Dear Buttercups parents & friends,
please note that Buttercups Childcare & Kindy is closed on Thursday, the 25th of April due to ANZAC Day.
The children at our centre are commemorating this day by making ANZAC biscuits, poppy-inspired art works, honour badges and a big march through the centre!
Lest we forget.
The children at Buttercups Childcare & Kindy have been busy over the last few days creating beautiful Easter art – stamping, sticking, squeezing, rolling is great for fine motor development and how wonderful when the result of children’s learning is as beautiful as this!
Please remember that Buttercups Childcare & Kindy is closed on Friday, 19th of April and Monday, 22nd of April due to the public holidays.
We are looking forward to hearing all about your exciting Easter egg hunts when we are open again on Tuesday!
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?
Our top priority at Buttercups Childcare is your child’s safety and well-being. We would like to raise awareness about the dangers of button batteries and how to ensure a safe environment for your child.
Button batteries easily catch children’s attention because they are shiny and smooth to touch – they are also easy to swallow and unfortunately about 20 children need to be rushed to hospital emergency departments each week as they can cause severe localised burning to internal organs and in some cases can be fatal.
Please find further information about this topic on https://www.productsafety.gov.au/products/electronics-technology/button-batteries
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!
We are excited to share some fabulous news – Buttercups is growing! Our new Buttercups centre is opening in DAYTON (Coast Road) in January 2020. Further information to follow!
Today we are celebrating Australia’s multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community. At Buttercups, we embrace diversity and its enriching benefits to our centre. Our families as well as our staff come from a wide range of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and offer great input to our program like information on cultural celebrations or books to read in a child’s home language!
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!
The buttercup grows wild around the world along roads with sunny yellow blooms in mid-summer. It is often found growing alongside daisies and is a favorite among children. Holding the buttercup beneath the chin and observing the reflection of gold is thought to determine how well you like butter.
What Does the Buttercup Flower Mean?
The buttercup flower is more than a child’s flower and has symbolism of its own. Under normal circumstances, the buttercup means:
- “Your charm dazzles me.”
Infants, children and teenagers have special food needs because they are growing and developing. They also need extra energy for playing and being more active.
your child’s lunchbox at childcare and kindergarten, like meals and snacks at home, should continue to reflect the dietary guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and not include discretionary foods and drinks. Discretionary foods are higher in saturated fats, added salt, and added sugars and lower in fibre and should be kept for special occasions. The Guide includes a picture that can be useful for explaining to children that some foods are ‘everyday’ foods and other foods are ‘party foods’ or for special occasions. Understanding how all foods fit into healthy eating can be more useful than labelling foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
While it is important not to add fats, sugars and/or salt to food for babies and young children, low fat diets are not appropriate for young children, particularly those under two years, because they are growing so fast. Full fat milks, yoghurts and cheeses should be used for children until they are two years old. At Buttercups we have a selection of recipes you might like to consider…