Kia ora, talofa, Hallo, Ciao and welcome to everyone.
This is our first newsletter for 2014 and a quick update of happenings in our room.
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas / New Years break and would like to welcome our children and families back to Chelsea House for 2014. We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome new children and their families to Chelsea House and our room, we look forward to getting to know you during your time with us. The teachers have enjoyed hearing about the children’s Christmas adventures, especially about the presents Santa left for them such as bikes, trampolines and dolls.
Our end of year Christmas concert was a huge success, the children and staff all had a lot of fun practising our songs. It was great to see so many parents and family come along to share the concert with us, we hope you enjoyed our show.
Staff changes in our room: we would like to thank Steven for being part of our room three team for the past 4 months. Steven will be working in room 5 from the 13th January in a more permanent role. We have enjoyed Steven sharing his fantastic songs with us, such as The Banana song and working with and alongside him during his time in our room. Jade, our new staff member will start with us on the 13th January. Jade is currently in her final year of study (Bachelor of teaching) and at the end of last year was a student teacher in room 3, you may remember seeing her in our room.
Teachers hours and days for 2014 will be:
|Monday||7:00 – 4:30||8:00 – 5:00||9:00 – 6:00|
|Tuesday||7:00 – 4:00||9:00 – 6:00||7:30 – 4:30|
|Wednesday||8:30 – 5:30||8:00 – 5:00||7:00 – 4:30|
|Thursday||8:30 – 6:00||8:00 – 5:00||7:00 – 4:00||9:00 – 6:00|
|Friday||8:00 – 5:00||7:00 – 4:00||9:00 – 6:00|
It is fantastic to see all the children returning and getting back into our daily routines. Our class programme is based around the children’s individual and group interests with many of these continuing from last year. Family corner / baby play has been a constant interest for a number of children for some time now, with the children pretending to be mummies and babies. It is fascinating to watch and listen to the conversations as the children pretend to feed each other, put babies to sleep, or go shopping (with cell phone of course).
Our art corner is another area which is really popular, recently a number of children completed some group collage. Each child made their own artistic contribution and the result was an amazing creation which the children proudly called their garden. This is going to be displayed in our room, please feel free to come and have a look at this masterpiece and the other wonderful creations around our room.
As the weather has been warmer, we have noticed the children love to be outside, playing in the sandpit, extending their balance and co-ordination on the climbing equipment, riding the bikes and being involved in water play activities. Please ensure your child has a named sunhat for outside play and plenty of spare clothes.
A whānau story form was recently placed in your child’s cubby for you to fill in and return. The stories provide the teachers with information about your child’s interests outside the centre or special events that may have happened. The teacher’s can then talk to the children about these interests or events and make connecting links between the child’s home and centre environments. We appreciate and value any parent feedback you may provide.
The room three team look forward to another great year working alongside the children and families in room three.
Julia, Carolyn, Kaesee, Lynley and Jade.