Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Reminder of Closing Dates


Please note that our dates of closure this year are:

Last Day: December 23rd 2015 – 6:30PM

Re-Open: January 4th 2016 – 6:30AM

Immunisation Schedule - Mitcham 2016

Hi Parents,

Please find available the Mitcham Council Immunistion Schedule for 2016 on the following address:


Sunday, 29 November 2015

Libby's CD For Sale

             Toddler and Kindy

  Pre-Release Special Offer

Hawthorn Child Care Centre
Thankyou  from Libby.

Toddler CD:(36 Songs)  $20.00      ( Rec.Retail $24.95)
Including all the  children’s favourite songs.
Hello, Goodbye, Wally Wombat, The Bunny Song,  Pony Song, Fruit Salad and many more.

Kindy  CD:(32 Songs) $20.00       (Rec. Retail $24.95)
Including all the Kindy’s favourite songs.
 Hello, Goodbye, Wally Wombat, The Robot Song, The Hippo Song, Australian Animals and many more.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

0-2 year old yard renovation update

 We are so excited to see the progress of our yard! 

We are adding a new sandpit, and backyard play area - also expanding the yard to where the castle used to be :) 

We are hoping our outside time and our new yard will be up and running and back to normal in the next week. 

Bug Hotel!

Thank you so much to Olive's Dad Brett, for making us our very own Bug Hotel! 

When you have some time, you should come out into the Kindy Yard and see if you can find any bugs yourself! - We have seen lots of ants, leaf bugs, butterflies and stick insects! 

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Immunisation Information

Proposed changes to immunisation requirements

From 1 January 2016, subject to the passage of legislation, immunisation requirements will apply to all children and young people under 20 years of age for: 

These changes will affect customers who receive Grandparent Child Care Benefit, Special Child Care Benefit, and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance.You won’t be exempt from vaccinating your children due to personal, philosophical or religious beliefs. Parents and carers with children who aren’t vaccinated and don’t have a medical exemption won’t be eligible for Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate or Family Tax Benefit Part A.Exemptions for approved medical reasons will continue to apply. If there’s a medical reason why your child can’t be vaccinated, you need to talk to your general practitioner.

Next steps:
  • If you are currently receiving payments and your child doesn’t meet immunisation requirements or we’re unable to determine their immunisation status, we’ll contact you before your payments are affected
  • You can check your child’s immunisation history statement by:
  • using your Medicare online account through myGov. If you don’t have a myGov account, you can create one and then link it to your Medicare online account, or
  • using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. If you don’t have the app, you can download it to your mobile device from the App Store or Google Play™
  • You can request the immunisation records of children 14 years of age or older by calling the Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809

Netherby Kindergarten Information

Netherby Kindergarten
Bruce Webb Crescent
Urrbrae (off Waite Road)

Netherby Kindergarten is a DECD (Department for Education and Child
Development) preschool providing a
play-based program which focuses on each individual child’s learning. The
program is planned using Belonging, Being, Becoming, The Early Years Learning
Framework for Australia.

Building strong relationships with and between the children and their families builds children’s confidence and sense of belonging.
Children are seen as competent and capable, and the curriculum is developed with the children to ensure that their questions and wonderings are explored, and their interests followed. 
The children are challenged to think deeply and to reflect on their learning. 

The Preschool Literacy and Numeracy
Indicators are used to determine each child’s knowledge and to plan and build on their skills and understanding.
Literacy and numeracy experiences are provided throughout each day through play experiences and also at group times. At Netherby Kindergarten children are organised in small groups to maximize their engagement in learning.

Excursions and incursions include
performances at the kindergarten and Grainger Studios by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, as well as attending the Patch Theatre. 
These experiences provide opportunities for rich literacy learning as the children prepare for the event and then reflect on what they recalled from the performance. Parents are welcome to share these experiences.

 The outdoor play areas provides changing and challenging opportunities tor children to
explore nature, to climb and be active, to grow vegetables, and to develop projects together. The play area is being further developed with support from Nature Play SA to increase the opportunities for exploration and physically activity.

