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Our new transition to School Program

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Our new transition to School Program

Our management Team at  St Mary Multicultural Early Learning Centres have developed a new and extensive Transition to school program. The development process involved feedback from our local primary schools, early childhood educators, families as well as our local community to ensure we provide the best for our preschoolers. Our aim is to prepare our children for the next big step in their lives, which is Kindergarten. We endeavor to make this transition as smooth and as successful as possible, ensuring each child reaches their full potential at their own pace. Our highly qualified educators will engage our preschoolers in a range of learning experiences which will challenge their thinking, memory as well as language skills in fun and interactive ways. Our program also includes teaching the children 2 foreign languages though out the year, teaching how to play a range of musical instruments as well as implementing a fun & challenging Physical program once a week by an external service. Please refer to the grid below for more information. Please note, each service will alter the program slightly to suit their children’s needs, family & community feedback as well as their local area dynamics.   Download our Transition to School Program...

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Involving Parents

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At St Mary Multicultural ELC, we are always delighted to receive feedback and welcome the involvement of our families, educators and local communities at our services. Families are encouraged to be involved in the operation of the services and we respect their wishes regarding to the level of involvement. Families and visitors are welcome at any time (please refer to OPEN DOORS). Parents and other family members are encouraged to share a cultural activity with the children such as craft, cooking or musical experience. Special experiences are arranged during the year to allow all family members and other members of the community to participate in the service’s daily operation. e.g. Visitors from the local community to educate us about their roles, visit from families to share their favourite dishes, cultural education or share their family experiences with us. Other activities which we strongly encourage parents to participate in are: Family/Teacher Nights Held every six months at the centre where parents can meet the centre staff and receive information about the progress of their child. Family/Staff Committee Meetings are held monthly, during which time Accreditation Principles, Centre Policies and general business is discussed and evaluated. Family Suggestion Box Located in the foyer whereby parents have the opportunity to provide the centre with any feedback. Family Involvement Week Annual Calendar of Events Monthly Centre Policy and procedure reviews Excursions/Incursions...

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Daily Routine

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General Outline of Daily Program 0-3 years old Age Group 7am Centre opens. 7am-8.30am Children start the day in the 0-3years room. During this time, we are engaged in combined free indoor/outdoor play. Older children assist educators in daily duties as we set up the environment & water our plants/trees indoors and outdoors. 8.30am-8.50am 3-5years children transition to own room. 8.50am Transition to morning tea. 9am-9.30am Morning tea, Children are encouraged to serve and feed themselves. 9.30am- 11.10am Transition outdoors (sun safety songs, alphabet songs, numbers, colours) Free indoor/outdoor play based on children’s interest & extended plans. If the weather is wet/too hot or too cold, we remain indoors and gross motor experiences are provided indoors or on verandah to encourage the children to use their larger muscles and be active. 11.15 am Transition indoors to prepare for lunch & rest time. Children wash hands, get their sheets from their bags and are encouraged to set up own bed. During this time we also reflect on our morning, what we enjoyed most and what we would like to do later on. 11.20am Lunch time Children have the opportunity to serve their own meals, fruit & water. Once they have completed their meals, they place their food scraps in our scrap bowl, stack plates and cups on lunch trolley. We use our food scraps to feed our worm farm. 12pm Transition to bathroom. Children sit on the transition mat while we sing or share our special news with peers. 12.15pm-1.30pm Rest & relaxation time Children are encouraged to sleep or just lay down on own beds while listening to relaxation music. Having a rest ensures our body and brain develops and grows well. Children who do not want to sleep are given books of choice to help them rest & relax their bodies while reading/looking at books. 1.30pm – 2pm Quiet activities. As children start to wake up, they are encouraged to pack away their sheets; put socks and shoes on, use toilet, then get involved in quiet activities while peers start to wake up. 2pm-2.15pm Intentional teaching/group time Educator and children discuss what we did in relation to calendar of events, what parents have suggested or group time discussions related to our topics of interest. 2.20pm Transition to afternoon tea time and sunscreen application. 2.30pm-2.45pm Afternoon tea. Children are encouraged to serve own meal 2.45pm-3pm Divided group times 0-2 years: nursery rhymes, simple counting, simple shapes, baby tummy times, peekabo games 2-3 years: Group time about colours, shapes, numbers & letters recognition as well as story telling time. 3pm-4pm Free indoor / outdoor play (depending on weather) 4pm Transition to late supper 4.10pm-4.30pm Late supper 4.30pm-6pm Free indoor play. Educational TV programs are available if children are interested between 5pm-6pm. 5.30pm-6pm Combine both groups together in 3-5 years room. 6pm Centre closed 3-5 years old Age Group 7am Centre opens. 7am-8.30am Children start the day in the 0-3years room. During this time, we are engaged in combined free indoor/outdoor play. Older children assist educators in daily duties as we set up the environment & water our plants/trees indoors and outdoors. 8.30am-8.50am 3-5years children transition to own room. 8.50am Transition to morning tea. 9am-9.30am Morning tea, Children are encouraged to serve and feed themselves. 9.30am- 11.10am Free indoor/outdoor play based...

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Connecting with our local communities

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Connecting with our local communities

At St Mary Multicultural ELC, we are passionate about our community as well as educating the children about it’s importance, how to connect and stay connected with our communities. Our educators ensure to acknowledge the Indigenous people of our land [The Darug People] and we pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who may be here today.  We ensure to do so by inviting our local elders in the community to come in and educate the children about the Aboriginal and Tors Trait Islander cultures, we participate in the “Welcome to the Country” program, we provide the children with opportunities to learn about and get involved in Aboriginal art/craft, story telling, making music and musical instruments as well as exposing them to the Aboriginal & TSI cultures through our daily experiences. Some of the ways we stay connected with our community; Visits to our local primary schools and inviting the primary schools into our services for family information nights. Visits to the local library, musems & parks. Visits to our local nursing homes. Visits to the neighbours around the services. Inviting our local community services (Police/ Fire Brigade/ Ambulance officers) to our centres. inviting our local librarians & council rangers to come in to our...

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Like our Facebook Page

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Like our Facebook Page

To keep an on going and continuous update relationship with our families as well as community members,  we invite everyone to like our Facebook page, St Mary Multicultural Child Care Centre. One the page, each branch takes a turn each week to make daily posts about the different updates occurring at the service. Families and our local community members can see what the children are involved in and what learning experiences are happening at the centres on daily bases. For privacy reasons, we keep the children’s faces and identities anonymous.  ...

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Smithfield Branch: Meet Mrs Sally

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Sally Gewargis is the area manager and authorised supervisor for our Prairiewood & Smithfield Branches. Miss Sally is based full time at Smithfield, with regular visits to Prairiewood to ensure our services provide the highest quality of care and education at all times. Miss Sally also networks with all branches in NSW, and other services in the community to ensure we keep up to date information and practices in our early childhood sector. Miss Sally lives locally, has 2 beautiful children, which both have attended our services, and is passionate about Early childhood! Her goals are to ensure we maintain our high reputation in NSW, to keep doing what she loves, Directing at St Mary Multicultural ELC and keeping our community happy and well cared for. During her free time, Miss Sally loves to travel, spend as much time with her children as possible and shopping! To meet Miss Sally, pop by at our Smithfield...

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