Karen is joining our front of house team and you’ll more than likely meet her at afternoon pick-up time and talk to her over the phone. She loves to hear children’s jokes, especially Knock Knock jokes. Karen loves cricket, rugby and netball, and when she’s not enjoying her time at work, playing or watching sport, she’s… Read More Meet Karen!
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 experience dance in new and innovative ways that are not offered anywhere else… Read More Columba Cottage Dance Program
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 prefer to stay in nappies… Read More My Child is Different at Daycare!
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 Centre of Gravity Adventure Centre, a bike and… Read More Christmas Holidays at Columba Cottage Vacation Care
We congratulate Jenna Lindsay on her World Teachers’ Day Award, received for her exemplary skills as an Educational Leader. Well done, Jenna!
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 tips abound and it’s worth… Read More Feeding Fussy Children
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 of the young children in their care.” – Australian Childcare Alliance Many of the wonderful… Read More Thank You to our Educators!
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. Unfortunately, in 2012 the Australian Census found that around… Read More Fostering a Love of Reading
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’ which always happens when… Read More The Sharing We Don’t Encourage!
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 Learning Framework (EYLF), an… Read More What’s the difference between Long Day Care and Pre-school?