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Looking behind and looking ahead

With 2012 only just begun, I look back towards the end of the last term of 2011 with some sadness.  As you may already know, Jessie, one of our long-time childcare staff members, decided to move on from RCLC. Jessie and I worked together for quite some time – thank you and goodbye Jessie. Thanks to the generosity of our parents/carers and others, Jessie left us with a going-away gift of $250 and lots of kind thoughts written into her farewell cards.

We also have had lots of children leaving due to moving suburbs, or going off to school or to 4-year-old kinder.  Goodbye to:

  • Will and Matilda (Monday Occasional Childcare [OCC] group)
  • Eliza, Archie, Georgia, Dimitri, Stephanie, Sarah, Jack and Sreeja (3+ Learning Program group)
  • Emma, Jessica, Hugh, Sebastian, Xavier, Gemma, Andrew, Eliza, Edward and Sophia (Tuesday OCC group)
  • Jock, Holly, Dimitri, Stephanie, Bailey and Wentworth (Wednesday OCC group)
  • Lizzy, Ava, Claire and Zoe (Thursday OCC group)

We will miss Jessie and all of these children very much.

A big welcome to all of our new children:

  • Monday OCC: Freya, Stefani and Sophie N
  • Tuesday OCC: Elizabeth
  • Thursday OCC: Amelia, Priya and Thomas
  • 3+ Learning Program: Sam

A big thank you goes to all of our beautiful children who made 2011 a happy, challenging, exciting and fun year for all.

For everyone who came along to our 2011 Christmas party I hope you all had a great time and congratulations to all of the lucky ones who took home hampers.

I hope that you all had a very wonderful Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year celebration.

Looking forward to seeing you all again real soon



There’s no such thing as a free lunch…

…but is there such a thing as a waste-free lunch?  This BPA Free and Waste Free Lunch Boxes article on the Planning with Kids site offers a bit of food for thought about the way we package our kids’ lunches.  How are you providing a more enviro-friendly meal for your child when she/he is away from home?

Speaking of free things, if you are looking for free/low-cost activities around Melbourne:

Source image: Lunch With The Bears by Peter Griffin

First steps to learn and walk

Step 1: Learn

Our open day for the 3+ Learning Program went very well – thanks to those parents/carers and their terrific children who enjoyed the day at our centre.  A reminder that our inaugural 3+ Learning Program session starts today (ie Monday 30 May 2011), 12:45pm – 3:45pm, with a small number of vacancies currently available.  Remember, if you’d like your 3-year-old+ child to join, get in touch right now.  We’ve already had a number of parents/carers add their younger child to our 3+ Learning Program waiting list.  If your child is under 3 years old get him/her into the queue of this popular program by downloading and completing our waiting list form.

Step 2: Walk

Pram pushers, take to the streets of Richmond!

Get fit and make friends in the RCLC Pram Walking Group on Fridays 9:00am – 10:00am starting Friday 03 June.  It’s FREE – just meet here at the Richmond Community Learning Centre by 9:00am.  You can have a cuppa before or after your walk in comfy indoor space.  You and your child(ren) then have the option of joining our low-cost playgroup for some play time from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

We are happy to provide a warm, welcoming place for pram walkers to meet up – all that we ask is that group members decide where they would like to go together on their pram walk. Going by the friendliness of the mums, dads and carers we have coming to our occasional care and playgroups now, this should be lots of fun.

A walk around Richmond with your bub snuggled up in your pram, chatting with other parents/carers and all the while helping yourself and each other get fitter.  Sounds like a great social and green thing to do on a Friday morning.  So, what’s stopping you?

See RCLC Pram Walking Group for more details.