February 05, 2020

Ways To Support Your Child in their Childcare Setting

Once your child has settled into an early childhood education and care service, you can continue to support their development by: Maintaining a good relationship with the service’s staff and the director (if there is one) to continue the two-way communication Talking to staff about…

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February 02, 2020

What Is A QUALITY Childcare Service?

Medowie Gumnut Preschool operates, and is assessed, against a set of national standards; the 'National Quality Standards' (NQS). The National Quality Standard (NQS) has seven quality areas that are important for better health and education outcomes for children. Early childhood education and care services are…

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February 02, 2020

We Are Rated As Exceeding National Standards

Medowie Gumnut Preschool has been assessed and rated as 'Exceeding' National Quality Standards'. What does this mean? Education and care services across Australia are assessed and rated by their state and territory regulatory authority. All the approved services are assessed against the seven quality areas…

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December 03, 2019

The importance of play in children’s learning and development

Learning through play is one of the most important ways children learn and develop. Friedrich Froebel, a German educator who created the concept of the ‘kindergarten’, believed that “play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression…

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March 25, 2018

Illness in Childcare Services

Children come into contact with many other children and adults in an early education and care service environment, which can result in the contracting of infectious illnesses. Quality standards require these services to put specific strategies into action to minimise the spread of infectious illnesses.…

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March 25, 2018

Supporting Your Child

Once your child has settled into an early childhood education and care service, you can continue to support their development by: Maintaining a good relationship with the service’s staff and the director (if there is one) to continue the two-way communication Talking to staff about…

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March 04, 2018

5 Safety Lessons You Can Teach Your Child at Home

Safety at home has always been a major concern with families, especially when both parents are in the workforce, and technology makes our lives incredibly transparent. Having safety expectations with your child should start at a young age and should be reinforced through on-going conversations…

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February 07, 2018

Why Are Scissor Skills So Important?

BUILD FINE MOTOR CO-ORDINATION Cutting allows a child to build up the little muscles in their hands with the open and close motion. These muscles are so important for writing, painting, and doing every day things like brushing your teeth, eating with utensils, and getting…

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February 06, 2018

Healthy, Wonder-Filled and Wise

Have you ever wondered how our educators encourage children to adopt lifelong healthy habits, or learn more about their wellbeing? One of the cornerstones of our teaching framework; the Early Years Learning Framework, is following children’s interests, and supporting them to explore all of their…

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February 06, 2018

Five Essentials of Preschool

“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” – Nelson Mandela In order to set our children up for a bright future, it is vital to give them a strong foundation from the very start. We do this by enabling them to completely immerse…

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