Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2017

By Kylie Pearce 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 only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians […]

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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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Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup

A hearty winter soup suitable for lunch or dinner. Ingredients Makes 6 serves 1 tbsp olive oil 1 medium brown onion, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 1 chilli, diced (optional) 1 garlic clove, diced 1/3 tsp each dried oregano, ground cumin and ground coriander 1.5 cups red lentils, rinsed 4 cups chicken or vegetable […]

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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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Sweet Potato Chips

Crunchy and moreish, these sweet potato chips are perfect for an afternoon snack.   Ingredients Serves 30 (side dish) 1.25kg orange sweet potatoes (approximately 5), peeled and cut into 2mm slices 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp cumin seeds Method Preheat oven to 180ºC. Combine the cut sweet potato, olive oil and cumin seeds in […]

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