Water Safety

Summer is just around the corner and educators across all rooms have started to implement water-based activities that provide great early learning opportunities for our children – watering our flower beds, water paintings, sensory water trays including natural resources like lemons from our tree and lots of pouring and stirring experiences, bubble baths and more!


During the warmer months of the year water play is a big hit not only at early learning centres like Buttercups but also in family homes all across Australia! Fun aside, it is important to make water safety a top priority – please have a look at the following article on how parents can reduce the risks of water play. Sadly, an average of 30 children under the age of five have drowned in Australia each year for the past 10 years.
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/water-safety-for-children

How many toys does my child need?

We are sure you have wondered about this exact question and tried to figure out how to best support your child’s early learning. Children are easily overwhelmed with choice and a child who is unsure of what to play with often ends up playing with nothing at all.
The two articles below provide a great starting point to explore this topic further including interesting ideas like toy rotation, putting toys on display and more!
https://www.verywellfamily.com/avoid-having-too-many-toys-4114155
https://www.mother.ly/life/watching-toy-story-4-reminded-me-that-less-is-more-when-it-comes-to-my-kids-toys

Importance of daily tasks

At Buttercups Childcare & Kindergarten, early learning experiences are part of our daily routines and programs and throughout our day we encourage children to be involved in daily tasks teaching them important life skills. Through helping with tasks children learn responsibility and self-reliance, they become a valuable member of the family “team” which helps to develop strong teamwork skills to use later in life at school or work. Additionally, helping with tasks builds a strong work ethic and improves planning and time management skills.

Above all – doing tasks together provides families with a chance to bond. People often lament that daily life tasks take up time they could be spending with their children. But tasks can actually create special moments between children and adults. Little ones who always want to help will feel important and receive a self-esteem boost!


For information on how to set your family up for success when involving their children in daily tasks have a look at this link: https://selfsufficientkids.com/how-chores-set-kids-up-success-life/

Forest learning

Have you heard about “forest learning” and how it can help children develop emotional resilience?

Forest learning provides children with the opportunity to connect or re-connect with the world around them in its natural state! Children and young people are provided with early learning opportunities to explore the natural environment, experience appropriate risk and challenge, and direct their own learning!

Find out more about this exciting way of outdoor learning following this link – https://thesector.com.au/2019/06/14/forest-schools-how-climbing-trees-and-making-dens-can-help-children-develop-resilience/

Learning how to write

When does a child learn how to write? Earlier than you might think :-)

Educationalists generally agree that before a child is ready to hold a pencil and form letters correctly, they need to have developed fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This means that the brain has to become accustomed to working in conjunction with the muscles in the hand. Educators at Buttercups acknowledge the importance of getting little hands ready for writing and provide various experiences for early learning of pre-writing skills across all rooms each day e.g. threading, pouring, scribbling, painting etc.

To read more about handwriting skills for children have a look at this link – https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/play-learning/learning-ideas/handwriting

Diverse bookshelves

Many people from different backgrounds, religions, beliefs and traditions make up our wonderful Buttercups community. Early learning centres like Buttercups provide children with great opportunities to learn more about cultural diversity and all the benefits of a multicultural society!

Buttercups educators aim to include multicultural resources like books representing culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds or cultural tableware to enrich children’s learning!

To learn more about diverse bookshelves and how to get started, please have a look at this link – https://thesector.com.au/2019/02/06/five-tips-to-make-bookshelves-more-diverse-and-five-books-to-get-you-started/

Children & choices

Would you like your child to choose broccoli over cookies?

Giving children choices helps them feel like they have some power and control over what they do. The key to giving children choices is to first decide what choices you will allow them to make. 


Below is a fantastic article on how to best offer choices to children and the difference between asking them to choose verbally or by pointing!

https://thesector.com.au/2019/07/22/want-young-children-to-choose-healthier-options-not-what-you-say-but-how-study-finds/

Early learning centres like Buttercups offer children a big variety of choices throughout the day – from activities and resources to engage in to different types of fruit for afternoon tea! Making good choices is a skill that children will use for the rest of their lives.

Playing with peers great for language acquisition

Toddlers word learning skills increase around their peers!


New research of the University of Waterloo has found that children who are attending early learning centres like Buttercups may have an advantage over their peers when it comes to language acquisition! While all toddlers showed “surprisingly good” speech processing skills when it came to deciphering the speech of their peers, those who have more exposure to other children, such as in an early learning centre like Buttercups, are particularly good at associating a new word to a new object, which is an important part of word learning.


To read the full article and the whole study, please follow https://thesector.com.au/2019/07/11/how-does-playing-with-other-children-affect-toddlers-language-learning/

Singing and language acquisition

Through singing, children are exposed to rich communication and relationships, a sense of belonging, meaningful learning and many happy experiences.

Songs are a great way to help anyone learn and remember, and they are a wonderful tool used by teachers all over the world. An important part of any preschool classroom, singing contributes to teach behaviour, basic skills, and social skills. Preschool songs also use rhymes to help children to learn vocabulary and communication skills. If you are interested to find out more, please have a look at the link below:

http://thespoke.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/sing-belonging-becoming-song-infanttoddler-child-care-settings/

Amazing benefits of hugging

Love and affection are necessary for both optimal positive emotional and physical development. Nothing feels better than giving your loved one a warm embrace – or being on the receiving end, right? How wonderful are those memories when your child first gave you a little squeeze back?
Please check out this link to find out more about the amazing benefits of hugging – https://www.parentingforbrain.com/children-hugging/

At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we encourage children to give each other a hug or show empathy in other ways to provide each other with emotional support if needed and our educators are always available for a quick cuddle during the day!