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    Bush Kindy – no toys, just nature

    Bush Kindy is our outside nature play program that runs twice weekly at a variety of bushland sites on the College property. These sessions run for around two hours and are planned, but flexible. Clear expectations and boundaries are put in place to facilitate children to take controlled risks and engage with the environment in a supervised manner. The main benefit for children playing in the bush is that the natural environment allows them to be creative and imaginative thinkers. These skills are very crucial for developing 21st Century skills such asCritical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Information literacy, Flexibility, Leadership, Initiative, Productivity and Social skills.

    bush kindy cairnsIn our classroom children constantly play with toys. This is great, but Bush … Read the rest

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    Preparing for School

    Written by Belinda Raine, Kindergarten Director

    Starting ‘big school’ is a big deal for many four and five-year-olds anticipating their first day after the summer holidays. There’s a lot that parents can do now to smooth the path for their children (and for themselves). These early years are important for cognitive, social and physical development. When children feel safe and optimistic about starting school, they will find it easier to make friends and engage in learning. We have listed below some of the ways we are preparing your children for school and you can also continue this at home. 

    Talk about school

    • Spend time together playing and chatting about school in a casual way to help your child feel secure.
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    Prepare your child for Kindy
    Preparing your child for Kindy

    Having had over 30 years of experience in the Early Childhood Industry, I can appreciate how hard it can be at times to help your child adjust to being in care. It is not uncommon for children who are particularly attached to their parent’s to experience anxieties in transitioning. During my years I have found the most effective way to properly prepare your child for Kindy is to create a plan from the very beginning.

    Setting up a plan to transition your child into Childcare and Kindergarten:

    1. Visit the centre to get familiar with the surrounds – This involves visits to the childcare centre for both you and your child to get familiar with the general environment, the staff and
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    In the garden with Kindy Kids

    This time of year in tropical North Queensland is a great time to hit the garden and grow some fresh fruit and vegetables. In Kindy, it’s no different. Our Kindy Kids love to get amongst the garden and experience what it’s like to diligently care and water our plants. As harvest season approached we had some eager kids ready to get their hands dirty!

    Recently some of the Kindy kids at Freshwater Christian Kindergarten harvested our garden. After gathering up our scrumptious produce, it was off to the kitchen to figure out what we could make with our harvest.

    Nutritious fun with many great benefits

    Getting our children into the garden and then into the kitchen has many great benefits:… Read the rest

    Benefits of Dramatic Play

    Written by Belinda Raine / Kindergarten Director

    In Kindergarten our Frogs class has shown an interest in dramatic play, and have set up a Hairdressing Salon.  Our students designed how to set up the Salon; made the signage and price list, and then took on different roles, hairdressers, clients; and of course the all-important cashier.

    Benefits of Dramatic Play

    • Enables children to draw on past information and experiences to solve problems
    • Helps children identify solutions to problems that arise during play
    • Assists children in identifying and planning play episodes with others
    • Encourages children to explore and build skills such as problem-solving, imagination, creativity, negotiating, organising and planning, retelling stories
    • Allows children to apply prior and new knowledge, skills and understandings
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    Freshwater Christian College Year 2 Bush Kindergarten
    Why Bush Kindy?

    What is Bush Kindy?

    Bush Kindy is located in our natural environments within our College away from the education and care service and provides valuable opportunities for children to explore the natural environment and to extend the educational program.

    Why implement Bush Kindy?

    This approach comes out of significant international research, initially in European countries and now spreading throughout the world, highlighting the importance and value of nature play for children’s health, well-being and development (Faber-Taylor & Kuo, 2008; Lester & Maudsley, 2006; Munoz, 2009).

    A key element of this initiative is that children engage in regular, extended periods of unstructured play in natural environments. The research has discovered that children experiencing weather fluctuations, creating their own play with the … Read the rest

    Freshwater Christian College Kindy Garden
    Kindergarten to promote a positive approach to food education

    Freshwater Christian Kindergarten is now partnering with the “Stephanie Alexander” Kitchen Garden Program, whose vision is to enable children to form positive food habits for life, through fun pleasurable and educational food experiences and hands-on learning.

    According to the Queensland  Government, “The aim of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program is to introduce pleasurable food education which emphasises the flavours as well as the health benefits of fresh, seasonal food into as many Australian primary schools as possible”

    This program equips our staff with the tools to set up productive gardens, grow plants to use this home-grown food in our cooking experiences; enabling us to sit and eat together, sharing our experiences and knowledge.

    We would like to encourage any … Read the rest