Sustainable practices influence the activities provided, the materials used and ensure that the children are involved in caring for the
environment, recycling, as well as growing
vegetables and cooking healthy food.

 Each year a Family Art Show is held.
Community links are explored and we have been able to use the artistic expertise
within our kindergarten families to offer the children a unique experience each year. Parents have introduced the children to making pots and medallions from porcelain clay, fractal art and mixed media on canvas. The children also produce a canvas painting as well as a craypas and wash picture. The process is documented and photographs and stories from the children are displayed with the art.

A bush garden has been planted by the kindergarten community and this provides opportunities for children to observe native birds, insects, as well as the occasional
koala, possum, lizard and native frog. Each August and November a Tawny Frogmouth nests in a tree by the fence and the children watch the nest and look for the new fledglings.

For more information
or to arrange a visit, please

Phone: 8313 7076


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Kindy Room Recycling Week

Look what our Kindy Room friends have made! 

His name is Lemmi and he is cardboard made recycle bot!

We used old boxes and our friends made him to celebrate and learn all about Recycle 

Come and have a look at him in our Kindy Room!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Father Christmas is coming!

Father Christmas is coming….
Father Christmas this year will be dropping the children’s presents off on his way to the North Pole.
 Before the children leave the centre for Christmas there will be a present waiting for them. Please ask the girls for your child’s present.

We would like to thank all parents for their support and kindness they have shown us this year.
We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Fee Structure 2016

Fees Schedule from January 1st 2016
Daily:                   $95.00
Half Day:             $60.00**
Weekly:               $425.00
Half Day Kindy Mitcham (Pick up and Drop Off) $95.00
All day Kindy Mitcham:    $85.00
Drop Off:  8:30AM           Pick Up: 3:00PM
Netherby: $85.00

**Please note – we will not be doing half days for any new parents, or for parents that have not had a Half Day booking previously.
These timings need to be adhered too as now with our digital sign in; if you come outside of these times and are time stamped in you may be charged Full Day fees.
The Half Day fee schedule is as follows:
AM Session: 6:30AM – 12:30PM
PM Session: 12:30Pm – 6:30PM

We would like to take this opportunity to explain our fee increase to you.
Our suppliers have also been increasing their own prices. These products directly impact the children’s care within the centre for products such as food, nappies, cleaning supplies and toys/experiences.
At Hawthorn Child Care Centre we endeavour to offer high quality care. We are always looking at our practises and constantly improving them further, and we welcome parent feedback to do this.
At the moment 80 per cent of our staff has their Diplomas in Children Services and 3 qualified or actively studying their Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. The other staffs are currently up skilling to improve their qualifications to provide better educational outcomes for your children.
In line with the new government ratios changes (1-10 is now going to 1-5), we are aiming to phase in the new ratios of educator to children towards the end of the year. This will provide exceptional quality care to children across our centre.
We have always been very fortunate to find high quality staff and retain them which in the industry is becoming harder and harder.
We would also like to give our families advanced notice that we will be reassessing the fee structure again for July 2016. Because of the Government changes to the childcare sector our running costs are increasing, however we did not want to raise our costs with one large increase. The final figure has yet to be determined but you will be given notice well before the end of the year of any changes.
After doing our own research we have discovered that we are still one of the cheaper Centre’s in the area and we endeavour to remain so.
We thank you for your support you have given our centre.

Guitta and Staff

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

New Stepping Logs

Look at our new stepping logs! We had them installed earlier on this week and we think they look great, and the children love them! 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Remembrance Day 2015

Next Tuesday the 11th of November is Remembrance Day.

If you would like to purchase poppies - they are available in the Kindy Room or come and see Pamela in the office.

Animals Anonymous!

We are a mobile team of wildlife demonstrators and environmental educators offering shows and presentations with a diverse range of tame native animals. We aim to inspire and assist folks of all ages to love, conserve and enjoy the awesome natural world that surrounds us and encourage the use of local native plants around our homes, schools, work places.

