Newsletter Spring / Summer 2023 Edition
Kidi Kingdom Child Care - Springfield
 
  
December 2023
Tuesday 12th - (3.00pm - 4.00pm) - Springfield Centre - Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony
Friday 22nd - (2pm-4pm) - Springfield Centre Children's Christmas Party
January 2024
Wednesday 3rd - (All Day) - International Mind-Body and Wellness Day
Thursday 25th - (All Day) - Australia Day Celebrations
February 2024
Tuesday 6th - (All Day) - Waitangi Day Celebrations
Friday 9th - (All Day) - Chinese New Year - Year of the Dragon
Wednesday 14th - (All Day) - Valentines Day Celebrations
What is Kindy?
Kindergarten, known as kindy, is a part-time educational program for children in the year before Prep (the first year of school in Queensland). Kindy is a place where your child will learn through play experiences and interactions that support their early learning, wellbeing and development. By participating in kindy, children develop a love of learning and are supported with their transition to Prep. Queensland Government-approved kindy programs are delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher. Kindy programs can be offered at early childhood education centres; selected rural and remote and other selected state schools where there have been barriers to access kindergarten; and by distance education or eKindy for some children who cannot access a centre.
 

Learning at Kindy

Kindy provides young children with opportunities to:
  • use language to communicate ideas, feelings and needs
  • make friends, interact and cooperate with others
  • identify issues and develop problem solving skills
  • become more confident and independent in their abilities
  • connect with, explore and contribute to their world
  • build their knowledge and explore new ideas, helping to build their confidence.
Free Kindy from 2024 !

The Queensland Government is making kindy free for all Queensland families. Kindy will be free for eligible-aged children who attend a government-approved program offering free kindy from 1 January 2024. This is 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year, of free kindy taught by a qualified early childhood teacher. Families can choose kindy in a sessional kindergarten or kindergarten in a long day care. In Queensland, children can attend kindy in the year before they start Prep.

Each service is different and some may have a waiting list, so it's a good idea to speak to your chosen service about the best time to enrol your child. Your child must be 4 years old by 30 June in the year they enrol to participate in kindy.

Letter from the Centre Manager

Dear Valued Centre Families.

 

I would like to thank our current and new families for joining our centre and we hope you and your family are having a wonderful time with us at Kidi Kingdom Child Care Springfield.

 

As we approach the end of the year, we would like to send our warmest wishes to our 2023 Kindergarten Graduates. Your journey of growth and learning has been inspiring and we are excited for what your future holds. Congratulations to our young achievers!

 

For all updates on your child's learning journey and what is happening at our centre, our Educate System is your go to option. It is simple to use for checking on your child's progress, viewing photos and managing your account details. If you find yourself needing help, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance. We are always striving to ensure our educators are receiving additional training and upskilling. Our team recently participated in training from PANCO, which is about supporting educators responding to challenging behaviour of children in ECEC services.

 

PANCO stands for a five-step intervention strategy that can be implemented either in a home/family by parents or caregivers.

 

The steps are as follows:

P= Potential: What is the potential environment and triggering factor of challenging behaviors?

A= Activities: What kind of activities are challenging behaviors?

N= Navigating: Can we navigate these behaviours relating to the purpose?

C= Consequences: How do they experience after the behaviour?

O=Opportunities: Can we utilise these behaviours as supporting opportunities.

 

While addressing these behaviours, the strength-based approaches have shown greater effectiveness. Also, by involving parents and children in crafting and applying our intervention methods, we ensure that these strategies are well-rounded and more impactful. Regular practice, coupled with reflection and adjustments post-implementation, are key to our success.

 

We aim to provide an environment where children are excited to play and explore - an environment that educators also find fulfilling to work in. While children are engaged in enjoyable activities, our educators are focused on integrating learning objectives, ensuring that each activity supports the children's educational development.

 

If you would like more information, please have a chat with your child's educators or you are more than welcome to research further at www.npanco.com.au.

 

Friendly Reminders

The centre takes care of all the meals. Bringing food from outside the centre can affect our food licensing agreement with our local council and poses a risk to children in the centre with anaphylaxis. If your child has specific dietary needs please let us know and we will take care of it for you.

