Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care bringing the ages together!
On Tuesday the 12th of April 2016, Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Educator Lisa Russell hosted a visit from residents at Carinity Aged Care Kepnock Grove. This was a wonderful opportunity of bringing the two Carinity sponsored organisations together.
Ten residents from Kepnock Grove Retirement Village enjoyed morning tea with Lisa and the children in her care at Hobbitfarm Family Day Care.
The eldest visitor was a 94 year old lady who reminisced about her younger years, growing up on a farm near Buderim. The residents were very knowledgeable of the local farming area, retelling stories from their own farming past.
Residents and children potted flowers and chatted over a cup of tea and shortbread, talking in the surrounds of Lisa's six acre property.
"The visit was a wonderful opportunity to teach the children in my care the importance of respecting the elderly, as they have such a valuable influence over the lives of children" Lisa said.
More visits are planned in the future where children and residents will engage in a variety of activities together like drawing, signing, gardening and games. The aim of the visits is to enrich the lives of both the children and residents by providing joy, laughter and intergenerational friendships.
Angela Stedman from Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme said that residents and children can enrich each other's lives by simply smiling or sharing a story.
"The principals that underpin our organisation include mutual value and respect for each other" Angela said.
Job Opportunities - Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme
1. Play Session Facilitator
2. Relief Kindergarten Educator
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care offers families a flexible, convenient and diverse child care choice. Family Day Care Educators deliver qualified professional child care in a family focussed environment. Educators work in partnership with our Co-ordination Unit team who provide regular home visits to monitor the children’s progress and to provide support. FDC Footprints Approved Kindergarten program will be opening in January 2016 and will offer additional educational experiences to Bundaberg families. The organisation operates under the same National Quality Framework (NQF) as other forms of child care; incorporating National Law and Regulations, National Quality Standards, Educational Frameworks and the Assessment and Rating process.
ABOUT THE POSITIONS
Play Session Facilitator - up to 12.5 hours per week (term time only). Due to commence 18 January 2016
This casual position supports the Co-ordination Unit and Educators with the facilitation and supervision of Play Session and requires the successful applicant to possess high levels of communication skills, ability to work effectively in a team situation and posses energy, initiative, integrity, creativity and diplomacy.
Relief Kindergarten Educator – as needed
This casual position supports the delivery and planning of an educational program to the children attending the FDC Footprints Kindergarten (in the absence of the full time Kindergarten teacher). This position requires the successful applicant to have the ability to work autonomously and take self-directed action, anticipate challenges, create new opportunities and build/manage projects.
To be considered for either position, applicants should read through the Position Descriptions and Key Duty documents (available on request) and provide the following:
· Cover letter outlining experience against the selection criteria; and
· Current resume.
Address applications to the Service Support Manager Judy Collins, 14 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg 4670 or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 16th December 2015.
For more information regarding these positions please phone Judy on 4152 9233.
School Holiday Entertainment Guide Online
Wide Bay Kids Community Inc has created a school holiday entertainment guide for families, listing a huge amount of things to do including events and activities happening over the Christmas period. The School Holiday Guide is accessible via the Wide Bay Kids website and can be viewed on multiple devices such as mobile phone, tablets and desktop computers.
Wide Bay Kids Secretary, Angela Stedman said the Christmas School Holiday Guide was developed to help families plan their activities over the holidays. It was a way for families to be kept up to date with what’s on in the community and not miss out on any fun family events.
Features of the Wide Bay Kids Christmas Guide include:-
~ Christmas themed blog articles from local Bundaberg writer Nikki Sorbello: My love/love-a-lot-less relationship with Christmas! and Christmas Traditions.
~ Christmas lights guide. A list of places to visit in and around Bundaberg to see beautiful Christmas light displays.
~ Christmas arts and crafts. Including photos and instructions on how you can create your own Christmas craft at home. You can make your own Advent Calendar and Christmas gift tags, plus much more.
~ Christmas events including the Active Kids activities (bootcamp, martial arts and hip hop dancing); kids art workshops at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery; and the Explore-a-Saurus Exhibition in Maryborough.
