Katoomba Leura Preschool

Term 1 2019

Welcome Back to preschool

As the summer holidays draw to a close, it is with great excitement that we wait to welcome our children back to preschool.  We are looking forward to catching up with familiar faces and hearing about what fun summer has provided and also meeting new friends who are starting at preschool this year. It is such an honour that we can work together to develop your child in a holistic manner throughout all areas of our preschool program.  

Our first day back to school for children is Wednesday 30th January 2019.

Throughout the first term we will discuss with each family goals that we as educators will have as a focus to work on with your child.  Your input is invaluable.  We will be documenting the children’s learning through floor books and you are encouraged to enjoy these books whenever you have time to stop and look. 

To start of our year we will be looking at ourselves and our families.  As staff we hold this as a priority as we want and need to build up trust with each and every family. We would like to invite all families to bring in a photo of their family. Please always feel you can make a time to discuss with the educators in your child’s room how your child has been throughout the day or discuss anything that may be concerning you.

A few reminders: 

·      Please label all of your child’s belongings.

·      Please only bring water to school for your child to drink.

·      Please provide nude food in your child lunchbox.  

        This is in accordance with our sustainability policy.

·      Please visit the office to purchase two wet bags for your child.

·      Your child will be given their own preschool hat which will stay at preschool.

We hope you have all had a fantastic new year and we are looking forward with excitement to when you and your child begin their journey at Katoomba Leura Preschool.

Fire Season

Last year Alison attended a Rural Fire Service briefing at the Katoomba Control Centre for community members. This session highlighted the importance of preparing for the upcoming bushfire season. We here at preschool are preparing for the fire season with bushfire drills, updating our supply boxes and reviewing our bushfire policy  We encourage our families to consider updating their own fire plans and familiarising yourselves with guidance provided by the RFS in relation to fire advisories. We also ask that you ensure that you have downloaded the Skoolbag app as this may be our primary form of communication should the telephone lines be clogged or not operational during an emergency. For more information on alert levels and danger rates see the following links: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/3113/Bush-Fire-Alerts-Factsheet.pdf http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fdr-and-tobans?a=1421

Please consider downloading the Fires Near Me app for up to date information as well as following the Blue Mountains RFS Facebook pages for up to date information. https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

Please click the button below to view a quick fact sheet about bush fires. 

Vacancies for our Committee

As 2018 came to a close, were are sad to say goodbye to a number of our Committee members.  Jane who has been a remarkable and pro-active President will be leaving as will Sarah, Diana and Kit who have all donated their time, ideas and enthusiasm to our parent body.  We are most grateful for your input and thank you for the hard work you have done this year, you will all be sorely missed.

Should you wish to join our Committee, please contact Alison to discuss which role you might prefer and to receive an information pack.  Our meeting are generally monthly here at preschool and we are happy to work around your schedule. We would welcome any new members with open arms!

Free Food for our Families

One of the nice things about being part of our beautiful Blue Mountain's community is the support we receive from local businesses. Each week during school terms, we are able to provide an array of free food from Baker's Delight, Mountain High Pies and Earth Recovery for our families in need.

Every Friday morning after 8.30am delicious pies, fresh baked goods, a huge selection of breads and rolls and a wide variety of other products re available for our families to collect.  Please bring your own bags and be early!  A reminder that because of Health Department regulations all food must handled with tongs, which are provided, and children must remain outside the staffroom.

Leonard the Lyrebird

Leonard the Lyrebird is a sweet story about friendship, bravery and being your true self, and it’s set in the beautiful bush of the Blue Mountains.

It’s first and foremost an Australian bush animal story – about Leonard and his quest to find a pal – with a handful of references to landmarks in the Blue Mountains you may know, have visited or even live near.

Including a mix of prose and verse, it’s playful and meaningful with a bunch of fun sounds, and it has a bit of tension towards the end with cameos from a fox and the mysterious Australian Aboriginal mythical creature: the bunyip.

Illustrated by one of our very talented preschool mums, we have a few copies of this book available for sale at preschool.

Things to remember

  • Drop off your new enrolment form for the year at the office
  • If you have a health care card, be sure the office has a copy to allow you to receive reduced fees
  • Make sure your child's up to date immunisation record had been supplied to preschool
  • Ensure you have advised staff about any allergies, asthma requirements or other matters which impact your child
  • Remember, preschool is a nut free zone.  We have a number of children with severe allergies and ask that you are careful not to include nuts or nut products in your child's lunchbox.  We also have a child with sesame seed allergy and ask that youedxclude these from your child's lunch box