 

It is still not too late to return your re enrolment forms for 2024 to the office if you haven't already. Our vacancies are limited for 2024 so please ensure your enrolment forms are returned at your earliest convenience.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to advise all of our Kidi Kingdom Community that our lovely Miss Taneeka will be taking a leave of absence. This will be a three month break for Miss Taneeka starting Friday 1st December. 2023. She will keep in touch with us over the phone and email.

 

It is always a pleasure to have your children with us as we are dedicated to not just meeting but exceeding your expectations with your child's learning. Just to keep you informed we recently had to farewell Miss Shayla due to her sudden relocation and Ms Anum has stepped up as the Lead for the Early Years room. Also, we are delighted to welcome Miss Mikaela as our new Early Childhood Teacher.

 

If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to see either myself or Ms Chrystle or email us at s@kidikingdom.com.au. We would also like to invite our families to head over to our Facebook and search us on Google and leave us a review. We always appreciate our families supporting our centre with your positive experiences so we would love for you to share with our local community by jumping on our website or Facebook and leaving us a review.

 

Warm regards and best wishes to all our families and especially to our 2023 graduates!

 

Kind Regards,
Natalie Andrews
Centre Manager
 
Chrystle Smith
Assistant Centre Manager

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Message from the Educational Program Leader

Dear Valued Families of Kidi Kingdom Child Care Springfield.

Due to the recent changes in our team we have made it our priority to reflect both individually and as a group to make sure our educational approach aligns perfectly with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines. Our goal is to spot any areas that we can enhance and to continuously elevate our curriculum through professional collaboration and ongoing professional development. This reflective practice is key to ensuring our learning themes are not only high-quality but also engaging and tailored to our children, both as individuals and as a collective.

As the year is swiftly passing by, our Kindergarten students are getting ready for their next big adventure! In the meantime, Miss Mikaela is working hard on finalizing the Kindergarten Transition Statements enriched by the valuable insights from your family input sheets. We are incredibly thankful for your contributions! Please note that hard copies of these statements will be distributed to families and should you have any queries or wish to chat about your child's statement, Miss Mikaela would be delighted to meet with you, just drop by the office to schedule a time.

I would also like to remind all our families of the Educate/Hubhello comment links at the end of newsfeeds, gallery photos, individual observations and cycle of planning observations for you to directly communicate with your child's room educators regarding either the program or other specific developmental and learning areas. We are here for you and look forward to your continued feedback and interaction!

Kind Regards, Chrystle Smith - Educational Program Leader.

Early Learners Room

Dear Valued Centre Families of the Early Learner's Room.

Spring has sprung in our Early Learners Room, heralding the blossoming of the season. On the first day of September, we celebrated Father's Day with a splash of color, engaging in blossom painting and tie-making. This was a delightful blend of the children's fine motor skills, cognitive abilities and boundless imagination.

We also welcomed our Educational Leader Ms. Chrystle to guide the children in planting scallions and exploring the life cycle of plants, aligning with the National Child Protection Week theme and ensuring a safe and sustainable environment for every child. Continuing our commitment to environmental stewardship we transformed reusable picture frames into free-style art and further reducing waste.

Additionally, we introduced a teeth diagram and used toothbrushes to practice proper brushing techniques, emphasising on dental health.

October was a month of nutritional education and understanding the impact of food on dental health through playful learning. Sticker games helped classify foods underlining the importance of dental care. Our Early Learners also took on the responsibility of cleaning up after meals and packing away their water bottles, fostering their independence. Space Week ignited imaginations with the creation of colorful planets and fruity cosmic plates, proving that creativity is as boundless as the universe. We celebrated Grandparents Day with heartfelt badges and a joyful party, culminating in a Halloween celebration enriched by the children's fantastic costumes, thank you to the parents' efforts.

November kicked off with exciting outdoor ball activities with plans to engage the children in more sports to promote physical wellbeing. Daily routines now include experiences around hygiene and healthy eating. We will tailor our upcoming recycle week to the children's interests, eagerly anticipating collaborative art projects using recyclable materials, enhancing their understanding of recycling, reusing, and reducing. Looking ahead, we're excited for Crazy Hair Day.