For more information and to view the guide visit www.widebaykids.com.au.
Free School Holiday Action!
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is hosting their ‘Active Kids’ holiday program over the December/January School Holidays. The holiday program, which has received a grant from the Medibank Community Fund, will run three free sessions (two at Alexandra Park and one at the Family Day Care premises at 14 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg).
The first activity will be run by YMCA Bundaberg. Coach Jamie will put the kids through their paces with lots of fun athletic games and activities. This bootcamp is especially designed just for kids and will be run at Alexandra Park, Quay Street from 3pm on Wednesday, 17 December.
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme spokesperson, Angela Stedman, said all activities were free and available for everyone in the Bundaberg community. "The ‘Active Kids’ program provides exciting experiences for our local community. It creates opportunities for families to participate in activities together, making it fun family activity." said Mrs Stedman.
Active Kids is just one of the community programs provided to children and families coordinated by Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme. Mrs Stedman said “We pride ourselves on providing quality childcare and educational programs for families. We work alongside quality educators who are passionate about working with children.” The Service was recently recognised by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) for outstanding service. The Service received an Excellent Rating - the highest rating a service can achieve – being among only 20 other child care services in Australia to be awarded Excellence. “This rating is a tremendous achievement for our Service. When you consider how many child care centres, kindergartens, outside school hours care providers and family day care services there are across Australia, to be one of only 20 providers to receive this honour is amazing”, Mrs Stedman said.
Rhee Taekwon-Do Bundaberg and Unique Dance Studio will also be running further Active Kids Sessions in the New Year with a free martial arts session and hip hop dance lesson sure to keep the kids entertained.
Our Service has been rated Excellent by ACECQA
The Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is extremely happy with the“Excellent Rating” decision for exceptional standard of education and care, awarded to our service by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
The Excellent Rating is the highest rating that a child care service can achieve under the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. The Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is the 2nd only, Family Day Care Service in Australia to be awarded the Excellent Rating. To highlight the importance of this achievement further we are one of only 20 of all child care services Australia wide that have received this rating.
ACECQA stated that our service demonstrates sustained excellent practices and care that improves outcomes for children and families in the Bundaberg community. Our service has been recognised not only for our exceptional standard of education
The Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is extremely happy with the“Excellent Rating” decision for exceptional standard of education and care, awarded to our service by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). The Excellent Rating is the highest rating that a child care service can achieve under the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. The Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is the 2ndonly, Family Day Care Service in Australia to be awarded the Excellent Rating.To highlight the importance of this achievement further we are one of only 20 of all child care services Australia wide that have received this rating.
ACECQA stated that our service demonstrates sustained excellent practices and care that improves outcomes for children and families in the Bundaberg community. Our service has been recognised not only for our exceptional standard of education and care, but for building strong relationships with our local community, by delivering specialist programs to the community. Additional special projects offered by our service are as follows:-
- HIPPY Program: A free Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters, preparing children for school
- Active Kids Project: Free school holiday activities open to the community to help children keep fit and active
- Kids in Cars Project: A free community car restraint safety service, offering short-term car restraints loan and fitting service, as well as conducting information sessions
- Mobile Playgroup Van: The community mobile van is a free opportunity available to the community to visit local parks and venues to provide safe play experiences to children and to support parent/guardians
We congratulate and are very proud of, our service’s Educators, who support families to care for and educate children from birth to secondary school age.
We are as equally proud of the Co-ordination Unit staff who provide assistance to families as well as support Educators to provide safe, fun and educational experiences for the children registered with our childcare service.
Local Road Safety Initiative Helps Families
Families in Bundaberg will benefit thanks to a new innovative road safety initiative funded as part of the Queensland Government’s Community Road Safety Grants..
Spokesperson Angela Stedman said Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care is one of 59 community groups that were successful in receiving funding. “Our organisation delivers quality, holistic services to children and families and keeping children safe is a priority.” Mrs Stedman said.
The Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme has been awarded funding for a child car seat safety plan to provide free child car seat fittings and a free child car restraint loan service.
Mrs Stedman said the “Kids in Cars” project aims to educate, provide a cost free service and improve the safety of children within the Bundaberg community. “The statistics and research demonstrates the road safety issues of keeping children safe while travelling in cars. We believe a lack of knowledge about the correct use of child car restraints, difficulty in accessing appointments with a professional car restraint fitter and financial hardships are the main causes for these road safety issues.” Mrs Stedman said.
The Kids in Cars initiative includes installation appointments on Wednesdays from 8am at the Family Day Care Office at 14 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg. The service includes:-
§ Installing of your own or loaned car restraint
§ Recommending suitable positioning
§ Altering restraint strap heights
§ Installing accessories such as extension straps
Car restraints are also available for free loan for newborn babies through to children up to 7 years of age. You can loan a car restraint:-
§ Prior to the birth or following the birth of your child
§ For children growing out of existing car restraints
§ For visitors who have a baby or child
§ For grandparents looking after children during holidays
The Community is invited to the Kids in Cars Community Launch which will be held on Tuesday, October 21st between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at Lake Ellen Hub, George Street. The Community Outreach Play Van will be onsite with free children’s activities and further information will be available about the car restraint loan and fitting service.
The Great HIPPY Book Swap!
National indigenous Literacy Day will be celebrated on September 3, 2014.
This day is recognised to raise awareness to the disadvantage experienced within the Indigenous population in regards to educational outcomes and helps to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remove and isolated regions.
Reading to young children everyday has a significant positive effect on their reading skills and cognitive skills (language, literacy and numeracy) later in life.
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care's HIPPY Program will be supporting Indigenous Literacy Day by hosting a HIPPY Book Swap.
HIPPY (home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngers) is a home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program for families with young children and has a focus on assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
The Great Hippy Book Swap encourages people to bring along one of their favourite books, and for a gold coin donation, swap it for someone else's.
All money raised will go towards providing further resources and equipment to support HIPPY Bundaberg.
HIPPY Bundaberg co-coordinator Jenny Melmeth said: "HIPPY is a program that enriches language and literacy and by doing the book swap we hope to develop a love of books and reading among our families, our children and our community."
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is committed to helping our local community through the HIPPY program by developing the foundations for learning in the home during children's crucial early years.
HIPPY is a free, two-year program for families with children in the year before they start school (usually aged 3.5 - 4 years old).
HIPPY empowers families to be their child's first teacher, it encourages a love of learning in children and most importantly HIPPY is fun!", HIPPY co-ordinator Jenny Melmeth said.
She said: "The benefits of the HIPPY Program for children include encouraging a love of learning, it prepares children for school by developing skills and concentration, HIPPY promotes language and listening and builds self-esteem and confidence."
Participation in HIPPY increases the chances of a successful early school experience.
HIPPY Bundaberg is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education through the Home Interaction program for Parents and Youngsters.
To inquire about HIPPY call Jenny Melmeth on 41529233 or visit the HIPPY Page right here on our website.
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme EXCEEDS national
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme has been rated as
Exceeding National Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework (NQF).
The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a national benchmark for
the quality of children’s education and care services across Australia.
Services receive a rating for each of the seven quality areas in the NQS, as well
as an overall rating.
“An overall Exceeding National Quality Standard
rating is given to services that have four or more quality areas rated
Exceeding, including in two of the key quality areas,” Angela Stedman of Bundaberg
Baptist Family Day Care said.
group Play Sessions and our mobile Playgroups in the Park were highlighted as
an exceptional way to provide activities and experiences outside the home
leading to a range of learning experiences and opportunities to interact in
large group settings.” Angela said.
We were rated as Exceeding the National Quality
Standard in the Educational Program and Practice quality area because of our
“The assessors also noted that interactions with each
child are consistently warm, responsive and build trusting relationships that
promote children’s sense of security and belonging, which lead to us also rated
“Exceeding” in the Relationships with Children quality area.
