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Why STEM Education in Early Childhood is Crucial | Kids Academy Early Learning Centres

Why Introducing STEM Education in Early Childhood is Crucial for Future Success

Introducing STEM education in early childhood is crucial for developing a wide range of cognitive, social, and emotional skills, and in turn fostering a love of learning, and preparing children for future academic and career success. This blog post explores the importance of STEM education in early childhood and how it can profoundly impact children's development and future opportunities.
School Readiness: 4 Areas of Focus at Kids Academy

School Readiness: 4 Areas of Focus at Kids Academy

Starting school is a big milestone in a child's life! Ensuring children are ready for school involves more than just academic preparation. School readiness encompasses a broad spectrum of skills and abilities that collectively set the stage for a successful educational journey. In this post, we will outline the four critical areas that children focus on to achieve school readiness: emotional confidence, social connectivity, foundational learning, and physical health and wellbeing.
Strategies to support young children through transitions | Kids Academy Early Learning Centres | Child Care & Early Education for Children Aged 0-5 Years.

Strategies to Support Children Through Transitions

Transitions can be challenging for young children, whether moving from one activity to another, or adjusting to new routines at home. Proper support during these times is crucial to help children feel secure and capable of handling change. Here are some effective strategies to support children through transitions, ensuring they navigate these moments with confidence and ease.
Kids Academy child care in Kensington | What Questions To Ask At Parent Teacher Interviews | Kids Academy Early Learning Centres

What To Talk About At Parent Teacher Interviews

To get the most out of Parent Teacher Interviews, it helps to be well prepared. We recommend you take a list of questions with you to Parent Teacher Interviews so you remember what you want to talk about. If you're not sure what to ask, here are some ideas.
When should I send my child to child care?

When Should I Send my Child to Child Care?

Becoming a parent for the first time means making a lot of first time parenting decisions. One of the biggest choices parents can make is whether or not to send their child to child care and when is the right time to do it. Here are some of the main benefits of enrolling your child in child care.
Finger painting is more than just a playful activity - it's a valuable tool for toddlers' holistic development. From sensory exploration and fine motor skills development to creative expression and emotional well-being, the benefits of finger painting are vast and enriching. Learn more about the benefits of finger painting for toddlers, as well as some ideas to try at home.

Finger Painting Benefits for Toddlers: Exploring the Joyful Palette

Finger painting is more than just a playful activity - it's a valuable tool for toddlers' holistic development. From sensory exploration and fine motor skills development to creative expression and emotional well-being, the benefits of finger painting are vast and enriching. Learn more about the benefits of finger painting for toddlers, as well as some ideas to try at home.
The benefits of messy play | Kids Academy child care centre

What Children Learn From Messy Play

In the realm of childhood, messiness is often synonymous with fun, laughter, and learning. Engaging in messy play allows children to explore the world around them in a hands-on and immersive way. From squishing mud between their fingers to creating intricate sandcastles, the benefits of messy play extend far beyond the visible chaos. Let's delve into what children learn from these wonderfully messy experiences.

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 4

Welcome to the fourth installment of our National Quality Standards seven-part series, where we provide an in-depth look into the seven quality areas benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards.

Supporting The Progression To Big School

With Graduation done and dusted, you and your child may be nervous about the transition into Big School. Here are five tips to support your child with this significant milestone and set them up for success.

How We Transition Your Child To A New Room

Transitions can be challenging for some children, Affinity has developed a process that ensures your child transitions smoothly into their next classroom.

Early Education: Navigating the First Weeks

Many parents are curious about their baby's experience after commencing care in an Early Childhood setting. In the early weeks, it is best to take things slow and allow time for your baby to process all the learning in our Healthy Beginning Curriculum.

This Year’s Top 5 Most Captivating Reads

These top 5 blogs have captured hearts and minds, providing a treasure trove of knowledge and inspiration for parents, educators, and anyone passionate about the growth and well-being of our youngest learners. Join us in celebrating the year's most-read blogs.

Affinity Increases Commitment to The Smith Family

Affinity Education Group has increased its commitment to The Smith Family Learning for Life program again in the third quarter of 2023, with 236 individual child sponsorships now being actively supported on behalf of centres around Australia. The program acknowledges the importance of additional support for children facing disadvantages, recognising that such support is essential for maintaining their engagement in education.
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Educational Programs During the Festive Season

At this time of year, many families are turning their thoughts to the festive season and family holidays. We know that December and January is a busy time of year, so we wanted to reassure you that our centres are not scaling down activities over the festive period. Unlike primary schools, we remain fully operational and focused on children's learning goals.

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 3

Welcome to the second part of our National Quality Standards seven-part series, where we provide an in-depth look into the seven quality areas benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards.

Navigating End of Year Transitions

The Lifelong Learning Curriculum offers an abundance of research-based practices that ensure continuous learning during the holiday season. As a parent, you may wonder what development your child is progressing with during this time. Throughout the holiday season, your child is able to engage in our play-based School Readiness Intensive program that encourages shared sustained thinking with peers.