As we continue nurturing each child's sense of self and their unique place in the world, we are grateful for the ongoing support and collaboration from all our families. Here's to a term filled with growth, joy, and ongoing learning!

Kind Regards, Miss TaTa and Miss Caroline.

Junior Early Years Room

Dear Valued Families of the Junior Early Years Room.

What fun and exciting experiences we have been exploring here in the Junior Early Years room over the past few months with the children achieving and extending on their developmental milestones. We've also conducted science experiments, engaged in sensory experiences and researched animal facts with the children in order to build on their current knowledge and further their ideas in learning themes of interest. We have also had so much to celebrate with birthdays and special family gatherings such as our Father's Day and Grandparent's Day morning tea events.

It has been rewarding to see how the children grow and extend on their ideas and interests, as it showcases each child's personality and personal development. We are proud to say that each child has shown confidence in their learning with regards to communication, toileting and self-help skills. We are excited to see more of their ideas and personalities grow in the next following months as we learn through play and connecting to our community. It has given me so much pride caring for these beautiful children, helping them with their milestones and being a part of their journey. I would also like to thank you all for the positivity and ideas. I will be taking some time away, as my last day will be the beginning of December.

Thank you all for the wonderful memories, it's not a goodbye, it's a see you later.

Kind Regards, Miss Neeka and Miss Rianon.

Early Years Room

Dear Valued Early Years Families.

In September, we celebrated Child Protection Week during which children had the opportunity to learn about various safety aspects, including road safety. As part of these experiences the children engaged in a craft activity involving handprints, where they expressed their safe people, the concept of stranger danger, and how to protect themselves from potential risks.

We celebrated the arrival of spring with a variety of seasons-appropriate activities, such as painting bee hives, crafting sun catchers and shaping insects and flowers using playdough. Additionally, we created a small music corner equipped with various musical instruments, allowing all the children to engage in musical exploration, identify different sounds and learn about different playing techniques.

In October, the children were involved in the world of Australian animals. We engaged in various activities, including reading books and participating in arts and crafts. We created koala crafts by painting paper plates and exploring the koala's habitat, diet and the season in which they give birth to their babies. Additionally, we had a delightful kangaroo craft session, during which the children assembled kangaroo bodies and added googly eyes, making it an enjoyable activity.

As the month continued, we participated in more spring-themed activities, involving painting flowers and crafting rainbow-themed handprints using a spectrum of vibrant paints. Furthermore, we celebrated Halloween, with children dressing up in their favourite Halloween costumes. The grandparent's morning tea was a hit, as the children enjoyed quality time with their grandparents. During Recycling Week, we engaged in enjoyable and educational activities. I demonstrated the use of four different colour-coded bins explaining which items should be placed in each bin and emphasising the importance of recycling.

We are looking forward to Christmas, with a focus on enjoyable activities and festive room decorations.

Kind Regards, Miss Anum and Ms Chloe

Senior Early Years Room

Dear Valued Senior Early Years Families.

As we get closer to the end of the year and the Christmas season, I just wanted to say how much myself and Ms Raquel have enjoyed watching your little ones grow this year! Just a little recap for September and October as the children participated in a variety of events throughout these months!

In September we had a delicious afternoon tea for all the father figures in celebration of Father's Day and the children participated in a variety of activities and hands-on learning for child protection week.

In October we had a beautiful morning tea to celebrate Grandparents Day, where the children and grandparents got to engage in some great activities and eat some amazing snacks! We had a day for Daniel Morcombe where everyone was encouraged to wear red and of course Halloween, the children and educators all joined in on the fun of dressing up in their scariest Halloween costumes and participating in some fun filled Halloween activities!

In the month of November we look forward to recycling week, where the children will be able to engage in activities to learn all about recycling and we have crazy hair day, where we can all come with our hair out, up and all out crazy! We are thankful for all the support from our families throughout the year and can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

Kind Regards, Miss Maddi and Ms Raquel.

