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

Keep childcare costs down

With many families needing help with the care of their children while they’re working/studying and the biggest choice being paid care, this can be a big expense and added pressure to many families. While the care is necessary, families should be aware of what is...

7 Tips to settle your child in childcare

Any child at any age can be ready for childcare. It depends on how we as adults approach the situation. If we are going to be anxious, nervous, upset and clingy with our child, then we need to expect our children to display these same behaviours. Always make the...

Benefits of Childcare

Childcare for many parents comes with the feeling of guilt for leaving your child or children in care instead of at home with you where all children should be……… so some people believe Childcare can provide many benefits. The top 10 reasons for your child to attend...

5 Tips to choose the right childcare centre for you

Selecting the right childcare centre for you and your family can be a difficult and scary challenge. As a mum myself, I know how it felt leaving my children with the educators, and that was in a centre I owned, where I knew the staff. To help you on your journey in...

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...

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