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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 childhood education sessions of their own to teach their children the meaning of Christmas.

 

Christmas and the summer holidays is a time for the family to spend together. With both parents working most of the year, this time should be cherished and used as a childhood education tool. Quality time with the ones you love is something to appreciate. Do family activities together, things you don’t get time for during the year. Take the kids to see the Christmas lights around Brisbane for a few nights. Look at the Christmas windows in the Queen Street Myer.

 

 

As a unique form of childhood education, pass on the traditions you remember from your own Christmases when you were little. Your parents/guardians were your main role model during your early years, and now the baton is passed on to you. What do you remember doing with your family? Did you help bake treats? Decorate the tree?

 

In Parenting.com’s article 5 ways to raise a grateful child, one strategy is to encourage donations during the festive season. From age 3, kids can grasp the concept that everyone lives in different circumstances. Volunteering, donating money, food and other items under Kmart’s Christmas tree for example, is a good way to start.

 

 

In Eskay’s childhood education centre, the children do a lot of creative activities like drawing, beading and making their own jewellry. You can apply this to your own home and ask them to make their own Christmas card/drawing for someone. This can be another relative or the local charity. Elderly care homes and hospitals with volunteer programs will truly appreciate a child’s Christmas message because they know it’s made with heart.

 

Childhood education doesn’t stop during the holidays. Kids are learning all the time, except for when they sleep. Use these holidays to make them more appreciative of what they already have; love, home and family. Go to Christmas displays together. Donate to the less fortunate. One day your children will pass these ‘traditions’ on, to

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, we are the ones who feel privileged when children not only learn, but take lessons home with them.

 

Eskay Kids early childhood education centres don’t have separate ‘play’ and ‘learning’ times. We don’t force children to do anything they don’t want to. Rather, we follow children’s lead and observe valuable learning in almost every situation.  Whether you’re looking at early childhood education in Capalaba, Karana Downs, or Springfield, all our centres follow the same ethos. The children play with each other regardless of age, and the staff provide a safe environment where children can explore the world around them.

 

At our early childhood education centre, the children develop relationships, find their voice, and learn how to listen to the opinions of others. This valuable learning stays with children throughout their lives. Our educators observe children throughout the year, and record the beautiful journey of learning for each child.  It’s an ongoing cycle of observation that happens throughout every day, during play, interactions, meal times, quiet times and many other opportunities that present themselves each day.  

 

As children grow, they become more adept at observing, analysing, explaining, and verifying information. These and other mathematical/scientific skills develop in the early years and are especially important to nurture, so children can grow to the best of their ability. Our Eskay Kids educators facilitate these skills further by carefully planning environments where children invited to explore, play, learn, create, enquire, question and problem solve.  

 

If you’re looking for early childhood education in Capalaba, give Eskay Kids Capalaba your consideration. We give your children the opportunity to grow through play. Children build their mathematical and scientific skills, make friends, and get back to nature in our centre, where joyful, authentic childhoods are at the top of our priority list . Early childhood education doesn’t stop when children leave us, many skills, dispositions and attitudes children learn in the early years will stay with them forever.

Understanding the Early Years Learning Framework

The Australian Government has developed this Framework to help childcare educators develop a foundation for children’s future success in learning. It’s not a bible or syllabus, but a guide for early childhood teachers to help their children become their best.

 

Identity

Children may play in a group but they still have a strong sense of self. They don’t turn into “another face in the crowd”. They develop a sense of identity first in a family setting, where they spend most of their time, and this is built up further in kindy.

The EYLF encourages a “safe” environment where children will discover themselves and understand what it means to belong in a group. Discovering identity also means knowing their background/cultural heritage and taking pride in it.

 

Connect, contribute

We build bonds constantly, but it starts in childhood. After discovering their sense of self and feeling like they belong, children start to form bonds with others. This happens at home and in childcare. It’s important to make connections and become a part of a group. A group dynamic helps children learn about the diversity of the world around them and to respect it.

Contributing is encouraged in group discussion and play. The teachers create settings where children are able to voice their opinions and feel comfortable doing so. This part of the Early Years Learning Framework encourages children to have a voice, respect those of others and have an awareness of their surroundings.

 

A sense of wellbeing

Nobody should ever feel isolated, excluded or feel mentally drained to the point of it affecting their physical health. This is especially true during the critical development years in childhood.

The third outcomes of EYLF aim to have children not only feel happy and healthy but also take responsibility for it. Children can’t develop strong bonds and a sense of belonging if their wellbeing is low mentally or physically. Signs of a sense of wellbeing in children include “owning” their feelings, taking risks and facing challenges, recognising what their body needs and having an awareness for the health of others.

 

Confident, involved learners

When children feel like they belong in a community, they feel more confident in their abilities. They’ll learn effectively, make mistakes and have more involvement in a group learning situation. They hypothesise, experiment, research and investigate like scientists with a curiosity only they can manage. Their teachers are the “guides”, encouraging open-ended discussion and helping them work towards a solution when problems arise.

 

Effective communicators

Communication is key in relationships, work and general everyday life. The Early Years Learning Framework guides educators on how to help children develop these skills. Their job is to help teach the children how to communicate politely with others and how to interpret nonverbal cues. This starts from infancy and doesn’t stop when the children leave go to prep; learning is lifelong, after all.

Communicating effectively applies to play situations. The childcare teachers create scenarios or supply materials to help the children verbalise what they learn. Popular outlets for self-expression are drama and music.