Attached to this post is the story of the Chin Poy family and their journey through the trials of allergies and anaphylaxis. Kimberley tells of their son Louis' various treatments, successes and failures and gives contact details of those professionals who provided much needed help.
The Green Gables team stand in awe of Kimberley and Caine and all the family - while the journey continues, we are so happy that Louis is now overcoming some of his allergies and look forward to working with you all over the years ahead.
Please forward to anyone you know that may benefit.
Click here to download the story.
At Green Gables, the majority of our families come from households where a language other than English is spoken at home either exclusively or as well as English.
A common area of concern expressed by a number of these families is whether or not their children will retain abilities in their parents native language.
This conference is designed for both parents and educators.
Let us know if you would like to attend with a Green Gables staff-member.
The Go4Fun Program is an established healthy lifestyle program to improve health, fitness, self esteem and confidence in children aged 7-13 years who are above their ideal weight.
The program runs over one school term (10 weeks). There are 20 sessions (2 sessions/week, 2hrs/session). All sessions run after school. Sessions include:
· Games and activities for kids
· Easy, effective ways to improve your child’s self esteem and confidence
· Demonstrations, games and tips on healthy foods, label reading and portion sizes
· A fun supermarket tour
In term 2 there are programs running in Matraville, Caringbah and Hurstville. See attached flyer.
This is to let you know that there will be a FREE Introductory Evening coming up early next term. I would appreciate it if you would let the families you work with know about it.
Listening to Children Through Play - Understanding Children's Emotions
Who: Fathers, mothers and other carers of pre-school and school aged children.
Date: Monday 30th April 2012,
Time: 6.30 – 9.00 p.m.
Where: Connect Marrickville, Marrickville West Public School, Livingstone Road, Marrickville
Register: Click Here to Register<http://kwiksurveys.com?u=Listening_to_Children>
Contact: Madeleine Scott 0403 779955, or firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
PLEASE NOTE: No Childcare is Provided.
If they are interested to learn more, there will be a limited number of places in a 6 week evening Course which will start on Monday 7th May 2012. There is a charge for the course - please contact me if you need more information.
As a service provider and supporter of families, you would also be welcome to attend the Introductory Evening. It will give you a deeper understanding of our work with children and families. We are available to provide courses and would be happy to talk with you about how we can structure something to suit the needs of your families. Please do feel free to contact us.
Our work is based on the work of Patty Wipfler and Hand in Hand Parenting. The Hand in Hand web site is a great source of useful perspectives and information on a range of challenges in parenting and caring for young children and I encourage you to have a look at it: http://www.handinhandparenting.org
Here is a brief outline of the Introductory Evening:
Do you wonder how to:
• Stay close to your children?
• Solve problems within your family?
• Set effective limits for your children?
• Help your children learn?
• Deal with tantrums,crying and other challenging behaviours?
Come along to hear about the Parenting by Connection approach to these and many other common parenting challenges. We offer practical ways to improve family life – useful for when things are going fine, and invaluable for when things are tough. You can get support as you decide what advice makes sense, make plans for your parenting and put them into action. Parenting by Connection helps put your relationship with your child at the centre, and uses play and listening to help strengthen your family, build close connection, and assist you to handle the difficulties which come up - for yourself and your children.
Thanks and kind regards,
Listening to Children Through Play
PO Box 437, Lakemba, NSW 2195
Mob 0403 779955
ABN: 82 296 287 398
We're celebrating Harmony Day this coming week at Green Gables with some special group times using the great resources provided by the Federal Government. Take a look at the official Harmony Day website (link below) - it's an awesome initiative that really fits well with the diverse cultures we are lucky to have at Green Gables.
"The continuing message for Harmony Day in 2012 is that Everyone Belongs, which means all Australians are a welcome part of our country, regardless of their background. It's a time to reflect on where Australia has come from, recognising the traditional owners of this land. It's also about community participation, inclusiveness and respect – celebrating the different cultures that make Australia a great place to live." (www.harmony.gov.au)
Don't hesitate to speak with the teachers if you would like to get involved or have an idea for an activity for the children to enjoy.
Happy Greek Independence Day!
Attached is the link to the Events calendar for the 30th Greek Festival of Sydney spanning 25th Feb - 25th May 2012.
Check it out!
We have just added the Sun Smart UV Alert to our Home Page.
Our staff check this everyday before taking the children outside to determine the level of sun protection required.
The UV Index is a simple way to show the intensity of the sun's UV radiation.
The values of the Index range from zero upward; the higher the value, the greater the potential for skin damage. It divides UV radiation levels into:
The UV alert shows when the UV Index is forecast to be 3 or above for the day. It identifies the hours of each day when the UV Index will be 3 or above, so you can stay inside during those times, or use sun protection if you're outside. (http://www.cancercouncil.com.au/758/reduce-risks/sun-protection/tips-for-being-be-sunsmart/understanding-uv-radiation/be-sunsmart-7/?pp=37078)
Last weekend several of us attended the 2012 Early Years Exhibition & Conference at Rosehill. We attended three seminars:
The final seminar was presented by the President of Child Care NSW, Vicki Skoulogenis, entitled Rethinking School Readiness. Vicki's passion for Early Learning was amazing.
What does 'school readiness' mean to you?
School Readiness is a major area of interest for many families, however the definition and expectation changes dramatically from one family to another. We all want our children to be given the best possible start in life, and to learn those valuable skills that will help them be at ease in any environment. But how is that best achieved? A good start is to make sure we are all on the same page.
Vicki's presentation is attached below - we encourage you to have a look and approach us with any questions or comments.
The Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW has developed the following handouts which provided some great tips on the following Dental Health areas that challenge all parents:
Yours in good Dental Health
The Green Gables Team
All the team at Green Gables Kindergarten contribute to this Blog.