Newsletter Summer / Autumn 2022 Edition
Kidi Kingdom Child Care Centre - Springfield
 
  

March
Thursday 17th - (All Day)
St Patrick's Day Celebrations - Dress up in Green - CHILDREN ONLY EVENT
Friday 18th - (All Day)
National Close The Gap Day - CHILDREN ONLY EVENT
 Monday 21st - (All Day)
 Harmony Day Celebrations - CHILDREN ONLY EVENT
 
April
Thursday 14th - (10.00am - 11.00am)
Easter Bonnet Parade - CHILDREN ONLY EVENT
Friday 22nd - (All Day)
Anzac Day Celebrations - CHILDREN ONLY EVENT
Thursday 28th - (All Day)
National Superhero Day - CHILDREN ONLY EVENT
18 Tips For Capturing Memories During Childhood

Childhood is a funny thing for parents. Fleeting overall, but peppered with so much colour and drama and so many milestones that it can become hard to remember when first words were said, what early favourite toys were, and how much they truly wanted to be a fireman. This of course is in contrast to long days and often longer nights, and an overwhelming feeling that starts with, "can I cope?" and ends with, "time is running out".

How to capture those special memories of childhood

  • Always choose to participate in the event before stepping back to take photos.

  • Take LOTS of pictures. It seems like a contradiction to point number 1, I know, and the priority should be to live life, but never forget to take your camera with you. Set up your computer to automatically upload pictures from your phone to your computer, and once a year throw those images onto a USB or, better still, get them printed and file them.

  • Be in the photo. Consciously make an effort to ask the stranger to take the photo. If you aren't in any photos, were you really there? Remember you are one of the most important people in their childhood.

  • Buy a newspaper on the day of the birth of your children and put it into tissue and plastic to preserve it. I still have all the newspapers for my kids from their birthdays, and already it is something Master 9 finds fascinating. This idea is more about giving your child an essence of the time, which is sort of like a memory, but from a different perspective. I also give this idea to friends and family when they have their babies.

  • Take a Christmas photo of your family every single year on Christmas Day. It's the one time of year you are assured to have some family members or friends around to take the picture. Commit to this one-you won't be sorry.

  • Take a Christmas card photo each year. If Christmas Day is usually stressful, then dress up prior to Christmas, take a photo and use an online photo service to convert it to a Christmas card. Order an extra one for yourself. Bonus points here if you dress up in costume!

  • Buy a box for each child from a stationery store and fill it with their artwork. As each year ends, decide on keeping only the most precious and take a photo of the rest.

  • Create an email address for each of your children and email the photos to their email address.

  • Use a wall in your home to record the kids' growth. If you move, simply make note of the heights and transfer.

  • Email memories to their email address as a way of recording funny things they do, milestones, records, school newsletters that feature their name, etc. Imagine the joy when they begin using their account and find special messages from you dating back years!

  • Keep their favourite book. Even now when I see a book from my childhood it brings back so many memories.

  • Use an online photobook company to record all the main food you cook in the home and all the recipes that have been passed down. Keep adding to it, and when the kids move out of home you can give them the family cookbook. Food is always such a big part of memories, and this is a great way to capture another part of childhood.

  • Frame your children's artwork. This is something I have done for all my kids since they were little. Only the best pieces make the cut, but it is almost like achieving 'pool room' status if they get framed. One day, I will pass some of this onto my children, and one day, of course, they will get to keep it all.

  • Create a time capsule. I am doing that this year. It is hard with multiple kids, but I think I would wait until the youngest could consciously choose something to add to the capsule as the ideal time.

  • I save the kids' most beautiful loved clothing (3 or 4 pieces for each child), and pop them into tissue paper along with 1 or 2 treasured toys. They will eventually be transferred into a blanket box and become a treasure to pass on when they are older.

  • Create a memory jar. On New Year's Eve, have each family member add a favourite memory from the year to the jar. Add a different colour piece of paper for every year and, when the kids are older, you will have a jar of wonderful life memories to reflect upon.

  • Record their dreams and aspirations. This is something I never really thought of doing before.With each of my three children, I took the time to ask them "What is your dream?". When asked recently, Miss 3's dream was to be a cowgirl (inspired by Sheriff Callie), Master 6 wants to be a policeman, and Master 9 just dreams of being happy. The word 'dream' is such a wonderful word, and the answers will never be confined to occupation. Because of that, it is probably the ideal question to ask your child, on video, each year. Walt Disney once said "It's kind of fun to do the impossible. "Dreams are kind of like that. Sometimes impossible in real life, but fun to try nonetheless. You won't regret asking this question.

