We would like to say thank you to KOORI KINECTIONS, and specially Adam, for their amazing job on raising awareness about the Aboriginal culture and traditions. Adam engaged the children in fun and educative experiences where the children had the opportunity to see and touch diverse Aboriginal artifacts such as boomerangs, digging and clapping sticks, coolamons and kangaroo skin. Children enjoyed listening to his explanations, making damper and playing with him the Australian animals statue game.
As a part of the continuous improvement required by the National Quality Standard, this week we are:
– reviewing the way we interact with children, families and community members to ensure it’s always
professional, respectful and in line with our Code of Conduct/Ethics and philosophy. If you have any feedback
about your communication or interactions with staff please feel free to share them. You can always speak with
me confidentially if you wish
– reviewing our National Quality Framework Policy. A summary follows:
National Quality Framework Policy
We are covered by and value the National Quality Framework which includes the Early Years Learning Framework
(EYLF), the National Education and Care Law and Regulations, and the National Quality Standard covering seven
1. Educational program and practice
2. Children’s health and safety
3. Physical environment
4. Staffing arrangements
5. Relationships with children
6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
7. Governance and Leadership
Services are assessed and rated on their performance. Rating levels include excellent, exceeding, meeting, working
towards and significant improvement required.
We are committed to the continuous improvement of our practices and seek and value input from families and our
community, including in respect of our Quality Improvement Plan.
There is a copy of the policy near the sign in/out sheet. Please take a moment to read it. We value any feedback you may have.
Remember! Next week is CRAZY HAIR WEEK. The aim of the event is to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Australia who provide vital support to those suffering from cystic fibrosis.
Please feel free to come with the most original hairstyles and be ready to have fun!
This rainy week, the preschool children had been working in small groups to allow them the chance to learn more deeply and meaningfully and to encourage concentration and focus. In that way, they had the opportunity to participate in lots of different experiences. They’ve been participating in cooking experiences which helps them gain some basic baking skills while they practice their numerology by counting ingredients and measurements. Our Spanish assembly in the mornings help us learn some vocabulary while ensuring that children have the skills to participate and contribute in group lessons, as well as promoting connections among children and a sense of community.
During the week, the preschoolers saw how Cesar was trying to dig out a water counter buried in a corner of the playground and they decided to help him. Engaging in digging work helps children learn how to work co-operatively, use their senses to discover their environment, develop their imagination, creative thinking, and ability to problem solve and experiment with solutions. Messy play also allows children to test limits and boundaries in a safe way, because getting messy is FUN!
This week the toddlers had a busy week learning about the numbers. Each day they engaged in activities to promote their cognitive development and numeracy skills working on a number each day. They used the numbers in different strategies to engage the children into numeracy experiences, they made numbers with playdough, drawing them in a whiteboard, reading stories, and but not less, with their favourite song “Un elefante se balanceaba”.
Our babies this week had become mermaids and had been experimenting their creativity with some arts an crafts to decorate their classroom. They’ve been also exploring their senses with a cool jelly activity where they had to find different sea animals swimming in it. This kind of messy play is great for the babies’ development because it helps refine their tactile or touch processing skills. Those are important to improve fine motor skills involved in all sorts of activities later on in their life.
Good tactile/touch sensory processing skills can also help your child not lose his ever-loving mind during tooth-brushing, fingernail cutting, haircuts and other grooming tasks.