Kindergarten Room

Hello Valued Families of the Kindergarten Room.

In the Kindy room the children have been very busy as they prepare for the transition to primary school next year! They have been developing their scissor skills, shape identification, memory games, letter-sound identification and how to write their name. We completed a special project called 'Loud and Proud' where the children engaged in a collaborative discussion during group time about what it means to be proud of who we are and why we shouldn't let what other people say about us make us change who we are. Miss Mikaela asked the children to answer questions about their favourite things and recorded them.

The children were encouraged to join Miss Mikaela in the art area where a variety of music was playing and the children were then offered coloured paper and oil pastels. The children were asked to draw how the music was making them feel. Photos were then taken of the children with their mouths open wide as they yelled out loudly. The children helped as Miss Mikaela cut around the images of the children and glued them onto each child's drawing. She then cut out the 7 questions she had asked the children and they helped to glue them onto their drawing. These artworks have been displayed in the room for a few weeks now and each day the children can be heard discussing with their friends what they said for their artwork and complementing each other.

Recently the children explored our solar system for Space Week. The children helped to make each of the planets. We researched the different colours of all the planets and got started! We used paper lanterns as the shape and used our knowledge from our research to paint each of the different planets. The children also learnt all about a planet called Pluto which is no longer a planet! This experience was beneficial for the children as they worked collaboratively to make decisions on which colours we needed to paint the planets and what they needed to look like. The children engaged in positive discussions about whether humans live on the other planets too!

Kind Regards, Miss Mikaela and Miss Jaz.

Small Business Promotionn
Kidi Kingdom Child Care wishes to thank the following local business for their continued support.

Please email marketing@kidikingdom.com.au if you would like your business featured in our Newsletter.
PARENTS HUMOUR
Educator of the Month

Team Member of the Month for September is Ms Taneeka!

Team member of the month of September for being highly valued by the families of Kidi Kingdom Child Care community and for providing her ongoing support throughout the centre to her fellow educators and children and for being a true team player who is always finding ways to excel.

Team Member of the Month for October is Ms Mikaela!

Team member of the month of October for providing a fun, engaging and inspiring educational kindergarten program and supporting the children in their transitions to school.

Team Member of the Month for November is Ms Anum!

Team member of the month of November for her dedication in stepping up as Room Leader in our Early Years Room.

 

Cooking with Children!

Sweet Potato and Apple Fritters.

How to Make this Recipe

● Peel and dice the sweet potato, and then cook until mashable. I did this step in the microwave. (Image 1) Drain off as much liquid as you can.

● Grate the apple (I used a box grater). (Image 2)

● Mash the sweet potato. (Image 3)

● Mix in the grated apple (Image 4)

● Add the flour, egg and sage in a large bowl to the sweet potato mixture.

● Mix until all combined.

● Grab tablespoonfuls and cook over medium heat with olive oil in a fry pan/ skillet.

● Flip when golden brown and cook until golden on the other side. Drain on paper towels.

 
Expert Tips and FAQs

The quickest way to cook the sweet potato is in the microwave, I just select "potatoes" and press go! That way they are cooked through for mashing.

 
Children's Birthday Celebrations
Zaynoah Atlas Finny
Eve Tilley Henry
Olivia Nola Brendan
Demi Kalani Raymon
Laim Knox Alan
Anaisa   Isaac
Centre Photos

 
 

Kidi Kingdom Child Care Centres

Coomera Centre

Address: 87 Brygon Creek Drive, Upper Coomera QLD 4209

Telephone: (07) 5529 9170

eMail: c@kidikingdom.com.au

Hillcrest Centre

Address: 16 Sweetgum Street, Hillcrest QLD 4118

Telephone: (07) 3800 7766

eMail: h@kidikingdom.com.au

Springfield Centre

Address: 36 Sapphire Street, Springfield, QLD 4300

Telephone: (07) 3818 2900

eMail: s@kidikingdom.com.au

Pimpama Centre

Address: 1 Winchester Cres, Pimpama QLD 4209

Telephone: (07) 5619 8111

eMail: p@kidikingdom.com.au

 

 

 

 

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