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The key to maximising your child’s experiences within an early learning centre is effective communication. When families and educators are on the same page with the child’s progress, the child flourishes. Consequently, it helps to ease the transition between home and care, building a sense of confidence and belonging in young children.

What kind of information should I share with the centre?

The educators at the centre are your child’s primary caretakers and influencers when you aren’t around. Therefore, to best understand and cater to the needs of your child, it’s important for them to be aware of:

  • Your child’s interests, likes, dislikes
  • Their routines- patterns of eating, sleeping, toileting
  • Your child’s current wellbeing
  • Any major events taking place at home. Eg. Loss of a family member, new baby on the way, relatives visiting and so on

By providing this type of information with the centre, it helps the educator’s and in-centre staff to meet your child’s individual needs. As a result, you can help make most of your child’s time in care.

What information should the staff share with me?

Communication between you and the centre must never be one-way. Just as it is important for you to share information about behaviours at home, it is vital for educators to share what happens in-centre.

The staff should share with you:

  • Your child’s eating, sleeping and toileting habits in-centre
  • Their daily experiences – incursions, excursions, art, sporting or music activities
  • Your child’s mood and behaviour – if they have been extra grumpy or sad
  • Their relationships with other children and educators
  • Any health issues, accidents or injuries relating to your child

Fortunately Pelican Childcare, we use a wonderful communication app called KindyHub, where you can stay up-to-date with your child’s progress in real time.

For more information on effective communication between parents and child care centres, check out this awesome factsheet prepared by our friends at StartingBlocks.gov.au.

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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!

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Pelican Childcare Deer Park FREE Family Fun Day!

SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH 10AM – 1PM

We invite you to a FREE FAMILY FUN DAY featuring DIRTGIRLWORLD!

The team at Pelican Childcare Deer Park are excited to welcome your family and friends to our centre for a fun-filled day including:

– Meet DIRTGIRLWORLD and have your photo taken! DIRTGIRLWORLD will be visiting us throughout the morning, at 10:15am, 11:15am, and 12:15pm
– Dance along with our specially designed junior hip hop class taking place at 11am
– Face Painting 
– Henna Tattoos 
– Craft activities
– Delicious food
– Meet our Pelican team and tour the centre
– PLUS special offers on the day!

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

Book now

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Our Pelican Early Learning Heatherton centre is holding a Fundraising Night Market on Friday 20th April 2018 from 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm. 

All funds raised on the night will be generously donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. This is a great opportunity to come along and raise money for a fantastic cause.  

Our centre and local businesses will have a wide range of stalls set up, in addition to a range of fun activities for the children to enjoy. There will also be tours of the wonderful facilities on offer, so come along and bring your family and friends! 

The night will include lots of fun activities, including: 

  • Community Stalls 
  • Jumping Castle 
  • Face Painter 
  • Play Activities 
  • Hot Food 
  • Centre Tours 
  • And more! 

RSVP to the Facebook event!

Pelican Heatherton is located at: 16-20 Arco Lane, Heatherton, VIC 3202

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Within the Pre-kinder Room at Pelican Lynbrook, we run a three year olds program which benefits all aspects of children’s learning.

The Aim 

This room was designed to provide children with an environment where they can develop their skills, capabilities, interest and talents.

The Approach 

We use a ‘Child Interest’ approach to learning. This has the educators interacting with the children at their level and using intentional teaching to extend on children’s thinking.

We often encourage them to ask questions, and engage in conversations about things that exite them. By integrating learning into play and exploration, we are able to engage children in experiences that develop a variety of skills. This includes language skills, imagination, social skills, self-confidence and independent behaviours. At Pelican Lynbrook, we reciognise that each child is unique, and so our aim is to thoroughly cater for the needs of each individual child.

Child- led Program 

We understand the value in being responsive and listening to a child’s ideas. So, we create learning environments that actively increase a child’s drive to know more. 

Our educators see the environment as the third teacher and therefore utilize this within the room and into the outside world.

We use local parks as our extended learning environment, where the children can further their skills and confidence.

As part of the high quality care and education that we offer for the children, we are able to provide complete school readiness which includes: 

  • teaching children self-help skills: such as dressing and undressing themselves
  • finger gym: for pre writing skills development
  • community walks: to teach them the importance of caring for the world around us
  • Jumparoo: which engages motor skills, coordination and balance. It also improves a child’s ability to follow directions and instructions. This fosters independence through identity and wellbeing. 
  • Engaging in literacy, math and science experiences both within the classroom and Community Room.
  • We use cooking, art, and music experiences in our Community Room to engage our language, math and science skills and knowledge. Using this separate space allows for the children to escape the normal classroom environment they are in daily and allows for more focused engagement and learning.

“The children in my programme benefit from a room with both flexibility and structure to attune for school readiness. This offers choices through-out the day to empower them and foster their identity and sense of belonging. I believe everyone and everything is a teacher, and all ideas and thoughts are teachable moments.”

Jess, Pre-Kinder Room Leader.

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Do you remember playing in nature as a child, or was this something you missed out on? These days, there are many concerns that children aren’t provided with the opportunity to spend time outdoors. 

The bush kinder movement aims to change all of that and encourage preschool children to step outside and play in the dirt.

Bush Kinder at Pelican Childcare Lynbrook 

We are lucky that we have Banjo Patterson Park in walking distance of our centre. This enables us to provide Bush Kinder to our four year old kinder children on a weekly basis, and to the three year old children on a monthly basis. 

Kinder opens up opportunities for children to actively learn about how to care for their environment. It teaches them to take considered risks, and investigate new concepts. 

Discussions with the children are an important part of our preparation for Bush Kinder. They allow the children the chance to ask questions and have conversations about the experience.

Preparation 

Before leaving the service, conversations were had with the children about how far we would walk, and what kinds of things we would see and do. Through these discussions the children were able to express their curiosities about their upcoming experience.

The Experience 

We arrived at Banjo Patterson Park and the children eagerly began to explore. Trees were climbed, bushes were explored and games began. Some of the children initiated dramatic play experiences, pretending to go fishing with sticks, others discovered different creatures living in the area.

The children were fascinated by the number of beetles they began to find. The fascination began with a small number of children, but quickly spread to the whole group. Before long all of the children were discussing the beetles and how many they could find.

The compassion that the children displayed for the beetles was inspiring to see. Children were walking around with beetles on their arms and in their hands, being actively cautious not to drop them, or hurt them in any way.

The experience also led to some mathematical learning as the children began to count how many beetles they had found. These natural and unplanned experiences lead to some of the most influential learning opportunities for the children. 

The environment plays such a crucial role in a child’s learning and is often referred to as the third educator. Some experiences and learning opportunities cannot be planned.  They need to be experienced and led by the child with the help of the environment.

We are so lucky to be able to provide this opportunity for the children and to experience it alongside them. 

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