Reflecting on inclusivity – Halloween

Reflecting on inclusivity – Halloween

Here are some considerations to think about specifically when deciding whether to incorporate Halloween ideas in your centre: Most importantly, we need to respect that some families choose not to celebrate this holiday and plan accordingly. Are you aware of which...
What makes a quality critical reflection?

What makes a quality critical reflection?

Critical reflections are more than just what you’ve noticed, or what you remember from the program. They are more than ‘what went well/did not go well?’ Being critical means critiquing your role as the educator and making a plan to improve your practice (because we...
Therapeutic Horticulture

Therapeutic Horticulture

By Amanda Armitage How do you unwind and de-stress? For my mum, a day in the garden is her idea of heaven. She loses track of all time. What begins as mum thinking “I’ll just remove a couple of weeds” turns into a few hours of pottering and great...
Developing a sense of belonging

Developing a sense of belonging

By Amanda Armitage Change – it is an inevitable part of life, whether we love or dislike it. Last week my son finished primary School. The lead up was full of emotion. He was excited about the school celebrations, party days and graduation ceremony. On the way to...
Reducing consumption and re-imagining resources

Reducing consumption and re-imagining resources

Imagine if… Instead of buying a wooden village set for $300… You made this with the children…. promoting innovation and creativity and helping them to socialise and communicate. Imagine if… Instead of buying a set of animals for $60… the...
Supporting Families through Lockdown

Supporting Families through Lockdown

If your centre is in an area of the country that is experiencing lockdown, you may be unsure of how to support your families. During these uncertain times, we need to look for different ways to connect with others. Thinking outside the box to create connections with...
One Up, Two Down – Staying Connected with Children

One Up, Two Down – Staying Connected with Children

The ‘one up, two down’ concept is an approach that you can use with your team to intentionally prioritise children. We tend to get busy in our days, with children who need to eat, be changed and sleep often throughout the day. The lunchtime transition is often a...
Reflecting on an experience in an Early Childhood Setting

Reflecting on an experience in an Early Childhood Setting

A great way to start embedding critical reflection into your centre is to think about your intentional activities and experiences. Here are some simple questions to guide you to critically reflect on planned experiences: Why did I provide this activity? Was it...
Heuristic play for toddlers

Heuristic play for toddlers

When infants start to interact with toys, the question they are asking in their play is ‘What is it?’ They are intrinsically motivated to explore their surroundings and develop their understanding of the world using their senses. Toddlers have better...