We are thrilled to announce our very own Fiona Janse Van Rensburg has been named G8 Education’s National Sustainability & Community Award Winner of the Year!
Fiona was chosen for this prestigious award from more than 500 early learning services across Australia.
In Fiona’s words
“As the Centre Manager, I recognise the importance that parents see in us endorsing sustainability and community within our service,” she said.
“We believe that for our families and communities, life is so busy. So, when the children come to the centre they have the opportunity to be out in the open spaces. They then take whatever they learn outside into the other practices and learning within their day!
“As educators, we know that we’re not experts at everything. So, why not get the community in and have them share their expertise? Everything from having visits by the local elders and emergency services, to sign language, music and sports therapists, the list is endless. If the children have an interest, we tap into it.”
Let’s come together to congratulate Fiona. We encourage all our families to take a moment to wish Fiona on this incredible achievement!
This way, we can further reinforce healthy eating amongst young children with a fun and practical approach.
Does my centre have a healthy eating policy?
It certainly does. The next time you’re in centre, be sure to ask one of our wonderful staff members about it! We always encourage both children and families to be involved and suggest improvements to the current policy. Do you have some healthy recipe ideas that you use at home? Let us know about it so we can share with other families within our centre.
What if my child has dietary concerns?
At Community Kids centres, we understand that no two children are the same. Some children may have certain food requirements resulting from their cultural backgrounds, while others may have allergies and intolerances. The good news? We work with them all!
The more detail you can provide our educators with, the better. This way, we can cater to every child’s unique dietary needs.
On Saturday the 15th of September, hundreds of children and families gathered to celebrate the opening of our new Community Kids Caboolture centre!
Activities on the Day
To commemorate this special event, we had the honour of hosting the Federal Member for Longman, Ms Susan Lamb. It was an absolute pleasure having Ms Lamb join us with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The day featured plenty of engaing and interactive activities. This included face painting, dance workshops, animal experiences and a didgeridoo performance. The best part, we also had a live Blinky Bill show including a meet and greet session!
Families had the opportunity to enjoy a sausage sizzle while exploring our state-of-the-art centre. Complete with large indoor and natural outdoor play spaces, the centre aims to provide a unique learning experience for every child.
“We have strong learning curriculums for children with an emphasis on play-based learning. This means we specialise in masking learning through play. Both the indoor and outdoor play spaces are designed to stimulate cognitive and emotional development. All our rooms are equipped with brand-new, age appropriate resources to support the children’s learning anddevelopment.” said Centre Manager Claire Granzien.
Missed out on attending our awesome Grand Opening Day? Fret not! Simply pop into our centre or give us a call on (07) 5407 0120 to book you in for a free tour.
One of our friendly educators will be delighted to show you around!
Join us for a day of all Australian fun to celebrate the opening of our beautiful new early learning centre!
10am – Event open – FREE activities throughout the morning; face painting, balloon twisting, live animal experience, fire brigade visit, sausage sizzle, barista-made coffee FREE to first 100 visitors, PLUS local market stalls.
10:20am – Blinky Bill LIVE show
10:50am – Official centre opening ceremony with special guest
Is your child soon heading from preschool to big school? One of the main factors that contribute to the success of this transition arises from establishing routines. Helping children adopt certain habits and behaviours from an early stage enables them to understand how the world around them works.
There are many benefits to establishing a routine for your child, such as:
Building social skills:
Through repeated behaviour, children build manners and social skills such as:
Greeting their friends
Taking turns to speak
Sharing their toys
Helping their peers, and so on.
Not only are these skills useful for school, but also play an essential role in character building.
Safety & Hygiene:
Looking both ways before crossing the road and washing hands before eating are some essential routines that when established early on, become habitual for children by school- age.
Independence and control:
By being able to predict what is going to happen next, it creates a sense of comfort and emotional stability for young children. A boost in confidence comes from knowing that certain behaviours can be anticipated.
At Community Kids, we work together with the children to establish predictable routines such as understanding class times, food breaks and participating in extracurricular activities.
The habits and behaviours encouraged by our educators at preschool will not only set them up for big school, but life in general.
Click here to learn more about an approved Kindergarten near you.
For more information on how you can build strong links between home and your child care service, click here to check out this useful fact sheet by our friends at Starting Blocks.
You’re invited to our FREE Family Fun Day!
Join us for a day of fun with Ben & Holly!
10 am – 1 pm, Saturday 8th September at Community Kids High Wycombe!
Meet and have a professional photo taken with Ben & Holly!
Other exciting activities occurring on the day:
– Face painting
– Craft activities
– Animal Farm
– Balloon twister
– Sausage sizzle
– Meet our Community Kids family and tour the centre
– PLUS Enrol at the centre and receive a $100 EFTPOS Gift card!*
When the government’s new Child Care subsidy was introduced, the Westwood family thought that they would be better off. The reality however was that the out of pocket fees for their two children to attend early learning five days a week increased.
This is because the amount of subsidised hours offered by the government under the new funding structure decreased by 20 hours a fortnight.
Thankfully, the Westwood family’s early learning centre introduced Flexible Hours. By reducing their attendance hours to 9 hours a day from 12 hours, the family were able to save $141.31 a fortnight, or $7348.25 a year!
The Westwood family were not alone – already hundreds of families have made the switch to Flexible Hours so that they don’t use up their subsidised hours faster than necessary.
With Flexible Hours, families are given the opportunity to make the most of the Child Care Subsidy. They can choose from three options – 9-hour, 10- hour and full day options, enabling them to claim subsidy benefits against the hours that they use.
Better still, the Flexible Hours option doesn’t set a limit on start and finish times. There are generous grace periods with no fees or penalties. So, if there is a day you intended to put your child in for ten hours, but it ended up being 11 hours due to unexpected work commitments, you won’t be penalised for this. The additional hour will simply be added to your total claimable hours!
Want to find out how flexible hours will work for your unique needs? Be sure to check out our Subsidy Calculator to see how it can benefit you!