Bauer Street Newsletter November 2019

We would like to welcome Ebony and Natalia the team. Ebony is our new ECT (Prep teacher) and is stepping in for Kelli who is currently on maternity leave. Natalia B. will be working in the Junior Kindy room and is replacing Kara. On that happy note we would like to Congratulate Kelli & Silkie on the birth and safe arrival of their baby boy Rowan who was born on 19/11/19. Baby and mum are doing well.


We would like to congratulate “2019 Preps” on their graduation and how well they performed and behaved on the night. I would like to give a huge thank you to Kelli, Dimi, Leslie and all the staff that helped on the night and for their commitment and time that went into making this night a memorable evening. We shall miss you all!

Fees for 2020
The new fee structure for 2020 has been approved by the management committee. Please see fee structure below: (This is before any Child Care Subsidy has been added.)
Nursery & Toddlers $105 per day
Junior & Senior Kindy $100 per day
Pre-prep $ 95 per day

If you have a sibling starting at the centre in 2020 please call into the office and collect your child’s enrolment kit, fill out forms and return to office at your earliest convenience.

Christmas presents/donations
We have decorated and placed the Christmas tree in the dining room and are now getting ready for Santa Ho! Ho! Ho! With the help of the Salvation Army we are organising donations to be given to Bushfire victims. Donations of groceries, clothes and Christmas presents will be greatly appreciated. If you are donating gifts, please wrap, label and state either boy/girl and the age of the child. You may also like to give a gift for an Adult. All donations big or small will help families who are in great need. Once again, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Parking for the children’s Christmas party may pose a problem due to our parking lot being utilised for the party and low car spaces on the street. Please be mindful of the start time for the concert (6.00pm) and that it may take time to find parking. Woolworths at the Meriton on Brighton Parade offers underground parking for 2hours if you are stuck while looking for a spot.

Centre Closing
The last day the centre will be opened before we close for the Christmas break is Monday 23rd December. If your child comes on Mondays and you will not be attending on that day could you, please let the office know as we will need to be mindful of ratios and staffing numbers. We will be closed from Tuesday 24th December and re-open on Monday 6th January 2020. If you are not returning to the centre in 2020, Monday the 23rd Dec 2019will be your child’s last day.

Policy review QA6
The centre has currently reviewed policies and procedures for QA 6 – Collaborative partnerships with families and communities, and I have attached a copy of the Parent involvement policy below which has been passed at our latest Parent Committee meeting.

To encourage parents’ participation in the Centre with respect to their individual
circumstances and time restraints.
We believe that parental involvement and support is an essential component in running a high-quality service and a way for parents to become familiar with the philosophy and goals of the Centre, and the program expectations.
1. On enrolment of their child/children information is supplied to parents regarding all aspects of centre management and operations; philosophy and goals; policies and practices.
2. Parents are always welcome to visit the Centre and to take part in routine activities and special events with respect and consideration given to the children’s program (refer ‘Family Access Policy’).
3. For parents whose first language is not English every effort will be made to provide Centre information in their native language. Resource people (MDA Brisbane -Multicultural Centre) will be utilised during the orientation process and throughout the child’s time in care to assist with any communication difficulties.
4. We encourage parents to become involved in their child’s room and the Centre overall, at a level that is comfortable and convenient – providing resource materials for art/craft work; joining us on excursions; joining the Parent Management Committee; sharing their individual skills and knowledge with the children.
5. Encourage regular and open communication between families, staff and management as a way of sharing information and providing continuity between home and the Centre.
6. All parents become active members of the Community Centre on their child’s enrolment and as a commitment to this community they are asked to attend the Annual General Meeting at the beginning of each New Year.