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JUNE 2010

Welcome to the June 2010 Camden Macarthur Child Care Directory Newsletter.

This month we welcome Gumnut Kidz Kindergarten at Narellan to the directory. Below you can read information about this service as well use the link to visit their detailed listings.

This month we also welcome Learning Links to our Professionals for Children Directory, read more below.
Pencil Grips Plus also joins our Special Needs Directory and we welcome Enchanted Cubby House and Pencil Grips Plus to our Resources For Parents Directory.

Some child care services still have vacancies for 2010, so be quick to get in contact with the services that you are interested in and get your child's name on the list for 2010 be sure to check out the detailed listings.

This month's parent resource is about Kids and Poison. As a parent it's hard to be prepared for all emergencies, but we hope our parent resource will give you some useful information should your little one come into contact with poison.

WIN...WIN....have you used our website to look or find child care? This month you have a chance to win a great prize pack valued at $50.00 from www.bellesfamilles.com.au

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.

Until next month, kind regards, Donna


FEATURED SERVICES
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Gumnut Kidz Kindergarten is tucked away in a quiet street in Narellan at 24 Wilton Street and is walking distance from Narellan Town Centre, Narellan Library, Narellan Public School and Hope Christian College.

A family oriented service, Gumnut Kidz Kindergarten prides itself on being a warm and home-like environment within an educational context for children aged 2 years to 5 years.

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Enrolling 28 children per day, their team of qualified and committed staff is passionate about early childhood education and delivers a program that trusts in the power of play and recognises the endless possibilities in constructing processes for teaching and learning within that framework.

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The indoor environment is welcoming and reflects an extension of the children's homes and is designed with interesting and engaging learning spaces for children to explore and learn in. Outside, there is a natural play space that beckons the children to connect with it through the vegetable and herb garden, fruit plantings, dry creek bed, sand pit and worm farm. Education in relation to environmental sustainability and respect for our world is fostered throughout the Service's operations.

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Delicious and nutritious meals are provided for children each day. The menu is planned in conjunction with the National Dietary Guidelines for Long Day Care Centres and reflects cultures from the children and family within the Service as well as the wider community.

Opening hours are 7.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. The cost of care is $61.00 per day. Families can claim their Child Care Benefit which can be deducted from their fees or they can choose to pay the full fee and claim a lump sum at the end of the financial year.

To become part of this very unique, family focused community, you are invited to contact Gumnut Kidz Kindergarten on 02 4646 1688 or via email at fiona@gumnutkidz.com.au.

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Learning Links is an Australian charity and non-profit organisation formed to help children who have learning disabilities, difficulties and developmental delays and their families.

Our services include early childhood intervention, full cognitive, developmental and paediatric assessments, individualised and supplementary specialist literacy and numeracy services, specialised help for children who have had serious illnesses, an in-school reading program for children falling behind in literacy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, family counselling, case management, group programs and workshops. The children we help range in age from birth to 18 years.

Our service brings together early childhood professionals, teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, family counsellors and a developmental paediatrician to work towards each individual child's goals and to help each family achieve their dreams for their child. Learning Links helps children to be the best they can be. For more information: www.learninglinks.org.au


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Pencil Grips Plus is owned and operated by a qualified paediatric Occupational Therapist. At Pencil Grips Plus, we are able to offer a unique service whereby we can guide and assist you in making product choices based on individual needs. We stock products designed to target children's fine motor, gross motor, sensory, handwriting, social and cognitive skills.

Pencil Grips Plus invites you to shop online at www.pencilgripsplus.com.au to discover our FULL product range including:

  • Largest supplier in Australia of specialist and classic pencil grips for children, including The Pencil Grip, Crossover Grip, Jumbo Grip, and Writing CLAW.
  • Heavyweight pencils and pens, designed to assist individuals with motor control problems and tremors.
  • Easy-hold rulers and all-in-one sharpeners/erasers
  • Easy-grip cutlery for children in bright colours to increase motivation around mealtimes.
  • Therapy putty, mini-loop exercise bands, and individual lengths of exercise bands, designed to build hand, arm, shoulder and trunk strength.
  • Developmental toys, including weighted snap bags, textured pop beads, weighted bumpity blocks and explorer ring, which take children's tactile, visual and auditory sensitivities into account, and help in further developing fine motor, play and cognitive skills.
  • Developmental Play Packs that offer great skill-based game ideas that you can do at home, preschool or school. These play packs have a fine motor, gross motor and social skills focus.
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Pencil Grips Plus offers fast delivery Australia-wide. We can also visit child care centres, schools and therapy practices to demonstrate our products. Please contact on 0414 3673 91 if you wish to organise a visit. Orders can be placed online via the website: www.pencilgripsplus.com.au or you can contact us directly via email and we will forward an invoice. If you wish to discuss your personal needs with our Occupational Therapists feel free to contact us on: enquires@pencilgripsplus.com.au or phone 0414 367391.

