Charming little girl takes care about flowers in the garden

The Benefits of School Gardens!

Charming little girl takes care about flowers in the garden

Great news,  studies show the benefits of school gardens and the positive effects they are having on our young learners. At Kidsoft we were so impressed with some latest research results we had to write about it.

Parents continually worrying about the poor diets of their children could be a thing of the past as a simple answer has been brought to light.

The Australian Catholic University and the University of Texas have published that school gardens are a definite motivating influence towards children wishing to eat healthier and organic food.

They stated that children who helped create and got involved in school gardening projects growing fruit and vegetables found that the children enjoyed eating their own grown produce. Creating something from scratch, watching it grow and then being able to eat and enjoy seemed to stimulate them into a healthier outlook at food.

Altogether thirteen school garden projects were researched in Australia and the United States to see how they effected the eating behaviour of the children. The results proved that the children’s attitude towards healthy foods changed which showed a promising strategy in place, and to start it has early as possible.

All the schools that were researched ranged from pre-school through to Year 8, which also shows this can be continued throughout primary as well. At least six programs increased their vegetable intake, and changed the attitude of the children.

So, overall a positive outcome and it also got the children into thinking more about the environment and preferring organic foods. This can only have a great long term effect, so it’s important that our educators and childcare centre managers read this. Establishing a school garden project can easily become part of a curriculum.

It’s so simple to create a gardening project which gets the children involved, keeps them occupied, stimulates the creative and communication part of their brain with great results.

Concentrated brunette woman sitting by the table with laptop computer

Childcare Business Consulting

Concentrated brunette woman sitting by the table with laptop computer

At Kidsoft we can assist you with full childcare business consulting. Our advice covers everything you need to know from demographics, ROI analysis, building and architect liaison, the Early Years Framework, buying and selling centres and all compliances. Not only do we offer all of this we also listen to what you want to achieve. Due diligence is also  an area we strongly believe in.

If you are thinking of setting up a centre we can assist you in everything you need whether it is a brand new business or you are taking over a functioning one. WE can even help you with your budgets for the set up or take over including payroll and accounting services. We take our service that one step further like equipment advice and even staff training so you really have the whole package with Kidsoft. Below is a quick bullet point list to glance at. 

  • Management services to Insolvency Consultants and Financiers
  • Regulatory and Legislative areas
  • Developing Centre KPI reporting
  • New Opportunities
  • New Centre Start-up
  • Centre Inspections
  • Property Analysis
  • Conceptual Design Consultancy
  • Centre Inspections
  • Due Diligence
  • Property Analysis
  • SWOT Analysis

We offer a thorough understanding of the industry as we have experience of setting up childcare centres nationwide in Australia. With 23 years experience we really are the best around. Our passion is obvious and our team are real professionals who care about this business. We are approachable, friendly and helpful and all know our stuff. We love what we do and are proud to have formed many long term relationships with our clients.

To allow our young children to embark on their education as young as possible will give them such a great start in life. Job satisfaction doesn’t get better than this.

Children's educational toy. In the form of a car. Developing motor skills

Fine Motor Skills Activities

Children's educational toy. In the form of a car. Developing motor skills

As I constantly research ideas for my classes I have recently come across some great fine motor skills activities for our pre-schoolers. As we all know fine motor skills are so important in early learning. They bring out the natural creativity in their minds through play, games and arty practices.

Simple activities are easy to set up in the classroom. Our young children need to be taught how to cut by holding scissors properly, draw or trace with a pencil, colour in pictures properly. Simple skills like holding these everyday implements properly will enhance their learning throughout their young educational journey.

There are lots of ways for young children to develop and build up these muscles. My young kids that I teach absolutely love Plasticine and play doh, and these allow them to also get as creative as they want. They can practice manipulating it in their hands by squeezing, and twisting until they make a shape they are proud of.

Another one of my favourites is getting them involved in a proper project like making pom poms, threading beads, anything arty like cutting out and sticking, scrunching tissue paper to make flower heads. I also have some stick bricks in my class with letters so they can even make small words. Usually if we have been doing a theme I will ask them to choose one of their pieces of work and altogether we make a mural from that weeks work.

I find that once I have shown them an example of what we are aiming for they can’t wait to get going and try it. The best feeling is when they run up so proud to show me their work and ask if they can take it home to show their parents. As a teacher focusing on fine motor skills is up their with learning numbers, the alphabet and reading. Allowing them to open their mind at such a young age is the best gift a good teacher can give.

As always I try to communicate with parents so these important growing factors can be carried over into daily family life.