It’s been wonderful to welcome back children to kinder for Term 4.
Highlights of the Term 4 program for our Possum and Wombat groups
- Growing our own food
- Continued learning about Wurundjeri culture
- Self-help skills for school readiness
- Meaningful group sessions for school readiness
- Sensory experiences through a variety of materials to explore
- Space activities to challenge the children’s imagination and sense of wonder
- Music literacy, rhythm and having fun with new songs this term
- Soft sculptures and painting
- Italian language and culture
- Paul Klee artist project, working with black pastels and layers of colours
Important messages for Term 4
- Anaphylaxis risk
We now have 3 children at ANMK with allergies causing anaphylaxis. All families are reminded that nuts are not permitted in your children’s lunchboxes, nor any foods that may contain nuts. Please be aware that some dips, bar, spreads and bars can contain hidden dips and we ask all parents to be conscious of this when packing your child’s lunch. If you are unsure about any foods or have any questions, please speak to your child’s teacher.
- Hats and Sunscreen
With the warmer weather comes more frequent high UV days and all families are reminded that every child must bring a hat to every kinder session. The Staff will ensure the UV rating is displayed out the front of kinder along with sunscreen so please also ensure your child has had sunscreen applied before entering kinder on days where UV is forecast above 3. Given social distancing requirements and the space limitations out the front of kinder we encourage families to apply sunscreen before arriving for drop off so as to reduce the length of time people are standing by the gate.
- Term 4 Fees
You may have heard the recent State Government’s announcement that kinder will be free again this Term. Although ANMK is not eligible for the State Government’s proposed fee relief, the ANMK Committee has approved the waiver of Term 4 fees for both 3YO (Kookaburra) and funded 4YO (Wombat and Possum) in line with the State Government’s view that free kinder is appropriate for these groups in Term 4. Please note that fees for the bush kinder program will apply this term, but will be a reduced rate of $250 for the term. This is due to the nature of the bush kinder program being an optional and extra program in 2020 and the lack of alternative funds available to support this program without fees. Bush kinder families will receive a fee invoice from our Fees Officer in the second week of Term 4, but please contact Victoria (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about this.
- COVID safe measures
Staff will continue to implement COVID safe and additional risk mitigation measures in line with the ANMK COVID-safe plan. Just a reminder of the following:
- Parents are not permitted inside the kinder gate – drop off and pick up will take place at the front gate and anyone who arrives late or early for drop off or collection is asked to phone kinder so a staff member can come out and collect your child rather than entering and ringing the doorbell.
- Staff will take each child’s temperature on arrival at kinder – any child whose temperature is too high will not be permitted to stay
- Please be conscious of social distancing when lining up to collect or drop off your child and once collected/dropped off please leave immediately. While it is very tempting to stay and chat with other parents (and ordinarily we would support and encourage this!) it is not appropriate or permitted at this time.
- Please do not send your child to kinder if they are unwell – even minor symptoms. Likewise, anyone else in the household who feels unwell should not be attending drop-off or pick up.
- Shared fruit for morning tea is still on hold and each child is required to bring their own morning tea in addition to lunch and afternoon snack.
- 4YO Transition Reports
For those with children going on to start school next year, the teachers have commenced writing transition reports and will be in touch with each of you in order to finalise these for submission to the school at which your child is enrolled for 2021.
- Orientation for 2021 Children
As you would be aware, ANMK usually runs orientation sessions in November/December for the children enrolled at ANMK for the following year. Given these sessions require parent attendance, COVID restrictions will unfortunately mean these orientation sessions will not be available this year. However, for those children currently in our Kookaburra Group, our 4YO teaching staff for 2021 (Paola, Mary and Susie) will be coming into the Kookaburra classes at times in November and December to meet the children and have the children become familiar with them. We will also still have the usual start of year transitional/settling arrangements next year to support the children’s transition, but we feel the 4YO teacher drop ins will be an extra support and sufficient alternative to orientation for the Kookaburra children in the meantime.