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Enchanted Cubby House

Toys to enhance educational journeys

No magic wand is needed to create rewarding learning experiences for your child!  With Enchanted Cubby House educational toys are at your fingertips. From valuable life skills to essential motor skills, perception development and imaginative play. Learning can be fun. Just watch as your children are captivated by our selection of:
  • Board games, puzzles, placemats & puppets
  • Role play, outdoor, musical & wooden toys
  • Ride-ons, trikes & scooters
  • Books, study guides, software & stationery
SPECIAL OFFER: everybody who orders from the website between now and 25 June will go into a draw to win LEGO BRICK BOX - 221 pieces valued at $27.00

www.educationaltoysforkids.com.au


PROFESSIONALS FOR CHILDREN
use the links below to view detailed information
 

Karuna Health Care
Learning Links


SPECIAL NEEDS PROVIDERS
use the links below to view detailed information
 

Pencil Grips Plus
The Sensational Kids SPOT


CHILD CARE DIRECTORY
use the links below to view detailed information

Ambervale
Kindy Patch

Appin
Bambinos Kindergarten Appin

Bargo
Bargo Child Care Centre
Kids Korner

Blair Athol
Partners In Care Early Learning Centre

Bow Bowing
Kool Kids Kindacare

Campbelltown
Campbelltown Family Day Care Scheme
Campbelltown Prebyterian Community Child Care
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
Glenfield Preschool Kindergarten
Playground Learning Centre

Harrington Park
Bambinos Kindergarten Harrington Park
Bambinos Kindergarten Harrington Park (North)

Ingleburn
Bambi Kindergarten
Little Einstein's Early Learning Centre - Ingleburn
UnitingCare Ingleburn Children's Centre

Leumeah
Little Einstein's Early Learning Centre - Leumeah

Menangle Park
Skylarks Kindy

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

Narellan Vale
Jenny's Kindergarten - Narellan Vale

Narellan
Gumnutz Kids
Kids Korner

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
Foundations Learning Centre


PARENT INFORMATION

Kids and Poisons

In New South Wales, every year thousands of children need medical care for poisoning from products commonly found in and around the home. Most accidental poisonings occur to children younger than five, with children aged one to three at greatest risk.

Why are children more likely to be poisoned?

Young children are exploring their world and will put anything in their mouths. They also like to imitate what others do, including taking medications.

What can be poisonous to your child?

Medicines, cleaning, laundry, gardening and car products, insecticides, perfumes, paint, plants, insects and many others.

How can you prevent a poisoning?
  • Store medicines and chemicals out of sight and reach of children, at least 1.5 metres off the ground and in a locked child resistant container.
  • Use medicines and chemicals safely. Follow given instructions and return them to safe storage immediately after use. 
  • Buy products in child resistant containers and use child resistant locks on cupboards or cabinets that store poisons. You can buy these at many hardware stores. 
  • Ensure all products are stored in original containers and are clearly labelled. Regularly dispose of unwanted and out of date medicines by taking them to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal. 
  • Don't call medicines 'lollies'. 
  • Check that the plants in your garden are not poisonous
For more information on the prevention of poisoning, call Kids Health, The Children's Hospital at Westmead on (02) 9845 3585.
 
First Aid for poisoning
 
Swallowed poison
Do not try to make the patient vomit.
Pick up the container and take to the telephone.
Call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26

Poison on the skin
Remove contaminated clothing, taking care to avoid contact with the poison.
Flood the skin with cool running water.
Call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26

Poison in the eye
Flood the eye with water from a cup, jug or slowly running tap.
Continue for 10-15 minutes, holding the eyelids open.
Call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26

Inhaled poison
Get the person to fresh air quickly without placing yourself at risk.
Open doors and windows wide, if safe to do so.
Call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26

Other reasons to call the Poisons Information Centre
To obtain correct first aid advice for poisoning or bites and stings.  To answer any questions you may have about preventing a poisoning, first aid for a poisoning and information about the toxicity of products and plants.

Dispose of "out of date" and unwanted materials responsibly. A free and safe disposal service is periodically provided through the CleanOut program. To find out about the next CleanOut event in your area contact your local council, telephone the Environment Line on 131 555, or visit www.cleanout.com.au  Extract from www.chw.edu.au

Disclaimer: This is for education purposes only. Please consult with your doctor or other health professional to make sure this information is right for your child. 
 
IN THIS ISSUE
 
Vacancies
WIN, WIN, WIN
Featured Services
Latest News
Local Events
Care In Other Areas
Parent Information
 
Our directories
Special 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
 

Ambervale
Kindy Patchenrol now

Appin
Bambinos Kindergarten Appin limited vacancies

Bargo
Kids Korner limited vacancies

Blair Athol
Partners In Care Early Learning Centre limited vacancies for all ages

Campbelltown
Campbelltown Prebyterian Community Child Care limited vacanices
St Patrick's Child Care Centre very limited vacancies
Unique Kids Early Childhood Centre Inc limited vacancies

Currans Hill
UnitingCare Currans Hill OSHC before and after school positions available.

Ingleburn
UnitingCare Ingleburn Children's Centre limited vacancies

Menangle Park
Skylarks Kindy vacancies for all ages.