Attending Early Education During the Holidays 

Are you juggling gift shopping, decorating, work obligations and keeping your child entertained over the festive season? Learning doesn’t stop at Lifelong Learning Centres; in fact the festive season offers fantastic learning opportunities for our Early Experience Children!

Festive Learning in the Nursery

Research shows that children's development and learning is continuous. There are plenty of opportunities to learn regardless of the season. There are two important reasons why children benefit from care throughout the holiday period. Consistency and predictability of care are essential benefits, as is a more gradual transition into the new year.

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 2

Welcome to the second part of our National Quality Standards seven-part series, where we provide an in-depth look into the seven quality areas benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards.
Kids Academy Early Learning Centres | Child Care & Early Education for Children Aged 0-5 Years.

Benefits of attending Early Childhood and Care during the Holiday period 

Effective early childhood education is of utmost importance in a successful transition to school and love for Lifelong Learning. Our LLC program is dedicated to ensuring this is achieved all year long.
Kids Academy Early Learning Centres | Child Care & Early Education for Children Aged 0-5 Years.

What do infants achieve in an Early Childhood Education environment?

It is natural to wonder whether infants and young children can benefit from time spent in an early childhood environment. At Affinity Education-owned centres, our Lifelong Learning Curriculum (LLC) begins as soon as your child commences their enrolment with us, regardless of age.

The importance of using the Abecedarian approach to improve toddlers’ language skills

Language is a crucial component of school readiness. No matter a child's age, they actively develop skills to become proficient and active communicators. Research shows that language development is best supported by early exposure to language and sound awareness skills.

Learning With Dr. Lesley Jones: New Year, New Rooms

As we begin 2024, we would like to share with you more information about our Lifelong Learning Curriculum, which is the cornerstone of how we work here at Affinity Education.
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The Lifelong Learning Curriculum – A Guide For Families

This month, we are highlighting the Lifelong Learning Curriculum, Australia's most advanced approach to early education that operates within all our Early Learning Centres. Our Educators implement this program to support our little learners to reach their full potential.

Summer Program Sessions

Your child is invited to join us during our Summer Program! Throughout December, we have planned additional exciting activities to help your child continue their early learning journey whilst benefiting from a rich variety of learning opportunities.
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Why friendships before ‘Big School’ are so important

Research continues to highlight the importance of the first five years of a child’s life as the most critical period in the life span for brain development (Fox & Geddes, 2016).

Why childcare? Guiding your Toddlers future behaviours and relationships

Children express themselves through different behaviours and experiment with ways to build friendships. Read more to find out how we do it!

How friendships are formed

There is so much research and focus on just how crucial the first five years of a child’s life are and how this has an impact on social, emotional and future academic success.

The importance of friendships and relationships in childcare

We all know that, in general, having friends is an important aspect of life and one that provides us with some of our most cherished experiences throughout life.

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 1

Our Kids Academy centres are committed to a continuous improvement journey that enriches quality education and care delivery benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards.

It’s Safe Work Month At Kids Academy

National Safe Work Month is upon us! Kids Academy Centres have jam-packed this October with a variety of events and programs to highlight the steps our centres and their amazing teams take to ensure the well-being and safety of those in our community.

Aussie Wildlife Champions Dress Up and Donate Success

Through the second and third week of September, all our Kids Academy centres participated in the Aussie Wildlife Champions fundraiser drive for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

A day in the life – Childcare and your child’s development

This month, we wanted to share with you a little more about early childhood education, what it means, and how it works, and give you a glimpse of what your child may actually experience while with us each day.

A Day of ‘Awe’ and ‘Wonder’ in your Nursery

When thinking about a typical day in the Nursery, it is common to have preconceptions about what happens and how the educators facilitate learning. Through online research and centre tours, you will most likely obtain information that highlights how the infant room follow the baby's routine, focuses on relationships, provides sensory play, and the role of the educator may be described as an expert multitasker.
A day in the life of a Toddler

A day in the life of a Toddler

Every day in our Toddler room is filled with different types of learning that your child’s Educators have intentionally planned to support children’s growth and learning outcomes. From the moment you drop them off to our Educators to the moment your Toddler runs back to your arms with a big smile in the afternoon, your child’s day is enriched by our age-specific 1–3-year-old Early Experiences Curriculum, to ensure every child learns something fascinating and exciting every day.

How my Educators get me School Ready

Early Childhood Education has proven to play a major role in a child’s transition to school, and here at Kids Academy, we have passionate Educators and Early Childhood Teachers who deliver a range of programs to extend children’s curiosity, growth, and independence. This article will explore a typical day in our preschool/Kindergarten rooms.

Kids Academy gets creative for Book Week!

Over the week of the 21st of August, our Kids Academy centres celebrated book week through the power of dress up, imagination and creativity as our Educators and Teachers developed learning experiences inspired by the books the children read every day.

Spring has Sprung! What is happening at your centre?

