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We’ve listened

3+ Learning Program time changeWe’ve listened to the wishes of our parents and carers and from Term 3 our 3+ Learning Program will be running for 5 hours, from 8:30am to 1:30pm.

As part of the change we have also decided to combine the snack and lunch time so that it will be at 11:00am.

The new fee will be $45.00 / $27.00 concession

Any queries, please see our Childcare Coordinator

Farewell to Catherine

Click on poem to view larger image

Click on poem to view larger image

One of our Childcare Coordinators, Catherine, is returning home to New Zealand.  She has been a wonderful person to work with and we shall all miss her.

Catherine has put up a notice on the door to our Childcare Room (see image at right – poem author is unknown) – sentiments well expressed and applicable to all of our RCLC and other early childhood professionals who go above and beyond in the care and education of our children.

 

 

Count down to Christmas Party

The RCLC Christmas Party is only eleven days away and thanks to the individuals and families who have RSVP’ed through our online bookings system – we look forward to seeing you at this fun community event

As an extra thank you we are offering everyone who makes an online BOOKEO booking for our FREE Christmas Party, a chance to get a $50 discount off a party hire at Richmond Community Learning Centre.  To be in the running you must:

  1. be present at our Christmas Party
  2. have a copy of your booking confirmation email with you to claim your prize should you be the lucky one to be drawn out on party day
  3. book now below (those of you who have already booked in are in our draw).

Oh, and keep the donations coming for our hampers – we need more fabulous items!

Christmas Party: Friday 29 November, 5:30pm

boy-179376_640Bring a picnic rug and light supper to hear terrific singing of Christmas Carols from our childcare kids, have a chance to win amazing hampers and/or a discounted party hire at RCLC and see Santa!

book now

NOTE TO FIRST TIME USERS OF OUR ONLINE BOOKINGS SYSTEM: If the bookings system indicates that your email address is already in use this means that you have had a free account set up by our administration staff because you are an existing or past user of our centre. In this case, please click the “Sign in” button, then click “I forgot my password!” and reset your password so you can log in with your new password.  Any issues, please contact our office.

RCLC Christmas Party: Friday 29 November, 5:30pm

cmas-partyIt’s that time of the year again so mark it on your calendars!  Come to our end-of-year celebration for families and individuals in your local community.

Bring a picnic rug and light supper to:

  • Hear terrific singing of Christmas Carols from our childcare kids
  • Win amazing hampers
  • Special visit from Santa

(Please bring a wrapped gift, valued under $10, labelled with your child’s name for distribution by Santa later)

More info and Christmas carols to download at: Christmas Party

Let us know you’re coming

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Congratulations

party-dogThe results are in and we can now announce the winner of the FREE Party Hire from our OCC Review Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey – your feedback has been invaluable and will help us with planning the future of our Children’s Services programs.  Of the survey respondents, we are pleased to announce that Loretta B is the winner of the free Party Hire – she has been notified and is looking forward to organising her next party at Richmond Community Learning Centre.

Online bookings for parties at RCLC now available

Did you know that you can now book your party yourself using our new online bookings system?  Check out what dates and times are available, book your timeslot and make payment to confirm your booking. Visit our website and click on the Book Now button on our Home page.

Setting a new course

While we’re on the topic of new systems, how about new programs and activities?  We’re currently developing an ACFE-funded iPad course which is particularly suited to beginners.  You might have heard about the new technology, haven’t bought one (yet) and want to find out more about it.  Is it really worth getting one?  Alternatively you might have bought an iPad/tablet but need to know about how to work with it for your home or job.  Either way, you will be learning on our iPads and use what you have learned to practice on your own iPad/tablet at home after class (if you have one).  More information will be posted on our website.  Contact us to register your interest.

See our website for other programs such as the Computer Confidence Group and Iyengar Yoga classes.

When there’s not enough room to swing a …

Apart from our popular party hires, our centre also has rooms available to hire for non-social purposes.  You might be a community group, non-profit organisation, or business needing some space for a meeting, discussion group, class, workshop, presentation, demonstration, etc.  We’ve had hirers put on art classes for adults and children, children’s dance programs, social and support groups, AGMs, exercise and well-being classes and much more.  There is such an amazing pool of talent out there looking for affordable space to share what they do and know in their local community.

hire0004Parents and carers, we know that it is sometimes difficult to catch up in each other’s homes or at a local cafe so why not meet at a neutral location in your own neighbourhood?  We have rooms and a large child-friendly playground for you to enjoy with your precious little ones and other mums, dads, grandparents, nannies and more.

If your program or activity is open to the general public we can offer you free advertising on our website and other marketing streams for the duration of your hire.

Please get in touch to book a non-social hire and have a tour of our facilities.

FREE furniture item needs good home

THIS ITEM HAS NOW BEEN TAKEN: Our cabinet was snapped up within 10 minutes of posting on the ziilch website – “where good stuff goes free”

Our Children’s Services staff have loved using this cabinet and are now moving on to other storage options.  In the spirit of recycling and the “think global – act local” ethic, we are offering our 5-drawer cabinet to a good home for FREE.  Contact our office to arrange pickup.

Specifications

Metal cabinet, 5 deep drawers suitable for maps, plans, posters, artwork, craft items
Width:
91cm; Depth: 63cm; Height: 116cm  (Note: Measurements are approximate)

Working with children …and loving it

For the last five weeks, eight women from various backgrounds and with varying levels of English have been undertaking our Working with Children course and having a taste of what it is like to work in childcare.


This morning the women worked with Lyndley, our ESL trainer, to prepare craft materials for occasional childcare’s art activities.  There was paper cutting, tearing of tissue paper, rolling paper into little balls, many-hued ribbons and foam shapes to excite the imagination of a child of any age.

Since starting the course in late July, the women have learned an immense amount including the importance of free play and letting children make their own choices.  They have understood that childcare is a profession involving the development of children’s physical, mental and emotional abilities and not “it’s just childminding” as some of them had been led to believe by family and friends.

Our Children’s Services staff have been impressed by their work ethic, care and enthusiasm for the well-being of the children at our centre.  As this post is being written, the women are busy updating their class blogs with their thoughts about their work experience at the centre and about what they learned with Lyndley this morning.  As an IT professional, it is satisfying to be able to use information and communications technology as an instrument for growing a human being’s confidence and capabilities.