Positive Guidance of Children Policy

Two of the biggest challenges children face are learning acceptable behaviour and being able to control their own behaviour. Educators and parents need to understand how to teach children how look after themselves and the world around them. Knowing how to effectively teach children about acceptable behaviour allows them to better cope with these challenges. At…

Biting: The Care for Kindies Response

  Our responsibility is to raise happy, healthy and resilient children at Care for Kindies. In this blog, we are going to discuss biting, which is often part of children’s normal development. It is important to be aware of the reasons why a child may bite, and the potential consequences of a child biting another…

The importance of STEM

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It is taught in a way that each pillar is integrated together. Instead of teaching math as separate from technology or science, the concepts are taught together to deepen the child’s learning and capability. While STEM is usually part of the primary school curriculum, we believe that…

Five minutes with John

John Cook, is the co-managing director/co-owner of Care for Kindies. We sat down with John to find out more about his role at Care for Kindies. We learnt what he loves about his job and fatherhood, plus what he thinks are the most important considerations when choosing childcare. What do you enjoy most about being a…

Harmony Day at Care for Kindies

Harmony Day is an important celebration across all of our four centres. Some of the children dressed in traditional cultural dress from their heritage and others brought in an item to share and teach others about their culture. We incorporated a lot of orange activities into our learning to reflect the colour of Harmony Day. We explored the importance of…

Creating positive bedtime routines

The key to a positive bedtime routine is to carry out similar activities in roughly the same way each night. Most research finds that starting around 20 minutes before your child’s bedtime is the ideal timeframe for successful routines. Most bedtime routines include pre-bed tasks like having a bath and brushing teeth, as well as quiet, enjoyable activities like reading a book or…

Our view on ‘Risky Play’

The twenty first century has been characterised with high risk aversion compared to previous generations. Our society’s fixation on safety and ‘no risk’ means that play environments are often devoid of adventure and interest. The avoidance of risky play is however counterintuitive to what we have learnt in our studies and experience as professional educators. We…

Preparing for school

We’ve been operating Care for Kindies for over 20 years so we have prepared thousands of children for their schooling journey. Our specially designed programs focus on school preparedness to ensure our children develop the necessary day-to-day skills they will need for school. These skills include being able to follow instructions, adhering to routine, lining up,…

What to do about “fussy eaters”

Do you find meal preparation and mealtime difficult due to a fussy eater in your family? You’re not alone! It can be terribly frustrating when your child does not want to eat the healthy food you prepared and things can get messy if it is thrown all over the floor! Instead of worrying about fussy eating, it is important…

Our guide to toilet training

Toilet training can be a difficult and sometimes stressful process for both children and parents. It is important that parents/caregivers remain consistent and try to make the process as calm and enjoyable as possible. Learning to use the toilet is a big milestone in a child’s development and it is important to remember that every…