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DECEMBER 2011/JANUARY 2012

Welcome to the December 2011/January 2012 Camden Macarthur Child Care Directory Newsletter.

I can't believe another year has flown by. This is our last newsletter for 2011 and we return with all the latest news early February 2012.

Be sure to look at our Detailed Listings to find all the information you need to make the right choice for you and your family.

This month's parent resource is about Sun Safety, which is particularly important as summer has just started. We hope this provides you with some helpful tips and suggestions on how to keep your little ones protected.

WIN...WIN.... This month you have a chance to win 2 Westcott stationery packs valued at $50.00 each, one for you and one for your kids from Westcott

For your chance to win simply email us to go into the draw and tell us if you have used our newsletter or site to find or look for care or child related information.

Kind regards, Donna


FEATURED SERVICES
Pegasus Preschool & Long Day Care Centre
Our Pre-School opens at 7.30am and closes at 5.30pm. After school care goes through to 6.00pm.  Our centre's pre-school program operates between 9.00am and 3.00pm, the centre also offers Long day Care for those parents who seek all the benefits of Pre-Schooling for their children, with flexibility of extended hours for work or urgent commitments.

Pre-School operates Monday to Friday for 50 weeks a year. We are closed all public holidays, and for two weeks over Christmas.

Our program is designed to promote social, intellectual, emotional, physical and culture growth in each child.

Programs are developed based on the children's interests with the assistance of teacher's observations of the children's needs, and they are flexible and can be adapted to change of interest. 

Pegasus Pre School is licensed by the Department of Community Services to care for 30 children per day, and is staffed in accordance with the departments requirement relating to qualifications and staffing levels.  The staff at Pegasus Pre-School endeavour to provide your child with a warm and stimulating environment.

We are an accredited centre, and we continuously aim for the highest achievement of accreditation, which also means that our parents are eligible to claim Child Care Benefits provided by the Federal Government where applicable (dependant on the assessment of parents financial circumstances).

At Pegasus Pre-School, we provide morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the children. Our cook ensures that all the meals provided are part of their nutritional daily dietary requirements according to the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents (Nutrition Australia, 2003).

We look forward to showing you our lovely centre, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your child care needs.

Illawarra Children's Services is community-owned and not-for-profit and has served children and families with distinction since 1981.
For children of primary school age, we offer creative workshops and skoolzout - our recreation and arts clubs for children.
We also offer uplifting arts and equity programs so that all children can reach their full potential.
We are very proud of what we do. Come and see why we welcome all enquiries.

Skoolzout @ Harrington Park, Located at Fairfax Clubrooms, Sir Warwick Fairfax Drive, Harrington Park 2567.
Opening Times:
Before school: 7am - 9am
After school: 2.30pm - 6pm
School Holidays: 7am-6pm

Skoolzout @ Narellan, Located at Narellan Community Hall, Queen Street, Narellan 2567.
Opening Times:
Before school: 7am - 9am
After school: 2.30pm - 6pm
School Holidays: 7am-6pm

Narellan Early Learning Centre, 85 Richardson Road, Narellan 2567. Opening Times: 7.30am - 5.30pm.


Pied Piper Kindergarten. The children enjoy participating in a wide variety of activities at Pied Piper Kindergarten. At different child development stages our children get the best start to a great life in our quality childcare centre.

In the Cherubs nursery: Children in the nursery are beginning to learn about themselves and are becoming aware of the world and people around them. Babies learn through senses and will spend much of the day exploring - feeling different textures, hearing sounds, smelling and tasting new things for the very first time. What a wonderful way to learn.

In the toddlers rooms: Pied Pipers Lily's and Cupids are curious and busy little people. They learn by experimenting for instance what happens when they mix colours together. Social learning happens easy at our childcare centres is very important for children in this age group. Toddlers are beginning to learn important life lessons such as friendship, learning to share and take turns.

In the preschool group: Children in our Sunshine, Rainbow and Daisy Rooms are becoming increasingly independent. They're starting to use reasoning and problem solving skills. Strong friendships are made at childcare and a lot of fun is had when learning new skills and refining some of the skills already mastered. They are also developing their attention span and important skills for big school and beyond. Our extensive school readiness program is a great success with many of our past students excelling in their schooling life.

 If you would like to find out more please contact us to discuss your child care needs.


At maternitywear.com.au we're celebrating Christmas and New Year with a 20% off exclusive sale for Local Child Care's readers. That's 20% off everything including already reduced sale items.