Spring is the season for growth, and at our centres, growth can be seen in every room, program and child in our Lifelong Learning Village.

Kids Academy put on their lab coats for National Science Week!

Last week, all Kids Academy centres participated in National Science Week, one of our more loved and educational events of the year for our children, educators and teachers!
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What the Child Care Subsidy mean for our families?

On the 10 July 2023, the Australian Government increasing the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) rates for families within Australia, resulting in reduced gap fees for your family.

10 Things to do when it’s wet with your little ones!

Entertaining children when it’s wet outside, can be difficult for an excitable and energetic child, and our Early Childcare Centres know all too well what it means when the grey clouds roll in.

Aussie Wildlife Champions now available at your centre!

In an exciting Australia-first, more than 10,000 children aged between 3-5 years will have access to the new Aussie Wildlife Champions Lifelong Learning Curriculum program as the result of a partnership between Affinity Education Group and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC).
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Saying ‘Thank you!’ on Early Childhood Educators Day

The countdown is on to Wednesday, the 6th of September, when our centres will celebrate Early Childhood Educators Day.

Get involved for National Science Week!

National Science Week is fast approaching, with the official date to launch from the 12th all the way through to the 20th of August.
The benefits of messy play | Kids Academy Early Learning child care centres

Sensory Play: Nurturing your child’s early development

Sensory play, messy play or creative play are just some of the terms used to describe a lot of fun! As a child our senses are a vital foundation of how we experience the world around us, and sensory-based play is an essential part of babies, toddlers and preschoolers' learning development.

Successful transitions through care and trust

Transitioning into care for the first time can often feel daunting for families and full of natural curiosities and ‘what if’ type questions, like “What if my baby doesn’t eat the food you provide?”
Finger painting is more than just a playful activity - it's a valuable tool for toddlers' holistic development. From sensory exploration and fine motor skills development to creative expression and emotional well-being, the benefits of finger painting are vast and enriching. Learn more about the benefits of finger painting for toddlers, as well as some ideas to try at home.

Your little junior is graduating! Whats next?

Graduating from the junior rooms to the older 3-5-year old programs is a significant and exciting transition for young children.

Easing Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is common in young children, it occurs when children are feeling nervous about being away from their parents or carers.

Don’t miss our Preschool/Kindergarten information sessions

It’s that time of year when families begin to turn their attention to deciding where their child should be enrolled for their preschool or kindergarten year.

Effective room transitioning in early childcare

Graduating from one room to the next is a significant event for children, their families and educators alike. In this article we explore what you can expect as your child transitions from one room to the next.

Australian Breastfeeding Accreditation – Supporting our Kids Academy families

Returning to work as a breastfeeding mother is a right for employees and parents throughout Australia and here and Kids Academy Centres, we are committed to making this transition as easy as possible.

Kids Academy recognises National Reconciliation Week

Our Kids Academy centres recognised National Reconciliation Week by creating engaging activities designed to provide meaningful learning opportunities whilst having fun!

Improving Your Little One’s Language & Literacy Skills

The importance of language development in early childhood cannot be overstated. During these vital years, children’s ability to understand, process and produce language flourishes in an amazing way.

Play-Based Learning For Babies

Play-based activities are a valuable learning technique for infants. “Playing allows babies to practice skills they’ll need as they continue to grow and develop. Babies are naturally curious, and playing enables them to experiment, explore and problem solve,” explains Jola Sung, Education Advisor at Affinity Education Group.

The Importance Of Outdoor Play: Learning In Action

Outdoor play is so important to a child’s education, Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) have included it within their Early Years Learning Framework and is a part of their centre assessment criteria.

Future Scientists! Big Thinkers STEM program now available

Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has always played a vital role in the development of our Lifelong Learning Curriculum for children aged 3 to 5 years old.

National Quality Framework: A parent’s guide

National Quality Framework: A parent’s guide In Australia, Early Childhood Services are guided by the National Quality Framework regulated by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

New Centre Manager at Warnervale

When Kandas was the Assistant Centre Manager at Kids Academy Warnervale almost three years ago, she delighted families with her professionalism, her commitment to their children’s education, and her drive to go above and beyond.

New Centre Opening in Springfield

We are excited to announce Kids Academy Springfield will be hosting its Grand Opening on the 6th of March to a new village of little learners and their families! Located at 6 Meadow Road, Springfield in New South Wales.
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Kids Academy Celebrate International Women’s Day

Across our Kids Academy Centres, we proudly celebrated International Women’s Day today. Our community of early education and care centres are privileged to play such a special role in children’s lives.
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Our Kyabram Centre supports Variety’s ‘Hair with Heart’

Through December, the team at Aussie Kindies Early Learning Kyabram hosted Crazy Hair Day to raise important funds for Variety’s Hair with Heart.
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Responding to COVID in our centre community

As families in our community continue to face disruptions due to COVID-19, we are working hard to keep our centres healthy and open for our families. Learn more about what we are doing to protect our community.