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Demand for Early Childhood Programs Across the Globe

Across the globe the demand for quality early childhood programs is growing all the time, with research continuing to highlight their important role when it comes to providing educational value for children. The National Quality Standard (NQS) is a key aspect of the NQF and sets a national benchmark for early childhood education and care, and outside school hours care …

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Focusing on Language and Culture

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Or Happy New Year! The Chinese New Year (as well as the Lunar New Year, celebrated by many cultures) takes place on February 19, 2015, followed closely by International Mother Language Day on February 21 – what a perfect opportunity to touch on language and culture with children! Celebrating the Chinese culture and their different New …

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Sustainable Future with Three ‘R’s

Just as we teach children to respect and take care of themselves, their belongings and their homes, taking care of the environment should be rated as highly important too. After all, we need to keep the planet in top shape for their future! Last week we mentioned that putting together a wrapping-free lunch is a brilliant way of looking out …

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Healthy Lunches for a Healthy Future

Whether it’s back to school or just starting, healthy, nutritious lunches are crucial for children to make the most of every day. The first step to a great lunch with lots of variety is a good lunch box. Aim for something with a few different compartments to minimise the need for wrappings. The Organised Housewife also suggests that lunch boxes are: …

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Celebrating Australia Day Four Ways

Australia Day is often associated with the public holiday, fireworks and the beach, but when it comes to our early childhood educational services, Australia Day can be a special opportunity to celebrate this great country. To mark the occasion this year, we’ve come up with four avenues for you to explore and offered some ideas and activities for your service …

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Tips for Easing Transition to School

Welcome to 2015! What an exciting year ahead and this time of year is particularly busy as we see children transitioning from one room to another and some children starting primary school! The transition process varies from child to child – some find it stress-free and easy while others can struggle at first and take a bit longer to feel …

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Ring the Bells

And here we are in December! Can you believe that we are now fast-approaching the end of the year?   No doubt it is an incredibly busy and exciting time for all as we prepare for children moving on to primary school, young children moving up to different rooms and everyone getting into the spirit of Christmas and end of …

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Western Australia Welcomes Bonkers

Not only was November a very busy month, it also marked a ‘first’ for Bonkers the Monkey – his very first trip to Western Australia! While Bonkers and Galina travel a lot both in and out of Australia, this was an exciting maiden voyage for the Bonkers Beat team. And what a wonderful, warm and welcoming place Western Australia is! …

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Participation for Sense of Community and Belonging

As educators and/or as parents of children, we regularly encourage these young people to participate and ideally to be an active participant where possible. Why? Because this is of course a fantastic way to learn and to work towards the goal of belonging, being and becoming. We are, after all, not solitary beings and frequently as both children and adults …

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5 Ways to Approach Father’s Day With Care

Father’s Day is a brilliant way of celebrating dads and all that they bring to our lives. Everywhere we look in shopping centres in the lead up to Sunday 7 September this year, promotional material encourages us to show dad how much we care and to spoil him, and it is around this time that early childhood educators organise our …

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