To find out more information about the National Quality Framework
and service ratings, visit the ACECQA website www.acecqa.gov.au.
To enroll your child with a Family
Day Care Educator phone (07) 4152 9233 or click here.
School Holiday Program keeps our kids active
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme has launched their
‘Active Kids’ holiday program over the weekend.
The holiday program, which has received a grant from the Medibank
Community Fund, will run it’s first activity this Friday, 4 July at the Family
Day Care premises at 14 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg.
The first activity will be run by Brothers Aston Villa Football
Club. Children will be put through their
paces with dribbling and shooting skill development, defense and offence drills
as well as fun games.
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme spokesperson, Angela
Stedman, said all activities were free and available for everyone in the
"The ‘Active Kids’ program is a great way for us to support
families in our local community," said Mrs Stedman.
Medibank Zone Manager for Bundaberg, Leonie Barritt, said the
12-month healthy lifestyles program will get local children moving through fun
and engaging exercise, and eating healthier through nutrition and cooking
“Getting active and eating well, while feeling connected with the
people who surround us, are key motivators which promote better health and
wellbeing,” said Ms Barritt.
“The Medibank Community Fund supports local, grassroots
initiatives that aim to create a lasting and positive impact on the mental and
physical wellbeing of people in the community, and Bundaberg Baptist Family Day
Care Scheme and its ‘Active Kids’ holiday program doing just that”.
Families can sign up for a range of activities included in the
‘Active Kids’ holiday program, which are specifically designed for primary age
school children and include sports like soccer, basketball, rugby, yoga and
dancing. The ‘Active Kids’ program will
run during all school holidays from June 2014 until April 2015. Spaces are
limited and bookings are essential. To view the full calendar visit www.familydaycarebundaberg.com.au
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme's Active Kids program is
one of 42 organisations in Australia and New Zealand that has received a 2014
Medibank Community Fund Community grant.
2014 Community Grants Announced!
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme’s
“Active Kids” is one of forty-two projects in Australia and New Zealand who
have been announced as the worthy recipients of the 2014 Medibank Community
Fund Community Grants. More than 900
proposals for funding were lodged with Medibank at the end of 2013 and each of
the selected projects has community health and wellbeing at its core.
In partnership with local service providers and businesses “Active Kids” is
a 12 month project offering a range of FREE physical activities as
well as nutrition and cooking advice. Angela Stedman from Bundaberg
Baptist Family Day Care said “All activities are free and inclusive for
everyone in our Bundaberg community.
It’s a great way for us to support families in our local community by
hosting the fun activities”.
Getting active and eating well, while feeling connected with the people
who surround us - these ingredients could be the secret to a future of better
health and wellbeing.
Active Kids will run during school holidays from June 2014 to April 2015
and will include football, basketball, bootcamp, yoga, dancing and many more
activities. To view the full calendar
of activities visit the Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Website: www.familydaycarebundaberg.com.au. Spaces are limited and bookings are
essential. Registrations open Saturday,
28 June at the Active Kids Launch event which will be held at Hinkler Central
Shopping Centre at 11am. For further
information phone 41529233.
April 29: GUESS WHO’S COMING? Dale from PUZZLES FAMILY DAY CARE!
Sector workers will know Dale’s inviting learning environments from her Puzzles Family Day Care Facebook page. Dale has over 10,500 people following her page and is an active Educator working her own business ... she is passionate about the Early Years Learning Framework, sustainability and providing natural environments which support children’s learning and development through PLAY!
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme invites Educators and Child Care Professionals to a Sustainability Workshop coordinated by Dale. Let’s have fun in creating authentic environments in a practical workshop delivered Educator to Educator.
Dale is so passionate about her work and her workshops that she is driving 15 hours after working a full week, to share her passion and enthusiasm in creating affordable and sustainable environments.
LOCK THIS DATE IN YOUR DIARY ... IT IS ONE NOT TO MISS!!!
