Science and Early Childhood

In early childhood settings, learning about science happens every day. Children’s natural curiosity leads young minds into wondering, exploring and learning opportunities. When educators show excitement and support in children’s ideas and query, a scientific journey starts developing effortlessly.

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Nature Play Passport for an Amazing Childhood

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Nature Play QLD PassportToday your children will receive their free Nature Play QLD Passport to an amazing childhood. There are missions to complete, activities to play, outdoors to explore!! Please support our children to blossom through play!!

Your Nature Play Passport will have activities such as:

  • Animal I spy
  • Soccer play with a twist
  • Shadow art
  • Kaialgumm Games Trail to learn more about our indigenous culture

There are stickers, fun facts and heaps more online!!

Go for it, give the children the very best, as it is the little things that matter!!

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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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Why Play is Encouraged to be a Part of Children’s Lives

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Play is a universal phenomenon and a right of childhood.

It is spontaneous, rewarding and fun with several benefits:

  • Education: helps children learn and build skills that lay the foundation for learning to read, write and do maths.
  • Social skills: provides opportunities to socialize with peers of the same age, to learn to understand others, to communicate and to negotiate.
  • Cognition: encourages children to learn, imagine, categorize and problem solve.
  • Therapeutic benefits: Gives children the opportunity to express troubling aspects of their daily life, including stresses, trauma, family conflicts and other dilemmas.

Our children live in a time of busy schedules and high expectations for achievement; we should take care to give them the time and space to discover the joy and benefits of free play.

Using Imagination is Child’s Play

Have you ever heard of the stories from your parents or older generations?

You know the types of stories that sound something like this: “When I was young all we had was paper and pencils”, or stories such as “We were outside from dawn to dusk”.  Can you imagine what the children were doing? I can, they were playing games like stone skimming into creeks, they were riding bikes and chasing each other around in an imaginary game. Children were able to play freely and incorporate natural items into their play without much effort. Of course, we should supervise and join in at times, but we need to establish the fact that children are born to play.

As adults the best days are when we engage and play with the children, use rocks, sticks, bikes, hula hoops, do flower pressing, sand play, drawing, reading, playing peek a boo, hide and seek, singing, dancing, playing catch, throwing balls, going to parks, taking walks around our neighborhood. There are so many simple activities we can participate in with our children which help us engage with our children, support their learning and guide them to be the future helpers and leaders of the world.

We make a difference every day with these moments. These moments are the ones the children learn so much from and make their memories. Ask yourself what was the best part of your childhood?  I guarantee it was when your loved ones played games and spent time with you, not necessarily the toys you were bought!

Begin to blossom with ideas from yesteryear, understand the importance of play, imagination, social and emotional well being. Theorists have been observing this for many years.

At Piptree we take a blend from different theorists, thus encompassing the best from around the world. We are leading the way in education and development and will continue to support our children and their families to grow and blossom together, forming strong bonds and feeding the imagination!

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Learning through Play

Unlike older children, early years children are unable to learn through abstract or passive methods. Young children learn best through direct hands-on experience. The need to actively explore and manipulate materials and toys; discovering answers, properties, relationships, skills and concepts for themselves. Environments need to deliver knowledge and experiences relevant to a child’s personal knowledge and maturation level. Often this is referred to as age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate curriculum, an approach that meets educational goals based on research on how young children learn best.

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5 Ways Play Based Learning Helps Your Child Grow

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From the moment that a baby is born, they are learning.  Learning to eat and to sleep, learning the routine of life. When you think about it “learning” does not stop. It is a continuous process throughout life.

However, when you embark on your childcare journey you will be inundated with theories, philosophies and lots and lots of opinions. So how do you know what is best for your little one?

At Piptree we are passionate about giving your child the best start to their childhood education and we believe that the best way for our children to learn is through play based learning. Read more

Why Is Messy Play So Important?

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The benefits of Messy Play when it comes to child development

“Messy Play” The mere words invoke fear and dread into the hearts of many parents, but here at Piptree Early Learning, we encourage our children to embrace messy play and the learning and development that comes from it.

The idea of messy play can be a frightening and stressful one for parents.  Finger painting, muddy puddles, glue, glitter, GAHHH!  But wait – we want you to know that the benefits of this often dreaded play are huge.

Messy play is a particularly important form of play for babies and toddlers.

Cognitive development in children occurs when their senses are stimulated and messy play is awesome because it stimulates so many of their senses at once.  But how does it help your child develop? Read more

Learning French at Kindergarten

ELLA, an abbreviation for Early Learning Languages Australia is a digital language program targeted for preschool children. It is developed in Australia for Australians by Australians. Currently, over 60,000 children are using this program. During a staff meeting at Piptree Sunnybank Hills, teachers decided after discussions to choose French to broaden the children’s perception and understanding of the world and cultures. Eight tablets were purchased to facilitate this incentive with the children.

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