New centre – Wandi

It’s happening! The first sign for our new centre is up! Where? Wandi (Corner of Kenby Chase & Lyon Road)! Doors opening in May/June 2020!

More information to follow!

Positive encouragement

Parents and educators understand the importance of encouraging positive behaviour! Educators in early learning centres like Buttercups aim to encourage children in a variety of ways – here are a few ideas what to say instead of “Good job.”!

Story baskets

Does your child have some favourites on the book shelf that you are reading over and over again and you’d like to shake things up a little? Do you sometimes get frustrated trying to keep your child’s attention?


If your answer is yes, we’d love to introduce you to story bags or baskets as are they are often called! Adding some props to your story telling may increase children’s attention span and engagement with the story which in turn supports language development!


Give it a go and please share some pictures of your story baskets with us!
Please find out more about this topic here – https://www.theempowerededucatoronline.com/2018/11/story-bag-basket-or-prop-box.html/

Healthy drinks

Water is our no. 1 choice to quench our thirst at Buttercups Childcare & Kindy. As a general guide, children up to 8 years of age should have a minimum of 4-5 cups of water a day. Access to children’s water bottles is available throughout the day and we actively encourage children to drink water at meal times and at regular intervals – especially during the hotter months of the year.

Research has shown that adding flavour to water increases the amount of fluid consumed voluntarily. Try these healthy ways to help boost water intake with your child:

• Add a slice of lemon or lime to give water a different taste

• Use herbs including mint or spices such as ginger to flavour the water

• Freeze fresh fruits and use them as ice cubes in glasses of water

Do you have any tips on how to get your child to drink enough water? A fancy water bottle maybe? Let us know in the comments!

Physical activity for children

How much physical activity does your child need?

Infants (0 to 1 year) – physical activity particularly through supervised interactive floor-based play in safe environments should be encouraged from birth. For those not yet mobile, 30 minutes of tummy time including reaching and grasping, pushing and pulling and crawling spread throughout the day during awake periods is encouraged.

Toddlers & Pre-schoolers (1 to 5 years) – should spend at least 180 minutes a day doing a variety of physical activities including at least 60 minutes of energetic play such as running, jumping and twirling spread throughout the day!

How can you fit some active minutes in your day with your child? What about some balloon games? Trying to keep balloons off the ground, balloon tennis or just blowing up a balloon and letting it go, encouraging your child to find it! These easy games get little bodies moving and develop hand and eye co-ordination!

National Families Week 2019

Time to celebrate – it’s National Families Week between the 15th and the 21st of May and this year’s motto is “Stronger Families, Stronger Communities”.

The aim of dedicating this week to families is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. Over a hundred thousand people get involved in hundreds of community events during this week in Australia’s biggest celebration of families in all their diversity. Please check out events near you and more information on www.nfw.org.au

At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we highly encourage parents and other family members to take part in this event by joining us for activities e.g. grandma coming in to read a story for the whole group, a mum or dad playing some music for us or cooking up a storm in our pretend kitchen!

Parent feedback

What a lovely review from a mum of one of our current children in the Toddlers room! Thank you so much – we appreciate your kind words and always strive to deliver best quality care at Buttercups Childcare and Kindy!

“We are so unbelievably happy with Buttercups. The team are amazingly attentive and they genuinely love being with the kids. Everyone greets you hello in the morning and goodbye at night. It’s clear they know what they are doing and put your child’s safety first. They are also extremely creative with their curriculum and I feel my child is getting a real leg up in life.” Vanessa Marek

Dance party

We love a little boogie at Buttercups Childcare! When was the last time you put on some tunes and enjoyed yourself on the dance floor? Or more likely – the lounge room floor together with your children?

A quick five minute dance party is a simple activity to pack some active minutes with your child into your busy day!

Feel free to ask our educators about favourite dance songs in your child’s room!

Buttercups new outdoor area

We are very excited about a new set up in our outdoor area at Buttercups. The beautiful trees, lovely wooden benches and comfortable chairs make this area special for the children to enjoy arts & crafts activities and some quiet time in fresh air.

Our Kindy children were introduced to the space this morning and provided some great feedback on what they liked about it – being able to paint and draw outside, sitting under the tree watching the leaves swaying in the breeze and some said it was a great area to just relax!

According to Annie, our Kindy teacher, the environment had a calming effect on the children and everyone enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of this lovely space!