FullSteamAhead uses a dance-education approach to learning about science, technology, engineering, arts and maths concepts at an introductory and experimental level suitable for early learners aged two to five years. Over the past four weeks, Columba Cottage friends have been inspired to wonder and explore how they might integrate movement into their learning about technology, colours, numbers and toy designs.… Read More Dancing to the STEAM beat!
Today I woke up and wanted to get dressed by myself but was told “No, we don’t have time, let me do it.” This made me sad. I wanted to feed myself for breakfast but was told “No, you’re too messy, let me do it for you.” This made me feel frustrated. I wanted to… Read More Diary of a Two Year Old
Our preschoolers are running, jumping, kicking and practising other basic movements that will enable them to learn more specific sport techniques in their Primary years. Our Kangaroo Room Leader, Cameron Jones, has created a Fundamental Movement Skills program which is be provided on a daily basis to all preschool aged children. While the program primarily… Read More Cottage Preschoolers are Kicking Health Goals
Bec has been working with Columba Cottage for almost two years and has loved every minute of it! Her favourite part of the day is definitely cuddle time, always found with lots of little friends crowding her for attention. When not at work, Bec can be found doing CrossFit and has become known as the strongest… Read More Bec might be strong, but she has a gentle heart!
Ashan is a new member of the Columba Cottage community, starting this year as a casual and then taking over a maternity leave position in the Emu Room. Interested in sustainable living, Ashan has been fostering discussions with the children about the importance of caring for our environment and the impact it has on us as… Read More Ashan is teaching sustainable living in the Emu Room!
Storypark is an app which enables us to share notices, events, newsletters, reminders or group stories with parents and caregivers. All Columba Cottage families have access so that you can follow your child’s learning journey as well as revisit treasured memories whenever and wherever you like. Parents are the administrators of their child’s account so… Read More We’re all on the same page, and you’re in control
Deanna has worked at Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre for 5 years and has spent a total of 15 years in the childcare industry; she is currently room leader in the Possum room, which is for children aged 18 months to 2 years. Deanna strives to run a room full of fun, learning and communication… Read More Deanna is continually learning whilst running the Possum room
My name is Shaleisha and I am the room leader of the Kangaroo room. I chose to get into the childcare industry as I wanted to pursue a career as a primary school teacher once I finished high school. I deferred this offer and in 2013 I signed up to complete a Certificate lll in… Read More Shaleisha loves the constant laughs and surprises that her job has to offer…
Rachel has been working on and off in childcare for 4 years at Columba Cottage and is the Room Leader of the Bilby Room this year. Rachel has a Certificate III in Children’s Education and Care Services and has a passion for exercising and keeping fit. Rachel loves being able to captivate the children during… Read More Rachel- keeping fit and captivating children on a daily basis!
Ally has worked at Columba Cottage for the past 4 years and is almost finished studying her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. She enjoys being a part of each child’s growth and development while ensuring all of the children within her care are fully supported to develop a sense of belonging within their… Read More Ally is fostering a sense of belonging in the Platypus room