Essentials

These are the main essentials that will be helpful to you.

Term Dates 2019

29th January – 12th April
29th April – 5th July
22nd July – 27th September
14th October – 13th December


20 Free Hours

ALL children attending our preschool from 2.5 years onwards, attend for FREE. We gift these hours to your child and when they reach the age of 3 we access the government funded 20 free hours. This means that for a total of 20 hours your child’s attendance at this pre school is entirely without cost to you.
Once you have used all your allocation of 20 hours – extra sessions are charged at the rate of $5 per hour.


Food

If your child is in the 2.5 – 3.5 year age group please provide one piece of SOFT fruit daily –e.g. oranges, mandarins, bananas and other seasonal soft fruit.  Once your child is past 3.5 years please provide any fruit of your choice including apples and carrots.  Each child also needs a NAMED, easy to open drink bottle with water.

For lunch, please provide HEALTHY finger food options. We suggest simple foods such as sandwiches, muffins, crackers, yoghurts & fruit. Please ensure that your child’s lunchbox and any other food containers, are easy for them to open.


Clothing

Please dress your child in clothing that they are permitted to get messy in. We do provide aprons – but accidents do happen! Please NAME removable clothing. We expect the use of hats in the summer months. Please include spare
clothing in colder weather or if your child is still learning to use the toilet. Gumboots and extra warm gear is very appropriate in the winter.


Birthdays

We love to celebrate birthdays with your child. Generally for a third birthday we sing happy birthday and light the candles on our pretty preschool artificial cake; for 4th birthday we do the same and often  a small treat is provided from home; for the 5th birthday our children sit on the birthday chair; have a real cake from home and enjoy a gift or two from preschool.

If you would like to provide treats, we suggest one of the following options – mini cupcakes, cookies, pencils, & stickers. Please avoid lollipops as they are a choking hazard.

Some children have allergies to gluten and this precludes them from eating some of our treats, so please be sensitive in your consideration of this.  Providing a treat that all can enjoy it is certainly the best option and food is not always the best choice.


Health

It is important to keep your child home if they are unwell. Please report any infectious diseases to the Head Teacher. If any health concerns arise, please report these so that teachers can be made aware.


Contact Details

Please advise of any changes to addresses or phone numbers, promptly.


Sign In / Sign Out

You are required to sign your child in and out each day they attend.
Day sheets are situated on the bench inside the main doors.


Attendance

Session times are 9am – 1.30pm and 9am – 2.30pm.

You are required to sign your child in and out each day they attend.
Please adhere to these times as staff need time for preparation before and after each session.
Children are only permitted to leave when released by a staff member.


Visits

You are always welcome at Preschool. Please feel free to visit at any time and join in with your child and the other children at Preschool. If you have any ideas we would love to hear them.  We are available to discuss your child’s learning and development at any stage, please make an appointment with the head teacher.


Parent Participation

We really welcome your support as a parent helper. Please choose which days you wish to parent help and simply write your name on the calendar (which is situated on the parents section of our noticeboards at the entrance), when you are available.

Please remember that if your child attends 4 or more sessions, your parental assistance will be requested more regularly than if your child only attends two or three days per week. We really value your support. Your daily help with regular chores is so helpful and it provides an opportunity to really feel a sense of belonging here at preschool. The teachers and children love having you with us and really value your help.

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