- Sustainability Workshop
- Saturday 17th May 2014 10am – 12pm
- Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme Play Session Environment, 14 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg.
- Cost is $5 per Educator with our service. This workshop is also open to child care professionals at a cost of $10 per person - please feel free to invite other Educators you may know.
RSVP with payment please by the 14th May 2014. Phone: 41529233 or Email: email@example.com
National Family Day Care Week
Celebrate National Family Day Care Week with us! Sunday May 4 til Saturday May 10 2014.
To celebrate National Family Day Care Week and embody the star qualities of each and every child attending family day care, a star has been adopted through Perth Observatory’s Star Adoption Program.
Sirius the brightest star in the night sky will be recognized as the Family Day Care Star, and services, educators, children and their families will have the opportunity to view and cast their wish upon it during the week long celebrations.
An Evening Under the Stars
Join hundreds of children across Bundaberg and Wish Upon a Star at home on the evening of Wednesday, 7 May. Using the star map locate the Family Day Care Star and ask your children to discover and share their wishes upon the Star.
Wishes are like road maps. They are like plans that will lead us where we wish to go, influence what we desire and shape whom we hope to become. An important first step in Wishing Upon a Star is the process of supporting children to comprehend and consider what it means to wish, and what their wish would be. Children's wishes need not be limited, restricted or guided in any way; they are simply an expression of their hopes and dreams for now or for the future.
Things to do at your Evening Under the Stars:
§ Take your dinner outside! Grab a rug and some blankets and have a night time picnic.
§ View the Family Day Care Star and use the opportunity to view other stars and constellations.
§ Ask the kids to perform a song, dance or presentation.
§ Read a story about wishes, like: I wish I had a Pirate Suit (by Pamela Allen); The Wishing Chair (by Enid Blyton); A fish with a Wish (by Katrina Logan).
§ Create a solar system artwork that incorporates the stars and planets.
§ Make an artwork of the children’s wishes and send it into us to display at our Wish Upon a Star Art Exhibition (see below).
§ Here are some great websites with more ideas:- Lie Back Look Up; Baby Zone - Stargazing made fun; Kids Astronomy.
Free Community Open Day
Bring your kids, have fun with us!
Visit our venue to meet our staff and Educators and participate in a morning of fun activities. Space inspired arts and crafts, star related rhymes and songs, catch a falling star games and much more!
Saturday, 10 May
9am to 12pm
14 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg.
Wish Upon a Star Art Exhibition
Encourage your children to create a piece of artwork that represents their wishes, dreams and hopes. Send it in to us and we will share it at our mini art exhibition at Sugarland Shoppingtown from May 4 to 10.
Children can draw, colour, photograph, model or write in a form to represent their wish. Print the “Wish Upon a Star Artwork” and cut out the star. Write your child’s name and their wish on the back of the star. Send the stars to us at Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme by Thursday, 1 May and we will include it in our mini Art Exhibition! Send your stars by post to: PO Box 4324, Bundaberg. By email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In person to 14 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg.
Create the best piece of artwork and we will award the winner a Peppa Pig Stars DVD!
Take a photo of your child’s artwork and share it to Facebook or Instagram using the hash-tags #fdcweek or #fdcstars.
My Wish Upon a Star Artwork.pdf
Star Adoption Certificate.pdf
Community Open Day - Poster.pdf
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme rolls out HIPPY!
1 April 2014:
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is looking for families to enrol in the HIPPY Program to support the local community’s early language and literacy needs.
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program for families with young children. HIPPY is a free, two-year, program for families with children in the year before they start school (usually aged 3½ - 4 years old).
HIPPY Bundaberg Coordinator, Jenny Melmeth says that “HIPPY empowers families to be their child’s first teacher, it encourages a love of learning in children and most importantly HIPPY is fun!”
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is committed to helping our local community through the HIPPY program by developing the foundations for learning in the home during children’s crucial early years.
Jenny says that “The benefits of the HIPPY Program for children include encouraging a love of learning, it prepares children for school by developing skills and concentration, HIPPY promotes language and listening and builds self-esteem and confidence.”
