Family Day Care NEWSLETTER Spring 2009 Welcome... to the last newsletter for this year. Spring is upon us, and with the bright sunny days we are having lately it feels like summer has arrived early. It has been a busy time here at the And, most notably, we have just been informed Coordination Unit. The number of by the National Childcare Accreditation Council carers in our scheme is steadily that Waverley Family Day Care has passed all climbing, with 32 carers currently of the Accreditation requirements. We’re proud enrolled and a further six at varying to say the overall result across all key areas and stages of the registration process. principles has won us the highest achievable result: High Quality Care. I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the carers who have been During the past 12 months everybody in the supporting and assisting us with the scheme has worked very hard to achieve this running of playgroups. We always result and I believe it is a true reﬂection of the welcome feedback and have been quality of program and service that our scheme very pleased at the suggestions and provides to the community. comments we have received recently. Many thanks to all who were involved in this Loving the inspiration! process. We are at that time of year again when we Take care, start looking at our childcare needs for the new Juani Gomez, Coordinator year. Please consider your 2010 needs and let your carer know of these as soon as possible. Working with your carer on this will help them be able to offer you the care you require. Speaking of the end of the year... don’t miss Congratulations! our end of year FDC party. ‘Ink in’ Saturday 14 Congratulations to one of our fathers from November and stay tuned for more details. Waverley Family Day Care, Alex Jones, who Now, boasting time…. was chosen as a Wentworth Courier nominee for NSW Community Father of the Year – a The Waverley Family Day Care Coordination contest sponsored by the Shepherd Centre. Unit were recently awarded runner-up in the 2009 Recreation, Customer and Community As well as being a wonderful father to his Services Awards for ‘Excellence in providing son Tobian, Alex has chaired the Deafness quality programs to our community’. This was forum, a peak body that works to “break in recognition of the enhancement of training, down barriers and inspire others to create an policies and procedures for our carers and inclusive society”. improving community access to childcare. Well done! Playsession Peeks with Barbara This term we have been highly productive in playgroup! The children have been painting, playing in dough, cooking and making ties for dad. The most enormous amount of fun was had looking at bees. We’ve sung songs about our little yellow and black fuzzy friends, created amazing bubblewrap paintings with bees in their hives and made honey sandwiches. Yumm! Now we’re looking forward to the warmer weather and getting about with the water play again – that’s always good fun! Barbara Millist Playgroup Leader Carers corner On Tuesday 18 August, two carers, eight children and the Coordination Unit staff went on an excursion to the Maritime Museum, as part of the ‘Mini Mariners’ program, for under-ﬁves. The program we saw was called, ‘By the seashore’. I interviewed two-and-a-half year old Grace... JO: What do you remember about the lady who led us around? GRACE: She had big pink glasses. JO: She took us around the corner and we talked to another lady in a white coat who showed us some things from the sea. Can you remember what she showed to us? GRACE: A turtle with no head (a turtle shell), some ﬁsh that were painted (wooden ﬁsh painted in aboriginal design), and a seahorse... they don’t neigh. A fun day out at the JO:After we saw all of those different things we Maritime Museum went to the playroom. What did you do in there? At the Museum, Zac loved looking at the sea GRACE: Painted crabs, played a ﬁshing game, creatures through the big magnifying glass listened to stories. and he showed Meadow how big the sea turtles looked. JO: What did we see as we were leaving? Bronte and Meadow enjoyed dressing up as GRACE: A purple and white and yellow ﬁsh high mermaids after reading a book about mermaids up and it didn’t want to go in the water. and the ocean. After a very enjoyable time inside the museum We had a lot of fun all day with the wonderful we sat outside and had a picnic lunch and then things that we learned about the sea. headed for home with some very happy, but rather tired children. Thank you everybody for a great day out. Jo Guyatt, Carer Jacquie Vukomanovich, Carer ■ ■ What is emergent curriculum? Family information & contacts Children’s services are always keen to look at Please ensure you keep us up-to-date if your different programs and educational practices that information changes. If you change of address, enhance the children’s learning environments. phone number or need to update details on The term ‘emergent curriculum’ could be emergency contacts or immunisation, please deﬁned as a style and philosophy about teaching pass this information to us without delay. in the early childhood sector that regards the If you are permanently changing days or hours