Testimonial From Phoebe Dean

From the moment I walked into Mary Street Childcare I knew it was the right place for my children. It just has a wonderful feel about it that you pick up on instantly. I had been researching local child care centres as we were new to the area and were transferring my 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter from another kindergarten mid year. It was a time of great upheaval in our circumstances – we were moving into a new home, changing from a much loved child care centre and also I was expecting a new baby. Both of my children were apprehensive about starting at a new centre. I was even more apprehensive! Will they make friends? Will the teachers understand my son’s communication skills? Will the children settle in ok? My worries were for nothing.

From the very first day at Mary Street, my children loved it. They were made to feel special and very cared for. That was over a year ago now. My daughter has since graduated from the centre (we loved the graduation ceremony!) and my son has moved up into the next level. The main things I love about the centre – firstly the teachers and carers! The staff are experienced, loving, kind and incredibly approachable. Secondly – the fun stuff that the centre offers. Whether it is a travelling Aquarium that visits the centre or just Crazy Hair Day – the focus is making a FUN, safe, learning environment for the kids. Thirdly, I love looking at the Room Journal that documents the daily class activities with stories and photos.

And another thing I love – the food! My kids don’t always eat the food I make them (I’ll admit it) but I know they always eat the meals provided at the centre. You can rest assured that your little one is getting a great variety of healthy food and will come home with a full tummy. The centre itself is an older centre that reminds me so much of the kindergarten I went to and loved as a child. And it’s so conveniently located directly across from Birkdale State School. I would recommend Mary Street Childcare to anyone looking for a safe, warm, loving, learning and FUN environment for their child.

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Up and Coming Events for 2016

Thursday 8th December – Possums Graduation Night

Saturday 10th December – Our Annual Family Fun Day
Celebrating the year with families

More to come….

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What’s happening in our rooms…

Joey’s room
We hope all our Joey mums had a relaxing Mothers’ Day. The children enjoyed making their special gifts for you all. We also enjoyed our grandparents’ day with treats for morning tea. All the children were so proud and excited to show off their special visitors. It was also lovely to see these grandparents interact with all the children as their own.

Over the past few weeks, we have been listening to different music and practicing some moves. A favourite is ‘hold hands and jump up and down’ or ‘heads down, bottoms up’. Painting has been an almost daily request from some of our Joeys. We have been giving them rollers, textured brushes, sponges, stampers, and encouraging them to experiment with lots of different colours.

The children are really enjoying home corner at the moment. They are enjoying the dress ups, using their imagination to extend on play, lots of play with cups, bowls, play food, etc. We have been reading some lift the flap books and encouraging them to identify and name what they see.

The cool weather is here, so please remember to bring warm clothes, spare clothes (in case of accidents) and warm light blankets for rest time.
Next week is under 8’s week. For our cooking day on Tuesday we are making fried rice.
And on Friday, our favourite day, it’s MESSY DAY! Please remember to wear old clothes!

Thank you
Abbie, Linda and Shaunie

Wombat Tales…
Hello wombat families,

Firstly, we would like to welcome our newest member of the wombat class, Kelly and her family into the centre. We have been busy little bees in the wombat room. All the children enjoyed and were very proud of the keychains they made for Mothers’ Day, which were made with lots of love. Grandparents morning tea was a wonderful day. The wombat grandparents were keen to share their knowledge on block construction, engineering, arts and craft, and storytelling. The children absolutely loved it! Thank you to all the grandparents for making our day very special.

The weather is starting to get cooler, so please pack extra warm clothing as we do have the occasional accident, especially with toilet training. We are after some more spare clothes, so if parents have donations, especially for jumpers and track pants, that would be greatly appreciated.

Under 8’s week is next week, each day we have planned activities for the children to explore and challenge each child’s ability to socialise and test their skills. Parents are welcome to join in on the fun!
Our first half of the year has been a pleasure in teaching and guiding your child. Together as a team we will incorporate new challenges and encourage your child’s strengths.

Julie, Courtenay and Janice.

Echidna Stories…

Hi all,
This year is passing quickly and we can already see more development in your children. They have grown in confidence, their language is developing and new interests are also developing. Writing our own names is a new interest that we will be working on. Also I wish to introduce scissors into the self select art area. We are doing this slowly as we continue to discuss how to use scissors safely. We have been discussing with families and hope to have a Tawny frog mouth family sitting in the tree.
(This all coincides with one of the children’s favourite stories – “Owl Babies”.)