Narellan
Gumnutz Kids
Kids Korner limited vacancies

Minto
The Rainbow Family Centres for Children - Joste-Lin Farmlimited vacancies.

Picton/Wilton

Cath's Kindy limited vacancies

Raby
Foundations Learning Centre limited vacancies

LATEST NEWS
use the links below to view latest news from these services
 

Little Einstein's Early Learning Centre Ingleburn has been awarded Outstanding Centre - Our children have nominated our centre as one that makes them happy. This award was part of Child Care Week 2010 and we were awarded a $2000 voucher from Modern Teaching Aid. We attended the Child Care Week 2010 Gala Dinner held on Saturday 22nd May and were presented with the award by Tim from Hi-5.

One comment that the judges found to be outstanding was "I am happy at my childcare centre because I get pancakes, do drawing, play with my friends, help my teacher doing painting and also get dirty doing gardening". We are looking forward to purchasing some fantastic equipment and continuing to make all our children happy.

All of our Little Einstein's Centres in the Campbelltown region are finalists in the Campbelltown Local Business Awards. Little Einstein's St Helens Park, Little Einstein's Campbelltown, Little Einstein's Leumeah, Little Einstein's Leumeah 2 and Little Einstein's Ingleburn.

UnitingCare Currans Hill OSHC
New fees starting term 3. BSC $14 permanent   $18 casual ASC $20 permanent    $25 casual Open from 6:30 am and closing 6:30 pm

Currans Hill is a before and after school care service operated by uniting care children's services and located in the cozy surrounding of Currans hill primary school. The service is fully accredited and CCB discount is available to eligible families. Contact us today for all enquiries.


WIN, WIN, WIN

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This month we have a great prize pack consisting of ECOtanka Teeny Tanka with your choice of spout, kooler cover a Painless Learning Placemat of your choice and a Kiddie Food Kutter valued at $50.00.

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The ECOtanka are a reusable high quality stainless steel drink bottle that helps to reduce plastic waste and a healthy alternative to plastic drink canisters. The kooler covers help to protect the canister from dents and dings as well as keeping the drink cool for longer, very handy in warmer weather. And Painless Learning Placemats are a fabulous addition to a meal time with many designs to choose from for pre-school to school aged children and each with an activity on the reverse of the mat which can be done and wiped clean with a water based marker. The Kiddie Food Kutter is a knife that helps very young children learn to sawing action required to cut food. The knife is serrated, not sharp, enabling children to be involved with meal preparation, this can encourage them to try new foods. All of these products and many more can be found at www.bellesfamilles.com.au

To enter simply email us and let us know if you have used our site or newsletter to find care

Congratulations to our
May winner
Nadia Hawkins


LOCAL EVENTS

Makaton - basic
Makaton is a signing system used with children who have developmental delays, communication difficulties or speech that is unclear. Makaton can reduce children's frustration by helping them to understand what is happening and express their needs. No signing experience necessary. Parents of children with Autism may be able to use funding from the "Helping Children With Autism Initiative" to assist in paying for these courses.
Date:
7 June 2010
Time:
6.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: 
Gumnut Kids Kindergarten, 24 Wilton Street, Narellan
Cost:  $131; Learning Links' Members $121; Learning Links' Parent Members $69 Registrations: Dana (02) 8568 8200

Mums & Bubs
Mums & Bubs is a program for mothers and babies whether it's your first baby or fifth! Its a place to share your joy and excitement as your baby grows and reaches each milestone in the first year of life. It offers supportive sharing and discussions with other mums can help get you through any hard times as well, so come and join us for a coffee and some munchies. Playgroup for older children also available.
Meets every Friday morning from 10am.
Date: Every Friday
Time: 10am-11:30am (No program in school holidays)
Cost: gold coin donation
Venue: Inspire Church Macarthur, 6/14-16 Exchange Pde, Narellan Business Park
Phone: 4647 0425


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
use the links below to view detailed information
 

Bright Star Kids, Labels & Wall Art
Cash for a Cause
Elizabeth Richards
Enchanted Cubby House
Girl Guides NSW & ACT
Little Soles, Children's Shoes
Pencil Grips Plus
Playsafe Kids
The Gifted Choice


RESOURCES FOR CARE PROVIDERS
use the links below to see detailed information for care providers
 

Australian Child Care Career Options (ACCCO) Children's Services Training Provider
Elizabeth Richards Pty Ltd, Educational Resources 
Bowral Farmyard Friends
Playsafe Kids Pty Ltd, Play Equipment
Synthetic Grass & Rubber Surfaces, Safety Surfaces/Soft Fall


CARE IN OTHER AREAS
use the links below to see our other directories
 
St George
Sutherland Shire
Inner West
Parramatta
Liverpool/Fairfield
Western Sydney
Canterbury/Bankstown
 
We are delighted to announce our latest directory covering the
Eastern Suburbs
 
 
 
 
The Camden Macarthur Child Care Directory
web: www.camdenmacarthurchildcare.com.au
email: info@camdenmacarthurchildcare.com.au
Ph: 0403 187 292
click here to return to www.camdenmacarthurchildcare.com.au

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