Here is a great opportunity to purchase those maternity clothes you have been wanting for Christmas and holidays at much lower than our normally affordable prices, but don't delay as you only have up till the 15th of January to take advantage of these great savings. Just enter LOCAL in the coupon box at the checkout to receive 20% off your purchase when you buy at www.maternitywear.com.au

Pencil Grips Plus is owned and operated by a qualified paediatric Occupational Therapist. We have the largest range of pencil grips in Australia, plus ergonomic pens, scissors, hand exercise putty, therapy tubing & bands, children's cutlery, Perspex slope board and much more. We offer fast delivery Australia-wide. Shop online at www.pencilgripsplus.com.au, email us directly enquires@pencilgripsplus.com.au or 0414 367391.

Products currently ON SALE include the Jumbo Grip, the Specialised Pencil Grip Pack, the Uglee Pen, and our range of Hand Exercise Putty.

As a CHRISTMAS OFFER, with any order over $20 placed before the end of December, receive a free Writing CLAW grip, Crossover Grip, Original Pencil Grip, or Jumbo Grip. Just mention this offer in the 'Comments' section when you checkout and what grip you'd prefer and we'll include it in your package.


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
use the links below to view detailed information

Airssential
Ezy Shaid SPECIAL OFFER Free bonus of Blending pots or Atomiser. Your choice. Add in the comments section of your online order. Offer is valid until 31 January.
First Aid For You It's time to update your CPR skill. We come to your own home and teach you first aid. It only takes 2 hours. Contact us today!
Forte School of Music Macarthur
Girl Guides NSW & ACT
Little Kickers
Maternitywear.com.au
Only Organic
Read and Exceed
Ready Steady Go
Pencil Grips Plus
Playsafe Kids
Soccatoos
Sydney Youth Orchestras Toddlers Proms
The Train Shed


CHILD CARE DIRECTORY
use the links below to view detailed information

Bargo
Bargo Child Care Centre

Bow Bowing

Leaping Learners at Bow Bowing

Campbelltown
Little Einstein's Early Learning Centre - Campbelltown
St Patrick's Child Care Centre
Unique Kids Early Childhood Centre Inc

Currans Hill
UnitingCare Currans Hill OSHC

Denham Court
Leaping Learners Early Education Centre

Glenfield
Playground Learning Centre

Harrington Park
Bambino's Kindergarten Harrington Park 4
Bambino's Kindergarten Harrington Park North OSHC
Skoolzout @ Harrington Park

Ingleburn
Little Einstein's Early Learning Centre - Ingleburn

Leumeah

Little Einstein's Early Learning Centre - Leumeah

Macquarie Fields
Bright Stars Early Learning
Kidzland Preschool Kindergarten & Day Nursery

Mount Annan
Jenny's Kindergarten - Mount Annan
Leaping Learners Early Education Centre

Narellan
Narellan Early Learning Centre
Skoolzout @ Narellan

Narellan Vale
Jenny's Kindergarten - Narellan Vale
Pegasus Preschool & Long Day Care Centre


St Helens Park

Little Einstein's Early Learning Centre - St Helens Park

Minto
The Rainbow Family Centres for Children - Joste-Lin Farm

Picton/Wilton
Cath's Kindy

Raby
Elizabeth Macarthur Montessori
Foundations Learning Centre
Pied Piper Kindergarten

PARENT INFORMATION

Sun Safety

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia and unfortunately, our skin cancer rates are the highest in the world.  The good news is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. 

We know that the more sun exposure individuals receive in childhood the greater their risk of developing skin cancer as adults. 

Babies and toddlers are most sensitive to sun exposure due to their delicate skin. While keeping a hat and sunglasses on a toddler is not an easy task, there are a range of measures you can take to reduce sun damage for your little ones and ensure your child care centre is equipped to provide the same protection. 

The Cancer Council recommends the following precautions.

Minimise outdoor activities during peak UV times.
UV radiation levels are highest between 10am and 3pm.  
It is possible to burn on cool or cloudy days. 
Use the Bureau of Meteorology's daily SunSmart UV alert at www.sunsmart.com.au.

SunSmart hats and clothing are essential.
Always pack a broad-brimmed hat (8-10cm brim), bucket hat (at least 5cm brim) or legionnaire cap.
Provide loose, comfortable clothing that protects the arms, legs, body and neck from the sun.
Closely woven fabrics provide better protection.

Be a SunSmart role model.
Lead by example and ensure your child care provider follows suit. 
Make sure during outside activities staff as well as children are wearing appropriate hats, clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses. 
Encourage children to play in the shade. Check that the child care facility has adequate shade in its playground. Ensure activities and play equipment are set up in the shade. Use an SPF 30+, broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. Apply sunscreen to body parts not covered by hats or clothing 20 minutes before going into the sun. Reapply at least every two hours. Apply sunscreen in the morning at least 20 minutes before your child goes to care.

