Starting school is an important milestone in the life of your child and your family. For many children, this may be the first time they are away from their parents for an extended period. We understand that this is a special, and very possibly emotional, time in your child’s life.
Our aim at the Centre is to ensure your child receives the best possible start to their educational journey. We want to extend all the great work you have done with your child at home and we view these early educational experiences as the vital foundation for all future learning.
Most of all, we know that engaged children learn best so we want your child to feel that learning is fun. Our programs and activities are based on teaching in an interesting and interactive way.
Kindergarten school hours
From 2012 all children enrolled in a Kindergarten program in a Western Australian public school will attend for approximately 15 hours per week. At Westminster, these 15 hours are split roughly into two and a half days. School hours and days vary according to which days your child’s group is allocated.
You will be provided with information regarding your child’s Kindergarten hours at your allocated induction meeting.
Bringing and picking up your child
Please adhere to the school policy regarding bringing and picking up your child. Punctuality is really important. If you are going to be late, please call as soon as possible.
T: 9413 5086 – Kindy 1 and 2
T: 9413 5088 – ELC Kindy 3, PP1 and PP2
YOU MUST TELL THE TEACHER IF SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOU IS PICKING UP YOUR CHILD.
Bags and equipment
Your child will need to have the following items every day:
- A large bag or backpack to take home art and craft projects. Their bag will help us teach your child about keeping belongings in one place and being responsible for their own property
- A bucket hat (broad brimmed). No caps are allowed as they do not provide adequate sun protection for children’s necks.
- A plastic bottle with water to drink
- One piece of fruit each day (or another healthy snack – see below under “Healthy food and drink”) and
- A full set of spare clothing in their bag every day (in case of accidents and when children are involved in water play) including underwear, shirt, skirt, shorts or trousers and a jacket or jumper.
PLEASE ENSURE ALL ARTICLES OF CLOTHING ARE CLEARLY MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME.
Healthy food and drink
In the interest of your child’s dental and physical health, no lollies, sweet biscuits or chocolate are allowed in the Centre. Children will share a healthy snack at fruit time – this is an important part of our social development teaching.
Acceptable foods to send with your child for shared fruit time are:
- Fruit – apples, oranges, bananas, pears, watermelon, etc.
- Dried fruit
- Vegetables/salads – carrot, celery, tomato, cucumber
- Hard boiled eggs, cold meats e.g ham etc
- Cheese, savoury biscuits but not sweet biscuits.
A drink of water will follow shared fruit.
When packing lunch please ensure food is prepared and packed in a manner that is easy for your child to access. Children need to be able to open their lunch box by themselves so we suggest an easy opening lunch box. This also promotes independence.
Please notify staff of any food your child is allergic to or is not to eat, as we do cooking activities occasionally.
“No hat, no play in the sun” policy
We care about your child’s health and safety. Please ensure your child brings a named bucket hat (broad brimmed) to school every day. As with the rest of the school, Kindergarten and Pre-primary children who do not have a hat will have to remain under cover either in the sandpit or on the veranda.
Please read the information placed on our notice board each day for important details of upcoming activities and other items of interest. Also, remember to read the main school newsletter which is emailed every fortnight on a Tuesday and is also accessible on the school website.
Your child’s birthday
We love birthdays at Westminster. We welcome you bringing in a cake or cupcakes and hope you will be able to stay on roster to be part of the celebration.
Your child will love having you visit and be part of their Centre, and our parents are welcomed and needed. There are a number of ways you can get involved:
- Assist with parent help roster
- Go with the class on excursions
- Attend parent workshops; attend the school P&C committee meetings
- Volunteering to wash aprons and hand towels
- Share any special skills you have with your child’s class (such as carpentry, weaving, pottery or cooking) and
- Save your ice cream, yoghurt and margarine containers for us. Paper, cardboard, milk and orange juice cartons, tissues boxes, plastic bottles, milk bottle tops, old magazines, cereal boxes etc are all welcome.