Parent newsletter Moreland City Council August 2008

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					                              Parent newsletter September/October 2009
Points of Interest:          Update from the School Holiday Program Acting Team Leader –
                             Jenny White
    Quality
                             All families please note:.
    Healthy Eating          Please welcome Michelle Romeo-Zajc who has begun as the new
                             Program Officer, Michelle has transited into the SHP team smoothly.
    What’s On?              Michelle will be taking bookings for the next September/October program
    Sign in and out         so you will hear her friendly voice on the other end of the line…Welcome
     sheet                   aboard Michelle.
    Accreditation           All enquiries must be made by calling 9240 2427 or you can e-mail
    Medications
      What                   Quality Assurance (QA) Update
Qualifications do            We are pleased to announce after our visit from the National Child Care
  staff have?                Accreditation Council (NCAC) during the April program. We have passed
Most of the staff working
                             Accreditation receiving High Quality in all the 8 quality areas and 31
 on the programs have        principles. We have amazing dedicated staff working in the venues; we
    completed or are         thank them all for their hard work, and professionalism, which is the key
  studying Bachelor of       factor in receiving such an incredible result.
 Education to become         We will be working towards the next round of Accreditation, which will be
       teachers.             due in August 2011.
 Other staff have or are
  working towards child
   care qualifications,      How do families get involved in QA process?
recreation degree, health    Families can send in their feedback and comment at any time. To read
         science             more about the NCAC and the quality areas and for some useful parent
 All staff are 18 years or   resources feel free to visit the NCAC website.
  older and have up to
 date police checks and
  working with children      Feedback survey – Thankyou to all those families who sent in surveys,
           checks            your feedback is invaluable in assisting us to provide the best possible
 All staff are offered       and safe programs for your children. Moreland City Council School
 regular training at         Holiday Program is committed to delivering a high standard of care by
  Council such as            consulting with you the parent, the program staff and children and the
        First Aid            wider community.
                             The SHP teams contact details are also located on the Moreland City
                             Council website
    Child Protection
  Play and planning
                             Increase of fees – a fee increase will be introduced as of 1 st July 2009.
   Inclusion support
                             Families will also receive an increase of childcare benefit rebate so the
      Behaviour              actual impact to families should be minimal. Fees will increase from
     Management              $36.00 per day to $38.00 per day.
   Infection Control
                                                               Sign in and out sheet
        Healthy Eating Habits                               Parents when you drop your child off at the
 Dear Parents, it has been a common theme                   program you must fill in the sign in and out
 particully over the last couple of programs, for           sheet correctly, this is a legal directive
 some children who are bringing in excessive                from the Department of Education,
 amounts of junk food. In some cases this is all            Employment and Workplace Relations
 that they have to eat for the day. Children are            (DEEWR) as it is illegal to write mum or
 bringing in cans of coke large packets of chips            dad in the column who will collect your
 and lollies as their lunch.                                child, you must write your full name
 We have amended our Nutrition Policy to                    We will have a sample for you at the sign
 reflect this concerning trend which is attached            in sheet as a reference to how it needs to be
 to the brochure and is open for comment.                   filled in correctly.
 Families are encouraged to provide healthy                                 Medications
 lunch and snacks, if a child is found to only              Please ensure if your child needs to have
 have junk food for the day, staff will contact             medication whilst at the program, the
 the parent and be asked to provide a more                  medication needs to be clearly marked with
 suitable meal e.g Sandwich and fruits.                     the child’s name and the measurement
 Attached in this newsletter is a Kids Nutrition            required. Please have sealed in a container
 tip fact sheet, please keep as a guide for some            and given to the coordinator on arrival at
 suitable meal options for your children.                   the program, the coordinator will have a                                 medication release form that you must sign
                                                            each day.


     Curious Legends Theatre Company (all venues) – Presents 2 inspiring shows,” The
Sand Dragons” and Bubblewrap and Boxes “ children will be delighted with a magical show
told with music, puppetry and laughter with much audience interaction. Curious Legends will
perform at the Coburg Town Hall.

           All Venues Sports Carnival – will be held at the “City Oval” Coburg where all
       venues will come together for a mega sports carnival. Children will have a day of fun
       where they will compete with other venue teams in a variety of sports games, ball skill
       games with lots of prizes to be won.

       In-House Activities
The Bongo Brothers (All venues) –A theatrical world music comic trio, who perform musical
shows for children- “Surf Safari” fully entertaining for children, an interactive educational
experience full of laughter, cartoons and

       Crazy Circus Workshops (All venues ) Make your own circus involves a day where
       skills are taught to children in either hula hooping, twirling, juggling, acrobatics and
       spinning plates. Skill level is for all ages with tasks varying for all performers and non-
       performers to get involved. Children will perform their routine at the end of the day

                        Need more information or have some feedback for us?
         Please feel free to contact the School Holiday Program Team anytime on  9240 1227 OR  SHP Team, Locked Bag 10, Moreland, 3058

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