Author Archive for: ‘Bonkers Beat’

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The Benefits and Beauty of Bush Kinders

There’s something so special about children enjoying nature. And while we love to see children enjoying the summer sun, seeing them pull on some gumboots to splash in puddles and explore soggy wetlands is fantastic. Early childhood education has many approaches, each with its own benefits and advocates. We are all continually developing and adapting, and that goes for educators …

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A Point of Difference to Make All the Difference

Here we are in the middle of the year, and for many centres it has been a stressful first half with increasing occupancy challenges. It was devastating to read a recent article in the Herald Sun (June 26) highlighting the struggle many centres are currently facing to stay open. While the end of financial year is a time most centres …

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Family Bonding

School Holidays and Family Bonding

For many families school holidays can be a juggle to say the least. Working families in particular feel the pressure to fit in family time with jobs. On top of everything of course we’re all busy trying to keep the house functioning and feed everyone! Thankfully it’s not always about the quantity of time we spend with our families – …

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What Positive Thoughts Can Do For Children (and YOU)

Our thoughts and beliefs can change the way we see the world. And even the way we think we are seen within the world. Imagine if we surrounded ourselves with positive thoughts each day… We know how much we can be impacted by words that are negative and so most of us aim to avoid those damaging attitudes. After all, …

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Yoga for Children on World Yoga Day – Get Involved!

Yoga used to be thought of as alternative or new age, but in 2017 it is widely celebrated for its many benefits and practiced by many. Life is busy and at times stressful for adults as well as children. Just like we use yoga to take care of our bodies and clear our heads, children can too. And the benefits …

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Support and strategies for inclusion in centres

Every child is special and deserves to be included.  The Victorian Inclusion Agency is currently hosting a range of inclusion workshops and expos around Victoria which will help you build your understanding of inclusion strategies. Bonkers and Galina were invited to take part in expos and will be sharing their techniques and resources to support the inclusion of all children. …

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Happy Birthday, Bonkers! – How Far We’ve Come

This month Bonkers the Monkey – the star of Bonkers Beat – is celebrating his birthday. There’s nothing quite like a birthday to reflect on life… What you’ve achieved and the goals you have for the future. Same goes for Bonkers the Monkey! Here’s a look at what Bonkers has achieved over the years, why he loves early childhood education …

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Recognising National Reconciliation Week in Centres

It’s National Reconciliation Week (NRW) from 27 May until 3 June, with 2017’s theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’. All over the country, we will see cultural, sporting, community and arts events recognising and celebrating reconciliation and its place in the story of Australia. Centres and families might like to share some of Australia’s history reconciliation journey with children during …

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Understanding Children’s Developmental Milestones

When did little Sarah start reading? Can Danny write his name yet? How many children are toilet trained by age 2? Children’s developmental milestones can be exciting, but they can also bring about needless stress. As educators, we can play a big role in guiding children toward achieving milestones. We also support parents as their children continue on their developmental journeys in …

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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Education Week is coming up from 21 to 27 May in Victoria. The theme for this year is one very close to our hearts at Bonkers Beat – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body. For many years – and still today for some – a healthy mind was viewed as being a separate issue to a healthy body. We are big believers …

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