child’s focus as primary and involves teaching in with your carer, this information also needs to be a creative and stimulating manner both for the updated. child and the carer. If you are leaving us, please ensure you ﬁll out a The focus of learning is from the child’s ‘ﬁnalising care’ form and give us feedback. This perspective, so topics are frequently things the can be submitted straight to the Coordination child ﬁnds interesting and stimulating. Often, Unit or passed on through your carer. these areas of interest would not be found in a ‘conventional’ curriculum that focuses on Your carer will have the appropriate forms, or children learning a range of basic ﬁxed skills. drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org It focuses more on observing the child on a very personal level and then incorporating the aspects identiﬁed as being of interest into the ■ daily lessons. Survey from Fair Trading Emergent curriculum takes the child’s interest and turns it into a learning process and allows The NSW Ofﬁce of Fair Trading, NSW Severe the child to be not just learning but sharing and Burn Injury Service and The Children’s Hospital developing their own knowledge with the carer. at Westmead have created a quick survey for parents and carers to check the effectiveness of Emergent curriculum is often used in the a recent campaign on exercise treadmill safety same context as the Reggio Emilia approach and burn injuries to young children. to learning. The two methods take into consideration a number of similar children-based The survey only takes a few minutes to complete issues but are separate historically and socially. and will give them valuable information about (Reggio Emilio is a small city in Northern Italy, parents’ perceptions of child safety at home. where this approach was developed soon after The survey closes on 9 November 2009 and can World War II). be found at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au. For more information on emergent curriculum see www.SmartStartECEC.com ■ Website resources for carers and parents The early Childhood Australia Inc website is a treasure box of facts, research, ideas and articles on childhood issues. Families & carers See www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au. end of year party ■ Saturday 14 November Feedback from families 10am–midday Do you have a favourite recipe, some interesting This year our end of year party will be held at information or advice for parents? Is there a the Coordination Unit in Bondi Junction. course you’d like us to provide for parents? Give us a call or email us at the Co-ordination Unit on Please keep the date free and stay tuned 9389 9421 or e-mail email@example.com for more details. We look forward to hearing from you. Let’s go bananas! Did you know the expression EAD D BANANA BREAD “going bananas” is from the Ingredients effects of bananas on the brain. 1 cup wholemeal self-raising ﬂour Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, 1 cup plain self-raising ﬂour fructose and glucose combined with ﬁbre. A ⅔ cup brown sugar, ﬁrmly banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial packed boost of energy. 50g butter Brain power: Research has shown that the ½ cup skim milk potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by ½ teaspoon cinnamon making pupils more alert. 2 eggs Constipation: High in ﬁbre, bananas in your diet 2 bananas can help restore normal bowel action, helping Heat oven to 180ºC to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives. Line a loaf pan with baking paper Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite Method cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside In one bowl place the ﬂour, brown of a banana skin. Many people ﬁnd it amazingly sugar and cinnamon and stir until successful at reducing swelling and irritation. combined. Morning sickness: Snacking on bananas In another bowl melt the butter and between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels then add the milk, eggs and whisk up and avoid morning sickness until combined. Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps Mash the bananas and then add to normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the the milk mixture. brain and regulates your body’s water balance. Pour the milk mixture into the When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, bowl with the ﬂours and stir until thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can combined. be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and cook for 45 minutes or until Strokes: According to research in The New golden brown. wn w brown. England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%! Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape! So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an BANANA MILKSHAKE apple, it has four times the protein, twice the Add one banana and a cup of milk carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, to the blender for each person (add ﬁve times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the ice-cream, milo or honey if you wish other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in but plain is sweet enough for most potassium and is one of the best value foods toddlers) and process for a couple around. Maybe it’s time to change that well- of minutes. known phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!” Serve to hungry kids immediately! ■ Family Tax Rebate, CCB Events & reference numbers SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS Bondi Pavilion, 6–23 October 2009 Centrelink will not be able to process any claim Come down to the Pavilion and have fun at a for Childcare Beneﬁts or Family Tax Rebate if great holiday program. Learn new skills while we do not have a reference number (CRN) for having fun at workshops which include art, the claiming parent and each child, as we cannot craft, dance, music, and holiday shows. send on your childcare usage without these reference numbers. For more information call 8362 3400. If you do not receive any weekly Child Care Waverley Library, 6–16 October 2009 Beneﬁt, please call the Coordination Unit A varied program offered by the library immediately to ensure we have both of your featuring ﬁlms, science and craft workshops, CRNs and that they have been linked with the storytime and much more! A booking fee of Family Assistance Ofﬁce. $2 applies to some of the activities. Bookings DON’T FORGET TO SIGN! are essential. Workshops and shows for 3–12-year-olds. Please sign your child in and out and sign all Contact Waverley Library 9386 7777 absences. Entries that are not signed cannot be sent on RIDE TO WORK DAY and will not attract any beneﬁts. Wednesday 14 October 2009 Your carers are now being charged for each Riding your bike to work is a great way attendance record that is submitted incomplete, to get healthy, help the environment and still requiring a parental signature. Please assist reduce congestion. Waverley Council will be your carer to ensure all records are complete encouraging cycling on the day with a free and accurate. breakfast in Oxford Street Mall. If you have any queries regarding your claim FREE ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOP or CCB entitlement, you can phone the Family Native Plants from the garden to the table Assistance Ofﬁce on 136 150. Tuesday 27 October 2009 6.30–8.30pm, Waverley Council Chambers ■ Learn about native plants and how to improve Relief care your garden. Sample some delicious bush tucker with John Lennis. We have had several enquiries from parents To book, please call the Eastern Suburbs about relief carers. Community College on 9387 7400. Currently Waverley Family Day Care have three CLOTHES SWAP PARTY relief carers registered with us: Victoria, Bo Thursday 5 November 2009 and Nasrin. These carers, when available, may cover our primary carers’ absences if they are Does your wardrobe need updating? Bring ill, attending medical appointments that could along six garments or accessories that you not be made out of hours, or when they are value but no longer wear and swap them for on holidays. Our relief carers follow the same others... Save pennies and the planet! registration procedures and policies and attend This is a special event hosted by Council all of the training that is required of our primary as part of National Recycling Week. Free carers. admission, places limited, bookings essential. Your child’s carer is your primary carer and For more information or to make a booking your permission must be sought before your please contact Sally McLeay on 9369 8242 or child is left with one of our four relief carers. firstname.lastname@example.org Your child will not be left in the care of any person other than who you have authorised and parents may choose whether they wish Enjoy being back outdoors in this lovely spring weather. to take relief care or keep their child at home. Please call us at the Coordination Unit if you Cheers! Juani, Barbara, Deanne, Fernanda, Lynda need any further clariﬁcation on this matter. and Melissa. Bilingualism Dear carers, families and children, What is bilingualism? In our FDC scheme there are many opportunities DEFINITION 1: The use of more than one to celebrate our diverse community and our language. many multilingual carers, families and children as well as the staff at the Coordination Unit. DEFINITION 2: The ability to communicate naturally and ﬂuently in more than Since 2008 we have introduced a Bilingual one language in all areas of life. program at our Playgroup sessions. Every Tuesday and Wednesday we have a visit from We want to see our children somewhere in the Bicultural Support Worker’s Pool. We have between these worlds of difference. And as we enjoyed songs and activities from Cyprus, Africa, know that life means learning in our constantly Lebanon, Israel and the Australian Aboriginal changing world, we understand that bilingualism culture. is a process, not a result. We have story time in English and another But why do we want our children to become language, and we have purchased some very bilingual? popular titles with bilingual text (such as Hanna’s The beneﬁts of bilingualism surprise, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you Knowing about the beneﬁts that bilingualism can see? and others). bring helps us to stick to our decision in difﬁcult I have had some enquiries from families about times. It