Today we had Animals Anonymous come in to talk to our 2-5 year old classrooms! We had such a good time learning about all the different animals that they brought in. We loved hearing all about it - if you would like more information, please head to their website: 


We especially loved the sugar glider and Peter the Python! 

Brave Emily wasn't scared at all - and showed all the Kindy Kids how to hold Peter! 

Sam is a little scared of snakes, so she did very well to have a little pat of Peter the Python! 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Planet Ark

9th – 15th November is National Recycling Week. NRW aims to increase the environmental benefits, including greater tonnage consigned for recycling and less contamination by way of landfills, water courses etc. Developing and improving recycling habits is a continual process with enormous benefits for the environment and sustainability – reducing landfill, reducing energy consumption, minimising pollution and quite often, reduces costs on the community and society at large.

 Please be careful:
We have provided some links that may be of interest to you. As always, make your own judgement whether or not the information provided is suitable for your situation, and ensure that your internet virus and phishing protection is up to date. As many sites providing sustainability information are not-for-profit, they may be supported by advertising and other sites that is not obvious.

Please find more information with the link provide:


Shoot SA - November 16th

Hi Parents, 

We are excited to let you know that we will be having Michelle from Shoot SA coming to take photos on the 16th of November. 

Please let office staff know if you would like photos :) 

If you would like to look at Michelle's website please follow the link below: 

Starting School

As we are approaching the end of the year we would like to ask all families to please inform us if you will not be requiring your child’s booking to continue in 2016.

There is no need to contact us if there is no change to your booking, all current bookings will be carried over for 2016 unless families have indicated otherwise.

We received an industry newsletter yesterday with some information about a great early childhood initiative developed by the Australian Government. This initiative is call Starting Blocks and its aim is to help families prepare their children for early education and care and develop ways for them to work in partnership with their educators. Please follow this link if you would like to read further http://www.startingblocks.gov.au/

We would also like to let all families know that at this time we are currently fully booked, due to this we are very limited into the number of additional days that we can offer families from week to week, and at this stage will only be able to give a maximum of a week’s notice if we can offer an extra day. We thank your for your understanding.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Ipads Sign In System

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are very excited to inform you that our service has subscribed to a fantastic digital sign in/out program called QK Kiosk.
This will be implemented for  Monday the 19th of October.

 Why the new sign in/out process?
Our service is joining over 500 childcare services across Australia by subscribing to this modern sign in/out process. Its reputation proves itself to be the easiest and most time-saving sign in/out process in the market. Old paper sign in/out sheets are now a thing of the past as this QK Kiosk assists us to increase efficiency and better manage our centre because when you sign your child/ren in and out, your name, and the exact times are recorded and automatically updated in our main childcare management software program.

 How do I log in?
Soon we will have a device available, either at the front desk or one in each room. One the first day follow these simple steps:
1. Insert your phone number
 2. First time users your pin will be 0000.
*** It will ask you to set your private pin code. You have now set your log in details (phone number & pin).
3. Sign your child/ren in or, out or mark as absent.
4. Done!
 5. Repeat on collection.
If the QK Kiosk (touch screen) doesn’t accept your phone number, please double check with the staff if we have your correct phone number on our system. We can quickly update it, and then you’ll be able to log in.

 What happens if I need a family member or friend to drop off or collect?
 No worries, because family member or friend will be in our system as an emergency contact for your family. So they will have their own log in details (phone number & private pin) to drop off or collect. For a better understanding of how you’ll use the QK Kiosk to sing your child/ren in or out, please view this VIDEO.

 Parent involvement is extremely important to us and we are thrilled to be able to use this wonderful new sign in/out process. 

Welcome to our blog!

Hi Parents! 

Welcome to the new way that we will be communicating with you! In an attempt to shorten our emails to you as parents - we felt that it would be a good idea to have all of our information in one place. This blog will replace our periodic newsletters from the Centre. 

On this blog you will find centre information, upcoming events, and links to any websites that we think you as parents would benefit from or may find interesting. 

If you would like to contribute to our blog in anyway or would like to suggest content that you would like to see included please email us at: 

We look forward to sharing our information with you!