Happy Early Childhood Educators Day!

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It’s Early Childhood Educators’ Day today! On this day, we recognise and celebrate the work of Australia’s early learning educators for their amazing contributions to the well-being and healthy development of the children in their care. Today is a chance we get to thank our wonderful educators on a personal and national level!1

For many children, the most significant adults in their daily lives are their family members and educators. They’re the adults that they spend the most amount of time with, the people who make most of the decisions on how they will spend their time, and the people who provide guidance and direction through their actions and words.2  Educator-child relationships are crucial in a child’s mental, physical, and emotional development. This relationship:3

  1. Helps children feel secure outside of their immediate family, which frees them up to explore, play, and learn
  2. Contributes to children’s sense of identity
  3. Offers children an opportunity to learn how to interact with others. They learn how to respect other’s rights, be appropriately assertive, be caring, negotiate and resolve conflicts
  4. Enables effective teaching and learning

Your child’s educators are a huge part of their lives! Take some time today or this week to say thank you to your child’s educators. You can encourage your child to make a card or make a simple home-made gift for their educator. They could pick a bunch of flowers from the garden or bake a cake and/or cookie with Mum and Dad.

Celebrating our educators at Piptree Early Learning

We’re blessed to have incredible educators here at Piptree Early Learning and we want to share how appreciative we are of them!

‘We are All in this Together’ at Piptree Tanah Merah!

At the peak of the pandemic in March, the children and educators at Piptree Tanah Merah created a hand-print painting to show their support for their families, friends, and local businesses to keep going! You can check out the post here.

Rain Sticks at Piptree Heritage Park!

The children in the Poppies room (4-5 years) at Piptree Heritage Park made rain sticks with Miss Rupinder and Miss Brenda! Miss Brenda shared with the children about aboriginal culture and what it means to her and her family celebrations. She talked about how her children loved making rain sticks when they were younger and asked the children if they wanted to make one. The answer was a resounding “YES!” Miss Rupinder then sat with the children and together they created a big rain stick. As the children were busy creating the rain stick Miss Brenda explained that traditional rain sticks are made from dried hollow cacti and pebbles 🙈 We love for our educators to share their culture with the children as they learn about diversity and respect for the First Nations people! Check out the post here.

Hygiene Fun at Piptree Mount Gravatt East!

Hygiene is extremely important and the Sprouts (1.5 – 2.5years) at Piptree Mount Gravatt East were taught self-help skills and how to maintain proper hygiene! Our wonderful educators taught the children how to thoroughly wash their hands from front to back, in between fingers, and washing their thumbs and nails. They also learnt about mouth hygiene and the importance of brushing twice a day. To further emphasise the importance of oral hygiene, the children and their educators then did an activity using pom-pom balls in a sandwich bag to act as a dirty mouth and the children used a toothbrush to clean the teeth. This helped our Sprouts visualise what goes on inside their mouths! Have a look on our Facebook page to see the full post!

 

Music Time at Piptree Sunnybank Hills!

Making music is good for a child’s mental and physical development and wellbeing! The children in the Pips room (0-2 years) at Piptree Sunnybank Hills had a ton of fun with our make-shift drum-set and shakers! All of our Pips were developing their creative skills as they created music spontaneously. The babies love making loud noises and this drumming activity gave them the perfect opportunity to do so!

 

 

White Christmas in July at Piptree Eight Mile Plains!

The Sprouts 1 class (15 months to 2 years) at Piptree Eight Mile Plains celebrated a White Christmas in July by making a snowman with shaving cream and Santa hats with red-coloured rice! They particularly enjoyed decorating the room with beautiful Christmas decorations. The children and their educators set up a cosy corner for their families to take photos with, making sure everyone at Piptree got involved with the Winter Christmas spirit!

 

 

Thank you to all of our Amazing Educators!

We are grateful to have a dedicated team of educators who have gone above and beyond to ensure that our children at Piptree Early Learning get the best learning experience in the early stages of their lives! Join us in saying thank you and celebrate our wonderful educators when you see them!

 

References

  1. Early Childhood Educators’ Day. Early Learning Services. (Link)
  2. Sheridan, S.M. Establishing Healthy Parent-Teacher Relationships for Early Learning Success. (Link)
  3. Early Childhood Australia. Relationships with Children. (Link)

How can you Help Your Child Settle into a New Environment?