also motivates us to continue when our the best way of maintaining the home language. child reaches a ‘learning plateau’. The information below was found on a website Communication advantages – Bilingualism called Perth Bilingual Families. After researching enables the child to communicate with all on the internet I found this content to be simple, members of the close and extended family as concise and very practical. well as with friends. This helps developing good If you would like more information please contact family cohesion and building relationships. me on 9389 9421 from Monday to Wednesday Bilingualism allows greater ﬂexibility to choose a or email on email@example.com. place to live and work. Happy reading! Cultural advantages – As language is part of Smell the roses it is spring after all and summer culture, bilingualism develops a broader cultural is just around the corner. understanding and multicultural sensitivity, greater tolerance and social harmony. Fernanda Cognitive advantages – Research shows that Child Development Ofﬁcer learning and use of more than one language enhances problem solving and analytical skills, allows better formation of concepts, increases visual-social abilities, furthers logical reasoning, supports cognitive ﬂexibility. Personal advantages – Bilingualism also helps to stimulate creativity, raise self-esteem, increase ﬂexibility and adaptability, enhance interpersonal and social skill, develop greater social sensitivity. Curriculum advantages – The understanding and development of concepts in more than one language allows the transfer of academic skills across the languages. Bilingualism facilitates collaborative and cooperative learning within a language-diverse environment. Languages can be chosen as a subject at school or university. Successful strategies When and how to start Please discuss the following strategies with Introducing the family language from all family members (including grandparents, birth – We recommend starting as early as brothers, sisters etc) and ﬁnd a joint decision. It possible, ie, when the child is born. Introducing is very important to stick to one strategy as early a second/third... language later in a child’s life as possible in the child’s life: is possible. Some families might wish to start with the second language when the ﬁrst one is One person, one language – Each parent ﬁrmly established, ie, when the child is about speaks with the child in his/her language. The 3–4 years old. No research has shown that this child is able to develop a ‘single-language’ strategy is better for language and literacy ability relationship to each parent. of the child. Minority language at home – Both parents (Re-)introducing the family language later speak their joint minority language at home and than English – Monolingual children might be the child learns the majority language away from introduced to a new language as a special thing, home. gradually, starting with explaining words and If you decide to speak the minority language at songs, stories, books, using special occasions, home, but not in public, your child might feel that making it a game with lots of fun and no stress. this language is not good enough to be spoken You can introduce one or two words a day, in public. This may affect the child’s identiﬁcation depending on the age of the child, stimulating with the minority language. Trust multicultural the visual (pictures), hearing (songs) and Australia’s ability to deal with many languages. tactile (object itself) senses. To see if the child Both parents, both languages – Parents absorbed a word, let the child choose or point chose the language according to their needs. at the object you name and as the last learning As the majority language is heard and spoken step the child will be able to repeat the word. everywhere else, we recommend speaking the For older children you can label objects in your minority language at home, if possible. home, such as door, table, shelf. Minority language only spoken occasionally – Introducing English later than the family The minority language is only spoken at special language – Your child is settled in your family occasions, at certain times and/or special places. language and you want to prepare him/her for This strategy makes a good start to (re-)introduce the English speaking environment in general the minority language to a child who already or when starting school? Stick to your chosen speaks the majority language. strategy for your family language and let others If you meet with speakers of another language teach your child English. Expose your child to than yours, explain that you speak to your child English as much as possible, for instance in in the family language. You can ask the people playgrounds, meeting with English speaking involved whether they would like you to repeat friends in Childcare, etc. what you and your child said in English. For children of pre-school age, childcare centres may organise one-on-one support for the child with a bilingual childcare worker. We encourage parents to match the vocabulary development of their children through migrant English courses, TAFE courses and/or private language learning arrangements.