Letter from the Centre Manager

Welcome valued existing and new families to Kidi Kingdom Child Care - Springfield

We hope all our families and educators had a great break over the festive season and it's great to see you all have returned in 2022. We wish all our Pre Prep children from 2021 a fantastic transition as they begin their journey into Primary School.

Miss April has returned as the Centre Manager and Educational Program Leader whilst Miss Natalie is the Assistant Centre Manager and Educational Program cover for the Lead Educators. Welcome to the new educators who have joined our team in 2022!

A reminder to families that we offer direct debit, we find this the most effective and supportive payment method towards your childcare fees. If you are looking at extra days to please make contact via email to secure any extra bookings you may need as spaces are now limited.

Please like our Facebook page and we always appreciate our loyal families helping our centre by share your positive experiences to the local community by writing a quick Google, CareForKids or Facebook review. Thank you for the families that have already taken to the time to write a review.

Kind Regards
April Hall
Centre Manager

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Message from the Educational Program Leader

Welcome Valued Families.

We have an exciting year ahead at our service and we look forward to enhancing our educational experiences across the classroom and providing ongoing support to our outstanding educators to ensure their pedagogical practices are supported and guided. We are in the process of preparing our Naturescape Program for 2022 to support the children's curiosity in the community around us.

Kind Regards, April Hall Centre Manager / Educational Program Leader.

Message from the Early Learners Room

Welcome to the Early Learners Room for 2022. So far this year we have been focusing on getting to know each other as we explore our indoor and outdoor environments. Through play we have been sharing the aspects which make us special with each other and showing the important milestones we have been learning together here in the classroom environment. All of us are now mobile and enjoy crawling and walking around the classroom ready to discover and learn along the way. Some of us are beginning to talk using familiar words while others are using pre verbal language to join in on the conversation. Here in the Early Learners class the children are encouraged to develop at their own pace and are given the support and encouragement individually to their needs by their educators.

We love to see your children grow and learn new skills and are so honoured to be able to play a role in their learning journey. This year we will enjoy fun and hands-on learning experiences together which focuses on age appropriate development. Children of this age are very responsive to sensory experiences and so this will make up a large portion of the experiences we share together at the centre. We also look forward to exploring colours, animals, simple shapes, counting, literature, singing and the great outdoors. If you have any questions please feel free to email the service and I will be happy to provide more information for you. A big happy birthday to Cooper, Gia and Ivy who have all recently celebrated their first birthdays.

Thank you. Miss Sarah & Miss Jayde.

Message from the Junior Early Years Room

Firstly, Welcome to Junior Early Years Room for 2022. We would like to welcome back all our friends and their families after the festive break, we hope that you all enjoyed a special time creating new memories over the holidays!

We are excited to start off the year with both old and new friends. We welcome Jamal to the Kidi Kingdom family and congratulate all our 2021 Early Learners on their smooth transition to the Junior Early Years classroom. Each one of your children have done great in settling into their new routine and together we will have much fun learning, playing, exploring and discovering so many new things!

Our aim this year will be to focus on communication, social skills, self-help skills, identity and independence, as well as extending on our learning of various subjects including basic literacy, numeracy, science, health, movement, community and culture. Thank you also for returning your Family Goal Sheets for 2022 ,this will support us to individually program the curriculum for each child. Please see the office for a hardcopy if you have not yet received a goal sheet for your child.

If there are any questions regarding your child's learning or routine or any other concerns, please feel free to schedule a phone call or face to face meeting with one of your child's educators to discuss.

Thank you, Ms Chrystle, Miss Tata & Miss Katelyn.

Message from the Early Years Room

Welcome back families and children to another fantastic year here in the Early Years classroom. I'm excited to be meeting new faces and starting with new milestones to achieve with your children. We started January off with getting to know your children for more information about their milestones and personalities while also helping them with transitioning into a new room which can sometimes be tough, but they've done amazingly.

If you want to have a chat about their milestone and development please feel free to email the centre and we can have arrange a parent / teacher meeting. For February we will be focusing a lot on colours as this subject can enhance more learning opportunities. If you have any ideas or activities based on the educational program please feel free to speak with Myself, Miss Raquel or Miss Maddy J.

Thank you, Ms Taneeka, Ms Maddy & Ms Raquel.

Message from the Senior Early Years Room

Welcome to our families in the Senior Early Years Room.

