Sunday, January 21 2018

Category: From the Director

Linda Loves Outside of School Hours Care

Linda Loves Outside of School Hours Care

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Linda is one of our Outside of School Hours Care (OSHC) educators who works both with Vacation Care, Before and After School Care as well as in the Preschool rooms at Columba Cottage. Linda enjoys the range of experiences that OSHC offers and the opportunity to learn more about the ol ...
Columba Cottage Dance Program

Columba Cottage Dance Program

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From 2018, children in the Bilby, Platypus, Kangaroo and Emu rooms at Columba Cottage will enjoy dance in the Iona Performing Arts Centre's state-of-the-art dance studio. Taught by St Columba's specialist dance teacher and supported by their regular educators, the children will experienc ...
My Child is Different at Daycare!

My Child is Different at Daycare!

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Many parents tell me that their child is behaving differently at preschool and/or daycare and it’s quite often the complete opposite to what they’re doing at home. For example a boy in our Possum room will eat his vegetables at daycare but will refuse point blank at home! Others will pre ...
Christmas Holidays at Columba Cottage Vacation Care

Christmas Holidays at Columba Cottage Vacation Care

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The Christmas school holidays are going to be jam-packed with activities for children at Columba Cottage Vacation Care. There is so much for Kindergarten to Year 6 aged students to enjoy- from feeding the farm animals at Roses Vineyard Petting Zoo, trips to the cinema, climbing at the Ce ...
Feeding Fussy Children

Feeding Fussy Children

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Fussy eaters! If you’ve never had to deal with one, consider yourself lucky. From the baby who doesn’t feed well, to the toddler who refuses seemingly everything, to the school aged child who is a “fussy” eater - they’re all a normal, yet difficult part of any parent's life. Practical ...
Thank You to our Educators!

Thank You to our Educators!

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Early Childhood Educators Day was celebrated on Wednesday 6th September as a "way to recognise and celebrate the work of early educators working in long day care, community care and kindergarten/preschool services, for their enormous contribution to the wellbeing and healthy development ...
Fostering a Love of Reading

Fostering a Love of Reading

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Emergent literacy is something we are very passionate about, and we're excited to have partnered with the Children's Book Council of Australia to have held many wonderful Book Week activities across our Centre. Literacy in adult life is a requirement for almost all forms of employment ...
Jo: The bright and bubbly face of Columba Cottage!

Jo: The bright and bubbly face of Columba Cottage!

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Jo is, in some ways, the face of Columba Cottage. She knows every parent, relative and child by name and always greets our families with a big smile right through from 6:30am! Jo has been at Columba Cottage for seven years, starting in the rooms before moving to an administration posi ...
The Sharing We Don’t Encourage!

The Sharing We Don’t Encourage!

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Well it comes as no surprise to parents that children attending childcare, whether it be Family Day Care, Long Day Care, or Grandma’s care, experience a greater number of illnesses than children who are looked after by a sole carer. Research has shown this is due to the sharing of ‘germs ...