Pymble Public School

We are about the children, their learning and our teaching

Telephone02 9144 4136

Emailpymble-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Our Program

Program & Family Support Services

Our centre philosophy is at the forefront of everything that we do. It is our vision of a perfect service. A united statement which combines ideas from our families, our children and our staff.

‘All children have the right to relax and play. At POOSH we empower children to exercise this right in a nurturing and inclusive setting. Our play-based learning program positively contributes to a child’s development through providing the opportunity to form friendships and strengthen social skills. We believe that the wellbeing of all children in our care is paramount. We acknowledge the school motto ‘To Learn to Live’, and actively support this through providing children in our care the opportunity to develop both personally and socially through a variety of creative, cultural and physical activities. Relationship building is the driving force behind our philosophy as we foster positive communication between children, their families, staff and the wider community.’

Daily Routine & Program We encourage children to participate in leisure and play-based activities that respond to their needs, interests and choices. Our diverse range of indoor and outdoor settings provide children with a place to collaborate with educators and organise activities that are meaningful to them. Educators and children develop a weekly program, which is displayed in each centre. The program reflects the ‘My Time, Our Place’ Framework and our Poosh philosophy. It encompasses planned activities based on the children’s interests, as well as opportunities for spontaneous child directed play enriching each child’s wellbeing and development. Both our menu and daily cooking program promote healthy eating practices from a young age, and through daily conversations our children learn about the importance of a balanced nutritional diet.

Everyday children develop their social skills, building positive relationships with their educators and their peers. Regularly they develop their conflict resolution skills with their peers, life skills such as road safely (through our excursions), knowledge of sustainable practices (through our compost area and garden), and their cultural awareness (through our country themed program) where termly we learn about a country’s traditions, music, language and cuisine. Each day at Poosh children can explore their creativity and sporting capabilities in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

How is the program organised and what is the child: staff ratio? The children are grouped into infants (k&1) juniors (2&3) and primary (4,5&6) to ensure that age appropriate activities are planned. Daily children sign in, enjoy afternoon tea, and are informed of our planned activities and the area options: inside, equipment, cooking and the oval.  They choose their desired setting and are allocated to an educator, who will care for up to 15 children. If there are not enough allocated spaces for every child in a setting, the additional children will be sent to their second preference area. We will always ensure that each child has a close friend to play with. At 4.30pm when child numbers reduce children can change activity areas if they desire.

How are children grouped? Mixed age play is present at the oval and in our daily cooking classes. In all other areas a variety of indoor and outdoor age appropriate activities are programmed daily. Activities include arts and crafts, environmental involvement (recycling, gardening), sports activities, free play, reading, homework, cooking, local excursions, incursions, STEM and cultural activities. Each term the children choose a country to follow, learning about their cuisine, language, customs, environment and music.

Daily Routines: At Poosh we aim to create a home like environment, so that our children can learn important life skills which they can transfer into their home and school environments. We encourage them to load the dishwasher, serve afternoon tea, choose interesting resources for the session, complete our termly resource clean ups, organise late games, organise incursions/excursions, embed sustainable practices into our program and plan our termly parties. As a result, we hope our children develop a strong sense of identity and wellbeing. They become connected with and contribute to their world and develop into confident and involved learners, who are effective communicators in all areas of their lives.

Where can I see the weekly program? In each centre the program is located on the notice board, along with the Poosh menu and photos of the exciting moments at Poosh. The primary children also love to create slideshows of each terms highlights so watch out for these!

Incursion & Excursions: Poosh offers a range of incursions such as the Junior science academy and excursions within the local community such as visiting our local organic shop, which help to develop the children’s life skills (respecting the environment, looking at sustainable production of food, road safety etc) outside the Poosh environment.

Term parties: Termly we hold a Poosh party. We encourage families to come and meet our educators, join in with fun by experiencing a country themed afternoon tea and our planned activities!! If you are lucky you may even leave with your face painted! The date of this event is communicated through our newsletter with is emailed to parents each term.

Televison & I.T Once a week a DVD may be viewed in each centre if requested by the children. The interactive white boards may be used to present videos of our followed country, or to show presentations the children have completed whilst at Poosh. At Poosh we do not permit the use of child owned electronic devices. This includes phones and ipads. At times children may be able to use the services devices when involved in making playlists, taking photos or creating presentations under the supervision of educators, however we believe relationship building and creativity are fostered when children are connected and encouraged to explore their environment. Therefore, screen time at Poosh will be restricted to meaningful projects and research only.

Homework During Monday and Tuesday afternoons the 3 centres are a quiet place to work until 4.30pm for children to focus on homework if they need to, nevertheless Wednesday through to Friday children are welcome to complete their homework too. Educators will ask children if they have homework to complete during afternoon tea, however they cannot provide one-on-one tutoring. Educators will only offer minor assistance with homework. If a child finds the work too difficult, they will be advised to complete their homework at home, with the help of a parent or guardian. It is the parent’s responsibility to remind their child to complete their homework.

Parent/Visitor Code of Conduct In relation to children the centre staff, families, other parents and visitors will: respect the behaviour management practices of Poosh and will leave the discipline of children to centre staff. Speak in a respectful and appropriate manner. They will not use abusive language to anyone at the centre. Not publicly slander the centre or staff on social media. Not be under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs when collecting their child or visiting the centre. Respect the property of Poosh and users. Respect and acknowledge the cultural diversity of Poosh. Follow the centres policies and procedures. Have input into the program. Develop positive relationships with staff. Accept accountability for their behaviour.

Family Support & Counselling Contacts

 

For flyers related to local free counselling services, holiday programs, community programs and much more please visit our community board located in the primary centre!

Young People

·                Kids Helpline Kids Help Line is Australia’s only free, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 18. The website now offers tailored sections for kids, teens and grownups with targeted information and resources for each group.  1800 55 1800

·                Twenty10 Association Gay and lesbian youth services, 24 hours  02 8594 9555 or 1800 652 010

Raising children and teenagers

·                Child Support (Department of Human Services) Australian Government Department of Human Services’ child support site. Assisting separated parents with information, payments and support and information about child support choices available to you

·                Childcare Access Hotline 1800 670 305

·                Dads Online Australian-based interactive website for separated dads, offering online support and a chance to share stories, ideas and activities and events relevant to Australian dads

·                Family Relationships Online Family Relationships Online is a key component in Government support for building better family relationships. It provides all families (whether together or separated) with access to information about family relationship issues, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution. It also allows families to find out about a range of services that can assist them to manage relationship issues, including agreeing on appropriate arrangements for children after parents separate

·                Karitane 24 hour parenting information and counselling 02 9794 1852 or 1800 677 96

·                Parent Line NSW
Telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents, carers and professionals who have concerns about a child aged 0-18 years. 9am - 9pm Monday to Friday; 4pm - 9pm weekends; 1300 1300 52

General support and counselling

·                Mission Australia Helpline 1300 886 999

·                Lifeline 13 11 14

·                Relationships Australia 02 9418 8800 or 1300 364 277

·                MensLine Australia
Telephone and online counselling service for men with family and relationship concerns 1300 78 99 78

Adoptions

Open Adoption Hotline
1800 003 227