Sun burn can be very painful and dangerous for children who have not had proper sun safety precautions implemented whilst in the outdoors. Exposure to UV radiation in children can also intensify their risk of developing cancer in their later years as they grow. By implementing a best-practice Sun Protection Policy and practices within the early childhood education and care services children will learn from an early age the importance of being sun safe and how this can benefit their health.
The Holiday season provides so many fun and colourful (and glittery!) craft activities for daycare centres. Here’s our list of 15 fun suggestions that will get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Healthy Kids = Happy Kids
Getting a balanced diet into kids that are fussy eaters can be a tricky business. It is vitally important for helping kids grow and develop at the right rate. Creating healthy eating habits early will reduce the risk of chronic diseases when they become adults. Around 45% of kids don’t like vegetables and 12% turn up their nose at meat.
Here’s some great ideas for healthy kids’ meals that have been tried and proved by mums with fussy kids. Watch them lick their plates clean with these recipes!
Established in 1996, Recycling Week aims to encourage the public to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home. It’s an opportunity for schools, workplaces and individuals to brush up on their knowledge and become successful at recycling.
Teaching children to care for the environment is a learning experience that is an important part of growing up. It gives them skills in respect, empathy, responsibility and teaches them about consequences.
Gardening is a fun type of outdoor play that early education centres can incorporate in their curriculum to teach children valuable life lessons.
It seems that the number of early education centres exploring the benefits of this fun outdoor activity is growing all the time. It is evident that children are spending more time in front of screens, which makes it even more important that we ensure children are spending the correct amount of time outside and participating in different forms of physical activity.
This may just be the read for you! Early Education News Edition 13 is now released, offering valuable tips on STEM & STEAM Learning and aligning your space with the curriculum. Click HERE to download your own copy.
Did you know…. Father’s Day originated from a young girl named Sonora Smart Dodd, whose mother died giving birth to her younger brother in 1898. She helped her father raise her little brothers and came up with the idea that fathers should also be celebrated while hearing a church sermon about the newly recognised Mother’s Day. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 5 1910, which was her father’s own birthday. Years later, in 1972 President Nixon officially declared it a national holiday.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is well recognised that people with good STEM skills are more likely to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and innovators. For this reason, the Australian Government is supporting a greater focus on STEM education to improve personal development, future job prospects and help build the Australian economy.
This year’s theme “READING IS MY SUPERPOWER” is perfect for showing children the power of stories, and how the ability to read opens up new and magical worlds where the wondrous, impossible and magnificent can happen. Stories are so powerful they open up whole new worlds where we can all be superheroes!
‘Reading is my Superpower’ opens up realms of opportunities for fun activities in the classroom. Looking for inspiration? Here are some engaging & enjoyable classroom activities that will never cease to amuse the children:
As winter sets in, it’s often not possible to make full use of outdoor spaces at childcare centres. Yet the challenge remains to keep children active whatever the weather. Physical activity is important for children’s cardiovascular fitness, building stronger muscles, motor skill development and maintaining a healthy weight. It’s also fun, develops social skills and promotes good sleep.