Poppins Bush School
March 7, 2024
March Newsletter 2024

There is so much happening at Poppins this year, we will do our best to cover major updates in the newsletters for everyone to be informed😊 It is wonderful to see all the children learning everyday in our natural environment. Both spontaneous & planned experiences maximise their education, whilst having so much fun each day. We have a few reminders for our Poppins community. Code for the Door – We ask please that you only share with member of your family that are authorised to collect your child/ren Thank you. Car park safety – please ensure you are driving with care, please slow down when entering and leaving the car park and ensure you are watching for children at all times. Please hold your child’s hand and walk-in front of the cars not behind them to ensure you can be seen. Food from home – If you are bringing in some breakfast for your child, please ensure it is NUT FREE. Toys from Home – We are fortunate to have an amazing array of resources for the children to play and explore with. Toys coming from home can often cause conflict and emotional distress for the other children in attendance. Unless your child requires a comforter for rest time, please leave all other toys at home.

The Living Safely with Dogs Program recently came to Poppins Bush School, to the excitement of the Prep children. The program is delivered to preschools throughout NSW. It targets children in their final year of preschool and teaches them how to live safely with dogs. A team of trained pet educators and their suitability-tested dogs present the Program at preschools across NSW. The presentations are delivered using chat, role play, story and song.

Educating children and their families ensures the child-pet relationshipis not only physically and emotionally rewarding but also a safe one as well.

What do children learn in this program?

The program focuses on teaching preschool children:

  • when dogs should be left alone
  • things we should not do to dogs
  • how can you tell if a dog is happy, scared or angry
  • a safe way to approach and greet a dog
  • what to do if approached by an unknown or aggressive dog
  • choosing an appropriate pet for their family
  • the importance of actively supervising your children’s interaction with your pets
  • the importance of securely separating pets and children when you cannot actively supervise
  • basic dog behaviour
  • the safety messages that their children have been taught


All the children in Prep were provided with the opportunity to interact with ‘Emily’ the miniature sausagedog. She had a very friendly demeanour. There were even some children that were nervous and worried, and parents flagged this with us, however, by the end of the community visit the children were confident and knew how to be responsible and safe around dogs and they were excited to be given the opportunity to pat Emily.

Back to News & Insights