NOW OPEN – Piptree Early Learning Heritage Park

Piptree Early Learning Heritage Park is the newest Piptree centre opened in south-east Queensland.

The centre is currently undergoing renovations and new paintwork, giving the centre a fresh, new look and feel. There are plans for the installation of a CCTV system and keypad lock at the entrance for children’s security. Also, we will have new classroom furniture and toys coming soon – how exciting!

Piptree Heritage Park will cater for 75 children, aged six weeks to five years old. There are four playrooms inside, all with access to outdoor play.

Centre manager Lee-Anne Brunsch said she was very excited to be managing the new Piptree Centre and to be part of the Piptree team. Ms Brunsch has worked in early learning for 11 years and loves being able to be part of families’ lives and enjoys giving children the best start in life.

Piptree Heritage Park at 298 Bayliss Road, Heritage Park is now open and accepting new enrolments.

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!!

Nature Play

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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The Importance of Professional Development for Staff

What is Professional Development in Childcare?

“Professional Development” is the development of new skills, knowledge and experience. Professional development can include courses, work-based learning, studying on your own,  going to lectures, seminars or conferences and a range of other activities.

Why invest in Professional Development in Childcare?

For Childcare professionals, ongoing Professional Development can keep staff up to date with advances in Early Childhood Education and Care, improve skills and practice, thereby enhancing the positive development of the children in their care.

The uptake of good quality Professional Development is consistent with the Government’s quality reform agenda.

For an individual, Professional Development is particularly important, given that in some cases a single professional will care for and nurture a child’s development over a number of years. More broadly, across the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, Professional Development can motivate, inspire and support professional networks.

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

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.

Foods to Minimise Stress

There is no magic button to help our busy and sometimes stressful lives, but if we try and eat healthy and follow the research there are some foods which seem to help:

1. Blueberries

Identified as one of Mother Nature’s healthiest foods, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants (molecules that stop free radicals damaging healthy cells), so they work to protect and repair your body from the deleterious effect of too much stress. They are also bursting with vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that, if left unattended in the brain for prolonged periods of time, can permanently deteriorate cognitive health.

2. Organic yoghurt

Yoghurt most notably contains a high amount of calcium and is also great for neutralising too much acidity in the gut, which is often a by-product of too much stress. Researchers from the University of Toronto also demonstrated that when Lactobacillus Casei (a pro biotic found in some yoghurt’s and supplements like Yakult) was given to people with chronic fatigue syndrome on a daily basis for two months, their feelings of anxiety significantly decreased.

3. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate has long been understood to be a great mood elevator. It contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which stimulates the production of endorphins, a feel-good chemical released in the brain that makes you feel happier. PEA is also the same chemical your brain releases when you feel like you’re falling in love. In addition, dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, a natural muscle relaxant that helps soothe and calm fragile nerves. A 2009 study found strong evidence that consuming 40 grams of dark chocolate per day for two weeks significantly lowered cortisol levels in healthy volunteers who had rated themselves as highly stressed.

4. Almonds, walnuts, & pistachios

Almonds, walnuts and pistachios are all highly nutritious stress-soothing snacks and great sources of magnesium, zinc, and vitamins B and E. Both E and B vitamins bolster your immune system, which counteracts the weakening effects of stress. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps kill free radicals associated with stress and studies have shown it also assists in the prevention of heart disease. B vitamins are important for the body’s production of energy, and so any deficiencies will leave you feeling weak and fatigued.

5. Dark green vegetables

Spinach, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, green peppers, green beans, peas, and zucchini – all of these dark green veggies contain B-complex vitamins, essential for the production of serotonin, a mood-enhancing neurotransmitter. High amounts of potassium are also typically present in these dark green vegetables, which studies have shown to be ideal for calming nerves.

So what’s for dinner at your house tonight?

The Benefits Of Child-Centred Education

Times are changing and so is parenting.

Child-centred education often leads to heated arguments due to misunderstandings. The ideas date back to the 19th century! Some teachers aren’t prepared to adapt to the changing concepts of child development. They’ve criticised the approach. Still, child-centred education has many benefits. It can sometimes lead to better results than the teacher-centred approach for some children. Read more

Parenting Strategy Guide to Raising Successful Children

It’s difficult to navigate the tricky 21st century culture of instant gratification and constant distraction.

As parents, we experience even greater stress over these complications of a modern world because we’re trying to raise our children into successful adults!

First of all, you’re already leaps and bounds ahead of most parents because you’re reading this article. Most parents don’t take the time or energy to craft a thoughtful parenting strategy to help their children succeed.

One of the first steps toward an effective parenting strategy is educating yourself about what practices will set your child up for success.

So read on to continue educating yourself on how to help your children become successful. Read more

The 1000 Days – Why Great Education Matters

Did you know that 80% of your child’s brain will be developed by age 3? 

At Piptree we firmly believe that the first 1000 days of a child’s life are not only a critical foundation for future education but also an amazing opportunity to give your child a great start to life.

The period from conception to age three is so important as it is during this period that a child’s brain develops millions of neural connections, up to 700 new connections every second. In fact, the average toddler’s brain is twice as active as that of an adult during this period, and it is this activity and connectivity that gives us the best opportunity to build a foundation for future learning.

Building a Foundation that supports Brain Development

At Piptree we know that a child’s brain development is influenced by many things. However, we focus on four skill areas to help your child become eager learners and to provide the best support during the first 1000 .

Emotional Intelligence

We care deeply about the environment we provide for children and ensure they have the support they need at every stage. Our staff encourage a positive approach to new experiences and communication to develop children’s emotional intelligence. Through engaging in activities and working with others, they have an outlet to share their thoughts and feelings as well as build confidence and self-esteem.

Language

Communication is the cornerstone to brain development and learning. At Piptree we focus on age based communication, from talking, gestures, sounds and actions right through to singing, rhyming and reading aloud. A child that can confidently communicate through language can then make the natural transition into literacy.

Thinking Skills

Children need to develop thinking skills. They need to learn the concepts of cause and effect; problem solving skills, and early maths concepts. By focusing on play based learning, our educators can use play to introduce concepts that help to develop these early cognitive skills.

Self-Control

When you think about it, your toddler is amazing. Not only are they learning concrete concepts such as language and early maths, they are also developing their emotional skills.  Self-control can help your child to regulate their emotions, deal with frustration and also to interact with their peers.

Confidence

A happy child is a confident child. Confidence comes from self-belief and a feeling of competence. When your child is self-confident, they are more likely to engage in activities and try new things. Self-confidence also gives children a sense of self-worth that encourages them to socialise and interact with their peers. This emotional confidence is an important stepping stone towards the next phase in life – school.

At Piptree Early Learning we believe that by fostering strong relationships with parents and care givers, children will feel supported and have the best foundation for their first 1000 days.

From the start, child education has been the cornerstone of our vision and our core focus when creating an environment for play, learning and growth. Children begin to blossom as we nurture their development and gently guide them to learn at their own pace. We firmly believe that from these delicate seedlings, mighty trees will grow! It’s our role to help each child along a journey of care and learning – from Pip to Tree.

If you would like to talk to us about our approach or if you and your child would like to join the Piptree family, you can do so here.

Great Education for Child Development