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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

Duplicating Eskay daycare activities at home

When kids are at daycare they’re used to doing certain activities they can’t always do at home. By now you’ve asked your child what one of their favourite things  to do at Eskay is and wonderin

Daycare to big school: are you ready for it?

Graduating from daycare is a momentous day for parents and children alike, and the next step is just as big. Big school. The change in routine and a new environment will be startling for your son or d

Our Garden Space

This year in our Willy Wagtails room the children have shown a keen interest in all things gardening and cooking. In particular they have wanted to explore how we grow food and how we then cook with w

Transitioning to school from Karana Early Education Centre

Transitioning to school is such a big event for young children and their parents alike. With this milestone often comes insecurities about whether a child is ready or not and how are they going to cop

Messy play as the little people would do it!

“When life gives you rainy days, wear cute boots and jump in the puddles” - Anonymous   What drew me to this quote was the fact that this is something our babies do each day, something

The Assessment and Rating Process… What does it really achieve?

Recently Capalaba went through their 2nd A&R since opening in 2013.  During the first A&R we received an Exceeding rating and also applied and successfully achieved the Excellent Rating, as i

Early years and screen time | Articles around the web

Think back to your early years, when you were about pre-school age. What did you do all day? Safe bet it involved playing in the yard, getting scraped knees and trekking mud through the house. In the

Handling preschool bullying | Articles from around the web

Children are naturally happy at home and at preschool; so when they suddenly change, you know something's wrong. Though the idea of children acting as bullies is absurd to some, it's actually nothing

Keeping the kids happy at Christmas when daycare is over

Daycare does not operate through Christmas and New Year, so  it’s a great opportunity to regroup as a family. The children are full of beans on a great day and keeping them entertained is difficult

Capturing Wonder

By Holly Wells Educator, Platypus Room at Karana   Environments for children in my eyes can create somewhere to transport. Transport as a means of transporting time, space as well as you

The benefits of mixed-age play

Eskay kids services provide an environment in which children are able to play and learn alongside children of a variety of ages.  This approach not only nurtures and promotes the sibling relationship

Loose Parts Play

As a passionate early childhood teacher, walking into Reverse Garbage at Woolloongabba was exhilarating, as I know the endless amount of play opportunities the loose part items were going to provide o

STREAM with Integrity

STREAM is an integrated approach to learning which requires an intentional connection between standards, assessments and lesson design/ implementation.  True Stream experiences involve two or more st

9 activities for active children after day care

AFL (Image via Auskick) No matter the type of ball, getting the kids involved in team sport early will help them learn to cooperate with others and make valuable friends. Plus, if th

6 easy, yummy recipes for hungry kids after kindergarten

When kindergarten is over and home gets closer, the kids are suddenly hungry and will want food NOW. Luckily for you, we have a collection of healthy recipes that’ll result in something delicious an

4 amazing story collections for kindergarten and home

Any of the below books are appropriate for kindergarten shelves, quiet reading time and even bed time stories. There's so many amazing books to choose from, but you'll agree that the below four will r

6 of the best lunchbox ideas to bring to daycare

Earlier in 2017, a Kmart hack turned a humble clip-close container and an ice cube tray into a bento box, sending the internet wild. Inspired by healthy and hipster eating, the internet was soon flood

Life after childcare; the first day of school

After the childcare days are over, school begins. The lead-up to the first day of school is a mixed bag for both parents and kids alike. The actual day won’t be that bad if you’re prepared. We’v

Kindergarten and beyond; teaching values and discipline

It’s important during the early years, even before kindergarten and big school, to set a routine for your children and yourself. That way your days are structured and there’s little chaos. In theo

5 fun things to do after daycare

Daycare is done, but the kids are still full of energy and you need something to entertain them. What do you do when you’re stuck for ideas? How about some of these?   Baking Women’s

Exploring music at Eskay

Exploring music. Music can make us feel a whole range of emotions and can break through all kinds of barriers. It can make us laugh or cry, it can help us to sleep or wake us up. It can even help u

