Henny Penny Chicken Hatching!

Henny Penny Chicken Hatching!

On Monday 13th November, the kinder room received their Henny Penny Chicken Hatching Program, which comes with chicken eggs in an incubator for the children to watch hatch.

Throughout the week, the Caterpillar children have gone to visit the chicks in the kinder room. We walked up the stairs in small groups and got to see the eggs in their incubator and the already hatched chicks in their cage. We watched the chicks running around in the cage and discussed their colours (black and yellow) and how many there were (counting).

On Monday 20th November, Anna brought two chicks down to the Caterpillar room for the children to see. The children took turns patting the chicks gently. We spoke about what the chicks eat, their colour, their wings and how they felt. We then sat in a circle and let the chicks walk around. The children showed great interest in seeing the chicks as they watched and listened to their educators. Everyone was very gentle and enjoyed feeling their soft feathers.

Throughout that week, Anna and Samantha, have been bringing one or two chicks down to the Caterpillar room daily for the children to interact with. We continued to discuss their colours and how the chicks felt. As the children got more comfortable around the chicks, we took turns holding the chicks and having them in our laps. It was fantastic to see the children show such great interest and curiosity in the chicks, be very gentle with them, and gain enough confidence in order to be comfortable enough to hold and have the chicks in their lap. Well done Caterpillars!

 

KBC: My World and the Environment

Outcome: 2 Community



A look back on Halloween at Kool Kidz Mill Park

A look back on Halloween at Kool Kidz Mill Park

Many children came dressed up today for our Halloween activities, this shows that they have an understanding of what the community expectations are for this celebration and the “treats” that will follow. When asked what it means the children replied “Candy”, “You knock on the door and say trick or treat”, “Bats” and “Pumpkins”.

In the morning we began by making pumpkin heads by painting paper plates and then adding a face. Later in the afternoon the children made their own ghost banana. The children enjoyed this hands on experience, eagerly gathering around the table to dip their own banana in vanilla yoghurt and then adding sultanas for eyes. This activity gave the children the chance to make their own tasty treat for Halloween using healthy alternatives.

KBC: Me, myself and I

Community- Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

Well-being- Children take an increasing responsibility for their own health and well-being



Kool Kidz Mill Park visit the library!

Kool Kidz Mill Park visit the library!

This week we started our library excursions; this will continue weekly with a small group of children walking to the library to participate in Preschool Storytime.

Our excursion started with a walk, which led to discussions about litter and dog poo on the side of the footpath. Conversations such as why there is litter and how it is not good for our environment increases the children’s awareness of how we can look after it. After our walk from Kool Kidz Mill Park along Plenty Road, the children reached the library and quietly sat down with the other children, participating in pirate themed movement songs, games and activities, such as Ocean Motion (Hokey Pokey), musical freeze and making pirate masks. Before leaving the library, Stacie shared two books with the children.

We were extremely lucky with the weather being kind to us on this day, waiting until we had safely returned to Kool Kidz before hailing. We are looking forward to our next excursion!

 

KBC: My world and the Environment

Community– Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

Communication– Children engage with a range of texts and gai n meaning from these texts

Learning– Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

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Kool Kidz Mill Park Diwali Celebration

Kool Kidz Mill Park Diwali Celebration

Today in our Snugglepot room the children enjoyed engaging in some art work that our wonderful educator Harjit had organised for them.

The children used their sense of agency to choose the coloured paper to create their beautiful art work. The children used their fine motor skills to put the glue on the paper, then paste the art work down.  The children and educators also got to dress in some absolutely beautiful outfits that Harjit had brought in. What a great experience this was for the children to engage in some Indian culture. Thank you very much Harjit for your amazing work to put all this together.

The Diwali Celebration marks the victory of good over evil and the festival of light.



Fire Fighter Aaron Visits Kool Kidz Mill Park

Fire Fighter Aaron Visits Kool Kidz Mill Park

At Kool Kidz Mill Park keeping our children safe is an important part of being an Educator which is why we had Fire Fighter Aaron visit us to share with the children the dangers of fire and how to respond.  When Aaron visited the kinder room, the butterfly children were very excited to join and participate. The children learnt about equipment and become familiar with what Fire Fighters wear and what they do. The children were even asked to count to 10 to see if Aaron can put his Fire Fighter suit on in time- Phew, lucky he did!

They were all prepared to block their ears as they also learnt about smoke detectors, their purpose and the sound it makes if it sensed smoke.

There was plenty of excitement in the room when the children participating in the ‘crawl low under smoke’ as they all had a turn crawling under the ‘get down low’ orange parachute.                                         The children later participated in a colour, cut and match activity sheet and then proceeded outside to see Aarons white fire vehicle and to hear its siren go off.

This experience was a great way to show our young curious children the basic concepts of fire prevention and fire safety such as crawl when you see smoke, stop drop and roll and stay away from items that can cause fire.

