It’s ok, to not be ok

It’s ok, to not be ok

When you’re a child in the big world life can get pretty daunting.  How do we as adults support our children into understanding their emotions and how do we encourage them to process information and their emotions even though they may be scared and anxious.

Helping children to manage their emotions is important for their development of children’s self-regulation skills, resilience and sense of self. This encourages children to nurture and recognise their own mental health and wellbeing.

Children need adults to help them gain the skills they need to be able to regulate their emotions. Adults can do this by showing and demonstrating their own feelings. By doing little things like telling a child you are a bit upset or how your feeling can allow children to begin to question their own feelings. Watching how you respond to your emotions will allow children to begin to be process their emotions.

Kidspot recommends that adults use open-ended questions, use describing words to vocalise their emotions, stay calm when discussing emotions and support the child through the process. This however can be quiet hard depending on the circumstance. The most important thing is to support your child and tell them that it is ok to feel the way they are feeling.

Children can sometimes be nervous or anxious without their parents or family members knowing or noticing. Behaviours such as repetition, withdrawing and irritability can be obvious if your child doesn’t regularly do these. However physical symptoms such as upset tummies, headaches, tiredness and body aches and pains may not be as obviously linked to anxiety depending on the child. It’s important to talk to your child about what is happening in their lives, especially if you notice that they may not be themselves.

Having a child who is anxious is not a reflection of parenting skills or knowledge. A child may be anxious for a number of reasons. They may be shy or nervous about being around peers, they may be anxious because they don’t know what to expect, they might also have a phobia of heights or insects.

There are many people and organisations that can help you and your child overcome anxiety. As a parent it is important to seek these services as soon as possible.

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Child Care Subsidy: The good, the bad and the ugly

Child Care Subsidy: The good, the bad and the ugly

The new Child Care Subsidy is coming!! July 2nd has been set as the intended implementation date, there has been lots of questions flying around about what this will actually mean for families who access long day care.

The child care subsidy or CCS has been designed to encourage families to return to the workforce. A study was conducted by the Australian government that recognised that a contributing factor to families not returning to work was the affordability and accessibility of child care, thus the CCS was created.

The CCS looks at combing the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate into one. It is means and activity tested (just like the current CCB and CCR). Depending on what your household income is and what level of activity your family completes, will determine what hours of subsidised care and at what percentage will be subsidised.

So, what does this actually mean? for some families this is going to help them substantially with both a reduced rate of out-of-pocket costs as well as the removal of the CCR cap. (for families earning under $186,958) This being the whole purpose of the system, to encourage families to return to work.

For other families where both parents may not work, study or may not be actively looking for work they are the ones who are going to be slightly worse off. This is because under the new subsidy a requirement is BOTH parents need to be engaging in an approved activity, therefore no hours will be granted to families meaning that if they want to keep their children in care they will be paying a higher fee. This is one of the down sides to the new system.

The system that will be implemented is going to have some issues, as all new systems do. But here at Kool Kidz Tarneit we have been tediously engaging with all of our families to ensure that all families will be getting what they are entitled to come July 2nd.  This has meant that we have had information nights, we have posters and reminders around the service and we have been sitting with our Families to ensure that they have been able to submit their claims for CCS.

We would like to thank all of our Families for their understanding while we have been trying to connect them to the centre, ensure that their claim has been submitted and make sure that they will be better off in terms of subsidised hours and percentage of subsidised care. It has not been an easy process for us nor for some of our families.

Kool Kidz Tarneit Planning: Understanding The Cycle

Kool Kidz Tarneit Planning: Understanding The Cycle

Here at Kool Kidz Tarneit “every child matter”. We strive to provide children with opportunities for them to improve all aspects of their development within a learning environment that promotes a sense of belonging, being and becoming. Our Educational program and our practices support children’s learning and development through pedagogical practices that our Educators implement.

Kool Kidz Tarneit has its own Curriculum called the ‘Kool Beginnings Curriculum’(KBC) This curriculum in conjunction with the Early Years Learning Frameworks (EYLF) underpins how we cater and plan for children within the services, ensuring that we focus on all aspects of children’s learning and development.

