Reminder - Parent Survey - 2016

Parent Survey - 2016


Dear 2016 Viewbank Preschool Families,

Please find the link below to our 2016 Parent Survey.
This survey is designed to assist the Committee, in collaboration with staff, in evaluating the current Service and in determining the needs of the Service for the future.
Your contribution as a user of the Service is extremely valuable and please be assured that all responses are confidential.
Thank you in advance for your time in doing so.
Parent Survey

The Viewbank Preschool Committee

Preparing Your Child For School

Helping your child prepare for school.


As the end of the year approaches there is a lot of focus on helping prepare your preschooler for school next year. It is a very exciting time for both you and your child.

There are lots of ways you can assist your child to be confident, independent and capable, most of which you already do......things that are a part of everyday life.....

Encourage your child to

·         Be independent-pack and carry their own bag for kinder-lunch/snack, waterbottle, HAT!

·         Blow their own nose when needed-put tissue in the bin and wash hands afterwards.

·         Dress themselves-particularly shoes and socks because this is tricky and takes lots of practice.

·         Open food packets or twist top yoghurts. 

·         Undo gladwrap or open containers themselves-lots of containers are very difficult to open, check which ones your child can open themselves.

·         Put their own sunscreen on

·         Put their dishes in the kitchen after a meal

·         Ensure boys have visited a public toilet with dad/grandpa and are familiar with urinals

·         Have a go at opening and closing the locks on toilet doors.

·         Pack away their toys

Extend pre-reading and mathematical skills-

·         Draw attention to signs, advertisements and writing on packets. Read them with your child.

·         Point out differences in symbols which lead to different meanings e.g. Men Women, Boys Girls, In Out, and Open Closed.

·         Counting-number of plates needed on the table,cutlery,cups etc,Dad will be home in half an hour-that's one episode of playschool

·         Allow children help with the money when buying a few items

·         Ask your child to help sort the washing (no harm in introducing them early!!) match the socks, count the pairs.

·         Play number games-ask your child to bring you a chosen number of familiar objects e.g. pegs, cups etc.- have your child search inside the house to find such things as the number of doors,tables,beds or cupboards.

·         Read house numbers when you go for a walk, see if they can tell you what the next one will be

·         With everyone talking about 'going to school' (from family and friends to the person that serves you at the checkout) it can become overwhelming for some children (and parents!) and we often forget that from the time we finish the kinder year to the first day of school next year is still quite a long time for a child. It’s a little tricky finding the balance between preparing the child for this new experience and focusing on it too much. Be guided by your child and talk about it when your child brings up the subject of school....enjoy the next few months with your preschooler as we know the time flies by very quickly.

·         Please feel free to chat about any concerns or questions you may have.

·         Just an idea......make a photo board  about 'getting ready for school each day ‘It is a fun thing to do( do it at the end of the school holidays together ) It is a good visual check  in the morning to remember what is needed each day. Good luck!!   

Photos with Denise from Christmas party

Thanks to everyone that came along to enjoy our Christmas party with the entertaining Elf Twinkle Toes and the amazing talents of Lily's Face Painting! A great night was had by all and thankfully the rain managed to stay away!

Thank you to everyone for also celebrating Denise's retirement. For those people/children that had a photo taken with Denise on her "throne", if you would like a copy, please email Jodi at and I will endeavour to email you the correct photo! Please email all requests by Sunday 4 December as I will be unable to respond after this date.

Reminder: Kinder Christmas Party this Friday night - Pre-orders and volunteers needed

A reminder that our Christmas Party will be held on Friday 25 November from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Preschool. Please ensure your pre-order is returned as soon as possible. Orders cannot be accepted after Wednesday 23 November.

We also need as many volunteers as possible to assist on the night. Please put your name down on the roster on the Notice Board. Help is required with set up, cooking the BBQ and packing up.

We hope to see everyone there! As well as face painting and Elf Twinkle Toes, we will also be celebrating Denise's retirement!

Thanks for your support!

Market stall this Sunday

Hello Families,

Many thanks for all the wonderful goods that have been donated so far that we will be selling at LaTrobe market this Sunday. To make this morning a huge success & raise over $500 like last year, we also require volunteers to help sell these goods on the stall with Kate & Fiona. We would appreciate any time you can give even just 1-2 hours. The volunteer list is on the White notice board at kinder, we need your help!

Many thanks for all your support in making our kinder so wonderful. Regards Fiona & Kate (the Fundraising team).

Book of Memories for Denise

For any families that may have been part of Denise's 3yo Green Kinder Group last year, I am putting together a book of memories for her as a keepsake of her 25 years at Viewbank kinder. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a quick note, picture or photo emailed to and I will do the rest. Alternatively please give it to Ann-Marie who will pass it on to me. Contributions would be appreciated by Friday 18 November 2016.

Many thanks, Jodi

Red Group Parent Catch Up

A few of the parents thought it would be nice to sneak in one last coffee and catch up before the year is over!

When: Thursday 24 November at 9:30am Where: Funkie Brewster Café, 29-31 Davies St, Rosanna

Younger siblings welcome as I believe there is a kids area out the back with a cubby house.