Our secrets to having fun at the Capalaba day care centre

At our Capalaba day care centre, two days are rarely the same We do, though, have some activities that the children enjoy time and time again. Parents usually hear stories about the fun day their kids

Essentials your child needs for Eskay’s Karana Child Care Centre

Our Karana child care centre is a home away from home for all Eskay Kids, whether they come once or five days a week. We certainly do our best to give children a safe environment to play, learn, and g

Classic books you’ll find on child care centre shelves – or at home

Every child care centre, including ours in Karana, Springfield, and Capalaba, has a small reading area stocked with books. Children wanting to have some quiet time will pick up their favourite and rea

Early childhood education strategies backed by science

Early childhood education is vital for children to grow into well-functioning adults. You might think ‘it’s a bit too soon to think about that, isn’t it?’ But  there’s never too early a tim

School Ready

We are powering towards the end of the year.  The parents of children who are eligible for school start next year are starting to get anxious. Some concerns of parents are: Which school

Loose Parts

Sitting with some children and really observing what they are doing, listening to their conversations with themselves and other children is like opening a portal to another place. How they see the wor

The importance of mathematics and numeracy in early childhood education

Mathematics and numeracy are often seen as interchangeable, however, they each have many different characteristics that define them. Siemon (2015, p. 183) states 'the essence of numeracy is being prep

Questions we get at our day care in Capalaba

At Eskay Kids’ day care in Capalaba, we get lots of questions from parents and children alike. It’s natural during the initial stages of visiting day cares, for parents to be thorough in their que

Getting through the first month with Eskay child care Karana

Our Eskay Kids child care Karana centre is home to children from pages fifteen months to five years. Often, our centre will be children's first home-away-from-home, and the lead up, as well as the in

Slowing down our day with tea parties

Taking the time to slow down with children is of pretty high importance in my eyes.... time that allows for us to connect with each other on a deeper level. It is often something we can lose sight

How early childhood education in Capalaba helps kids grow

Early childhood education in Capalaba, Karana Downs, and other places around Australia helps children grow into confident young people. Formal education itself is a right for all. But at Eskay Kids, 

Child care Capalaba: the Eskay difference

Type ‘child care Capalaba’ into Google and the results will list Eskay Kids on both the list and the map. You might wonder what makes us different from other child care centres listed on that page

Nature Pedagogy Course by Sara Christie

This is my first blog.  I was very nervous writing this up as I'm not much of a writer, and I know how many people could potentially read this. However, I just had to share my wonderful experience in

Does play have to take a back seat, in order to prepare children for school?

At Eskay Kids, our beliefs, philosophies and values centre on children, play, nature and authentic childhood experiences.  We stand by play as the absolute best medium by which children learn about t

The secret behind our child care centre in Capalaba

The Eskay Kids child care centre in Capalaba follows the Early Years Learning Framework and the Government Approved QLD Kindergarten Learning Guidelines. We take a unique approach in how we run our ce

Reflections on the transition to school

By this time of year many parents have already chosen the school their child will attend while others are still undecided whether or not their child will be ready for this next transition. Research ha

Why go to our kindergarten in Capalaba?

Kindergarten is a German word, which translates to ‘children’s garden’ in English. If you look around for a kindergarten in Capalaba, you’ll find Eskay Kids. We also have centres in Springfiel

Choosing the Right Early Childhood Service for your Child

Often when parents are looking for information about child care they are interested in fees, opening hours, food, vacancies, waiting lists and qualifications.   There are many checklists th

Building Positive Relationships in Child Care

When a child starts child care for the first time, moves to a new centre or if they suffer from separation anxiety, emotions can run high for all parties involved, the child, the parent and the educat

Australian Family Early Childhood Awards

Our Karana, Capalaba and Springfield services were finalists in the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards, with Karana winning! Australian Family annually presents these national awards

STREAM – FOR BABIES AND BEYOND …..

STREAM Makes you think of a river right? You can think of it as one too, because it’s the learning journey your child will move through during their time with us. Every milestone and new

Bringing child care strategies home

Child care centres are a place of laughter, learning, and play. Children learn from their surrounds and their carers at the centre through play-based programs. You can bring these elements into your o