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How to Assess Your Child’s School Readiness

A child may find it difficult to cope with the pressure of attending school for the first time. Children are not in the habit of staying away from their loved ones for a couple of hours. It becomes ou

Understanding and Applying Positive Discipline at Home

Some parents believe that introducing positive discipline at home may require punishing children. However, they are not aware that these steps may backfire instead of yielding any positive results. It

Three Creative Ways to Prepare your Child for their First Day in School

Do you have a child who is going to be starting big school soon? If yes, then that is extremely exciting! However, there can sometimes be an element of anxiety and nerves that come along with starting

6 Tips to Prepare Your Child for Big School

Starting big school may be a difficult time for your child. It’s overwhelming to start something new for such a young child, especially something that involves changing their everyday routine. It ca

The Power of Play

Playing is extremely important for the overall growth of your child. Back before there was a big advancement in technology, children would spend quality time playing games which is extremely significa

The Benefits of Kindergarten

Kindergarten is extremely popular in Australia. According to The Bureau of Statistics last year a total of 342,479 children aged 4 or 5 years old enrolled in a kindergarten/preschool program in Austra

Expression Through Creativity

Written by Nat at Karana   We love some mark making at Karana.   We love to express ourselves through being creative and putting what we are thinking out into the dirt or sand.  Using stick

Children & Road Safety – Tips from around the Web

Road safety is extremely important, especially for children as they aren’t mature enough or educated at young ages to instinctually understand road safety. In this article, we have collected a varie

5 Healthy Lunch Snacks for Kindergarten

Healthy lunch goes a long way in keeping children healthy and active. It is important to pack a healthy lunch box which should include fruit, vegetables, and a mix of protein, carbohydrate, and dairy

5 Tips to Help Your Children Adjust to Kindergarten

There are many leading child care centre Karana that will help in making the transition from daycare to kindergarten smooth. The initial days of kindergarten may be tiring, emotional, and overwhelming

“Over the fence”

by Mina Kular, Early Childhood Teacher - Karana   Since I have started with Karana early education centre this year, I have been on two outings “over the fence” (as it has become affect

5 Ideas for Encouraging Your Children into Eating Healthy

It’s no secret that some children can be extremely difficult to please in the food department. Dinner time can become a real struggle for the whole family when children are picky eaters. While many

Stage Fright – How to Help Your Child Through It

Does your child express anxiety before school concerts or soccer games? While butterflies can be normal for children to experience, if you suspect your child is having anxiety before having to perform

Loose Parts & Creativity

It was first proposed back in the 1970’s by architect Simon Nicholson, who believed that it is the loose parts in our environment that encourage our creativity. In Childcare, loose parts are materia

How to Support Your Children When they’re Having Fights with Their Friends

Children remain in the protection of their families until they come of age and have to head to kindergarten. This is the real test of time for children as they have to face the world alone. They have

How to Prepare Your Child for Prep

It’s no surprise that statistics show parents to be one of the main factors in their children’s success at school. Kindergarten to School is a big step. Therefore, it is vital that parents’ atti

A little Gem called Eskay Kids

My journey began with them when I looked at the centre for my son. As we walked through the doors we were greeted by a delightful and insightful director. We soon began exploring and learning all that

How to Communicate More Effectively with Your Children

As a parent there are of course, good and bad days. Children can be tricky, especially when you have more than just one to attend to. Communicating isn’t always easy, and general emotional intellige

5 Special Healthy Sweeties for the Kids

We all know how difficult the maintenance of healthy eating can be, especially for the whole family. Packaged snacks are so easy to give in to, just grab them from the shops and wait for the kids to d

The Importance of Teaching Children about Nature

Children love to learn, especially from young ages. It’s important to take the time with your children to teach them lots of different worldly things which of course includes nature, animals and all

“Seeing, not just looking”

Nature Play.  It’s what we are all about here at Karana but in all honesty, I have struggled to get really engaged in this.  I suppose it has always been that way for me, even from a child I was a

How to Have an EGGcelent Easter With the Kids

Easter is an extremely EGGciting time for children. There’s something about a mystical bunny rabbit and boat loads of chocolate that really sets the tone for a thrilling holiday. But of course, when

Tips & Tricks for Getting Your Kids to Sleep at Night

Night time can pose some issues for some families. Many children fear the dark and fear sleeping on their own with their parents in a different room. It’s far more common than you may think for chil

Expressions of Philosophy

Kate Shapcott Early Childhood Teacher Blue Gum Room Springfield Child Care and Early Education Centre   Do you remember playing in the rain as a child? Did you delight in jumping i

6 Tips to get Your Children Ready for Kindergarten

If you read our previous blog on “The Importance of Kindergarten Readiness” you will already be aware of why it is so important to prepare your children for Kindergarten. We touched on some ways t