Give permission for the centre to administer sunscreen to your child. In the case of allergies, ensure you pack appropriate sunscreen in your child's bag that is clearly labelled.

Protect your child's eyes with sunglasses. There are many effective and inexpensive children's sunglasses available.
Make sure they are close fitting around the eyes to provide maximum protection. Check they comply with Australian Standard 1067:1998 and carry a label stating EPF 10 (Eye Protection Factor) rating 10'.

Ensure that staying SunSmart becomes a lifestyle habit for your child. Look around your child care centre for posters and other items encouraging sun safety. Sun protection should be a part of the centre's learning program. Choose a child care provider that participates in the SunSmart Early Childhood Program.
A program sponsored by the Cancer Council that supports child care services to develop and implement a sun protection policy.

The Cancer Council recommends that children under the age of 12 months should not be exposed to direct sunlight. 

For further information, go to www.cancercouncil.com.au.
 
IN THIS ISSUE
 
Vacancies
WIN, WIN, WIN
Featured Services
Latest News
Local Events
Care In Other Areas
Parent Information
 
Our directories
Additional Needs Providers
Professionals for Children
Child Care Services
Resources For Care Providers
Resources For Parents
Nanny/Babysitters

VACANCIES
use the links below to see detailed information

Campbelltown
St Patrick's Child Care Centre enrol now

Glenfield
Playground Learning Centre enrol now

Macquarie Fields
Bright Stars Early Learning enrol now vacancies for 0-2yrs and 4- 5yrs

Narellan

Narellan Early Learning Centre enrol now

Picton/Wilton
Cath's Kindy enrol now for 2012


WIN, WIN, WIN

Win one of 2 Westcott stationery packs valued at $50.00 each, one for you and one for your kids. 

Packed with scissors, rulers erasers, sharpeners.....all you need for gift wrapping and card making at Christmas.  Great, practical stocking fillers for the kids! The children will be stocked  with items to fill their pencil cases for school next year.  All Westcott products are designed to be functional, yet have that extra design element to make stationery fun.  You can check the Westcott website for more information on the range available at www.westcottaus.com.au .  And the friendly customer service team will be happy to help you find where you can buy Westcott products; 1300325866.

To enter simply email us and tell us how you have used our directory to find child care or child related services.


LOCAL EVENTS

The Train Shed will be OPEN for Rides on Thomas, Toby, James, Percy, Mavis and Gordon every day over the School Holidays from Sat 17th December right through to the end of January - Sunday 29th Jan  (except Christmas Day). 10am - 4pm. No need to book, just come in when you arrive. Free Admission,   Free Parking. A ride is $5 for 1 child + 1 adult together Discounts for multiple tickets, there's a Kiosk or bring a Picnic. We also do Birthday Parties any day over the School Holidays.

Contact us www.thetrainshed.com.au or phone 4739 0199


RESOURCES FOR CARE PROVIDERS
use the links below to see detailed information for care providers
 
Australian Training Professionals
Hand In Hand Child Care Services
Playsafe Kids Pty Ltd
Westcott - Stationery Products

PROFESSIONALS FOR CHILDREN
use the links below to view detailed information

Chatabout Speech Pathology
Educational Speech Pathology & Therapy Services
Frontrunner Learning Centres
Health & Wellness Australia SPECIAL
OFFER:
click here for all the details
Learning Links
Literacy & Learning Centre
The Sydney Child Assessment & Testing Service


ADDITIONAL NEEDS PROVIDERS
use the links below to view detailed information

Learning Discoveries Psychological Services
Nana's Weighted Blankets
Pencil Grips Plus
The Sensational Kids SPOT
The Sydney Irlen Dyslexia Centre For Reading and Perceptual Disorders


CARE IN OTHER AREAS
use the links below to see our other directories
 
St George Local Child Care
Sutherland Shire Local Child Care
Inner West Local Child Care
Parramatta Local Child Care
Liverpool/Fairfield Local Child Care
Western Sydney Local Child Care
Canterbury/Bankstown Local Child Care
Eastern Suburbs Local Child Care
Ryde/Eastwood Local Child Care
Hills Local Child Care
North Shore Local Child Care
Northern Beaches Local Child Care
The Camden Macarthur Child Care Directory
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email: info@camdenmacarthurchildcare.com.au
Ph: 0403 187 292

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