Mother’s Day 2017 at Kool Kidz Tarneit

Mother’s Day 2017 at Kool Kidz Tarneit

On the 10th, 11th, and 12th of May Kool Kidz Tarneit held their annual Mother’s Day afternoon tea.  The families enjoyed a yummy selection of fairy bread, anti-pesto platters, cakes and cheese platters for afternoon tea while enjoying activities with their children.  Each room did something special with their Mums while enjoying some delicious treats the children had made.

Honeybees completed sand pastings with the Mothers and had a photo booth, which the families loved.

Our Snugglepots room made chocolate chip cookies for their Mother’s and had experienced such as necklace making and sensory playdough.

Our Beetlebugs room had a button art and craft activity and playdough hearts with glitter which the children took home. They also had a photo booth, taking many photos of the children with their Mother’s.

Our Jitterbug room made lovely bath salts, Key rings and completed questionnaire for each of their children. The responses were so heartfelt and funny, the Mothers loved them. While at the service the children and Mothers made cards and enjoyed the playdough which had lavender through it, giving it a wonderful smell and different texture.

The Butterflies room made bath bombs with their children, on the day the children painted their mother’s nails, ate yummy chocolate balls and took some great photos using their photo booth.

The Caterpillars room made bookmarks and card’s for their mother and on the day enjoyed making family pastings, natural playdough and painting their mother’s nails with nail polish.

The Kinder room had a lovely display of the children with their mothers. The children were asked why they love their Mum and what makes their Mum special. The children’s answers were very touching, with the children declaring that they loved their Mum because she was simply their Mum. The children also gave their Mum’s hand massages, painted their nails and made Mummy puppets with their Mums.

Kool Kidz Tarneit would like to thank our mothers, step mothers, aunties, grandmothers and other influential females that were able to join us for the afternoon.

Links to the Early Years Learning Framework:
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 respect- The 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.
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.



Snugglepots News April 2017

Snugglepots News April 2017

In the Snugglepots Room so far we have been concentrating on building our relationships with the children. Through the orientation process we were able to begin getting to know one another and since then all of the children have settled into the routine and the room really well. We will continue this process with the children who have just begun care with us. Read more »



The Animal Farm visit Kool Kidz Tarneit

The Animal Farm visit Kool Kidz Tarneit

 

On Tuesday the 11th the animal farm visited Kool Kidz Tarneit. There were Baby pigs, Ducks, Guinea pigs, Rabbits, Lambs, Baby goats, Chickens, Geese and Roosters.

The Honeybees and Snugglepots children were so excited watching the animal farm set up, they were trying to open the door and go out.

Once the farm was set up each room got a turn of going out and joining the animals.

The younger children were a little bit scared at times, especially when the duck started to flap its wings. The children took turns patting and feeding the animals.

The older children were able to discuss the animals and what they were called.

  • A baby goat is called a kid
  • A baby chickens are called chicks, or pullet’s (young hen)
  • A baby roosters are called cockrell’ s
  • A baby goose is called a gosling,
  • A baby Guinea pig is called a pig or a pup.
  • A baby duck is called a duckling.
  • A baby pig is called a piglet, shoat, or farrow.

The children discussed what the animals eat and where they live.

The Jitterbug children extended on the animal farm visit by creating a farm area with Hay, animals and a barn.

Links to the Victorian Early Years Learning Frameworks.

Outcome 2: 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 were able assist other children to participate in the farm, they were able to remember which children were in their groups and who the Educator was to go into the farm. They showed concern and encouragement, often supporting children who were a little bit nervous about the animals.

Outcome 2: Children become aware of fairness.

The children were able to display turn taking when entering/exiting the farm, the children also were able to monitor and take turns when feeding the animals.

Outcome 4: Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.

The children used their investigating skills to be able to express wonder and interest in their environments. The children looked at the animals and were able to recognise the animals and transfer that into experiences once the farm had left.

Links to the Kool Kidz Curriculum.

My World and the environment: the children were able to recognise the environment of the farm. They sat on the hay bales, and afterwards discussed the environment that animals live in. 

My Five Senses: The children were able to use their senses to feel, smell, and see the animals. They discussed what they felt like, weather they have fur or were fluffy or soft. The children discussed the smells in the environment and what they thought each animal smelt like.



Kool Kidz Tarneit Snugglepots Sleep Outdoors

Kool Kidz Tarneit Snugglepots Sleep Outdoors

In January the children from the Snugglepots began to sleep outside. Many cultures around the world already sleep outside so we thought that we would give it a try.

Norwegian families practice sleeping outside from about 2 weeks old. It is believed that by the children sleeping outside there is an increased level of activity in the child after they sleep and they tend to eat more. Norwegians believe that cold air exposure decreases their child’s chance of catching an illness, as well as the child actually sleeping for longer periods, and being more settled when they are sleeping.

Our Snugglepots room started with 3 children sleeping outside. The children came inside after eating lunch and then the last 3 children helped put the blankets down and get their beds ready.

The children slept for about 30 minutes longer than what they would have if they sleeping inside. Different children have slept outside on three more occasions and we have found that the children really benefit from it.

Nineteenth-century philosopher Henry David Thoreau believed that sleeping outside connects you to nature, the external relationship with the Earth and environment has healing properties that can only be accessed by connecting to nature and sleeping outside. He encouraged children and adults who have anxiety and depression to go camping, recharging themselves and basking in the natural airs that surround them.

Sleeping outside is linked to the Victorian Early Years Learning Frameworks through the following outcomes:

Early Years Learning Framework
Outcome 1 Identity

Children have a strong sense of identity. Children feel safe, secure and supported.

Outcome 3 Wellbeing

Children have a strong sense of wellbeing. Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.

Outcome 4 Learning

Children are confident and involved learners. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflectivity. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating. Children transfer and adapt what they have learnt from on context to another. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials.