Sadly summer is over. Nights are beginning to get longer, and days are beginning to get colder. Our April Newsletter will give you some ideas of things to do with the children that are both fun and educational. As well as provide you with resources for getting certificates and further develop your skills.
Child Protection Awareness Training
The NSW Government have a five year action plan to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people in NSW. As part of the Department of Education have created a free online presentation which is required for all people working with children in government schools and TAFE colleges. This tool will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the law, your responsibilities as an employee and the responsibilities of the employer. Once you have completed this training, you will receive a certificate of completion for your records. To take the class, visit the Department of Education website.
Refresh your First Aid Knowledge
For the month of April, CPR First Aid have an offer to provide First Aid training and certification for $50. Training includes CPR, principles of first aid for the workplace first aider, plus many other topics including Basic Anaphylaxis and Asthma. This is a one day training class that will take 5 hours and will provide you with all the information you need to become certified or re-certified. You will also be required to complete an online class which will take 2-4 hours. If you want to learn more about the course or book a session, visit the CPR First Aid website or contact. If you have a busy schedule, a class is held every day for your convenience on George Street near the Pulse office, and your certificate will be presented to you at the end of the day.
Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub
The ECA Learning Hub is an online learning tool to provide you with skills and certificates to develop your career through continuing professional development. The service provides you with quality assured video and written resources, webinars and online forums for you to interact with your peers in industry. The ECA Learning Hub understands the needs of educators and interprets research, frameworks and standards about high-quality early childhood practice, including the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS). Their vision is to build a learning community that supports professional growth in education and care services for young children (aged birth to eight). We would recommend anyone looking to become a supervisor to take Module 2: The Role of the Certified Supervisor. The module has been developed to provide a clear guide to the role of the certified supervisor and the responsibilities of an educator taking on this position. It runs for 15 minutes and costs $19.80, however if there are 5 or more people interested in taking the course discounts can be applied.
School trips are always a highlight for children, it is a chance to get out of school and see the real world, while having fun, and learning at the same time. With autumn in full swing there is still time to get out there and give the children a great time. Below is our April excursion recommendation.
The Powerhouse Museum is located in the old Ultimo Power Station building adjacent to Darling Harbour and is the flagship venue of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. This museum has a number of interesting exhibits to provide children with exciting and educational exhibitions, including Engineering Excellence which houses a number of Australian engineering excellence, Interface which shows how technology has merged with design in the 20th Century. Entry is $15/adult and $8/child, but group discounts are available for groups larger than 10.
Arts and Craft Corner
When looking after children, you want to make sure the time you spend with them is educational but is also fun, otherwise you run the risk of losing their interest. We have a few ideas below of arts and craft activities you can do to help develop the children’s creativity and motor skills.
This old Japanese skill provides excellent practice for children to develop fine work with their hands, and focus their minds and all you need is paper. You can easily find origami ideas online, we have curated a few easy designs for you to use below.