April News

 News from the Office

 Welcome to another month!

I know that there is so much uncertainty going on in the world at present but we are happy to say that we are happy and Healthy at daisy Hill ELC!! The current situation is not ideal but we are going to have as much uninterrupted fun as possible. 

Until further notice, all families are entitled to free childcare as legislated by the government. If you would like any further clarification please feel free to ask. 

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new families that have recently joined us. Thank you for choosing to join our community.  We trust that we will keep moving forward in a positive direction for another wonderful year.

Rachael

 Have your Say


We need your feedback! Good, bad or ugly...we want to hear it. The only way we can make our service strong is to ensure that the needs of our children and families are met. Please arrange a time to see me if you have something you would like to discuss, our door is always open.

Programming  

We aim to offer high quality programs for children, balancing child led experiences and intentional teaching by our educators. We deliver engaging experiences through play with children.

I have been having a few similar conversations with families of late in regards to scaffolding children's learning and ensuring that children are well prepared learners as they move towards prep programs. Trust us, we do.

We are advocates of l earning through play. We are regulated by the Early Years Learning Framework and Kindergarten program and this is reflected in our practices. Play is the foundation for children's well-being and emotional strength. Play allows children the opportunity to showcase their outstanding ability for exploration, imagination, creative ability and development.

Play is fun!

Ways to commemorate ANZAC day 2020 

1. Be part of the Community Ode - Record a video of yourself reciting The Ode or sharing a message of support for veterans on your social media. Respond "Going" to the Anzac Day 2020 Facebook event. Then use the hashtags #Anzacspirit and #lightupthedawn and share how you'll be commemorating privately, as well as who you'll be remembering this Anzac Day.

2. Light up the dawn at 6am on Anzac Day. Go to the end of your driveway, stand on your balcony or in your loungeroom and listen to a brief commemorative service. Together – even while apart – we'll remember those who served and sacrificed. 

3. Tune into live services and virtual commemorative services. This includes the 5.30am service from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. There will also be a 10am virtual and streamed service (closed to the public) from the Anzac Memorial in Sydney that will be broadcast live with more details to follow.

4. Reach out to a mate or veteran who might be alone. Many people are alone during this time of isolation. It's an opportunity to invoke the Anzac value of mateship and check to see how a mate is doing. 

5. Donate to the Anzac Appeal online at anzacappeal.com.au. Donations support Australian veterans and their families in need. 

 Serve and Return


Serve and return occurs when an infant or young child gestures, babbles or cries and an adult responds with appropriate eye contact, words or actions. These two-way interactions are very important because they build neural connections in the child's brain and create a foundation for all future development, learning and wellbeing.

1. Notice the serve and share the child's focus of attention.  The first trick is knowing a serve when you see one. If the child looks or points at something, makes a sound or facial expression or moves their limbs, then this is a serve.

2. Return the serve by encouraging and supporting.  Once you notice the serve, your return could be anything from a nod or smile to a cuddle and some kind words. You might pass them the toy they're pointing at, play a game or excitedly say, "I see!"

3. Name it!  This naming practice helps the child make important language connections in their brain. It gives them words to use, lets them know what to expect, shows that you care and generally helps the child understand the world around them.

4. Take turns.  The aim of serve and return is to keep the interactions going back-and-forth for several turns. So every time you return a serve, wait and give the child time to respond.

5. Practice endings and beginnings.  At the end of the day, serve and return interactions are all about combining care, play and the serious business of brain-building. They lay the foundations for a child's lifelong learning, wellbeing and behaviour, and provide quality time between parent and child. What's not to love? 

Friday, 07 February 2020. https://www.careforkids.com.au/child-care-articles/article/489/what-does-serve-and-return-have-to-do-with-babies-brains

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