Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2017

By Kylie Pearce, Centre Manager at Deakin Early Education Centre  NAIDOC Week commences this year from Sunday 2nd July 2017 to Sunday 9th July 2017.  Celebrations are held across Australia each July, during the first full week, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not […]

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Pea, Mint and Ricotta Soup

An easy way to get in extra vegetables. Ingredients Serves 4 2 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, diced 2 zucchinis, chopped into small cubes 500g frozen peas 1L salt-reduced vegetable stock ¼ tsp white pepper ½ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped 125g fresh ricotta Method Heat oil in a large […]

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5 Essentials of Kindergarten

“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” – Nelson Mandela In order to set our children up for a bright future, it is vital to give them a strong foundation from the very start. We do this by enabling them to completely immerse themselves in the world in which they live. To explore, […]

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Loose Parts Play: 5 Ways to Incorporate It in Your Home

By Amanda Llyod Loose Parts Play is an interesting concept that came about in the 1970’s. It had a significant influence on early childhood educators as well as those who designed play spaces for children. According to architect Simon Nicholson, including “loose parts” in our child’s environment empowers and stimulates creativity. What is Loose Parts, […]

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Savoury Breakfast Muffins

A simple breakfast dish that can be made in advance. Perfect for hiding lots of vegetables. Ingredients Makes 12 large muffins Spray oil 500g sweet potato, grated 4 spring onions, chopped finely 1 large chilli (optional), chopped finely 6 large eggs 5 tbsp cottage cheese 100g grated parmesan cheese 250g self-raising flour (1 2/3 cups) […]

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Outdoor Play in all Weather and Natural Environments

By Melanie Love Most of my fondest memories as a child involve playing outside. Being a mother of two young boisterous boys and working in Early Childhood Education, I’m fortunate to relive these wonderful memories and experiences. Outdoor play is vital for the growth, learning and development of children. By providing children with opportunities to […]

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Paper Plate Cow Art

This month, we’re keeping in theme with 2017’s National Simultaneous Storytime book, The Cow Tripped over the Moon. Here’s an easy, fun, and engaging cow-related activity the kids are sure to love. You will need: Paper plate Black paper Pink paper Googly eyes Glue Scissors Method:                                          To get started, begin by cutting the black paper […]

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