We are so pleased to be your children's educators for the New Year 2022. Firstly, we would like to introduce ourselves, Miss Sandy. I am the Lead Educator of the Senior Early Years Room with Miss Maddison who is the Assistant Educator. We are glad to know about your children as they have slowly transitioned to the Senior Early Years Room. Children explore the outdoor playground every morning. Outdoor experience can provide them various opportunities, discover and explore nature as well as strengthen their fine and gross motor skills which develop into their social skills. During this time we talked about three magic words and happy manners. We introduced colours to the children, using flash cards and colour objects.

Colour recognition is a key cognitive development for the children and also helps in language skills. Also we celebrated Australia Day and Chinese New Year. It is great for children to discover and learn about other cultures and diversity. Over the next few months, we will focus on My First Calendar, Days of the Week, Shapes and Alphabets (jolly phonics) and Counting. Learning the Alphabet is the foundation of our spoken language, it enhances our communication skills through rhythm. We would welcome parent involvement. We believe that children develop different rates in physical, social, Emotional and Cognitive Development We hope you and your child will enjoy time with us as we explore lots of new ideas and learn real life skills.

Thank you, Miss Sandy and Miss Maddison.

Message from the Pre Prep / Kindergarten Room

Welcome Families of the Pre Prep/Kindergarten classroom. We would like to welcome all our new children and families that have started in the Pre Prep room over the past few months. We have been very busy learning lots of new exciting topics and intentional teaching. Over the last month we have focused on getting to know everyone and ensuring everyone feels safe, settled and building a sense of security and trust as the transition between classrooms. During the first term, our children will explore several activities aimed to develop their strong identities and sense of belonging. We will be working closely with the children to focus on our classroom limitations, routine and encourage self-help skills making the children more independent as their confidence begins to grow and they do more things for themselves.

To extend on the children's emerging skills we will be focusing on our "All About Me" project, exploring children's individual interests, creating a learning environment and activities based around this topic. We will keep working and reinforcing our ongoing objectives for this year: ABC's, Counting, Name Recognition, Reading the Calendar, Recording the Weather, Days of the Week, Memory Games, Pencil Grip skills, and Hand Eye Coordination activities. We are developing observation and listening skills through story books and "Show and Tell". Lots of exciting craft projects are also planned for the next few weeks using our community garden and recycled resources, as we are encouraging the children to learn and explore sustainable practices. We are all looking forward to working closely with your children and yourselves, we always encourage parent input and welcome all your suggestions to best serve your child's learning, development and growth.

Thank you, Miss Maritza and Miss Anum.

Message from the Before, After and Vacation Care

Welcome Families of the Vacation Care / School Care Room for 2022.

During the festive school holidays the children stayed at the centre this year due to the unforeseen COVID restrictions. We had water games and activities with various water equipment and various movie days under a cubby house. The schoolies participated in some challenges like handball, running races, hopscotch and board games etc. The children made Chinese good luck charms for Chinese New Year and engaged in Maori painting for Waitangi Day. As the children have gone back to school I have been asking them what they would like to do for the week and have it on the wall for the children and parents to know what they are doing. If you have any ideas on what you would like your child/children to learn for After school care I would love to hear your suggestions.

Thank you, Miss Jo.

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PARENTS HUMOUR
Educator of the Month
Miss Sandy - December - For being a dedicated educator to the children throughout the center and supporting fellow educators throughout the service.

   

Ms Maritza - January - For providing an educational Kindergarten Program, changing lives of the children who attend our centre.

Miss Caroline - February - For being a dedicated educator to our Jnr classrooms and always a positive role model.

Cooking with Children!

Gluten Free Strawberry Jam

Make use of seasonal berries with this easy strawberry jam recipe you can make in the microwave. There's nothing like a jar of homemade jam to eat with your toast.

Ingredients

  • 500 g strawberries (hulled,roughly chopped)

  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Method

  • Place strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a very large microwave-safe bowl.

  • Leave for 15 minutes to allow the strawberries to soften.

  • Place in the microwave and cook on HIGH for 4 minutes, stopping every minute to stir the jam to ensure sugar is dissolved.

  • Microwave a further 25-30 minutes on HIGH, stirring every 5 minutes or until the jam reaches setting point. (To check, place a spoonful of jam on a chilled saucer and place it in the freezer for 2-3 minutes. Run a spoon through the jam and if it stays in two separate portions it is set.)

  • Leave to cool for a few minutes and pour into a sterilised jar and seal.

 
Children's Birthday Celebrations
Enyinnaya Willow Jai
     
Cadamus Anastasija Jeeth
     
Liahona Penny Amelia
     
Hailey Lilliana Ivy
     
Gia Arya Luna
     
River Ivy Diego
     
We hope you enjoy your Birthday Card and Gift !
 
 

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