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Good Habits Start Young – National Recycling Week

From November 7 – 13 it’s National Recycling Week – the week for paying extra attention to the way we take care of the environment by avoiding excess waste. Teaching children about the three ‘R’s and how they can take care of the world around us is essential for a healthy, sustainable future. The three ‘R’s are Reduce, Reuse and …

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Professional Development for educators

Four Reasons Why Professional Development is a Must

When it comes to professional development, we are huge advocates of ongoing professional development training that involves the whole team. Of course, it’s not always possible to send the whole team along to conferences. However, we still believe that by sending along one or a couple of members of your staff you can reap the benefits and continue the professional …

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Celebrating Children’s Rights this Children’s Week

Whether you’re an early childhood educator, a teacher or a parent, a huge part of your life is dedicated to caring for children and celebrating their achievements. From October 22 – 30, the whole of Australia is encouraged to celebrate children’s rights, talents and abilities during Children’s Week. A Caring World Shares Children’s Week has a permanent theme that remains …

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national water week

Water – Life – Growth: National Water Week 2016

Water is an essential part of our lives each and every day. Have a drink – water. Brush your teeth – water. Take a shower – water. Flush the toilet – water. Clean the dishes – water. Take care of plants – water. What would we do without it?! Although it’s so important to us, it is also easy for us to forget how precious this resource is. …

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mental health of educators

Supporting One Another – Mental Health Week 2016

With one in four adults experiencing mental health challenges at times in their lives, raising awareness of the mental health of educators is hugely important in early childhood education. Held from October 9 – 15, 2016, Australia’s national Mental Health Week coincides with World Mental Health Day on October 10. The aim? To promote social and emotional wellbeing to communities. …

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early childhood professional development

Amazing results in centres – and an exciting announcement

There are many centres across Australia running our Bonkers Beat Music and Wellbeing programs. And the management and educators at each and every one of those centres get the opportunity to attend two Wellness Summits each year. These Wellness Summits are early childhood professional development days exclusively open to centres who are Bonkers Beat members. Taking place in summer and …

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physical activity for children

Be Fit, Stay Fit

To optimise the wellbeing of young children, it’s important to give them the tools they need in life to achieve and maintain good health. Physical activity is an essential ingredient, contributing to a child’s development, ability to learn and mental health. Physical Activity for Children Every Day At Bonkers Beat we are dedicated to early childhood development incorporating a range …

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Smiles and Segways – Bonding at Bonkers Beat Aspendale

A yearly staff retreat is a tradition at Bonkers Beat Music Kinder in Aspendale, Victoria, and 2016 was no exception. The benefits of educators taking time for team bonding outside of the workplace are invaluable, and once again we’ve found our staff retreat to be a worthwhile event. Taking time to relax and reflect Educators work hard and dedicate so …

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play-based learning

The Purpose of Play in Early Childhood

When we try to think of something happy, children playing is often one of the first things that comes to mind. The simple idea of children playing and laughing epitomises joy. That’s pretty powerful. Even more than just happiness, play and play-based learning are essential to any early childhood pedagogy. Let’s go back to basics and explore. What is ‘play’? …

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school readiness

Assessing School Readiness and Tackling the Transition

Starting primary school is one of the biggest transitions a child will ever face. It’s also a special milestone for children and for their parents and families! Each state and territory in Australia has its own minimum and maximum age for starting primary school. In the lead up to enrolling and school orientation, it’s so important to assess each child’s …

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