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Our Childcare blog highlights many of the experiences your child would enjoy...

Indoor Influences

"We value space, to create a handsome environment and its potential to inspire social, affective and cognitive learning.  The space is an aquarium that mirrors the ideas and values of the people who live in it" - Loris Malaguzzi   As mentioned in last months post the...

A month of sharing our passions……….. and looking at how to invent

We are all different, our perceptions, our paradigms, our passions, all are different. As Albert Einstein said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”     We all spend...

Meaningful Relationships with families + Singing

In February the staff delved into what we could do to build meaningful relationships with our families in the centre.  Different things we looked at were What our parents did for work and how we could bring this into the centre How we could communicate better or more...

2015 Year of Best Practice

This year Acacia Hill is focusing its year on Best Practice. Each month we will look at a part of our new philosopy aswell as a part of Loris Malaguzzi's (Founder of the Reggio Approach) Hundred Languages....

Weekend Inspiration.

The weekend saw me take a quick overnight trip to Melbourne to listen to the inspirational speaker Carla Rinaldi about the Reggio Emilia Approach.  Carla worked closely for many years with Loris Malaguzzi (the founder of the approach).  The purpose of the conference...

Since the launch

So a few months have passed since the last post.  I get caught up in what I am doing and then putting it into words on a blog can be a challenge.  I know this is an area I need to work on harder. What have we done since our launch…………………… Our Reggio tree went around...

The Journey to Our Reggio approach

Here we are...... After a recent trip to Reggio Emilia we have had our passion for the Reggio approach reignited and are embarking on a journey to embed the approach in so much more of what we do.  We have been inspired to learn more about the Reggio approach and how...

Texture play at childcare

We love texture play at childcare and recently we have had a big focus on different textures. We have had lots of fun discovering how different things feel on our hands and feet. We have painted many pictures using our hands and brushes, on one occasion we used our...

Gardening with children

Have you tried gardening with children?  We recently hosted an afternoon tea for our mum's which focused on gardening with children......... As part of the afternoon tea celebrations the babies (and the other children) planted flowers in our garden with their mummies,...

Radio Lollipop and Humpty Dumpty Childcare

Recently we have had time thinking about the children who have to spend much of their time in Princess Margaret Hospital.  In a small effort to brighten up their day, we made the children a special book and sang some songs in a little concert for them, we had a great...

Kelmscott Child Care in the community

Well, here at Kelmscott childcare centre we have been focusing on our engagement with the local community, it has been great fun, the children have gained a lot through the process as has the local community.  You can see a few snippets of the activities we have been...

Cooking with Babies

We decided to do some Mexican cooking with babies and make Guacamole - an avocado dip. We needed 2 avocados, 1 small tomato, 1 small onion, 1 clove of garlic, some lemon juice, salt and pepper. We all washed our hands and sat around the table. As I cut open the...

More texture play for babies

The babies spent the morning experimenting with textures! today was all about texture play for babies. First we covered the table with glad wrap and put shaving foam all over it. We used eye droppers to put different coloured dye onto the foam for the children to mix...

Fun activites for babies we have explored in daycare

Ever stuck for an idea of what to do with your little ones? Over the next few weeks we are going to be blogging activities you can do with your babies that have been trialled and tested in childcare. Stay tuned for some intesting activity posts

World’s Greatest Shave at Childcare

Our Crazy Hair Fun Day for World's greatest shave. At Humpty Dumpty Childcare Centre, on March 15th we held a Crazy Hair Fun Day to raise money for the leukaemia foundation.   We asked parents and staff to donate whatever they could to the leukaemia foundation and...

Child Care Centre Safety and the CP Awards

Child care centre safety is important to Kelmscott Childcare Centre and the centre was fortunate to be nominated for the Consumer Protection Awards in 2013, while the centre didn't win, it was a great honer to be nominated and attend the award function. The centre...

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