We welcomed everybody back after the holidays, and it was lovely to see the children settle back happily into the routine, renewing their friendships, and enthusiastic to be back.
We had some “firsts” this week to start the new term –
· Dancing started with Karen – this will happen every Thursday - the children are divided into two groups for this – so they have more room to move freely around the room, the other half of the group remain in our room for a picnic morning tea before getting ready to go in for their turn, then the groups swap over.
· Music started with Kylie – apart from a gap of a couple of weeks – this will happen every second Friday. The children have this music session all together, which also takes place in the front room
· These activities will continue throughout the year, and require the children to become adaptable, be confident with another external Teacher, to be responsible for moving from one room to another, to adapt to a different routine, to be independent taking their shoes and socks off and being responsible for their own belongings. All this encourages the children to be confident and independent.
· We also had our first introduction to a practice Emergency Evacuation Drill. First we talked about why the Teachers wear whistles, what we might need these for, and what would need to happen if I blew my whistle – the children need to immediately come to me (quietly and quickly, no matter what they are doing). We practiced this and the children responded well. We will talk further about this, and practice again shortly, and continue to do so on a regular basis throughout the year, so the children become familiar with the routine and respond automatically. The complete Emergency Evacuation Drill consists of us blowing the whistle collecting the children and staff, and taking them outside together calmly to our Evacuation point (either the gate into the park next to out shed, or the front gate into the street depending on where the danger may be). We discussed what an emergency could be –e.g. fire/ smoke. We discussed what we would need to do in a real emergency- ask an adult for help, and about dialling 000 , and what the person answering that call would ask us – do we need the Police, or Fire Brigade or Ambulance, and where we were and what the emergency was. We will discuss this further, and learn more as we go along This is something you could discuss with your children at home, so that they would know what to do in an emergency – children are very capable! Do your children know their address, maybe their phone number, and about dialling 000. All food for thought?
This week we welcomed Sylvia into our room, an extra Support Assistant to help as an extra pair of hands in our Group – this will be very helpful and allow us to be able to spend more time with individual children.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.