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!
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!
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 – https://www.mother.ly/child/its-science-reading-the-same-books-to-your-child-over-and-over-makes-them-smarter
What are some of the favourite books in your family? Feel free to bring them in – we would love to read them together!
Park play has so many benefits for your child’s development – gross motor development, advancing social skills and self-regulation etc. As a mostly unstructured activity, visiting a park is an opportunity for parents to allow children to make independent decisions in a relatively controlled and contained environment, which allows for some risk-taking and experimentation.
At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we try to re-create a park & playground atmosphere in our outdoor area and provide various equipment and resources to stimulate children’s learning across all developmental areas.
Perth has some amazing playgrounds – which one is your favourite to take your child for a play?
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!
Children need regular healthy meals, snacks and drinks! At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we offer nutritious meals and enjoy positive mealtime experiences as we acknowledge the important role food provided in childcare plays in the growth and development of children and in the development of future eating habits. Our wonderful cook Ari plans delicious menus according to Australian dietary guidelines for children. These menus change from season to season and provide a variety of foods such as vegetables, fruits, cereals, lean meat, fish, chicken, milk, yoghurt and cheese – always keeping special dietary needs like allergies/cultural considerations in mind.
Please check out the weekly menu in our reception area!
You are struggling to implement healthy eating habits with your child? Have a look at this article that talks about magic broccoli trees and how child-centred phrases help children to understand the benefits of healthy eating and increases consumption!
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!
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!
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!
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 –https://www.natureplaywa.org.au/getting-the-screen-time-balance-right-a-big-part-of-modern-family-life
Story time, not screen time – https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-print-books-are-better-for-toddlers-than-tablets?fbclid=IwAR2Jk2EimPvVdjx9N5odmcXW3_9fOmD-DQryr1S4mymqR7BQSbug-5avb0E
WHO guidelines for children’s screen time – https://www.smh.com.au/technology/one-hour-a-day-world-health-organisation-issues-first-guidelines-for-kids-screen-time-20190425-p51h07.html?fbclid=IwAR1g1NTSCPU6ai9cu-1-mrW661RMkIVYkZPmi8tzqxCCRH2K13Krd10BOvY