Learning Outcomes:    

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

4.3  Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

 

5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

 

KBC: The World & The Environment, Let’s Pretend, My Five Sense



Watch the Kool Kidz Mill Park Book Week Video!

Watch the Kool Kidz Mill Park Book Week Video!

Recently our children within the Jitterbugs room celebrated book week by dressing up in their favourite costumers and sharing their favourite stories.  Everyone loves a good book right?

Check out their memories by watching the video below by clicking here.

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Literacy and Numeracy Week

Literacy and Numeracy Week

During National Literacy and Numeracy week, the children in the Caterpillars room engaged in a number of activities including commencing their Buddy Program with the Butterflies children.

 

The Caterpillars children partnered up with the children in the Butterflies room with a focus of the program on the older children reading/singing and engaging in activities with the Caterpillars children. This program happens each week and provides the children with the opportunity to explore literacy and numeracy with links to creative, fun and stimulating activities in another room.

 

Activities that the children engaged in and have continued include:

  • Weekly singing and reading with the Butterflies children as part of the buddy program.
  • Counting in 6 different languages including English, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, and Russian.
  • Engaging children in discussions about symbol systems, for example, letters, numbers, time, money and musical notations.
  • Creating stories with children using artistic methods such as painting, drawing, and using songs including the frog song in Japanese titled Kaeru no Uta.
  • Reading and sharing a range of books with the children.

 

Numeracy and Literacy week

29th August- 4th September



Outdoor Sleeping at Kool Kidz Mill Park

Outdoor Sleeping at Kool Kidz Mill Park

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
  • Relaxation

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.

 

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Quad Pram Adventure for Kool Kidz Mill Park!

Quad Pram Adventure for Kool Kidz Mill Park!

On Wednesday 4th October 2017, some of the Snugglepots children went on their first excursion in our new quad prams.

 

Our educators, Kylie, Jacki, Jodie and Stacie went with the children to Woolworths to buy the ingredients to make muffins in the afternoon with the rest of their friends. We went with a shopping list which consisted of strawberries, blueberries, baking powder, vanilla essence and some birthday candles.

 

This was our maiden voyage in the quad prams. The children loved waving to the public as we walked through the shops. A couple of the children pointed out the big trucks that drove past us. The children looked very relaxed sitting in the prams.

 

Once we returned from our excursion to the centre, the children had lunch with their friends and some had a sleep. Once they were all awake from their afternoon naps, we made our muffins. With the help of our awesome cook Liam, we made strawberry and blueberry muffins. The children sat in the high chairs and around the table and all had a turn of mixing the batter and then mixing the strawberries and blueberries. Some of the children then helped put the patty pans into the tins. Once they were cooked, we got to enjoy the muffins with afternoon tea.

 

We all enjoyed getting out on our first excursion.  Stay tuned for more excursions to come in the Snugglepots room.

 

 

Links to the Early Years Frameworks:

Children Have a Strong Sense of Identity

1.1 Children feel safe, secure and supported

Children Are Connected With and Contribute To Their World

2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

Children Are Effective Communicators

5.1 Children interact verbally & non-verbally with others for a range of purposes



Learn about our Kindergarten Teacher Michelle Watt’s and her teaching philosophy!

Learn about our Kindergarten Teacher Michelle Watt's and her teaching philosophy!

 

My name is Michelle Watt, I am the Kindergarten teacher at Kool Kidz Mill Park. I have been teaching Kinder for the last three years, previous to this I have worked in agricultural research, electrical wholesale industry and owned a printing business. On a personal note I am the proud mother of two active teenage boys.

 

As for my personal philosophy; I believe that all children are capable learners, who learn through playing in a social environment, with many open-ended experiences. I believe that the children need to feel a sense of belong and will learn best in that environment. To achieve a sense of belonging I will work closely with the child and their families to gain an insight into the child’s culture, beliefs and their interests. I will incorporate activities which are familiar to them into the program to make them feel more secure.

 

As an educator I will provide the structures and support that each child needs to develop physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. I believe that play-based learning is imperative and I will encourage the children to work together in a collaborative partnership to solve any challenges they face. I will also provide support in the form of scaffolding to assist children in their learning. The educational environment that I intend to provide will be calm and spacious, with a wide variety of open-ended challenging activities which follow the children’s interests. Outside I believe that children should have access to dirt, mud, sand and water to learn about the natural environment.

 

Families and people who are significant to the child are always welcome; they are the child’s first educators and know their child interests, needs and abilities. I intend to build trusting relationship with all families and will strongly encourage their participation in daily activities.

 

As an educator I am aware that my learning is never complete, I will always be learning about children and how to teach them effectively. To reflect on my own learning journey I will observe and communicate with the children; recording and reflecting on their interests and knowledge, as well as my own thoughts in my reflective journal. Through analysing these records I will detect gaps in my knowledge and practices and I will be able to build upon them by seeking out courses or assistance from colleagues.