Please rsvp to Jodi at or 0411 763 645 if you can make it so we can ensure our booking will fit!

Hope everyone can make it! Apologies to those it doesn't suit.

End Of Year Concert Out-fits

Dear parents,

As part of our end of year concert presentation the childrenwill need to dress up. To get into the festive spirit we have decided on a few characters which will fit our concert theme.

Please choose from the following options -

Santa claus

A fairy

An elf

A reindeer.

The outfit does not need to be too elaborate so there is no need to go to too much effort. The children can wear their outfit for the whole session.

Thanking you in advance

Ann-Marie, Merryn and Brooke


End Of Year Celebrations For Red Group

Dear Families

Please help us celebrate our wonderful year together as Red group.


Our end of year concert will be on:


 Thursday  15th of December  

1 -1.30

Parents, siblings and grandparents are invited to attend.


Our Party will be during our last session:

Monday 19th December

We will enjoy some party food together. We are asking families to bring a small plate of party food to help us celebrate. Plates can be left at morning drop off. We will put a food list out soon on the sign in book.


Ann-Marie, Merryn, and Brooke


Denise's retirement

Dear Kinder families,

Our wonderful 3 year old kinder teacher, Denise Leslie, is retiring at the end of the year after working at Viewbank Preschool for 25 years. Denise has been a huge part of the kinder and community and she will be missed greatly. She has had a positive impact on so many children and families and we are thankful that Viewbank was able to benefit from her presence over so many years.

We can't thank Denise enough for her vibrant, loving, witty personality and whilst we are very sad to see her go, we wish her well for the future.

Barbara Madrigale (our current 4yo Blue Group teacher) will be taking over from Denise as 3 year old kinder teacher. Welcome Barb to this position!

James Elliott, President On behalf of the Committee of Management

End of year Clean Up


Cleaning of the kinder and equipment is a huge task.

It is an expectation that every family will help with this  to keep our kinder hygienic and clean for the children.

The kinder needs the help of every family to clean equipment at the end of every year. This may be a construction set, dolls clothes, puzzles, etc.

We are asking each family to either

A.  take something home to clean, or

B.  spend half an hour of your time at the kinder  over the last 5 weeks of term.

Please speak to the educators in your group so we can arrange for something to go home with you if you choose option A. If you choose option B let us know when you will be dropping by to give us a hand.

Thanking you in advance.

Viewbank Educators

Working Bee - Sunday 6th November

Dear Parents,

Re: Working Bee

Our final Working Bee for 2016 is set for SUNDAY 6th November, starting 2pm. We particularly invite families from Red Group to attend, but all are welcome!

Maintenance of our centre is ongoing and necessary so that our children can play in a safe and happy environment. Attending a Working Bee helps us achieve this goal, and also puts you on track to collect your $75 Maintenance Levy rebate.

If you are able to attend, please complete the RSVP by putting your name down on the list located in the foyer area.

Children may attend the working bee, but we ask parents/carers to remember it is their responsibility to supervise them during this time.

Thank you in advance for your support, and we look forward to seeing you.

Matt Whelan

Viewbank Preschool Maintenance

Halloween Dress up party reminder

Hello Families,

Just a reminder that our Halloween party is this Friday from 4.30-6.30pm. Last years event was a huge success & all the kids had a ball & looked fantastic in their dress ups.

All order forms for entry tickets, sausages, drinks & smooze ice creams need to be returned by Wednesday with the money to the White fundraising box near the kitchen. Prices: Entry tickets are $5 per child Sausages are $2.50 each Water & juice boxes are $1.50 each Smooze ice creams are $1.50 each Soft drinks are $2 each.

Spare order forms can be found on the White notice board near the kinder entrance for those that have misplaced theirs!! Don't miss out on a fun night for the kids. All funds raised are going straight back into purchasing new equipment at kinder that benefit all our kids.

Kind regards - The fundraising committee Fiona, Kate & Jodi (red group mums)

Signing in and saying good-bye at the door


Dear families,

This term we are introducing a children’s sign in book for the children to sign when they arrive at kindergarten. This will begin week 2.

You will still need to sign them in as you did before but we would like you to encourage your child to sign in their book also. There are 3 lines on each child’s page, 1 line for each day of the week. For example Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The purpose of this book is for the child to identify their name and support their ability and interests in writing their name.

We ask that families allow their child to find their own name and write their own name without assistance from you. We will keep a record of their written name development.

After signing in we will also be saying good-bye to our parents at the door in preparation for school. This will help support and develop the children’s self-care skills.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.


Ann-marie, Merryn and Brooke


Special Event Dates for Term 4


Sports for kinders program

On Mondays from 1.30 – 2.15 

Walking excursion to Viewbank primary

On Monday 24th October 9.30 - 11.30

Farm visit

On Thursday 3rd November -  all session

End of year concert

Thursday 15th December - concert from12.45 - 1.30.

Our last session for the year will be Monday 19th of December we will have our end of year party during this session. Families will be asked to bring a food plate to help us celebrate.








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