Story time

Dinner and bath time is over and you’re getting ready to tuck your little one in … all that’s left for the day is to choose a bedtime story! Chances are, you have already read their book of choice multiple times and know the words by heart! 
It might be a little tiring, but did you know that by reading the same book over and over again you are preparing your child for academic success? Have a look at this link to find out more –

What are some of the favourite books in your family? Feel free to bring them in – we would love to read them together!

Loose parts play

Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways e.g. wooden building blocks, lego, mobilo, gum nuts and other natural materials.

The children and educators at Buttercups Childcare & Kindy approach experiences with loose parts with enthusiasm and a sense of wonder as loose parts play is a type of play that supports invention, divergent thinking, problem solving, offers a sense of wonder to children and also encourages small group learning!

If you have a collection of “loose parts” at home that are safe to use for our children e.g. pine cones, bottle tops, corks please bring them in for our children to engage with!

Poison safety

Did you know that just under 50 Australian children are rushed to hospitals across the country every week because of poisoning? And did you know that nearly all childhood poisonings take place at home?

No? Then we highly recommend to check out the link below and read up on this very important safety topic to find out how to best store medicines, chemicals and cleaning products safely and please jot down the number for the Poison Information Centre – it’s 13 11 26!

At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we have strict policies and procedures in place to provide a safe environment for your child e.g. medication in lockable boxes in the fridge, cleaning products stored out of children’s reach etc. as your child’s safety and well-being is our top priority!

Importance of role play

Role play is a very important part of a child’s education. The imagination is a powerful tool which as we know is innate in some children but needs
encouraging in others. At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we provide children with the opportunity to develop their imagination by setting up inviting early learning environments e.g. home corner, hair studio, hospital corner etc. This wonderful teddy bear picnic was set up for our babies recently!

Imaginative play not only aids intellectual development but also improves children’s social skills and their creativity. In addition, it gives children a chance to play out events that they have observed or experienced in real life!

Children & screen time

At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we are aware of how confusing the screen time dilemma is. It seem like every new research article we come across says something different. At our early learning centre we use technology to support children’s learning and documentation e.g. Kinderloop and encourage parents to be responsible role models for their children.
If you would like to get more information on this interesting topic, have a look at the following links:

Getting the screen time balance right –

Story time, not screen time –

WHO guidelines for children’s screen time –

Playdough fun!

At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we incorporate playdough into our early learning program on a regular basis across all rooms. Playdough is great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – squishing, rolling, flattening, kneading all develop children’s muscles and encourage pre-writing and other skills such as cutting with scissors, using tweezers etc. It is also a very calming and soothing activity to ease tension, improve focus and concentration and inspire children’s creativity and use of imagination. Playing with playdough in small groups presents lots of possibilities for talk and discussion, playing collaboratively, problem solving and sharing resources!

Yay for all the benefits of playdough!

This is our favourite playdough recipe at Buttercups Childcare & Kindy:

2 cups of flour (plain or whole wheat works well too)
1/2 cup of salt
1 – 2 tbsp of oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon, then add boiling water from a kettle until the desired consistency is achieved! If you’d like to add some food colouring, we recommend to add it only once the playdough has cooled down.

Add glitter, herbs, spices, flowers, popcorn etc. for even more fun :-)

Oh no! The flu!

Oh no! Flu season is just around the corner!

At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we thrive to implement appropriate hygiene practices to avoid the spreading of germs! Our children start to learn about hand washing in the Babies room and we keep learning more and more about hygiene practices all the way through to Kindy!

Please follow this link for more information on how to prevent cold and flu:

Messy play

At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we offer plenty of opportunities for children to enjoy sensory play experiences. Often referred to as messy play, this type of play is extremely important for children’s development as it inspires their curiosity, allows them to explore the world around them and enhances their learning, language and creativity! By adding letters, numbers or themed resources children at Buttercups Childcare & Kindy are engaging with educational materials in a playful way and what better way to learn than through play?