Healthy, wonder-filled and wise

By Freya Lucas Have you ever wondered how educators encourage children to adopt lifelong healthy habits, or learn more about their wellbeing? One of the cornerstones of the Early Years Learning Framework is following children’s interests, and supporting them to explore all of their wonderful questions, ideas, curiosities and connections with the wider world – […]

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How To Support Your Child’s Speech And Language Development

By Freya Lucas Research shows that the best way to support speech and language development is to talk together, frequently and naturally. In a childcare setting, children are surrounded by many different examples of speech and language, both from their peers, and from their educators. Educators use many strategies to support children’s language development in […]

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Quick, tasty spinach and fetta parcels

These delicious triangles are great for a treat and are a great way to include extra greens into a snack! Easy to make and ready to be enjoyed by your family and friends. Ingredients 2 eggs 2 bunches of spinach leaves 100g fetta, crumbled 2 sheets of frozen puff pastry, thawed or already thawed puff […]

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Stamping fun with Celery

This fun craft activity involves something that you probably have already in your fridge. Yes, that’s right it’s celery! After cutting off the stalks for a snack, the head of the celery can be turned into a stamp in a couple of easy steps. Children of all ages will love this activity! Materials needed 1 […]

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Lamington Cupcakes

These little cupcakes are a delicious twist on the classic Lamington. A great recipe for little hands to help with in the kitchen and then enjoy their creations for afternoon tea! Ingredients 2 x 12 hole muffin trays (we used mini muffins trays) Paper cases (patty pans) 200g unsalted butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 […]

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Chinese Drums

The Chinese rattle drum is one of the oldest style of toys in China, it is often found at festivals such as the Lunar New Year. Create your own, explore a little bit of history and enjoy the rhythmic sounds! Materials needed 2 small paper plates 2 beads Ribbons, string or even a shoelace Glue […]

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The Importance of Play

By Dr Kaylene Henderson Child Psychiatrist There is abundant research about the importance of play in children’s lives. In fact, play is now considered to be so essential for children’s development that it has been recognised by the UN High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Let’s look at the ways […]

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Genki Japanese Newsletter December 2016

Konnichiwa (Hello), Parents and Caregivers. In November we taught the children Unit 10: Direction-two word verbs and movement. The children learnt basic direction words such as Migi (right) and Hidari (left), Mae (front/forward) and Ushiro (back) also Ue (up) and Shita (down) in Japanese. Also they learnt some verbs such as Aruku (walk), Hashiru (run) […]

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Glorious Glitter Globes

Swirling, sparkling captivating glitter globes, a favourite for young and not so young. Let your children’s creativity shine with this excellent craft activity. Materials Glass jar Baby Oil Stickers – we used puff stickers Glitter Pearls Super glue Method Choose which stickers you would like to use, open the jar and press the stickers onto […]

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Genki Japanese Newsletter November 2016

Konnichiwa (Hello), Parents and Caregivers. In October we taught the children Unit 9: adjectives and their opposites. The children learned basic adjective words and their opposite words such as Oki (big) and Chi sai (small), Nagai (long) and Mijikai(short) and also Atusi (hot) and Samui(clod) in Japanese. Preschool and Senior kindy children learnt extra words […]

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