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
Do you know where your child’s educators in the room are from? Where they have lived before?
At Buttercups Childcare & Kindergarten we are proud of providing a home away from home for children and educators originating from many different countries! Diverse cultures in early learning offer a tremendous opportunity to learn how to value and respect people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We appreciate and encourage input from families and staff to share their cultural background with our community – may it be singing a song or reading a story in a child’s home language or sharing cultural celebrations that happen throughout the year.
Have a look at the following interesting facts about cultural diversity :-)
IF THE WORLD WERE 100 PEOPLE
50 would be female 50 would be male
26 would be children. There would be 75 adults, 8 of whom would be 65 and older.
There would be: 60 Asians 15 Africans 14 people from the Americas 11 Europeans
12 would speak Chinese, 5 Spanish, 5 English, 3 Arabic, 3 Hindi, 3 Bengali, 3 Portuguese, 2 Russian, 2 Japanese, 62 would speak other languages.
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!
If you are looking for ways on how to and when to best wean your toddler off the bottle they often happily rely on, please have a look at the following two articles for some great ideas and more information on the benefits of stopping bottles.
Educators in early learning centres like Buttercups happily share their insights on this topic with families if you require some additional information!
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!
At early learning centres like Buttercups we fully support play-based learning and all the benefits that come with it – it allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that early learning happens and children at a very early age engage and interact with the world around them.
Reading and engaging with stories in different ways is such an important part of the routine in early learning centres like Buttercups! We are half way through book week and have some exciting activities going on to celebrate stories, our favourite book characters and literacy – parents are joining us for mat sessions to read their child’s favourite book to the group, we have seen some great costumes already, story baskets are made up to enrich story telling and lots more to come!
To find out more about book week, how it all started and the various themes over the years, please check out this link for the “Children’s Book Council of Australia” – https://cbca.org.au/