Dear Families, 

Welcome to the latest Newsletter for this year. Wow what a year it has been so far!

Firstly, we want to address Covid 19. Yes, we are still closely monitoring it, we are checking news reports, department of health, websites, and resources at our disposal on a regular basis.

We are monitoring children closely for any signs and symptoms of any illness and are asking parents to collect in the event their child is unwell or inline with our 37.5-degree policy with other signs and symptoms (Runny nose, coughing, vomiting, loose motions, rashes, sore throats, swollen glands etc). We are not asking for medical certificates at this stage as we understand that doctors are not giving them and not wanting to cause families any unnecessary stress. We are however, asking still that if your child appears unwell or they are ill that you keep them off until they are fully recovered. This helps break the cycle of germs and infections. With this in mind we just want remind families that if your child see’s a doctor and they are given a course of anti-biotics they need to be on the anti-biotics for a 24-hour period before they can return to care.

The Educators here are doing everything they can to minimise the spread of infections and illness. Throughout the day they are washing and disinfecting any mouthed toys, spraying, and disinfecting any surfaces that the children are touching including but not limited to doors, handles, tables, toys, barriers, taps, windows etc.

 

Welcome Tamara!

We want to welcome Tamara to the Play Safe Learning Team. Tamara is being trialled in all of the rooms to see where she will fit best.

Hi, my name is Tamara

I am 34 years old and a mother of two beautiful boys. I have a Diploma in Early Education and Care and I have been working in childcare for over 5 years now. I have always been passionate about children’s learning and development and I take a holistic approach to my teaching, ensuring to always target the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical aspects of each child’s learning. I am also a disability support worker and have extensive knowledge of how to support children with additional needs.

 

Staff Training

Over the last few months, the Educators at Play Safe Learning have been engaged in a number of different training exercises including but not limited to-.

  • Amy, Beccy and Raymon- 5 Steppingstones to exceeding

  • Amy, Bec, Celeste, Tia, and Becca- Sleeping Routines

  • Amy and Bec are currently reading “’Sleep Routines for baby and you’ and reflecting on our sleeping practices.

  • Beccy has been training on Munch and Move, Rethinking rest time, rethinking mealtimes and rethinking the planning cycle

  • Amy has also been challenging the Educators to critically reflect on routines in the rooms and be reflective and looking at if we need to change them and why?

 

We have also added these resources to the staff library

  • ’Sleep Routines for baby and you’

  • What is that rash?

  • Observing development of the young child

  • A parent’s guide to developmental delays

 

Welcome to OWNA

During the Covid Pandemic we at Play Safe learning have had some time to reflect on some of the current practices that are currently taking place and seeing where improvements can be made.

With this in mind we look into the apps that we currently use at PlaySafeLearning. We have been looking into using real time apps and apps that provide live feedback and more effective communication between Parents, Children, Educators and management at Play Safe Learning. In the month of July, the team have been using OWNA. OWNA is a live app where families can log in and see exactly what their children are doing, what they are eating, when they are eating, how much they have eaten, sleeping patterns. OWNA is Effective Parent Communication, Realtime access to children's data, View images/Videos and more, Great Feedback tool, stay up to date with Event Calendar, and loads more.

  • View children's Daily Stats (meal, sleep, bottles etc) with past history

  • Digital Attendances (time logged, signature captured)

  • View Writeups, Images and Videos

  • Read Children's Portfolios

  • Notify Centre of Non Attendances

  • Upload Immunisation Record

  • View Programs, Policy Documents & more

  • Events Calendar

  • Secure Communication with Centre

  • Receive Notification Alerts

  • Looks Great & Easy to use

  • Plus loads more+++

 

The Educators have been adding their Daily reflections for the month of August into OWNA as well as the daily information of the children so when we go live with families you can see exactly what your children have been up to and how easily it is to stay in touch and up to date with what is happening.

You will be emailed a invitation link this afternoon (please also check your junk mail) so that you can start exploring the app. We will continue to update Story Park over the next few weeks as well.

 

Upcoming Events

Please see below some upcoming events we have scheduled at the centre.

