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Parent Info and FAQs


Food and Drinks

To help your children grow up healthy, to protect their teeth, to protect those with nut allergies and to meet regulations we have a food policy. It is pretty relaxed and based on common sense, basically send a healthy lunch and avoid junk food.

Morning Tea:                      Fruit, cheese, yogurt, saos, crackers  or sandwich

Lunch:                                 Sandwiches, wraps, cruskits, rice cakes, sausages, rissoles, stir fry etc.

Drink:                                  Water ONLY   (this means no juice, no poppers, no milk please)

Please DO NOT send:       Chocolate, nutella, chips, noodles, LCMs Roll ups

In accordance with NSW Health regulations we are a NUT FREE service this includes muesli bars and peanut butter.

I know some children only eat certain foods but if you send a healthy lunch we will teach them how to eat it.  More information and ideas for lunchboxes can be found at “Good for Kids Good For Life” website.


Clothing

We live in a ever changing environment.  Please dress your children appropriately.  As a SunSafe preschool broadbrim hat is preferred.  During our summer terms water play is always programmed.  We get very wet and dirty.  We therefore ask that you provide swimmers and at least one change of clothing so you children can be comfortable during the day.  PLEASE NAME ALL ITEMS.


Flooding

The preschool comes from Moree. Often the rain patterns are very different between the venues and Moree. If you cannot get to preschool because of the rain please RING WENDY on 0427525270 before 7.30am. If you think the road is dangerous please RING WENDY.   What ever you do please DO NOT TAKE A RISK for a day of preschool. You and your children are too precious. You pay for the first washout for the year and after that you are not charged.


Management

Each venue has a venue committee. This committee is responsible for the day to day management and fundraising issues at your venue. Each venue then elects a venue representative. That venue representative joins representatives from all of the other venues to form the Central Committee. Anyone can come to a Central Committee meeting but each venue only gets one vote. We hope to have our venue meetings in the first weeks of the new year .


Illness and medication

If your child is sick please keep them at home.

If your child requires medication by law you must do the following things

  1. Write a request to the staff stating the medication to be give, the amount and the time it is to be given
  2.  The medication must be in a bottle with the child’s name on it

If these steps are not taken GMCS cannot give your child the medication. If you suspect your child has German Measles (Rubella),  mumps,  chicken pox,  or slap face,  please keep them at home and away from other children and pregnant mothers.


Is My Child Learning At Preschool ?

The Gwydir Mobile Children’s Service will, like all other preschools, long day care services and Family Day Care services in Australia be following the national curriculum for Early Childhood in Australia. This national curriculum is called the Early Years Learning Framework . You may hear it referred to as “the elf” . Any member of staff is happy to show you this curriculum . One of the most important parts of this curriculum is that children are taught through play and interactions. Over time we will be teaching your children many things including:

Science.

Children begin learning science from a very early age. We begin by teaching your child to think like a scientist.

  • Step 1:    Wow. Wonder breeds enthusiasm  –   This is why we teach children to really look at their environment, particularly the natural environment with awe.
  • Step 2:    We teach them to observe  –   Sometimes we get children to draw or photograph what they see. We teach children to use words to describe what they are observing
  • Step 3:    What is it ?  –   Sometimes we have an answer sometimes we don’t. If we know the answer we tell the children. If we don’t know the answer we teach the children to either look for the information via the net or in books. Or we move to Step 4
  • Step 4:     Hypothesising  –  A hypothesis is an educated guess. This is how scientists begin their research. We teach children to put their own ideas forward. We NEVER belittle the idea.
  • Step 5:     If possible We test the hypothesis
Art

Art is a huge area. It involves experimenting with the following

  • Painting Drawing Sculpture
  • Mosaic Colour awareness Shape awareness
  • Photography Pattern making Craft
  • Sewing Threading Expression

Art is a very personal activity. There is no right or wrong way to “do art” so please enjoy your child’s work

Social Skills

When we have social skills we can operate in the modern world. We are ready to learn in a classroom, contribute to family life and make friends in our community. Social skills take a long time to develop. We teach social skills at preschool by giving children lots and lots of opportunities to interact.

 Imagination

Imagination is about more than pretending. Imagination is a skill where someone can create realities in their mind.

  • To write stories we need imagination
  • To get to the moon we needed imagination
  • To create the internet we needed imagination
  • To solve problems we need imagination
  • To walk in another person’s shoes we need imagination
Mathematics

Mathematics is about so much more than counting by rote Mathematics also requires:

  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Counting by rote
  • Counting by value

Before children can count they need to understand value they need to understand that this is 3. To do this children must:

  • Learn same and different
  • 1:1 matching
Learning to Read and Write

Learning the alphabet is not the best way to teach preschool children how to read. Reading is a complicated process. It is a second language. Before a child learns to read they must first learn to speak. Then they need to learn scribbles (print) have meaning. They learn this by playing with print such as writing lists, letters or reading recipes. They need to learn that books begin at the front and that print goes from right to left. Before children can write they need to have a pincer grip. We teach this grip with finger rhymes. We teach children phonics by teaching them to listen for sounds. Children need to learn that the written word sounds different to the spoken word. That’s why we read and talk constantly at preschool.

Personal Skills

Like social skills personal skills grow with practice .Personal skills revolve around being able to:

  • Have and display self discipline
  • Cope with adversity Adapt to change
  • Face challenges
  • Feel safe
  • Solve problems
  • Get help
  • Feel proud of one self
  •  Develop high self esteem
  • Learn new things Enjoy life

How will I know how my child is going ?

Staff are constantly observing your children. They look, listen and question them to monitor their development. Staff put many of their observations into your child’s portfolios and their daily journal. Over a period of time they have a record of your child’s development. You can see your child’s portfolio at any time but you cannot read the journal because there is information about other children and their privacy is respected as is yours. Remember it takes some time to build up a portfolio so don’t be surprised if there doesn’t seem to be much at the beginning of the year. If you are concerned about your child please tell staff so we can all respond together.


Remember there is no such thing as a silly question when it comes to your child.