Toddler in bath with slice of watermelon

Our Children’s Nutritional Health

Toddler in bath with slice of watermelon

Our children’s health is very important for their mind, energy and confidence. It doesn’t have to be a dull, boring process we can make it fun!

Educating ourselves over our kids food lifestyle plays a huge part in the way they gain confidence and have a sense of wellbeing. It is down to us to make sure they learn about healthy eating and the benefits from an early age. It is a beautiful thing to see children active, fit and healthy. As early learning professionals we truly believe it is adult responsibility to introduce healthy living to our kids.

By getting kids into a good eating pattern, you can avoid obesity, food intolerances and establish any allergies early on. Food for energy is another part of healthy living, as kids need energy for all the exercise they do, even if it is simple everyday stuff. The important people in their lives like parents, siblings and school teachers can easily promote food for energy and food for thought as they have the most influence.

There are guidelines available by professional organisations that help towards the best choices of food and drinks for our young learners. Whether kids are inside or outside they have the right to enjoy physical activity. Being overweight can effect kids mentally as well as physically. They can become shy and withdrawn and sometimes angry with the world. It is all about balance and starting them on healthy food as soon as they get onto solids.

The government is supporting healthy eating in our kids, you can find out more here .

Mother and little son sitting on a windowsill

Separation Anxiety in Children Starting at Childcare

Mother and little son sitting on a windowsill

Separation anxiety is common in young children as they prepare to leave their parents to embark on their educational journey. Some children suffer more than others and can develop a disorder, so it is vital to understand the signs so you can help to deal with their fears. A child will show their nervousness by being withdrawn and will not co-operate. Usually they will complain about feeling sick so they can go home. They also struggle with joining in activities and tend to sit looking bored. 

This is a part of a child’s development, so it’s nothing to really get too concerned about it, but it does need some nurturing. It also comes with the territory of when a child starts to be mobile, as they fear getting lost or loosing their parents. It is completely normal for a child to have anxieties about being with strangers and only want to be with their parents. The earlier they are introduced to their new environment the better.

My soon to be two year old god daughter is now in nursery and the difference in her is truly amazing. She is so inquisitive, and independent in such a short space of time. Being with her friends and in the fun environment has opened up her little personality and given her confidence. I never thought she would want to leave her mother’s side as they are so close but we have all been surprised. Separation anxiety normally begins to suppress before four weeks, so this is a good time span to nurture and conquer their fears. The main points to deal with this are:

  • Let children bring something from home
  • Always seat them with children they may know from the neighbourhood
  • Introduce them to an enjoyable activity as they arrive
  • Parents need to show a relaxed, happy look on their face
  • Also say goodbye to your children briefly
  • Read stories that are relevant, so their fear seems normal
  • Compliment children as they do something good
  • Encourage them when they like doing something
  • Keep a close eye on who enjoys what

Staff in centres for early learners must have a patient personality and be able to recognise when a child is distressed at leaving their parents. We want our young children to enjoy their school life and develop their personalities. Obviously if their anxieties don’t improve then professional help will be needed. There could also be underlying issues that you are not trained to deal with. Recognition is key to happy kids and school life.

Parent and kid colouring pictures with pencils

Childcare Management Australia

Parent and kid colouring pictures with pencils

The success of Kidsoft is down to our fantastic team who are very experienced in childcare management Australia wide. We are very particular whom we assign to any contract as quality is our focus. The relationships we have built over the years prove our experience and ability to judge correctly.

Our speciality is to assist any childcare business in the management and running of it. Our speciality includes new projects, we make thorough assessments, adhere to the National Quality Framework, government policy, National Education and Care Regulations and more.

Between the team we have over twenty years of early learning, childcare and centre development experience. Our clients are centre managers, developers, operators and new centre start up entrepreneurs. I can’t count how many acquisitions and developments we have completed over Australia and our success proves our worth.

We give you everything you need to start a centre from the very beginning and we also revamp existing ones. Where compliance issues, approvals, due diligence, cost analysis, payroll systems, equipment advice, staff training, accounting services and much more are needed we have the answers.

Our shared passion for our work shows as we prove our success time and time again. This team are high quality industry professionals who enjoy working together and continue to strive for a great education for our young learners.

Giving our children the opportunity to start their education at pre-school means we are helping towards the future of our Australia. This in itself makes us extremely proud.

We provide you with a stress free relationship as our hands of experience do all the hard work into your dreams and ideas. Results are what keeps us driven! Meet the team.

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Little boy having fun and playing wooden toy drum

Teaching Children Through Songs

Little boy having fun and playing wooden toy drum

Teaching children through songs opens up a whole new set of resources for motivating children or teaching specific points or themes.

Why choose to teach through song?
Songs tend to have rhythm and are usually quite repetitive. Children easily seem to learn songs and enjoy them. They seem to enjoy singing more than talking which is great because songs reinforce language in a natural way. Singing songs in a class environment can build confidence in the shyest of children. Usually quiet and shy children become part of the group which will lead to them being proud of their achievements.

Here’s our top tips for using songs in class.

  • Use songs for basic grammar by integrating them into your lesson.
  • Teach vocabulary in a particular way through repeated verse.
  • Use songs to help with listening and memory.
  • Choose associated songs that tell a story.
  • Use flashcards with a particular song like ‘Old MacDonald’.
  • Print off song lyrics with gaps for the children to fill in the missing words.
  • Jumble up some lyrics, and get them in pairs to figure them out.

There really is no limits to how songs can be used in class. The children love them, it gets your teaching point across in a natural way and the children will look forward to their lessons more. Happy children makes a happy teacher.