Winter is here, so please remember to add some warmer bedding. Also, remember to name jumpers. We will be putting shoes straight on after rest time before going out as it is getting cooler earlier. If you have any concerns, please feel free to talk to Cara, Dawn or Shirl.

Thank you from the Echidna Room

Possum Escapades…

Hello, everyone and welcome to another newsletter from the Possum’s room. We have been really busy and have so much to tell you.

Our weekly visits to the Library at Birkdale State School have begun. These visits are part of our school readiness path as we begin to become aware of the school environment. We also experience interaction with the school on numerous occasions throughout the year, with some children enjoying our first invitation to the school—the Easter Bonnet Parade. We are truly blessed to have such a good relationship with the local school. One we will all be able to take part in by the end of the school year.

In other big news, which we are sure most of you know by now, we have a pet lizard named “Freddy” in the Kindergarten room. We are all enjoying getting to know Freddy as we care and look after him. Most of the time we observe as he plays, eats and rests. But on a few occasions we have been lucky to have Freddy out for a hold and a feast on crickets.

Freddy has brought us great joy and also sparked an interest in lizards, which we are pursuing.

In the Kindergarten room we are still very interested in cities. We are currently constructing our own city out of recycled boxes and other various household items. It has been a slow process but, as you know, most major constructions have their hurdles to overcome. As our knowledge grows, so too do our plans. Fingers crossed our city will be on display and ready for use soon.

We are also currently working very hard on recognising our own names. Each morning we are asked to find our name and place it on the chalkboard. Soon we will be moving to the letters and writing our own names.

Currently we have a lot of children bringing in show and tell on a regular basis. We think this is great and love that the children want to share their treasures and memories with us. But we would like to ask you for some assistance. If your child would like to bring in show and tell, could you please help them with the choice of their item and also talk with them about what they might say to the group.

We thank you for taking the time to do this and look forward to seeing the amazing items they may bring in to share with us throughout the year.
Please also remember there are 28 children in the Possums’ room across the week. Perhaps encourage your child to bring in one very special item per month, as this will allow us all to have a turn.

As the cooler weather is definitely here, we would like to remind you about sending warmer clothes and closed-in shoes daily with your children. This will help us to keep them warm while we enjoy the great outdoors. Also please remember to keep sending your child’s hats and water bottles as these are just as important to our growing bodies in the winter months.

Thank you for taking the time to read all our news. We are really enjoying our kindergarten year. Remember our door is always open and so too are our ears to ideas. So please don’t hesitate to pop in for a play or to express your concerns or ideas.

Look forward to chatting with you soon.
Jodie, Larissa and Taylor.

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What’s Happening in Our Rooms…

Joeys News…
Hi and welcome to all our new Joeys and their families.
We hope that your children are settling in and if there is anything we can do to make this settling process any easier, please don’t hesitate to lets us know. Over the past month the children have shown interest in music, movement and drawing. There are a few Picasso’s out there and we love to encourage their interest.

We spend most of the beginning of the year trying to make the process of settling into a new environment and new adults in your child’s life as easy as possible. Our day is about providing comfort and support to the children and building trust between educator and child. In doing this we are helping your child/ren have a sense of belonging to this environment and help them to be confident learners. Once your little person is settled, we would like to incorporate some new activities into our program such as; cooking, counting and climbing.

Wombat Tales…
Hi Wombat Families
February and March have been very busy months for the children. Learning to use the toilet and being confident in areas of hygiene. The children have been involved in inquiry based activities that have been challenging and extending their knowledge of the environment we live in.
Role play is a major part of learning in the age group. The children are constructing words into sentences and involving their friends in their role play.
Group time is our time out for learning. We use visual cues to enable the children to grasp concepts such as names, colours, numbers and transitions from each area.
Most importantly, we spend quality time with each & every child to help them grow and learn as they process each new challenge that they face each day. If you have any questions or would like to talk about your child’s development, please come and see Julie, Linda or Shaunie.

