Monday, September 25 2017

Category: From the Director

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 ...
What’s the difference between Long Day Care and Pre-school?

What’s the difference between Long Day Care and Pre-school?

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I am often asked about the difference between Long Day Care and Pre-school. At Columba Cottage we offer both and having the choice is wonderful for families. In the past there was a vast difference between Long Day Care and a dedicated Pre-school but with the advent of the Early Years ...
Putting money into childcare to improve school results

Putting money into childcare to improve school results

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Columba Cottage is an Early Learning Centre where we provide pre-literacy and pre-numeracy in our Pre-school rooms. Our commitment to being an excellent Early Learning Centre has seen us partner with the Australian Government Early Language initiative which has one of our Early Childhood ...
Meet our Assistant Director, Jenna

Meet our Assistant Director, Jenna

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Jenna knows everything there is to know about Columba Cottage. She knows all about our policies, procedures, people and each and every child enrolled at the centre. As Assistant Director at Columba Cottage, she supports our Director, Susanna Christie, in ensuring that we meet complian ...
Growing up isn’t a race

Growing up isn’t a race

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In this competitive culture that we now live in, where even preschool seems to be a race, it has been timely for me to re-read an article on Huffpost today. The article, originally from Magical Childhood, offered a list of everything a 4 year old should know - and it gladdened my heart. ...