Loading...

Follow Community Kids Childcare & Early Education Centres on Feedspot

Continue with Google
Continue with Facebook
or

Valid

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!

The post Sustainability & Community Award Winner – Fiona from Glenella! appeared first on Community Kids.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

We are extremely excited to announce our very own Sarah Schwab has been named G8 Education’s National Quality Award Winner of the Year!

Sarah won the national award at last week’s 2019 Centre Manager Conference, where Community Kids Chirnside Park was selected from more than 500 early learning centres across Australia.

In Sarah’s words

“High quality in our centre is about great quality interactions with children and families,” Sarah said after accepting the award.

“It’s the relationships, the team, the skill level, bringing it all together really showcases what a quality service is.”

Sarah believes that quality in her centre is demonstrated from the very first encounter her team has with the families, be it over the phone or when visiting the centre for the very first time.

We are incredibility proud of Sarah’s achievement and dedication towards her team, the children, and of course you, the families!

We encourage all our families to take a moment to congratulate Sarah on this incredible achievement!

The post Quality Award Winner – Sarah Schwab of Chirnside Park! appeared first on Community Kids.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

With Nutrition Week taking place recently, we look at what it means to practice good nutrition, within and outside childcare settings.

The Importance of Good Nutrition

Nutritious food is essential throughout life for health and wellbeing.

In young children, not only does it help their bodies grow and develop at a healthy rate, but it enables them to fully reach their mental and physical potential.

Below, we address some common questions our parents have with regards to nutrition within our childcare centres.

How can my child gain an understanding of healthy food?

Here at Community Kids centres, our educators play an important role in influencing a child’s outlook on healthy food choices. To do so, we include children in several activities like:

  • Talking about “always” and “sometimes” foods
  • Involving children in creating a healthy menu with our centre chefs
  • Talking about nutritious food during mealtimes
  • Discussing substitutes for unhealthy foods
  • Having related incursions (such as dentist visits) and excursions (such as the Woolworths’ Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tours)

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.

How do I encourage healthy eating at home?

While there are numerous resources out there, for a good starting point we suggest the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.  

Our friends at Starting Blocks also provide a fantastic factsheet that may help you with meeting your child’s food and nutritional needs.  

If you have any more questions or concerns regarding nutrition in care, be sure to have a chat about it with our friendly Centre Managers and educators!

The post Good Nutrition in Care appeared first on Community Kids.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

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! 

Learning Environments

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.

Free tours!

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! 

Click to view slideshow.

The post Grand Opening at Community Kids Caboolture appeared first on Community Kids.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

You’re invited to our FREE Grand Opening Fun Day
with LIVE Blinky Bill Show!

10am – 1pm, Saturday 15th September at Community Kids Caboolture

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

11:15am – Gubbi Gubbi Dance – Didgeridoo performance and dance workshop

12:20pm – Blinky Bill LIVE show

1pm Close

Tickets are strictly limited, so don’t delay! Book your FREE ticket TODAY! 

Book Now

Please note: Photography will be taken at the event for promotional use for Community Kids and G8 Education. Condition of entry is use of your image in this photography.

Due to limited space at the event, strollers will not be allowed in the centre. Stroller parking will be available.

The post Grand Opening Fun Day with LIVE Blinky Bill Show! appeared first on Community Kids.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

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
  • Waiting patiently
  • 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.

The post Big School Preparation & Setting a Routine appeared first on Community Kids.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

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!*

Tickets are strictly limited, so don’t delay! Book your FREE ticket TODAY! 

Book Now

Bookings essential. Limited tickets available. Limit of 5 per booking.

Photography will be taken at the event for promotional purposes. Condition of entry is use of your image in these photos.

*Conditions apply: See website for details:
https://www.communitykids.com.au/benandholly/

The post Meet BEN & HOLLY at Community Kids High Wycombe appeared first on Community Kids.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

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!

The post Flexible Hours – The need to know appeared first on Community Kids.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Community Kids Sunbury Family Fun Day!

10am -1pm, Saturday 25th August 2018
35 Cornish Street, Sunbury, VIC 3429

The event will provide plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including:

  • Animal Farm
  • Paw Patrol Entertainment
  • Face Painting
  • Yoga and Sports Activities
  • Menu Sampling
  • & Much more!

Tickets are strictly limited, so don’t delay! Book your FREE ticket

Book now

The post Family Fun Day! – Community Kids Sunbury appeared first on Community Kids.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Community Kids Coomera FREE Family Fun Day!

SATURDAY AUG 4TH 9.30AM – 12.30PM

Join us for a day of super hero fun with PJ Masks!
  • Meet and have a professional photo taken with your favourite PJ Masks super heroes; Catboy, Owlette & Gekko

  • Animal show – meet and learn about real-life owls, geckos and other amazing reptiles!

  • Face painting – become your very own PJ Masks character with our free face painting

  • Craft activities – make your own PJ Masks mask!

  • Jumping castle

  • Balloon twister

  • Sausage sizzle

  • Free barista made coffee for the first 100 visitors

  • Meet our Community Kids family and tour the centre

  • PLUS enrol at the centre and receive a $100 EFTPOS Giftcard!*

Tickets are strictly limited, so don’t delay! Book your FREE ticket TODAY!

Book now

Bookings essential. Limited tickets available. Limit of 5 per booking

Photography will be taken at the event for promotional purposes. Condition of entry is use of your image in these photos.

*Conditions apply: See website for details communitykids.com.au/pjmasks

The post FREE Family Fun Day – Community Kids Coomera appeared first on Community Kids.

Read Full Article

Read for later

Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
close
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview