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					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
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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 fdc@waverley.nsw.gov.au
It focuses more on observing the child on a
very personal level and then incorporating the
aspects identified as being of interest into the
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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
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                                                     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 fdc@waverley.nsw.gov.au
 for more details.
                                                     We look forward to hearing from you.
Let’s go bananas!
Did you know the expression                                     EAD
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                                                       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.
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                                                                 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!
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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.      sallym@waverley.nsw.gov.au
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 fernandal@waverley.nsw.gov.au.            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.

				
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