The EYLF  3 main objectives are to ensure that all children have a sense of Belonging, Being, and Becoming. Belonging focuses on knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. Being focuses on the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society. Combined with these objectives, the frameworks deliver 5 outcomes that are designed to capture the integrated and complex learning and development of all children. The outcomes are broad and observable. They acknowledge that children learn in a variety of ways and vary in their capabilities and pace of learning.

The Kool Beginnings Curriculum blocks support Educators to implement the Early Years Learning Frameworks. Through the use of the 11 Kool Beginnings blocks Educators are able to provide children with activities and experiences that both challenge and enhance their development. The blocks cover Numbers, Letters and words, rhythm and melodies, Active Healthy bodies, The World and the Environment, me, myself and I, Kidz Lab, my 5 senses, Art expressions, build it and Let’s pretend. These blocks combined with the learning Environment and the Early Years Learning Frameworks provide children with a holistic view of their education and development. It allows Educators to observe, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of each child’s development.

When children join Kool Kidz Tarneit they go into a planning cycle. A minimum of one observation per month is made on each child both individually and in a group experience. These observations are then evaluated and are linked to the Early Years Learning Frameworks and the Kool Beginnings Curriculum. From there Educators plan and experience or set and objective area to focus on to either extend or enhance an area of development identified within the observation.

Once the observation has been taken and an activity or experience has been planned it will go on the rooms program. Within each room are 2 plans. One is a key play spaces plan which reflects the learning areas within the room environment. The second is a spontaneous plan which caters for spontaneous experiences that happen throughout the month. Through the use of the two plans Educators and Families are able to clearly see and link between observations and planning, ensuring that everything that is out in the environment is reflected on the plan for a specific purpose, whether it be for an individual child, a small group of children or the room as a whole.

Throughout the whole planning experience Kool Kidz Tarneit encourages feedback and input into the program from Families. Educators talk daily to Families about developmental milestones that may be getting close to being reached, their child’s interest, or events that their child may have experienced over the weekend, at the end of the day or while on holidays. Educators can then use this feedback to plan for the child and extend or enhance their knowledge and skills on a particular subject.

Here at Kool Kidz Tarneit we encourage each child to be who they want to be, we encourage them to look outside the box for ideas and problem solving and we most importantly guide and encourage children to get the most out of life. Because here at Kool Kidz Tarneit, Every Child Matters!!

Kool Kidz Tarneit Nominated for Service of the Year, Approved Provider and Owner Samantha Johnson Nominated for Director of the Year!

Kool Kidz Tarneit Nominated for Service of the Year, Approved Provider and Owner Samantha Johnson Nominated for Director of the Year!

To celebrate Kool Kidz Tarneit being nominated for Service of the Year and Approved Provider and Owner Samantha Johnson’s nomination for Director of the Year at the 2018 Australian Early Education and Care Awards, Star Weekly wrote a special article in their latest newspaper.

“I am incredibly proud that the whole team has been recognised for the hard work they have put in over the past year. My team put the children’s and families needs above their own after the fire … in times where they were feeling down and uncertain about their future, they were consistent, supportive and loving to all the families and children.”

Click here to read the full article  


Kool Kidz Tarneit’s Annual Mother’s Day and Special Person’s Day Afternoon Tea

Kool Kidz Tarneit's Annual Mother’s Day and Special Person’s Day Afternoon Tea

The week of the 7th of May Kool Kidz Tarneit held their annual Mother’s Day/ Special Person Afternoon tea. The afternoon teas were split over three days and each room created and offered families with a variety of experience to be enjoyed by both children and their Special Person. As well as a special gift the Educators had helped create for children to give to their Mum or Special Person.

In the Snugglepots room children were creating a canvas each. The children were able to use different mediums to create masterpieces for their loved ones.

The Honeybees children created fridge magnets for their loved ones, using pictures that the Educators had taken over the week. While the afternoon teas were on children made special flowers using stencils and different mediums such as glitter, cut out paper and stickers.

The Beetlebugs children worked on their threading skills making necklaces and bracelets with the help of the children. Mums/Special Persons also got a wonderful hand massage by their children.