Echidna Stories…
Hello Echidna Families,
This year the children have been interested in dinosaurs. To extend on this interest we have been learning about fossils, how they form, the equipment that we need to use when digging up fossils. The children experienced digging for real bones in the sandpit as I buried some in there. We have also been talking about what dinosaurs eat, some eat meat so they are carnivores, some eat plants so they are herbivores.
Another interest that has only just come up is space and rocket ships. We have been taking about the different colours of planets and their name, and we have been using our knowledge so far to make our own planets to hang up in our room. Fire engines and fire fighters is another relatively new interest for some children. The children enjoy dressing up as fire fighters and using cardboard tubes as hoses. To extend on this interest we would like to organize a real fire engine to come to the centre.

Possum Escapades…
Hello from the possums room! We have been very busy for the past month.
We finished off our project on all about me and have moved onto some very interesting topics that keep us busy throughout the week. As our program is an emergent curriculum we have been searching for some interests from the children.
On Mondays we have been looking into butterflies including their life cycle, this evolved from Abby questioning how butterflies fly, after seeing one flying in her bedroom.
Tuesdays are quite often our busiest day of the week. We head over to the library at the school. This is giving the children familiarity with other environments. We ask that your child is here by 9am . Also could we ask that you dress your child in closed in shoes and not thongs. When we return from the Library, we enjoy a play outside before our cultural lesson with Linda.
Our bathroom is becoming the park/ creek that is parallel to the Kindy. The children did this, as it followed on from our nature walk & leaf painting. We took an excursion to the park to take photos & observe what was happening. Upon returning to the centre, we used what we had learnt to transform our bathroom. We painted leaves, duck collages & a creek complete with rocks, threaded flowers & weaved fish. If you haven’t taken a look, it is a fantastic creation.
Evie decided to turn part of our home corner into a shop. We spent a lot of time brainstorming & setting up our shop in our class. Over the coming weeks, we will be learning about money & extending our counting skills. If you have any items at home that we could use to enhance our children’s learning, please bring them in to share.
Fridays, our children have been exploring space which emerged from Miles & Anthony. Our children have written their own space stories and shared them with their classmates. We have constructed a space area in our room, complete with space ships, stars, ufo’s and planets. The children are quite involved in this interest and we are hoping to extend this through all areas of learning.
As you can see, we have been very busy and our room is starting to take shape. We are always open to any suggestions to help extend our learning. Please don’t hesitate to talk to Jodie, Michelle or Taylor.

As you can see, our Centre has been busy with a wide variety of topics and activities. It has been a very busy start to the year and we are very excited to see what will happen in the next few weeks.
Stay Tuned for more Information!

Jess Gow
Centre Director

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New Kindergarten program

We are pleased to announce that Jodie our wonderful 4 year Qualified Early Childhood Teacher is running our Kindergarten Program from 9am – 3pm daily. We are very excited to be offering this wonderful opportunity to our 4 year olds.

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Dear Ladies

Today is Jack vw’s last day in the Possums room. It is also our families last day at Mary Street, we did try to extend the family but no luck there.

I just wanted to say a few words to you all. Mary Street has been a very important part of our lives but in particular has been important to me.

I moved back to Australia, after many years overseas, whilst I was pregnant with our eldest, Tom. When I was there months pregnant I lost my Mum to cancer. So here I was with a foreign husband settling into a new country, having lost all my old contacts and friends over ten years of absence, and having lost my mother. I was also a new mother. I come from a very small family and had no female to help out either.

It was a tough time and Mary Street was my safe place when we started in 2004. It was wonderful to be able to leave Tom in such a safe a loving environment. Bec, Renee, Janice and Shirl all put up with my freaky first child antics. There was lots of worrying and over analysing and you listened to it all and gave me great advice.

My children have always bounced into Mary Street and cried when its home time. You have all been so kind and loving and caring, you have always gone far beyond the call of duty.

Tom toddled off to WPSS and Jack wa bord. He started in Wombats with Shirl the girl and moved on to his lovely Preschool year with Dawny and Bec. Things have become easier as Tom settled into school and I created  a support system around me but I will never forget the role that you have all played in my most important role, being a good mother to my boys.

It has been so very important to me to have such a lovely group of women to be part of my children lives. I treasure the memories and thank you from he bottom of my heart for everything you have done for my boys, Tom and Jack

We will all miss Mary Street!

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