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Life Skills 0-5 years at Acacia Hill

Life Skills 0-5 years at Acacia Hill

Our approach at Acacia Hill with your children is to assist them to develop skills for life, skills that we as adults can take for granted.  As skills are developed, the children use them, store them, and constantly refer to them when faced with new challenges.  By...

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‘What is Reggio?’

‘What is Reggio?’

‘What is Reggio?’……… our brief interpretation ‘Reggio’, ‘Reggio education’, ‘Reggio Emilia Approach’ are all terms commonly used in early childhood education especially over the last 5-10 years to describe a way of educating children. When talking to people, it...

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Getting Sick in Childcare

Getting Sick in Childcare

Is there truth to this assumption and what can we all do about it.

Why does it ‘always feel like’ when your child starts childcare they always seem to ‘get’ sick.

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Playdough Recipe

Playdough Recipe

AT HOME PLAYDOUGH RECIPE INGREDIENTS 2 cups plain flour (all purpose) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too) 1/2 cup salt 2 tablespoons cream of tartar 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right) Food colouring...

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Keep childcare costs down

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...

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7 Tips to settle your child in childcare

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...

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Benefits of Childcare

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...

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5 Tips to choose the right childcare centre for you

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...

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Indoor Influences

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...

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Meaningful Relationships with families + Singing

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...

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2015 Year of Best Practice

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....

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Weekend Inspiration.

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...

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Since the launch

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...

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The Journey to Our Reggio approach

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...

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Texture play at childcare

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...

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