Early Education News Edition 10
Take a sneak peak at the latest edition of the Early Education News below and Click here to download your own copy.
STEP – helping to make every day an adventure
Big Day Out Care & Education on the Sunshine Coast offers childcare to children from 6 weeks of age to school age. When the operator, Pam Maclean, established the centre, she used STEP Learning Resources to help her make “every day an adventure” at Big Day Out.
“I have been in the childcare industry for 30 years,” Pam said. “I work as an early childhood consultant designing and arranging rooms in childcare centres to create an inspiring environment that engages children. Consequently, I have ordered products from STEP before so when it was time to design this centre, I knew STEP had the furniture for the feel I was after.”
Every Moment Matters – expert advice from Brenda Abbey
Every minute of every day counts in the life of a child, especially those under the age of five when the quality of their relationships and experiences are known to affect their health, well-being, development and learning in the present and throughout their lives. Since the National Quality Framework was introduced, operators of early education and care services have been challenged to rethink the physical environments they provide for children. Their emphasis has moved away from environments where children can play with developmentally appropriate toys and resources under the watchful eyes of educators to environments which inspire, intrigue, delight and purposefully engage children and their educators.
It takes a village (and STEP Learning Resources) to raise a child
Alkira Early Learning Centre in Wamberal, NSW, offers long day care to children from six weeks to six years. The children enjoy nurturing care in a play-based learning environment, with a strong emphasis on nature pedagogy.
The centre is owned by two Central Coast families, who strongly believe in the proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child”. As such, they gave very careful thought to the interior and exterior environment that the educators and children would experience on a daily basis.
Jill Robinson, Co-Founder of Alkira ELC, wanted the centre to be as natural as possible, so she was delighted to discover STEP Learning Resources and their timber furniture.
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