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It can be stressful for both you and your child when they are introduced to a new environment. It could be their first day of school, a new classroom, or a new childcare. It can be emotionally challenging for children to be separated from their parents, even just for a little while. Settling into a new environment for young ones is a huge step and it is normal if they are having trouble with it.

Here are 6 tips you can use to help your child manage separation anxiety and settle into a new space:

  1. Familiarise your child with their educators and classmates
  2. Ask if they want to bring a comfort object with them
  3. Establish a goodbye routine to prepare them for the separation
  4. Empathise with them
  5. Stay connected with your child
  6. Create a routine — a fixed sleep/wake-up time

With these 6 tips, your child will be ready to step into a new social environment and learn how to manage their anxieties and worries!

Read here to find out how you can use these tips to help your child.

How Children Play and Learn Without Technology

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Our Children

Children are natural learners. By observing how the world around them operates, they instinctively become curious about cause and effect. As they progress through to adolescence from childhood, their minds are constantly analysing and concluding on what they observe(1). Our job as parents and educators is to provide children with the best possible tools and skills to kick-start their own individual life-long journey of learning. The 5 generally accepted learning domains are Science, Mathematics, Language, Health and Creativity. However, the challenge that parents are facing nowadays isn’t a lack of knowledge – it’s a lack of time.

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The Role of Play Based Learning in Child Development

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Kids love to play. And there’s a reason for that.

It’s not only natural, but it’s essential for optimal child development.

In fact, play is so important that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights recognises the right of every child to engage in play time.

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5 Benefits of Sending Your Kids to a Child Care Centre

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Are you thinking about sending your child to a child care centre?

Are you concerned about the impact of a child care centre for both you and your child?

You really shouldn’t be concerned. In fact, there are many benefits of for your child.

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National Pyjama Day

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The Pyjama Foundation was founded in 2004 to give children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills, and confidence.

Pyjama Angels

Through a simple program known as the Love of Learning Program, volunteers called Pyjama Angels are matched with a child in care, and spend just one hour a week focusing on learning based activities. Pyjama Angels read books aloud, play educational games, and help children with their homework. In that time, they demonstrate that this child is valued and loved.

 

So please come dressed in your Pyjamas on Friday 21st July and bring in a gold coin to donate to this amazing cause.

Conquering Fussy Eating

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Fussy eating comes in a variety of forms in children.

The types of food, textures and even meal time environments can affect how children will respond to the food.

No matter if you’re the top chef giving Jamie Oliver a run for his money, or a reluctant home toast-burner, every cook in the kitchen knows the toughest critics are usually under four feet tall with a vocabulary understanding of about 1000 words.

A nutritious and healthy diet from a young age is very important so that a child’s brain is properly developed, and that their energy levels and overall health can be at their peak! At Piptree Eight Mile Plains Early Learning Centre, we encourage healthy eating habits and instil such core values from a young age to pave the best possible future for your children.

Here is a list of 5 nutritious foods that your child will love: Read more

Parents of Successful Children: What They Do

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It’s a natural thing to want your kids to succeed in life and as a parent, it can sometimes be hard to know what you need to do and say in order to move them toward their goals.

Well, as it turns out the parents of some of the most successful people around the world all do a number of things in common. From the likes of Richard Branson, Elon Musk to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates; their parents all did a number of things that helped their kids grow up to be the people they are today.


They Give Their Kids Chores

Taking out the trash, putting the bins out, stacking the dishwasher, hanging washing, making lunch – making your kids do chores helps them become more grateful, respectful and appreciative. By becoming actively involved with the work that goes on around the house, they understand the ‘why’ behind the work, making them more willing to contribute because they see the value of their work.

People who did chores throughout their adolescence are proven to be more engaged, more collaborative and more well-rounded employees because they understand what hard work looks like and are generally more competent when undertaking tasks independently.

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Communication is Key

Engaged, active children with educators who support their social skills, develop their emotional balance, create opportunities for imaginative play and provide an array of educational and loose play activities grow into engaged, active adults who can conquer the world.

Communication between children, families and educators supports strong foundations for our community and has a value beyond measure.  Families within Piptree can ring any time, can email any-time, can phone, can see their children beginning to blossom at any time, we support this strong relationship of trust and communication!!