pair of jeans with the teachers.

Thank you for those who supported this cause!

Science Kit

National Science Week

What a fun week! The children explored the world of science by participating in a variety of fun and messy science experiences. The children completed a different science experiment each day of the week. Here they learnt how science experiments work in terms of making a hypothesis on what will happen during the activity. We made some slimy Obleg, used our fine motor skills to create colourful water patterns and got messy with the coke and mentos experiment

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Book Week

This week HDK celebrated Book Week by participating in many fun craft activities. The children brought in a story book based on the costume they wore for the day. Educators read the story books during morning group time. We had a dance party in the Big Explorers classroom each day which the children really enjoyed. Educators and parents participated in Book Week by dressing up. 

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Annual School Photos 

This year the Big Explorers and Little Learners dressed in their best outfits for their school photos. The children each took an individual photo and some a sibling photo. After this, each class gathered to take a class photo. Check out our super cute class photos!!!

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Healthy Harold Show 

What a great show! The children had an absolute blast during the Healthy Harold show. The show was all about healthy habits such as healthy eating, safe hand washing, dental hygiene, and physical activity. First, they introduced Harold the Giraffe, the healthy mascot. The children were able to look through Harold’s school bag to see what they need to pack for school. They then read a story book about Harold going to school and participating in a variety of healthy experiences such as washing his hands; played a sorting game where they had to sort a variety of food into a ‘Always’ and ‘Sometimes’ basket; and danced and sang to different hygiene songs.

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Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day is a chance for Australians to acknowledge and help out families who have been effected by cancer. In our front foyer, we set up a bright Daffodil Stall for children and parents to purchase. At our store we had yellow rubber ducks, tiaras, headbands, face paint and more to purchase! All proceeds raised (doubled by HDK Management) have been sent to the Cancer Council Daffodil Foundation. Thank you to all those who purchased some merchandise and supported a great cause!

Focus Learning Programs

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Eco-Warriors
Happy Days Sustainability Program

Our Eco Warriors Garden is thriving! Each day the children were able to pick some fresh herbs, tomato’s and onions to give to Miss Stefanie who makes our yummy lunches. The children especially love our very own delicious tomatoes!

 

We have also received some cucumber from one of our families (THANK YOU!) and the children have been enjoying munching on them for morning and afternoon teas. Other families have also been taking some home for dinner - there are so plenty!

Miss Hannah and Miss Shipra

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Munch and Move

Happy Days Health & Fitness Program

August’s Munch and Move focus was “Obstacle Course”. This fundamental activity helps the children’s gross motor skills, using their hands and feet to grab, climb and push to make their way throughout the obstacle course. Some competitive spirits were on display as the children tried their best to win the races. Oh Fun!!! 

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Miss Ashley and Miss Josephine

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Playing and Learning to Socialise (PALS)

Happy Days Social Skills Program

For August, we continued our focus on Manners.

The Educators had group discussions with the children each morning and throughout the day to ensure we are using our manners like expressing gratitude, thanking one another and showing acts of kindness.