Today we had a visit from Mark and Sparky the Dalmatian Fire Dog.
Sparky went to all rooms at Kool Kidz Mill Park giving the children the opportunity to meet him and have a pat if they were comfortable too.
In the Kinder and Butterflies rooms, Mark spoke to the children first about how to approach a dog. These are the steps below:
1. Ask the dog’s owner if you can meet their dog.
2. If the pet’s owner says yes, greet the dog with your arm out in front of you and your hand in a fist.
3. Hold your fist low so the dog can smell it. If the dog turns away, leave it be. The dog may not want a pat right now. If he leans in or licks your hand, you’ve been given the green light, but proceed slowly.
4. Pat the dog gently, paying attention to his response. If he seems eager for more, give him a good back scratch. Keep your child away from the dog’s face, just in case.
5. Don’t forget to say “Thank you” to the dog when they are done patting them. And also thank the owner for allowing you to pat their dog.
Mark also spoke to the children about what to do if there is a fire. The words he used were STOP, DROP, and CRAWL. He also had Sparky the Dalmatian show us how he could do STOP, DROP and ROLL. We thought Sparky was so clever being able to roll all by himself.
Mark was provided with an amazing chocolate gift hamper for taking the time to drive all the way down from Yallourn. The children and educators alike appreciated Sparky and his talents.
This afternoon we held an afternoon tea at Kool Kidz Mill Park for Mother’s Day.
We invited all mum’s and special persons to come and enjoy a beautiful afternoon tea put on by our cook, Liam which included scones with jam and cream along with vanilla bread, biscuits and fairy bread. Read more »
This morning the Butterflies and Kinder children had a visit from Addison’s Pa Barry who is a Vietnam Veteran. Barry spoke to the children about war and ANZAC day. Barry had a conversation with the children about Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and that explained that’s why it’s called ANZAC day, a day where we come together and remember all the men and women who lost their lives at war.
Barry showed us a photo of himself and his friend Jeff whilst in Vietnam and we learnt that Barry spent 13 months away at this war. During the Vietnam War in the soldier camps there wasn’t a lot for the soldiers to do; when they were not firing riffles they would play cards, play football, make sand bags, and fix the wire fence perimeter.
We learnt that animals went to war too and in Vietnam there were horses and dogs.
We got to look at Barry’s water bottle and he showed us a tea cup/maker that he used at war and still uses to this day. It has a part at the bottom where you light a fire to boil the water.
Thank you so much to Barry for coming out and speaking to the children about War and ANZAC day it was a great incursion.
Links to Frameworks:
Identity: Children respond to questions and ideas from others
Community: Children discover and explore connections with people
Well-being: Children demonstrate trust and confidence
Learning: Children are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning
Communication: Children ask questions that are appropriate to their learning
Letters and Words
Today we were very lucky to have a special visitor come talk to the Butterfly and Kinder children. His name was Satindar and he is in the Army.
Satindar came dressed in his Green army uniform and big green backpack and spoke to us about what was inside his backpack and what his job at the Army was.
He told us that he helps protect people and he showed us what was inside his big bag. Things like a pillow and food. We got the chance to ask Satinder questions and listen to all the interesting stories he told us.
At the end of his talk we each got a special army coloured braclet to take home. We were so excited to learn about what Satinder does for a job.
EYLF: Community: Develop an awareness of the impact of human activity on environments and the interdependence of living things.
On 21 March 2016, Kool Kidz Mill Park Childcare and Kindergarten opened their doors to local children and their parents providing quality childcare and education.
Owner and Approved Provider, Nicole Llewellyn, a local resident, and mother to 4 children herself, takes pride in delivering such a service to the local community whilst also employing over 30 staff in early childhood education roles, reception/administration, cook and management positions.
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The Kinder children at Kool Kidz Mill Park were excited to welcome Mrs L into their room on Tuesday 31st January 2017.
Mrs L is a retired secondary school teacher with a big passion for art and craft. Mrs L understands the significant benefits of art and craft for children in early childhood and saw on the day the children’s interest in making paper caterpillars and tube people which require a lot of cutting and pasting and colouring with textas. All of these skills develops a child’s fine motor skills, preparing them for their first year of primary school next year.
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On Tuesday 22nd November 2016, Kool Kidz Mill Park had a Crazy Hair Day.
The children enjoyed putting colour in their hair along with pipe cleaners and ribbon especially Jarrod, Cooper, Addison, Aliyah, Lexi, Olivia, Yasin and Ira along with the educators Kathy and Jane and our amazing Kindergarten teacher Vanessa.
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