Care + Learning

The Orchard Early Learning Centre Blog

Care + Learning

The Orchard Early Learning Centre Blog

Care + Learning

The Orchard Early Learning Centre Blog

Care + Learning

The Orchard Early Learning Centre Blog

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What makes a great early childhood educator?

It takes a special kind of person to be an early childhood educator. When speaking with one recently about the work she does, she said; I care for each and every child that comes my way as if they were my own for eight hours a day. They all leave an impression on my heart and hopefully I leave one on theirs”
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Beyond care: what else does early learning provide?

  When we are looking for a place for our children to spend their time early education, what exactly are we looking for? We are looking for care; to make sure they are looked after and protected. But we are usually looking for more beyond that. We are looking for our children to be appreciated, celebrated and nurtured into forward-thinking and imaginative adults. So, what can we expect from early childhood education to ensure not only are their care needs being met, but also the additional benefits of individuality and a continued curious mind going into later years? There are several techniques and philosophies that centres are now applying to nurture young minds and create positive learning environments in preschool years.
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Care: the foundation of early learning

From the second you meet your child, all you long for is to keep them safe and protected. We watch with anticipation as they take their first breath, walk their first step and say their first word. We build a wall of safety around them, knowing already that the world is not always a good place and that our job is to protect their tiny hearts, minds and bodies.
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Creating a Village: The keys to parent and educator relationships

From an early age, children start to develop a sense of belonging and connectedness. They seek a safe place that allows them to explore their needs, wants and emotions freely. A place where they feel protected and cared for.
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Provocations: the catalysts of learning

If you have spent any time in the world of Early Childhood Education, in particular the Reggio Emilia philosophy, you have likely happened across the use of the term Provocations. Provocations are one of the cornerstones of the Reggio Emilia approach to learning and a fundamental aspect of exploration-based understanding.
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STEM: A journey in childhood education

 
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Design as a guiding hand in early childhood education

 “There are three teachers of children: adults, other children, and their physical environment.” – Loris Malaguzzi  Design and its role in the creation of productive learning environments have become well recognised as an essential foundation of education. The Reggio Emilia approach identifies the child’s physical environment as the “third teacher”. 
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Understanding the role of creativity in early childhood learning

Creativity is a defining aspect of the human condition. We began painting on the walls of caves at least 50,000 years ago. And creativity has helped us to overcome challenges and prosper as societies.
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Outdoor play is more vital than we imagine for pre-school aged children

An important part of children’s early years has been changing in Australia over recent decades. Children are spending less time playing outdoors. There’s many reasons for it.
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Value matters in child care and early education

The changes to the Federal Government child care subsidy arrangements that came into effect on 1 July have refocussed attention on child care fees. And for good reason. Child care is a major family expense and the first of many important steps in a child’s out-of-home education.
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ABOUT THIS BLOG

Care + Learning - The Orchard Early Learning Centre Blog is a hub of resources and useful information for parents of nursery and preschool children, aged 6 weeks to 6 years. It includes:

  • Child care and early learning tips
  • What to look out for when choosing a centre for your child
  • Comments and opinions
  • Centre news and updates.

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