Both Honeybees and Beetlebugs children participate in our amazing outdoor sleeping program.
At Kool Kidz Mill Park, our program encompasses a holistic approach to the development of our children by implementing experiences that focus on the complete wellbeing of our group. This focus takes into consideration all aspects of the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of each child.
With this in mind and based on a recent article that was published on the benefits of outdoor sleeping, we have embedded this practice within our program in the Honeybees and Beetlebugs rooms.
The benefits to the children include:
- Exposure to fresh air which improves sleep quality and increases oxygen intake
- Improved immunity to fend off coughs and colds
Outdoor sleeping is available when weather conditions are deemed safe and the temperature does not exceed 30c degrees. This is monitored on a daily basis by the room leader and Owner/
Approved Provider, Nicole Llewellyn.
As you can see by the photos, the children have embraced our outdoor sleeping program and are already reaping the benefits with sleeping longer.
At Kool Kidz Mill Park, our children get the opportunity to explore many activities to help gain skill and knowledge. This is why this week we implemented a cooking experience with our toddlers in the Honeybees Room. This was a fun and interactive experience that helps to build and improve their language skills and further develop their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.
The children helped make cupcakes to celebrate our Room Leader’s birthday. Our children took turns to pour the ingredients into the large mixing bowl and mixing all the ingredients together.
This was a wonderful experience to see the children so engaged in what they were doing. The best part was seeing the children’s enjoyment on their faces as they sang happy birthday and then ate what they had created.
SKILLS GAINED BY COOKING EXPERIENCES
CONNECTIONS – Working side-by-side, talking through a recipe, measuring, mixing, pouring; these are all opportunities to connect with the children. Busy hands often lead to stories of the day or pretend stories of the task at hand. Beyond connecting with one another, cooking can connect across these concepts, bundling disciplines together. For example, a “failed” recipe: Did the dish burn? (Understanding time) Did the bread not rise? (Science in action) Were enough scoops of flour added? (Basic math) Was the recipe followed correctly? (Reading foundations) and so on.
COMMUNICATION – Cooking or preparing a meal together takes clear communication in order to succeed. As you read through a recipe or instruct the children on the cooking steps you are both enhancing your communication skills; the children are learning how to communicate instructions based on your modelling and you are learning new ways to explain things so that your children understands. In fact, this give, take, and adaptation is an important life skill for us all to practice, as communication doesn’t end in childhood!
CONFIDENCE – Cooking simple, no-fail recipes with toddlers sets our little ones up for success. By creating something from scratch that they are then able to eat and enjoy builds the confidence to try new things, cooking or otherwise
UNDERSTANDING TIME – Time is a challenging concept for the children to grasp, but each time they experience you setting a timer and waiting for it to alert them when your food is done cooking helps to form an understanding of something very abstract
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 »
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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