Assessment & Rating!

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Assessment and Rating - Pass!

We have received our Draft Report from the Assessment and Rating team and we have passed!

It was a little stressful during the leadup and over the assessment days, but we have come through with flying colours!

A HUGE! Pat on the back to the Educators who work so hard to create an amazing environment for all our children and big thank you to the families who offered us so much support during this time. Much appreciated!

Yay us!!

Let Children Play!

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Nathan Wallis - PLAY MATTERS!

I have had the privilege of hearing Nathan Wallis talk about the brain development of children and have been blown away by how right Early Childhood curriculums have it in the way we value and endorse play based learning.

It is very easy to get caught up in the need to have our children ‘ready’ for school with a range of ’academic’ or tightly structured programs. But the science has now proven what Early Childhood educators have known for years….. PLAY MATTERS!

Here is the link to an article by Nathan Wallis, a Neuroscience educator and university professor discussing the importance of play, and the type of play that supports children’s learning and brain development.

http://www.familytimes.co.nz/let-children-play/?fbclid=IwAR26Wkg7EvJsQktnQ3k7CEYiJ2exOJiYqQVwexuTkkZn1z-8LQnmpa1xj1U

Family and Child Connect

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For families who have the need of support but are unsure of where to turn to find it, there is a central contact point that will give directions to resources or organisations. It is called Family and Child Connect. It is an organization that assists families and children in the community who need support and link them with the organization or a person that can best help them. The link is below. We all need help at some time, and we all struggle with where we can find it. Family and Child Connect are the people who can get you started on the right path.

These are some of the situations they provide support for, straight off their website! 

Family and Child Connect can help with a range of family and parenting challenges. We’ll talk with you about your situation and work out the type of support you might find helpful.

We can connect you to local services that can help with:

  • managing your child’s behaviour (e.g. skipping school, running away from home, homework, tantrums)

  • building better family relationships

  • stopping any violence at home

  • budgeting and managing money

  • alcohol, drug or gambling problems

  • housing, health care or access to other community or government services.

You can use this service as often as you need. There is no limit and no cost.

Every family is different so when you speak with us you will get advice and support specific to your situation.

What happens when I call?

When you contact Family and Child Connect, you’ll speak with an experienced family support worker who will listen to your concerns and undertake a full assessment of your family’s situation.

We may be able to help you in just one phone call – either by providing advice or referring you to a support service – or we might arrange to visit you at home or a safe place to talk. You can also work with a domestic violence support worker.

In some areas, there are family support services run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. Most family support services can offer families the choice of working with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander family support worker.

http://www.familychildconnect.org.au/index.asp

 

Lending Library is now open!

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Happy House’s Lending Library is now open!!

Membership is free and forms can be found in the office.

We have already had a few books go out and the children have been very excited about looking through and choosing from the collection.

Language, a broad vocabulary and a love of reading can be one of the single most effective ways of supporting your children towards a successful start at school. Reading is the world of imagination, creativity as well as the world of information.

Reading with children needs to be one on one with a person to have real impact. Hearing a story read on the television or on an app has significantly less impact on a child’s learning as they are not able to participate. The back and forth between the reader and the listener and the reader is what makes the biggest difference! It is called ‘serve and return’.

 

  

In Safe Hands

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Recently, all the Happy House staff participated in our annual In Safe Hands-Child Protection training. This course assists early year’s educators, organisations and individuals to comply with their legislative requirements under the National Quality Framework and meet duty of care obligations regarding Child Protection.

It is designed to be used for induction of new staff, and as a foundation or refresher course for those who have not completed recent Child Protection training. The key learning outcomes include:

•       Understanding and defining child protection;

•       Defining and understanding abuse indicators;

•       Laws in your State / Territory, including civil duty of care;

•       How to respond to disclosures; and

•       Documenting and reporting.

With our educators completing the course this allows for In Safe Hands and Happy House to offer the online training for Parents in Child Protection. Look out for the email and details.

Happy House takes the well being of the children in our care as a serious responsibility and we maintain the knowledge and skills through this training to ensure we meet this duty of care.

 

Phone Free Zone

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 Quality Drop Off and Pick Up Times

Here at Happy House we put a premium on the relationships we build with the children and with the families and we want to implement a new initiative to support positive Early Childhood experiences for the children.

We are encouraging families to support us in a “Phone Free Zone” for Quality Drop Off and Pick Up Times here at Happy House.

One of the most stressful times of the day for any child can be saying goodbye to mum or dad or both in the morning and children being able to say good bye to you properly can make a big difference and talking on the phone can be disruptive to the process.

By the afternoon your little people may feel you have been gone “forever” and are so happy to see you that it can be very deflating to have your attention elsewhere when they are trying to greet you and tell you about their day.

We understand that this is not always possible but are asking families to make every effort to make these times a great opportunity for quality interactions.

 

PhysiKids is back!

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Physi Kids is back!

Physi kids will be at Happy House on Tuesdays from 11am starting the 16th of July.

This wonderful program finally has room for us again and we are jumping on board to offer the program to the children and families.

The cost is $10 per lesson with additional siblings $8.

Physi Kids is geared towards 2 ½ years and up.

Check your email for more information from Happy House about this program. The website link is below.

http://physikids.com.au/

Reading to Children

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Grab a book and read together!

In an age where technology has taken over nearly everything. Music, our social lives, as well as communication and work there is one thing that is hundreds of years old that the traditional way is still the best and research supports this.

Reading to and with your child.

Believe it or not devices or TV’s cannot take over the role of a child having a loving adult read to them.

Parts of the brain kick into gear when a child is read to by a real live human being that does not when they hear a story from a DVD or a recording.

Children ask questions, want to hear parts again and become curious about illustrations, the actions of the characters or the parents world famous most favourite question….. “Why?”

We learn from being curious and asking questions. DVD’s and recordings can’t answer us.

Here is a link with an article about 10 Benefits of reading to your child.

Enjoy!

Play based Learning

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Play based learning

Continuing with last month’s theme of physical play we are emphasising the importance of play and how play based learning scaffolds our curriculum. Play based learning is important for children to develop positive social/emotional skills, where they explore peer relationships and learn to communicate and negotiate through various scenarios and situations.

They also test themselves, take measured risks and discover new ideas, and abilities about themselves. So, really, play is all about exploring one’s environment, social structures and a path of learning and self-discovery.

Here is an article we found that helps define play as well as looks at what your child may be learning while they “play”.

http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/our-publications/every-child-magazine/every-child-index/every-child-vol-16-3-2010/play-based-learning-free-article/

Child Development

Reaching Milestones

Here is a great link for all families who are curious as to how their child is doing developmentally. Every child develops at their own pace and usually the sequence of skills is the same for everyone. But if you have any worries about the milestones children should be meeting before they become a concern, here is the link to the Red Flags Early Identification Guide. It shows what milestones children should meet by a certain age and tips on how to encourage skills and development through play.

https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/PDF/red-flags-a3.pdf