 

Monday 24th- Friday 28th August  Children’s Book week- Dress up and read-a-ton. This year’s theme is “Curious creatures, Wild Minds”

 

 

Wednesday 2nd September Educators Day

Monday 7th- Friday 11th September   Child Protection Week

Friday 18th September Talk like a pirate day, come dressed as a pirate 

Monday 21st September World Peace Day

 

 

Monday 5th- 10th October World Space Week

Monday 5th October- Labour Day CENTRE CLOSED

Thursday 15th October Incursion African Drummers

Monday 26th- Friday 30th Halloween Week

Excursions/Incursions

We are still looking into our options of excursions and resuming things like our Friday Library visits but at the moment are also being very mindful of the current Covid pandemic

 

We have an incursion booked for Thursday 15th October. The African drummers are coming in. We are looking forward to this. Please click here for further information.

 
 

Toilet Training

SIGNS TO LOOK FOR THAT MAY INDICATE THAT YOUR CHILD IS READY TO START TOILET TRAINING

 

  • Your child shows interest in what is happening in their nappy and can tell you when they are doing something in their nappy.

  • They are interested in watching you and other family members in the bathroom.

  • They have a dry nappy for a period of about 2 hours.

  • They can follow simple instructions.

  • They can pull their pants up and down.

 

Plan to be at home for the first few days so your child can be successful at home before you add the distractions of the community into the mix.

 

TOILET TRAINING STEPS

 

  • Start by gently sitting your child on the toilet, 20 to 30 mins after eating or drinking, using a seat attachment (especially for children) on your toilet to allow them to comfortably use your toilet. A great incentive for children is that it is just like mum/dad/siblings using the ‘big’ toilet.

  • Let your child watch you or their siblings use the toilet; this is a great learning experience for them.

  • Try only using underpants during the day and be prepared for some accidents. Your child will need reminders to use the toilet. Use phrases such as “it’s toilet time” or “time to go to the toilet” rather than asking “do you need to go to the toilet?” 

  • Give your child a 5 minute and then a 2-minute reminder (i.e. it will be time to go to the toilet in 5 minutes), so they are prompted to finish what they are playing with and prepare themselves. Sometimes children do not want to leave what they are doing to use the toilet as they do not want the experiences to end. Remember to remind your child they can come back to what they are doing so your child knows they will not “miss out” for using the toilet.

  • Praise your child when they use the toilet whether it is “just a practice” or if they go. Tell them how proud you are and what a good effort they have made.

  • If your child has an accident remember to tell them it is okay and even if you feel disappointed or frustrated, do not show it. Change and clean your child and let them know they can try again.

  • Children are capable of washing their hands and should be encouraged to do so each time they go to the toilet.

  • It is common for children to be fully toilet trained in the daytime but for many it takes longer to stay ‘dry’ overnight. Set up good habits from the start by ensuring your child uses the toilet prior to bedtime. In the very early stages, a pull-up nappy overnight may help your child gain confidence, however it’s not recommended as a long term option.

 

THE BEST CLOTHING TO WEAR WHEN TOILET TRAINING

 

  • Take your child shopping and let them choose their own underpants. This is a big step and they will be excited when they can wear their very own underpants. 

  • Pants with elastic – overalls and pants with belts and ties are too tricky for most children to remove themselves and can mean the difference between an accident in front of the toilet trying to get undressed or a successful toileting experience.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

It’s best not to start toilet training at a time when your toddler is adjusting to change e.g. the arrival of a new brother or sister, moving to a new house or starting something new. 

If your child regresses or makes it clear they do not want to start toilet training (even after a month of trying toilet training), do not push or force the issue. This can make them become fearful of the toileting experience.

Explain it is okay if they do not want to use the toilet, but they will need to wear a nappy and if they change their mind, they can use the toilet. Most times children will decide to start using the toilet again after a short period of time.  

Start only when your toddler is showing signs of being ready and not because you as the parent are being pressured by others to start toddler toilet training too early.

Make sure you talk to your educators well in advance as they can help give advice on whether your child is showing signs of being ready when in their care. Early planning and involvement with all parties can help ensure that the transition is as smooth and relaxing as possible

At the end of the day, relax and follow your child’s lead. 

 

We hope you enjoyed our August newsletter. We want to thank all the families for their patience and cooperation during these times..

PlaySafeLearning

82 Caldarra Ave, Engadine

(02) 9520 3963

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