Katoomba Leura Preschool

June/July Winter Newsletter

Being outside in all weather.............

Now that winter has arrived in the mountains and the mornings are bringing frost and fog to our surrounds, just a reminder  to dress your child appropriately for the weather.  Layers work best, so that should the day warm up a little later, some layers can be discarded. We try to spend time outdoors everyday, regardless of the weather, so gumboots, snug jackets, raincoats, mittens and hats all make great additions to your preschool backpack.  A change of clothes, as pants, socks and tops can get wet, is always a good idea. We encourage all of our families to have a couple of wetbags (available for sale in the office) in their child's backpack in which to pop their wet clothing.  Our beautiful garden is a space we all enjoy spending a little time in each day.  From the experience of watching our chooks forage to jumping in muddy puddles or just relaxing in a sunny spot with a book, time connecting with nature is never a waste. Encouraging  your child to partake of the outdoors no matter what the weather can prove to be a lifelong pleasure.

Preschool accounts

  • It is preschool policy that all accounts are paid two weeks in advance. The easiest way to settle your account is by direct debit. Credit card payments in the office incur a 2% fee.  Our bank account details for direct debit are as follows:
  • BSB 112 879 A/c No: 043523215
  • Should you be unable to settle your account, please call our office asap to arrange a payment plan. Our preferred method of payment is for families to pay their term account in full at the beginning of term allowing you to not concern yourself with fortnightly accounts.  Please email Dianne on dianne.katoombaleurapreschool@gmail.com to request your account for the full term.

Drop off and pick up reminder

A reminder to families that all children need to  be signed in upon arrival and out upon departure from the centre.  Drop off is anytime after 8.30am and pickup is prior to 4pm.  Please ensure you arrive in the afternoons with enough time to have departed the centre by 4pm as all children need to have left preschool by this time

Tree Day

National Tree Day,  was co-founded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John. It has now grown in to Australia's largest community tree planting and nature protection event. National Tree Day is a call to action for all Australians to put their hands in the earth and give back to their community. Each year, about 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in environmental activities that educate individuals about the world around them. It's a day to venture outdoors and get to know your community, and most importantly, to have fun! Here at preschool we will be enjoying a day in our beautiful gardens on Wednesday 31st July between 11am and 1pm, planting, weeding and enjoying the outdoors.  There will be a sausage sizzle between 11am and 1pm and a variety of plants you can purchase to plant with your child. We hope to see you there.

What has been happening at preschool

Please click on the link below for your child's room to see what has been happening there

Lilli Pilli






Bush Trackers

Bush Trackers celebrates one of the most valuable resources the Blue Mountains has to offer kids and families- NATURE! Bush Trackers is a Blue Mountains environmental education initiative designed to connect children and their families with ‘the bush’ and to promote the natural spaces within our local communities as ‘child-friendly’ places. The inspiration for Bush Trackers came from the Stronger Families Alliance and its vision of creating Child Friendly Communities across the Blue Mountains. Much has been written about the importance and healing benefit of connecting with nature and the positive correlations between human health, intelligence and nature. 

Studies reveal that children are healthier, happier, and perhaps even smarter and more creative when they have a connection to nature. Nature has positive effects on children with attention deficit disorder, asthma, and obesity, and being in nature relieves stress and improves physical health. Adults who work in spaces incorporating nature into their design are more productive, healthy and creative; and hospital patients with a view of nature from their window heal faster. Living in the Blue Mountains we have a National Park at our doorstep – a habitat for flora and fauna, intricately connected with the traditional owners, ready to be explored, respected and protected. 

Illness at preschool

Children come into contact with many other children and adults in an early education and care service environment, which can result in the contracting of infectious illnesses. Quality standards require that we put specific strategies into action to minimise the spread of infectious illnesses.

Remember: While every reasonable effort is taken to minimise the spread of illness, it is not possible to prevent the spread of all illnesses or diseases at preschool.  At some point you may need to keep your child away from preschool due to illness.

It can be difficult for families to know when their child is sick enough to need to stay at home. Taking time off work or study to care for an ill child at home can sometimes be challenging, so it is important to plan and identify care options in the event that your child is not well enough to attend preschool. 

We are required to maintain a focus not only on the wellbeing of your child, but also on the wellbeing of other children and the staff. Having some options identified and a plan about how your family will care for ill children will minimise the difficulties, especially for working families. It is important staff follow preschool’s policy for the exclusion of ill children, in the interests of all children’s health.

Why do children sometimes become ill when they are at preschool?

Children are more susceptible to picking up illnesses when they first start preschool because they come into contact with more people than they do in their own homes and are exposed to a range of infections they may not yet be immune to.

To promote children’s healthy growth, learning and development, staff nurture children and encourage them to play and explore their environment. Through play, nurture and exploration, children at preschool have close physical contact with others and their environment. Therefore children can be exposed to infectious illnesses through physical contact with other children, adults, toys and surfaces or through airborne illness such as coughing or sneezing.

Why should my child be excluded from preschool when they are ill?

Health and regulating authorities recommend, and in some cases require us to exclude ill children from the service. We work to prevent the spread of illness by minimising the transmission of infectious disease from one person to another.  To reduce the likelihood of illnesses spreading, services have specific hygiene procedures in place such as hand washing, cleaning toys and sanitising surfaces.

All children, staff and families at preschool benefit from the practice of excluding ill children. Unwell children need additional individual comfort and attention that is difficult to provide in a preschool environment. Ill children can also recover more quickly if they can rest and be cared for at home, ensuring the infection is less likely to spread to other children, families and staff.

How can I protect my child from becoming ill at preschool?

Immunisation is the most effective way to prevent some serious childhood illness. We require children to be fully immunised in order to enrol - unless this is not possible due to medical reasons. If a vaccine preventable disease occurs at preschool, families will be asked to exclude non-immunised children from care. This protects the non-immunised child and helps to prevents the further spread of infection.

How do I know if my child is not well enough to go?

A child should not attend preschool if they have an infectious illness. As a general rule children should also not attend if they have an illness that prevents them from comfortably participating in activities at the service.

Sometimes children have ongoing medical needs that can be taken care of such as asthma or anaphylaxis. In these situations, we document the child’s general health and behaviour status at enrolment, in consultation with the family. This helps staff to know what is ‘normal’ health and behaviour for children with additional health needs.

What happens if my child gets ill at preschool?

Educators are not medical practitioners and are not able to diagnose whether or not a child has an infectious illness.

However, if an infectious illness is suspected, we may ask the family to come and collect their child as soon as possible or not to bring the child in at all. Sometimes we will request the family seek medical advice and get a medical certificate confirming the child is no longer infectious, before allowing the child to return to preschool.

What if my child needs medication?

Some children will need to take medication on an ongoing basis to treat an illness or condition, such as asthma. When children are ill they may also need medication to help manage symptoms or promote recovery. Sometimes over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol can hide the symptoms of an infectious illness; however children who have an infectious illness may need medical attention and additional care and should not attend preschool.

It is important to talk to staff about the our policies on medication and to discuss your child’s medical needs. It is important to also note that we have a policy not to administer over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol, without a doctor’s instructions.

Nature PlaySpace

My Community Project funds projects in NSW to help improve the wellbeing of people and communities. Successful projects will be determined through a public vote and the projects that receive the most support will receive funding. Katoomba Leura Preschool has applied for funding for a Nature Play Space for our children and community and you can help by voting for us. The link is https://mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au/ and we would be most grateful for your help.