Participation in HIPPY increases the chances of a successful early school experience.
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care will employ some HIPPY parents as home tutors who will visit participating families at home and also host regular group meetings with participants. HIPPY Bundaberg focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
HIPPY Bundaberg is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education through the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters.
To enquire about HIPPY call Jenny Melmeth, Hippy Coordinator at Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care on 4152 9233 or click HERE.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is licensed to operate HIPPY in Australia
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme helps local families with quality school holiday care
26 March 2014:
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is providing school holiday care places in an attempt to help ease the local community’s growing child care needs. Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme has educators providing school holiday care to assist local families. Business Development Officer, Angela Stedman said child care places for school-age children in the region were limited and working parents often struggled to manage their work and family commitments. “Family day care offers parents of school aged children a quality education and care option for school holiday care,” Angela said.
“Educators can arrange pick up and drop off to and from home and try and work in with the families to suit their work hours, with many even providing care beyond standard care hours. Educators with Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme care for children from babies through to and including school age, offering the possibility for siblings to be cared for together, all in the one location.”
“Children enrolled in family day care school holiday care participate in the many community activities available in Bundaberg during school holidays”.
Family Day Care Australia Chief Executive Officer Carla Northam said family day care provided Australian families with a quality, flexible child care service which allowed them to better juggle responsibilities.
"The reality today is that most parents need to work and family day care allows them to maintain their careers, confident in the knowledge that their school aged children are in a safe, secure and quality care environment,” Ms Northam said. “Family day care provides flexible care arrangements in a stimulating environment within an educator’s own home and it is a service that is vital for so many Australian families.”
Family day care currently accounts for 12 per cent of Australia’s Early Childhood Education and Care sector, with more than 20,000 family day care educators providing quality child care to over 125,000 children across the country. Family day care is the major provider of regulated, flexible, non standard hours child care in Australia.
To enquire about registering for School Holiday Care call Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care on 4152 9233 or contact us.
Reconciliation Action Plan: March 2014
In 2013, Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme embarked on a journey of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan. View our Plan.
The Reconciliation Action Plan journey deepens our understanding and awareness of, and for, our reconciliation vision and provides us with a strong foundation to continue pursuing our goals. Our journey helps us to understand that in order to achieve our vision, we need to continue investing in future relationships, be flexible in our approach, allowing the organisation as a whole to develop our cultural awareness and understanding of how our work contributes to Reconciliation. As our journey continues we remain committed to sharing our story and experiences with the Staff, Educators and children registered with our service to help promote inclusive workforce practices which contribute to Reconciliation within our child care service.
We welcome feedback about our Reconciliation Action Plan, please contact us.
Family Day Care Takes Part in Clean Up Australia Day: 4, 5 and 6 March 2014
27 February 2014:
The children at Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme are rolling up their sleeves and doing their bit to help care for the environment on Clean Up Australia Day.
A Wrapper Free morning tea and educational activities around the effects of rubbish on our marine life will be held at Family Day Care Group Play Session which is run 3 days a week at their premises at 14 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg on March 4, 5 and 6.
Family day care Coordinator Kristy Gear said the activities provided an array of learning opportunities and discussions for the children. “Engaging children in experiences revolving around recycling and environmental awareness assists them in making connections to their natural world and their own responsibilities within it,” she said.
“We already have lots of discussions around the environmental practices within the care setting and the children’s own homes so Clean Up Australia Day broadens this knowledge to the community and the impacts of our choices,” she said.
Kristy Gear said “The importance of being environmentally responsible also becomes emphasised when seeing that the community is getting involved and that they see caring for the environment as a priority.” The exploration of recycling and actively participating in community experiences allows children to see that caring for the environment occurs beyond their own home and family day care world.
Clean Up Australia Day is just one of the many community events recognised by family day care services around the country that incorporate and are in line with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
The yearly calendar of community activities and celebrations encourages childhood development, community and environmental awareness, and learning-based play. To find out more about our Play Sessions click HERE.