Introducing Katelyn our new administrative assistant! Katelyn’s favourite part of the job is seeing everyone bright and early in the morning, so if you see her friendly face be sure to say hello. Katelyn has a passion for children’s education as a ballet teacher and in her spare time, likes to hang out with her family and… Read More Meet Katelyn!
We interviewed our new OSHC Coordinator, Simone Cunneen. How long have you been working with children in an OSHC setting? I have worked in OSHC for two years, but I have been in the Early Years Education Sector for over twenty years as an Early Childhood Teacher and Director. I am a passionate educator and… Read More Meet Simone, our new OSHC Coordinator
Take the stress out of booking vacation care for the upcoming April school holidays by today. Our school holiday vacation care program offers quality care in a supervised and safe environment for girls and boys in Kindergarten through to Year 6 from schools across the Hastings region. We have a range of excursions and activities… Read More April School Holiday Program
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!
Casual Educators Requirements Completed Certificate III or Diploma level early childhood qualification (ACECQA approved) Hold a current First Aid qualification Hold a current Working with Children Check for NSW Responsibilities Actively contribute to the education program in the room Maintain a safe environment for children, families and team members Build and maintain strong, positive relationships… Read More Casual Educators
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
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!