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ANZAC Day at Platinum

ANZAC

10653394 828732537174172 7065417306749920408 n"Learning about ANZAC Day helps young children to understand the life and times of Australia and its people.
By building young children’s understandings about the traditions, facts and folklore of ANZAC Day, the many real life stories of sacrifices and heroism of everyday Australians will not be lost, but be handed down to future generations.
Research in education tells us that children learn best when they are highly interested, active and help make decisions about their learning. Young children have a fascination with all things to do with the past. By learning through hands-on, sensory and real-life experiences about ANZAC Day, young children will have an opportunity to understand the importance of this national day, and its role in building peace in communities today." (from www.anzacday.org.au)

Over the course of last week the children at both Platinum Pre School campuses were involved in a range of activities designed to help give them a better understanding of how ANZAC Day commemorates the bravery and heroism of our armed services. These activities included:

  • Having a member of the Australian Army come to each campus and explain what their role in the community is.
  • Baking ANZAC Cookies with our resident nutritionist, Kim Holmes (from The Healthy Little B).
  • Painting a commemorative 'Poppy on canvas' to take home and share with our families.

10307362 828336683880424 682527823558526126 nEach of these activities helped our students to develop a better understanding of what ANZAC Day is and why it is so important to us as Australians. Each of the children's ANZAC Day Poppy canvases also had the following message on the back for parents to read at home with them:

Anzac Day – 25 April – is one of Australia's most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

This year we commemorate the bravery and service of those men and women who went to war to fight to keep Australia safe 100 years ago. To mark this occasion the children have made a single red poppy of remembrance. We have discussed that 100 years ago the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli and that these men and women had no phones or computers to keep in contact with those they loved.

We encourage you all to celebrate dinner or a meal around this poppy this weekend and keep in mind those who never returned home.

Lest we forget. 
1915-2015

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Little Creations - Art Show

Little-Creations

Platinum Pre School opened in 2010 and in less than five years has become an integral part of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs community, particularly through our relationship with Ronald McDonald House Randwick. In addition to providing early education to the community’s next generation, Platinum offers free-of-charge casual attendance to children staying at Ronald McDonald House to allow the parents of these children to have some well deserved time off and for their children to spend some time away from the hospital. Often these families are a long way from home all sharing one room at the House whilst their child undergoes treatment at Prince of Wales Hospital. A day or two for their child at a local pre school can make all the difference for both the children and their parents, giving Mum and Dad an opportunity to catch up on those parts of their life that they have put on pause, whilst the kids get to visit a fun and educational environment where they can be everyday kids for a while.

To provide further assistance, the pre school holds bi-annual art shows with all funds raised going directly to Ronald McDonald House at Randwick. Since 2010 they have raised a whopping $80,000 making Platinum Pre School the single largest fundraising partner for the Randwick House. This year the children of the pre school are busily painting Eric Carle inspired artworks for their 2015 art show - Little Creations whilst the staff and parents have been raising support from generous local businesses.

Little Creations will be held at the Crowne Plaza Coogee on the 16th of May and is set to smash the $100,000 mark providing much needed support to the wonderful work that the staff and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House Randwick do every day.

For more information about how you can support this very worthy cause email the Platinum Pre School team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Or if you would like to come along and bid on some incredible auctions and prizes click below to purchase tickets:

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Or for more information about the event CLICK HERE!

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Community Spirit Award WINNERS!

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Platinum Pre School is the 2014 Winner of the Kids In The East Community Spirit Award

We were very proud to recently be named The Kids in the East 2014 Winner of their Community Spirit Award. The Eastern Suburbs Business and Community Awards are designed to recognise outstanding examples of local businesses that have been doing amazing things throughout the year for local families, whether that be in their family-friendly service, the options they provide for kids, or their activity in the local family community.

They also celebrate local mums in business as the number of self-employed women continuing to grow at a rapid rate, and think it’s important to recognise and encourage kids who are doing great things in business, and have a special award for young people (13 and under) who are emerging entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers.

Kids in the East, is a magazine and website catering to parents in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. To read their most recent publication or to find out what is happening in your area CLICK HERE.

 

New Platinum Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY

Every year it is important to revise our Vision, Mission and Philosophy, and this year we have combined the three to create a ‘Statement of Philosophy’, in line with the requirements of the National Quality Standard.

“A statement of philosophy is more than a mission statement. The philosophy is the ‘why’ behind your work with children, their families and each other. It is the combination of your beliefs, values and hopes for the educational program that you provide and its outcomes.”

(Barnes, H., 2012, Revising the Service Philosophy, NQS PLP e-Newsletter No. 28 2012)

In order to create this, we went through a process with a series of stages.

  • Reflecting on our previous Vision, Mission and Philosophy and thinking about what was in there that was still important to us and reflected our beliefs, values and hopes.

  • Looking at the responses from the parent survey conducted at the end of last year, and drawing out elements that were important to our families.

  • Consulting the Guide to the National Quality Standard and ensuring that the guiding principles to improve quality at services were met.

  • Redesigning our statement of philosophy to incorporate all of the above.

We now feel like we have a sense of ownership of our philosophy, that effectively reflects our values, beliefs and hopes and underpins our decisions, policies and daily practices. We really value the contributions from our families and thank all those who participated. Below is our new Philosophy:

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Platinum Newsletter - Issue 29

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Issue 29 of the Platinum Pre School Newsletter is hot off the press! Yippee!

It's full of interesting articles from our specialist writers, pre school updates and community news.

Enjoy...

Download Newsletter - Issue 29

Welcome to our 29th newsletter,

And our first Newsletter of 2015. For those of you who are first time readers, we hope you enjoy it and find the topics informative.

Most of the articles are based around raising healthy, happy children and some are for you, the parents, to support you on your journey.

The articles are written by people who are qualified specialists with interests in supporting families. We have speech, fitness, OT (occupational therapy), nutrition and lots more. They work in our local community and are all approachable, kind, and dedicated to their profession.

We are all busy working hard and try to spend quality time with our children. Hopefully some of these articles and tips will help you enhance those precious times. Remember guilt is a wasted emotion, and it’s the quality of the times you spend with your children that they will remember.

So, put the kids to bed, grab a cup of tea or glass of wine and relax.

For those of you who have been with us for a while, thanks for your ongoing support and trusting us with your most precious gifts, your beautiful children.

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