The Jitterbug children worked together to create flowers with their loved ones, also having the opportunity to enjoy some muffins that Julie had made, which the children iced with their loved one. Jitterbugs also had a photo frame that was beautifully created and was used across the whole service over the 3 days.

The Butterfly children were able to create icing biscuits with their loved ones, spreading their chosen coloured icing and then sprinkling on the 100’s and 1000’s. The children were also able to make placemats with their loved and create collage papers using different cuts of paper, some with words, some just colours and some with pictures on them.

Our Caterpillar children spent the afternoon painting their loved one’s nails and making beaded necklaces and bracelets. The children and their loved ones also created collaborative drawings and pastings.

The Kinder children created marvellous plates for their loved ones, drawing their loved ones as they practiced their names.  The children were able to create bracelets and necklaces as well as enjoy a tea for two, with a wonderful collection of teas for the children and their loved ones.

All the children had a fantastic time at their afternoon tea. Kool Kidz Tarneit would love to Thank all the Mum’s, loved ones and people who came to join us over the week.


Links to the Early Years Learning Frameworks.

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Children were able to take responsibility for their wellbeing showing care, empathy and concern for their peers. The children were able to express and show their mother’s just what they mean to them

Children feel safe, secure and supported. – The children and families were able to feel a sense of belonging to the service.

Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respectThe children were able to take care of their mothers, painting their nails and completing activities. They were interested in nurturing and pampering their Mothers.

Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active civic participation. The children and Mothers were able to engage with their children and other children and mothers that attended the afternoon tea.

Children become aware of fairness. During the afternoon the children were able to wait for their turn at activities.













5 Tips to Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits for Children

5 Tips to Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits for Children

In the world we live in today parents are consistently struggling to find meals for their children. We have the fussy children who only want to eat spaghetti, to the not so fussy children who will eat everything that has been put on their plate.  It is a battle in some households that never seems to get any easier.


According to The Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey:

  • almost 3 children in every 5 don’t eat enough fruit
  • all children consume far too much sodium salt
  • 4 in every 5 children eat too much saturated fat, and
  • close to 20% of children aged between 6 and 11 consume more kilojoules (calories) than they probably need. (Ltd, 2018)

According to Nutrition Australia children aged between 1-3 need the below recommended serves per day to be considered a “healthy diet”.

Toddlers Vegetables and legumes Fruit Grains (cereal) Lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans Milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives Allowance for additional serves from any food group*
Girls and boys
1–2 years
2-3 0.5 4 1 1-1.5 0
Girls and Boys 2-3 years 2.5 1 4 1 1.5 0-1


This can sometimes not be an easy task, as many parents will know. Here are 5 tips that help families to encourage healthy eating habits.

  1. Surround them with healthy food messages- books, activities, songs, and pictures set the scene for children to be able to notice and start the conversation about healthy eating.
  2. Be a good role model- making healthy food choices as adults promotes children to make healthy food choices themselves.
  3. Think variety- Try to ensure that children have a variety of foods available to them. BY offering a variety of food to children it helps ensure that they are eating a balanced diet.
  4. Don’t make a fuss-Allow children to eat according to their appetite, its normal for their appetites to change very often, and what they like to change often. By not making a fuss parents are ensuring that there is little to no stress surrounding meals, offering a positive association to foods.
  5. Include them — in the kitchen, garden and at the shops – Children love helping, give them a shopping list and allow them to find the ingredients. Set up a vegie garden and allow them to take care of their vegies. Children will be able to gain a sense of responsibility and will be more likely to eat something that they have grown.


Some recipe ideas: from Nutrition Australia.