Nutritious Lunch Box Ideas Your Kids will LOVE

As a parent, you may have had previous struggles with ‘eating time’. Or perhaps you currently struggle with it. Whatever the case, young children and healthy eating can be a challenge – if it’

Transitions

Reflection by Trisha Dean (Director, Karana)   January is such an unknown entity in the world of an Early Childhood Service.  There is always so much going on – new children starting, ch

Why Outdoor Play is so Important for Your Child

Playing outdoors, unlocks a whole new territory for children. The fresh air, green grass, dancing grasshoppers, and blue skies create the perfect environment for growth, self-confidence, adventures an

Kindergarten Readiness and its Importance for your Child

You may not remember your very first day of Kindergarten, but you might remember the build-up to your first day. Nonetheless, Kindergarten is an emotional roller coaster for children and for many, Kin

Encouraging Children to Drop the Screens

Living in such a technologically advanced time, it can be hard to encourage our children to drop the screens and use their imagination instead or go outside and embrace nature. But why would our child

5 Fun Christmas Activities for the Kids

Christmas time is an exciting time of year. Australian Christmas involves sweet mangoes, long summer days and gorgeous sunsets, blue skies and crystal-clear oceans. Everyone loves Christmas time, it

5 Ways to Teach Kids to be Sun Smart

Two in three Australians are diagnosed with sun cancer by the age of 70 and while we have been improving globally with sun safety, this is still an alarmingly high percentage. We’re all aware of the

Tips to Encourage Children to Enjoy Healthy Eating

While some children can’t wait for their meal times, others absolutely dread it. Children can be picky, especially when they’re at a young age. But as a parent, you can’t give in and allow your

Helping the Kids Go Green

When it comes to teaching the kids to go green, the earlier you do it, the better. In a time of drought, excessive waste and air pollution, education is key, so children know there’s consequences to

Helping your child get through a sick day

Winter flu, summer cold, spring hayfever, or simply getting sick because of the change of seasons; these affect all of us. Children’s immune systems are still hardening up, so they are usually the f

How you can spend more quality time with your kids

Busy working parents do feel slight guilt about not spending X amount of time with their kids. But working and parenting is a juggle, it’s the way life is. You can though, on days off and weekends,

Healthy chocolate recipes for the family

The popular sentiment is that chocolate and other sweet treats are best enjoyed in moderation. But we found some recipes that you won’t feel guilty about whipping up for the family.   Ch

Keeping Your Family Healthy During The Winter Season

Winter means sick children, sick days and time off work. Common colds and the flu does happen, but you can lessen the blow if you take some measures to keep the family healthy. Vaccinations Nobody

6 Compelling Reasons Why You Need Day Care

No doubt you considered day care before your child was born, but now you’re on the fence. It’s hard to leave your most treasured possession in somebody else’s hands but it’s proven that day ca

Child care for your kids, self-care for you

While we read and do fun activities with your children at our child care centres, it’s important that you remember to take care of yourself. Whether you work full time or have the kids at home a few

4 Under-the-Radar Things About Day Care Parents Need To Know

There’s more to day care than dropping your child off in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day. There’s fees, vaccinations, and inspections to think about. Here’s 4 points you pr

5 Little Changes That’ll Make a Big Difference With Your Child Care Routine

Child care is a saving grace for busy parents but routines that are all over the place causes unnecessary stress. Little changes can do a lot, so here’s five key areas where you can make simple adju

The Anatomy of a Great Child Care Centre

Parents who are scoping a child care centre have checklists of their own. But we did some of the hard work and put together some crucial points.   ACECQA Rating The Australian Children

Communicating with your children, post-daycare

Children in daycare are still learning how to communicate properly. Their grammar is developing (missing articles like ‘the’, ‘a’ and ‘to’ are common) but they can communicate their wants

More tips for raising confident kids

Not long ago we posted an article on how to raise confident kids at any age, whether they be in kindergarten or big school. Confident kids blossom into young people who get through challenges and lear

Save time on your morning school run with these tips

Most parents have horror stories about getting kids ready for school. Arguments, tired children and that missing shoe makes getting to kindergarten or primary school a lot harder in the morning. We lo

Some of the best parenting tips from Super Nanny

Jo Frost, aka Supernanny, has provided parents around the globe with advice on how to handle temper tantrums, routines, and discipline. You might have found yourself saying ‘that’s not acceptable

Combating the temper tantrum during the preschool years

We all know the signs: the screaming, crying, red faces and tears. The almighty temper tantrum. Preschool years are fraught with them and it knocks parents off guard because they’re unsure of how to

Tips you need to know for raising confident kids

Encouragement makes everyone smile, kids and adults alike. As a parent you want your son or daughter to grow into a confident young person who can take on any challenge that comes their way. Eskay chi

Your own brand of childhood education: Christmas season

With Christmas coming around, some families are buying up big for the little ones. But material things don’t always equal happiness. This is the chance for parents and guardians to do some early chi