Issue 3, 2016

Message from Rukmini

Hi all, it has been a busy couple of months since I last communicated via this forum! Some of the things we have been busy with are:

Team meetings; budget preparation, policy review is ongoing, roster and staffing plans, family connection, welcoming new families, student participation, professional development and so on!

There have been some significant staffing changes this year and we would like to reassure you that we are very conscious of maintaining stability and consistency for staff, families and children alike, so we are exploring several options.

In the short term, we would like to place a temporary Kindergarten teacher in the role asap. Any other roles will be filled internally with educators you well know and have relationships with!

We will keep you all posted on all updates and changes!


Staffing Update

After three years, Guzel will be leaving us to pursue her career as an Assistant Director at another Service, closer to home. This is a significant career development opportunity for Guzel and we wish her every success in the future. I would like to offer my deepest thanks to Guzel for her dedication and commitment over the past few years. Guzel has been reliable and responsible for many achievements here and was always open to take on new challenges! Guzel will be missed by adults and children alike! We will have a farewell afternoon tea on Tuesday the 19th of July, for Guzel's last day, please join us if you can!
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Lita gets married to Murphy in her home town in Thailand!

Farewell Afternoon Tea for Guzel!

Tuesday, July 19th, 3-4pm

Monash Child Care, Caulfield East, Victoria, Australia

Caulfield East, VIC

Come along and share some afternoon tea with us to have a celebration of Guzels time with us.

2016 PD Day - Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange

As part of our centre's commitment to life long learning, each year all staff attend a uniquely designed professional development day. This year we attended the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange where we participated in a range of learning sessions based on the Reggio Emilia educational approach.

Sessions included a history of Reggio Emila which covered the inspirising story of the beginnings of the educational approach of Reggio Emila, a place in Northern Italy. Reggio Emilia is an "educational project" which is undertaken and supported in every aspect, by the entire city of Reggio Emilia.

The main principles that underpin this approach of Education are:


Children are active Protagonists in their own growth and development

The hundred languages, a metaphor for the multiple ways in which children communicate



Co-construction of knowledge and learning

Educational research

Educational documentation

Progettazione (Projects)


Environment, space and relations

Professional Development


Other Sessions included "The Image of the Child" where we were challenged to consider and reflect deeply on "our image of the child"; what are our expectations of children; how do we see them, what we believe them to be underpins our relationships with them and their families, our expectations, our conversations, our teaching and our environment.

Documentation as Professional Learning

Exploring Documentation

Carlina Rinaldi offers the following explanation: Documentation means to produce traces of an observation. Documentation makes visible. Documentation is for children, teachers, parents, society. Documentation can give an image of the child … And again: Documentation is a way of entering the dark zone; of understanding how we learn. Documentation helps us to share the responsibility of teaching.

And again, she states: Documentation is this process, which is dialectic, based on affective bonds and also poetic; it not only accompanies the knowledge-building process but in a certain sense impregnates it.

Reggio Children, Reggio Children (mission statement), Reggio Children, 2005, p. 14. 10 Rinaldi, C., ‘The Pedagogy of Listening’, lecture given during American Study Tour, Reggio Emilia, May 1998. 11 ibid. 12 Rinaldi, C, ‘Documentation and Assessment: What is the Relationship?’ in Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, Project Zero and Reggio Children, 2001, p. 86.

The 100 Languages of Children: Wire and Paper

The 100 languages of Children: Clay

Partnerships with Families and Communities

Upcoming Events & Incursions

Don't forget to visit our website on a regular basis to keep up to date with what's happening around the centre! Click here to check the dates of our Term 3 Incursions & Excursions and the special events that we will be celebrating at the centre over the new few months.

Music with Lynda : Lynda rotates between Tuesdays and Wednesdays and started back this week on a Wednesday.

Yoga: is on Fridays in all rooms with Belle; who is Violetta's mother from the Waa Room.

Pram Sheds

Did you know you are welcome to store your pram here at the centre during the day? The sheds at the left hand side of our outside space are clear for you to store your collapsed pram. The space is however limited, so we ask that you neatly store your pram, making sure you can close the shed door and if you have the choice to bring a smaller pram to childcare, we appreciate your consideration of other families!

Resources from home - donations!

Dear families, we would love some of your pre-loved/ used items which you might wish to discard in the near future! Below is a list of items we would like to use at the Centre!

  • Cushions in good hygienic condition and/ or covers
  • Picnic rugs
  • Towels of any size (to mop us spills etc.)
  • Safe potted plants, indoor/ outdoor
  • Logs for stepping stones or totem poles
  • Photo/ picture frames, plastic preferred
  • Shoe pockets
  • Table cloths
  • Dolls' clothes
  • Empty boxes including plastic for storage
  • Shallow plastic tubs for table top activities
  • Trays, wooden prefered
  • Any board games, books
  • Paper to be used for art/ writing etc.

Moroccan Lamb, Chickpea and Winter Vegetable Tagine with Israeli Pearl Cous Cous (Nami's Recipe)

Serves 4-6 adults

Tagine Ingredients

1kg diced, lean cut lamb

400g tinned chickpeas, drained and washed well

Seasonal vegetables e.g:

2 medium brown onions, diced

1/2 bunch celery, finely chopped

3 medium carrots, diced

1 medium zucchini, diced

1 small red capsicum, diced

500g potatoes, diced

1 litre of stock or water

800g tinned diced tomato

2 tbs tomato paste

Marinade Ingredients

1 tbs Moroccan seasoning

Pinch of good quality sea salt

Pinch of ground pepper

1 tsp vegetable power stock (optional)

1/2 tbs minced garlic

1 tbs ground sweet paprika

Touch of chili paste (optional)

4 tbs vegetable oil or olive oil

Cous Cous

500g Israeli Pearl Cous Cous - children love the texture!


1. Mix all marinade ingredients together with the diced lamb and coat well.

2. Marinate lamb for minimum 1/2 hour in fridge.

3. Prepare all vegetables.

4. In a pre-heated large pot, saute onion, celery, carrot, zucchini, red capsicum and seasoning (salt and pepper).

5. Transfer sauteed vegetables to a bowl and use the same pot to cook/seal the marinated lamb on high temperature.

6. Once the lamb is sealed, add the tomato paste and stir well. Cook for 5 minutes, then add diced tomato, stock (or water) and cover.

7. Cook for 1 hour, stir occasionally.

8. Meanwhile, in a medium hot pot, boil some water and cook the pearl cous cous for 10 minutes.

9. Blanch (drain and wash) the cous cous in cold water. Drain well and then add olive oil. Mix well. (Optional - add fresh chopped herbs, currents, flaked almonds)

10. After the lamb has cooked for 1 hour, add cooked vegetables, diced potato and chickpeas. Cook until potato is soft and the lamb is tender.

11. Add salt and pepper to taste.

12. Heat cous cous in microwave just before serving.

13. Bon appetit!