  • Warm breakfast quinoa
  • Homemade beans on toast
  • Breakfast super smoothie
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Berry French toast


  • Lamb and Vegie wrap with sweet chilli sauce
  • Tuna, pumpkin and broccoli pasta bake
  • Spinach and ricotta cannelloni
  • Risotto with pumpkin, Feta and roast chicken
  • Eleven Veg Shepherd’s pie




For more great recipes head to:


Ltd, T. (2018). Fast facts & stats about kids’ nutrition and health. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Apr. 2018]. (2018). Breakfast | Nutrition Australia. [online] Available at: [Accessed 3 May 2018]

Kool Kidz Tarneit Bake Special Anzac Biscuits (Recipe Inside)

Kool Kidz Tarneit Bake Special Anzac Biscuits (Recipe Inside)

Here at Kool Kidz Tarneit we recognise significant occasions and moments in history. Anzac Day is one those days. Anzac Day is held every year on the 25th of April, this started in 1916. Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

We celebrate this day in recognition of the soldiers who lost their lives on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. Without their sacrifice Australians would not be able to reflect on the events that happened over the 8 months in which the war was fought and sow their respects for the soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom.

In the lead up to Anzac Day children and Educators spent time preparing for Anzac Day, by decorating and making poppies. Each room worked on either a display for their wall or art work. The Kinder children worked on a constructive piece that we were able to place at the Shrine in Werribee. The Children and Educators are really proud of what they were able to create.

We started Tuesday preparing our Anzac biscuits for afternoon tea (see our recipe below) The children were excited to measure out the ingredients and pour them in the bowl. Once the recipe was mixed the children were able to roll the dough into small balls and place them on the trays, all ready for Julie to cook. Once they we cooked and cooled the children and educators enjoyed them for afternoon tea.

Anzac Biscuit recipe


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 125 g butter
  • 2 tbs golden syrup
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda


1.Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the sugar, rolled oats and coconut.

2.Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the golden syrup and water.

3.Stir the bicarbonate of soda into the liquid mixture.

4.Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

5.Place walnut-sized balls of mixture on a greased tray and bake at 175C for 15-20 minutes.

NOTE: Biscuits will harden when cool.

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Kool Kidz Tarneit Article in The Age Newspaper!

Kool Kidz Tarneit Article in The Age Newspaper!

Read the latest article in “The Age” newspaper on the journey to our exciting relaunch on February 24th! Click here or below on the image to read the article.

Don’t miss the Kool Kidz Tarneit Relaunch Open Day, February 24th from 10am-4pm featuring free family entertainment on the day will include Face Painting, Sausage Sizzle, Pirate Performer, Free Barista Made Coffee. Petting Zoo, Hey-Dee-Ho Singers, Balloon Twisting, Masseuse and more.

Plus meet Owner/Approved Provider Sam Johnson and take a tour of the rebuilt Tarneit service!

Spots are limited, call Sam now on 0407 168 018 to confirm a place today or sign up to enroll your interest.

2018 02 13 10 43 43 Tarneit Childcare Centre Rises From The Ashes

Building Update Jan 18th

It has been very busy on site over the last couple of months. With finishing touches being completed on a daily basis.


The flooring has been laid with beautiful dark wood laminate, and a dark grey carpet, to compliment the white walls and features.




Reception was completed, offering a slightly smaller bench size and a mixture of white stone and dark wood furnishing, a complete change from the original white stone desk that was there before.




As we near the completion of the building, fixtures suck as cabinets, lockers, storage cupboards and sinks are finally going in.




The yards and the Kitchen are the last spaces to be completed, which our workers are working diligently on to ensure thy are finished as soon as they can be.


We are looking forward to being able to access the building, and getting all our resources and play space set up.



Enrolment Process

We are starting now to begin the enrolment process. We are currently taking enrolments though communications with Sam and Jenn. Families are invited to come into the service from the week of the 12th of February and have a look, or to drop paperwork off.  While the children who are confirmed to be starting with us will be completing their orientation. In this week, we will have enough staff members to provide support to families and children who will be completing the orientation process.


We expect orientation to be 1 hour blocks. Children over 3 should be ok but we advise 1-2 hours in the service with an educator who will be with them in their room. If a child is under 3 then we will book 2-3 orientations and review their progress after this time! No food will be given to children throughout orientation and a parent must remain onsite while an orientation is going on.


Before beginning at the service, it is vital that all the information is submitted before your child’s first day. This includes the Enrolment form, Ezi debit form and your child’s immunisation history statement. Also, if your child requires it a Medical Management form (signed by a registered Medical practitioner please) and Dietary form.


If you or anyone you know are interested in joining our wonderful service please email Sam at or give Sam a call on 0407168018