Northgate - 136 Folland Ave, Northgate SA 5085 - 08 8369 2999
Greenwith - 1699 Golden Grove Road, Greenwith SA 5125 - 08 8289 7311

Blog

Posts for August 2016

Parks, Play Spaces and Picnic Spots

The days are getting longer and the sun is getting warmer, we are having less rain and more outdoor play.  What better way to spend a sunny afternoon than with a picnic at a park – and what an abundance of parks Adelaide has!

So many wide open spaces now complete with toddler parks and older sections that have been revamped and completed with picnic benches and barbeques, it’s the perfect way to spend a family Sunday. Many parks of course are free of charge but if you want to splash out, visit the Adelaide Zoo and have a play on the new mega nature playground during lunch before visiting the animals – if you can tear the children away!

We have attached a link to the South Australia website “best parks, play spaces and picnic spots” to give you some ideas or new places to visit.

Enjoy some sunshine!

http://southaustralia.com/en/things-to-do/family-activities/parks-and-picnic-spots

Book Week!

Greenwith Bookweek 1.jpg Greenwith bookweek 2.jpg Preschool Bookweek.jpg

The children at our centres have been having a ball this Book Week.... And as you can see - so have the staff! 

With planned activities, themes and dress up days throughout each centre there hasn't been a dull moment - why just this morning I saw Mario run through our Kindy room and Northgate Preschool has been taken over by Pirates! Maybe we should phone Greenwith where it looks like all our super heroes are residing.... 

We hope that your children are enjoying the week as much as we are, and remember: 

" Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read" - Marilyn Jagger Adams

Child Care Alliance Conference

Over the weekend a contingency of eight staff, including management and Educators, attended the Australian Child Care Alliance Conference in Melbourne, "where the learning happens". Various workshops were attended including a panel discussion focusing on the current and future trends in the child care sector. It was extremely interesting to listen to the expertise of renowned professionals such as Dr. Michael Carr-Greg, Professor Frank Oberklaid and Dr. Anne Kennedy. 

Collectively, we were all inspired and now richer in knowledge to deliver the best possible outcomes for the children and families of both our centres. 

Don't forget the importance of outdoor play - even in Winter

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for Children, Play is serious Learning. Play is really the work of childhood"  - Fred Rodgers

Remember as a child being sent out to play in the morning and not coming home until you were hungry (and usually with a few friends in tow!), when trees were fortresses, dogs became dragons and holding a stick provided so many possibilities - a Knight, a Superhero, a Princess with a sceptre, a teacher with a pointer?

Somewhere, some how as we grow up we seem to forget the endless possibilities our natural environment can provide for our children, where they see a possible tree house, we see a danger of falling, where they see a creek, we see wet dirty clothes.... While times have changed since our childhood and even more since our parents childhood and it is generally less safe to send children out on their own, we need to find a balance between our fear of breakages and scrapes and dirty clothes and the sheer joy of uninhibited imaginative outdoor play, which is so essential in a child's development. 

We have provided a link to the Nature Play SA website to provide some ideas on how to transform your outdoor area, or places to visit with your children, upcoming events and parks of the month. Rug up and don't let the cooler weather stop you - remember how much fun it was to splash in puddles and slide on wet grass? I bet you don't remember feeling cold!

Happy Playing! 

https:///natureplaysa.org.au/

My First Circus visit Northgate!

Circus.jpg

Today My First Circus visited Northgate Childcare Centre & Kindergarten to entertain our children from Preschool and Kindy. 

It was a fabulous show using puppets, a live bird and a guinea pig that popped out of a balloon,magic and much more. Here at reception we have enjoyed hearing the children telling their parents all about it on the way home! 

Rockmelon linked to Salmonella cases

The centre today has stopped serving Rockmelon until further notice due to news stories unveiling a link between the fruit and salmonella. 

It states that people more at risk are pregnant ladies, infants/young children and the elderly. 

Please see below link for more information. 

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/dont-eat-rockmelon-for-now-after-salmonella-outbreak-found-sa-health-authorities-warn/news-story/284ffe689620d625c6ad002b76b903e0/

"We acknowledge that we are gathered here today on the land of the Kaurna People. We would like to pay our respects to the elders who hold such a deep connection to this land, it's waterways and creatures, it's history and it's future."