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.
Voice. Treaty. Truth is the theme to this year’s NAIDOC week. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians during 7-14 July this year and is a wonderful opportunity to engage with and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, language and communities.
Going to a childcare or early learning centre is often a child’s first experience of being away from their family or carers. This can generate feelings of separation anxiety for the child, which can be distressing for parents and educators as well as the child.
It is a known fact, that the most special Mothers Day gifts come straight from the heart, particularly when they’re created by the little ones themselves! There are so many different art & craft ideas floating around but sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. You’ve come to the right place! Here are 4 very simple but creative & thoughtful Mother’s Day activities that even the littlest of hands will grasp!
We’ve got a new read for you! Check out the latest edition of the Early Education News, featuring some of Dr Brenda Abbey’s Top Tips on How to Create Natural Indoor Learning Spaces. Click here to download your own copy.
Research in education tells us that children learn best when they are highly interested, active and help make decisions about their learning. By learning through hands-on, sensory and real-life experiences about ANZAC Day, the little ones will have an opportunity to appreciate the importance of this commemorative occasion, and the part it plays in building peace in communities today.
Childcare centres have a fantastic opportunity not only to educate children about being energy-aware, but also to ‘walk the talk’ every day.
And let’s not forget that energy savings translate into lower operating costs, which can benefit both the business and families. STEP Learning Resources highlights five easy ways childcare centres can save on energy now and in the future.
As educators, we welcome the National Quality Standard’s recognition of the close connection between the physical environments in childcare centres and the quality of the education and care programs they provide. We know all too well how poorly designed learning spaces and ancillary areas (e.g. nappy change, bottle preparation, sleep rooms) hinder our work with the children and negatively affect our own wellbeing.