Newsletter: Spring 2013

28th Mar 2013
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Dear Parents,

Parent Survey: Thanks!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to fill out and return your parent survey. Your comments and suggestions are important to us and will help us to maintain the quality of child care you expect, and New Steps Childcare Centre is known for.

Homework Sheets

Some parents expressed an interest in your children having homework sheets to help them enhance their learning experiences. In the coming weeks we will be sending home some practice sheets for your children to complete and return.

Library Program

In December we launched a library program with the Fletcher’s Creek branch of the Brampton Library, and periodically the Librarian will be coming to the Centre to provide exciting literacy activities, her next visit is scheduled to be on March 27, 2013.

Literacy

Literacy continues to be a very important part of our curriculum at New Steps Childcare Centre.

It is important that parents take an active role in their child’s education through involvement in the program.  We encourage you to take advantage of the great book prices on the Scholastic book orders we send home every month. We hope that you spend time reading with your child each day, so that together we can make literacy an important part of their lives.

Spring Weather Reminder

Part of our program is to have daily outdoor play time morning and afternoon, weather permitting.  Please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing, rain boots, and splash pants would be ideal for the spring weather.

Please be reminded that if your child is well enough to attend daycare he/she is well enough to participate in all aspects of the program including outdoor play.

Walk for Virtues

We continue to include our Walk for Virtues in our curriculum one day a month. As the children walk and display their virtue we encourage them to wear their New Steps t-shirts during the walk. If your child does not have a t-shirt we do have some available for $10 each.

Records Roundup

The Health Department and the Ministry requires that all our children’s information is kept current.  When your child is immunized it is important that you bring a copy of the immunization records for our files. It is also extremely important that we are immediately advised if there is a change of address, and contact numbers, so that we may be always able to reach you in case of illness or emergency.

Vacation Planning: Please Keep Us Informed

Summer vacation is quickly approaching, please let us know as soon as possible which weeks your child will be on vacation and not be attending the Centre

Looking Forward to Kindergarten?

Some of you will be enrolling your child/children in the full day kindergarten program in September 2013, and leaving New Steps Childcare Centre. Please advise us, the date your child is leaving our Centre as soon as you are able to.

Don’t Forget Your Security Card!

As the centre now has full enrollment the teachers aren’t always able to leave the classroom to answer the door, for those parents/guardians that do not have or forgot their security card. We are urging you, if you do not have a security cards, please purchase one, and/or remember for bring it,  or you may end up having to wait outside before someone is able to attend the door. Our first priority is to ensure the well-being of all the children in our Centre!

Thank you for your continued co-operation and support. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to drop by the office and speak with me.

Sincerely,
Helen Walsh
Program Director

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