Posted on February 9, 2021 / ELC
Happy start to 2021.
Last week our year started with Parent Teacher Interviews which was a positive way to get to know the children and their families. Building relationships with our families and children underpin all we do in the Early Learning Centre. One of the key phrases in our ELC Philosophy is: “We believe in developing positive meaningful relationships with the children in our care, fostering a sense of belonging for the children and their families. Through these nurturing relationships, children feel safe, secure and supported in our Early Learning Centre.”
This continues in the classroom where the children have been enjoying getting to know their new classmates and teachers through a variety of ways, games, activities and even table spacings. Lunch and snack times are very important in this area as it is a time to sit, talk and get to know the teachers and the children.
The children are also enjoying getting to know the beautiful environment on offer here at Tintern. Every day the children ask if they can go outside. The natural environment has led to many wonderful engaging play situations as the children dig for worms, hide in the bushes, run the path track, play with the water wheel, make sand cakes and explore.
This week also saw the start of our Specialist programs. A timetable will be sent home this week so you will know what days your child will be going to Music, Library and FMS (Fundamental Motor Skills)
Some children can be upset on being left at school. The following are some tips that might help:
- When you first arrive at school, remind your child about their daily routine jobs, record book away bag into locker and wash hands.
- Saying Goodbye: Be honest with your child and tell them that it is time for you to leave. Let them know that you will be back. Even though there may be a few tears, often when parents are out of sight children will settle happily into activities and the tears will ease.
Its best to not drag out the goodbye as this often increases the separation anxiety
- Be positive and happy yourself. Children can sometimes sense when their parents are upset or worried and this might lead to an increase in their anxiety.
- Feel free to call the school anytime to check on your child’s progress. Our staff will also call you should your child continue to be really upset and not able to settle.
All the staff at Tintern are committed to ensuring that your child has happy experiences at school.
Most children settle after a few weeks. If you are concerned about your child’s separation anxiety, please speak to your teacher or myself.