Green Room- 3 – 4 Years
In the green room, we recognise that when children feel safe, secure and supported they grow in confidence to explore and learn. We understand that it is often a child’s first experience away from their family and we know how important it is to build relationships with the children and families so that they feel a sense of belonging.
Our program is based on children’s interest and needs. We encourage family involvement and our main focus is children’s well-being.
Green Room FAQ’S
Q- What to Pack for Kindergarten?
- Backpack we recommend a regular sized backpack that will be large enough for all of your child’s belongings including lunch, water, snacks, wide brim hat, extra clothing and sheet.
- Water – make sure that you find a good quality medium sized, LEAK-PROOF water bottle that your child can open and close independently.
- Morning Tea and lunch – check out a few handy lunch ideas we have put together.
- Extra set of clothing – this should be packed in a sealed ziplock bag (so that it doesn’t get wet from water spills etc.) with their name on it. Even if your child is fully toilet trained, accidents do happen. There are also water tables and other messy opportunities for your child in their classroom, so this is not just for bathroom accidents.
- Indoor pair of shoes – be sure to label all footwear and clothing that gets sent to kindy, with their name on each shoe.
- I recommend the rule of thumb, “If you want to see it returned home, be sure to label it.”
- No dummies, baby bottles, blankets and pillows will be accepted in any Canossa classroom. Please do not pack any of these items. This will avoid any discomfort for teachers and your child.
Q-Green Room Pick up and drop off?
A- Caregivers are to sign their child/children in and out of the kindy each day on the iPad located in each room or in the foyer. Parents are welcome to join their child for the first 5 minutes of each day while they are settling in.
Important drop off procedures:
1. Please ensure at drop off that you DO NOT LEAVE until an educator has acknowledged your child’s arrival.
2. Please ensure sunscreen has been applied to your child on or before arrival all year round. Each room has a supply of sunscreen for your use. Please make sure you have signed the sunscreen application chart.
Encourage your child to be independent by helping them get used to:
- Putting on and doing up his or her shoes
- Eating and drinking without help (opening lunch boxes, wrapping and unwrapping school lunches and drinking from drink bottles)
- Caring for and putting away playthings
- Using a tissue
- Going to the toilet independently
- Using playground equipment safely
- Carrying his or her own bag and placing into their locker.
- Identifying his or her own belongings
- Walking to their room- We discourage carrying your child to and from their room.
Important pickup procedures:
1. Greet your child and ask them about their day. Please allow time for your child to show you what they have done for the day, collect their belongings and check communication pockets. We encourage you to do this together.
2. Please ensure you DO NOT leave until you have said goodbye to an educator in your room.
3. Please ensure that your child DOES NOT play in the playground at pickup.
Q- If my child is upset is it still ok to leave them?
A-If your child clings to you or refuses to participate in the class, don’t get upset this may only upset your child more. Always say a loving goodbye to your child, but once you do, leave promptly. Don’t sneak out. Leaving without saying goodbye can make a child feel abandoned. A long farewell, on the other hand, might only reinforce a child’s sense that a kindergarten is a bad place.
A consistent and predictable farewell routine can make leaving easier. Some parents wave from outside the classroom window or make a funny goodbye face, while others have a special handshake before parting. Also, keep in mind that most children do well after their parents leave.
A couple of handy tips for dealing with anxiety at drop off.
- Attend orientation- Canossa welcomes families for an orientation day. This is an important day for both children and families.
- Work on skills- practice activities they will be doing in class. That includes cutting, glueing, problem-solving and following directions.
- Introduce new friends- Set up play dates with children in your child’s class. Try to branch out beyond children they already know.
- Talk about worries- Talk to your child about any questions or fears she has about starting kindergarten. Explore ways to help your child manage stress.
- Check your own emotions- You may have concerns, but try not to let your own feelings about her starting kindergarten show. Focus on listening and encouraging your child.
- Talk to the teacher- Set up a meeting so you can share your concerns and insight. Establish a way to communicate regularly.
- Have a goodbye script – As part of the kindergarten routine, a goodbye script which is something you say to your child every time you leave them at kindy will help them learn when it’s time to say goodbye to the caregiver that you will come back for them. This could be something simple like, “Time to say goodbye. (Teachers name) is going to look after you now until I come back to pick you up. Bye Bye.”
Q- Can I check in on my child during the day.
A- You can always call or email our Director at any time during the day to see how your child is going and how they are settling in. The Director will always call you if your child remains upset and at any time during the day they are unsettled.
Q- Do you promote rest time during the day?
A- Yes. Some may sleep, however others who don’t sleep are encouraged to relax and recognise that their bodies need quiet time.
Q-When should I discuss any concerns I may have?
A- If you have general questions regarding your child you can discuss at drop off or pick up. If your concern requires a little more time than what is available at drop off and pick up, please send an email to our room to organise a suitable time.
Q- How long does it take for a child to settle in when they first start?
A- Change is harder for some children than others, however, we endeavour to make this transition as smooth as possible for children and families. Separation can evoke children’s deep feelings which can trigger restlessness, frustration etc. Each child settles differently. For some, it is almost immediate and others can take anywhere up to 6 months to settle into kindergarten. Please find attached an article that may help understand more about it. Settling In Article
Q-When should I keep my child away from kindy when sick?
- A fever of more than 38 degrees C. As well as a fever, he may be irritable, lethargic, crying or refusing to eat or feed, or have a stuffy nose or be a bit wheezy. All these are signs that your child needs to stay at home until he’s better.
- A respiratory illness, such as bronchiolitis, croup or flu. Keep your child at home until he’s better, particularly if he has a fever, too. If your child has whooping cough, keep him at home for five days from when he starts antibiotics, or 21 days from the start of coughing.
- Diarrhoea and vomiting. Your child could have a stomach bug. If you child has diarrhoea and vomiting he should stay at home until 24 hours after his last episode.
- If your child has infectious conjunctivitis (pinkeye) and discharge from his eyes he shouldn’t go to kindy. He should stay home until the discharge has stopped unless your doctor has diagnosed a non-infectious conjunctivitis.
Please refer to Queensland health time article for more information- timeout Article.
Q-Can my child celebrate their birthday in the classroom.
A- At Canossa, we understand it’s a special time for your child to be able to spend their birthday with their kindergarten friends. We have implemented a non-food related celebration to make the day special for your child and their classmates.
Due to a number of allergies and our healthy eating policy, we have implemented a non-food related celebration. This includes:
- – A special birthday card is presented to your child at assembly including a happy birthday sing along.
- – Each child will receive the first letter of their name to decorate with their classmates as a take-home gift from Canossa.
A few key rules for each room are as follows:
- Any birthday party invites are to be placed in the family’s communication pockets located in each classroom.
- No party bags/gifts are to come to kindy.
- No birthday cakes, ice blocks or any food related items.
Q-How to know if my child needs addtional support?
A-If you have any concerns in regards to your child’s development, please see the lead educator in your room. For more information please go to Development Milestones Article
Leanne- Lead Educator