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  1. Demystifying Performance Evaluations...

    Demystifying Performance Evaluations...

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  2. Guest Blog - To New Year's Resolution or Not To New Year's Resolution – THAT is the question...

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  3. Sustainable Practices

    This area was not very big in early childhood before National Quality Standards came into place, as it was not really covered under the old regulations or under NCAC quality areas.  So, we need to start thinking how we can turn our centres into more sustainable places.  You might already have started putting things into place or have some great ideas.  Below are some ideas that can help you brainstorm. 

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  4. 5 Tips to bring more nature into your outdoor environment

    One of the biggest hurdles that a lot of childcare centres have struggled with under the new National Quality Standards, is to do with making sure their outdoor environment has natural elements. Some centres only have rubber or synthetic surfaces throughout their playgrounds, and it is hard to put permanent elements like real grass or gardens in, because the plants root system can't break through the rubber.  Getting these surfaces ripped up and re-done can be a very costly experience for owners, so if you are looking for some ideas on how to bring nature to your outdoor environment, on a...
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  5. Tips for making Staff Meetings a Positive Experience

    While traveling to one of my centres (6 hour drive) I love listening to pod casts and YouTube talks. I started listening to "Why happiness is the new productivity" by Vishen Lakhiani Mindy Valley. He talked about 10 things to do in your company. One of those steps was called an "Awesome Report". This replaced their weekly team meetings - now doesn't that sound more fun than a "staff meeting".

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  6. Loose Parts

    How many of you are thinking loose Parts? "What is she on about ?" :). Loose parts are basically items that can be moved, re-designed, put together and taken apart in a variety of ways. Children use loose parts to create endless possibilities and invite all kinds of provocations. The "Theory of Loose parts" was created in 19271 by Simon Nicolson.

    Loose parts can be made up of natural or man-made materials, some examples are:

    • Bricks
    • Tree stumps
    • Pipes
    • Stones
    • Branches/twigs
    • Tyers
    • Pots & Pans...
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  7. Healthy Habits

    We all want to see the children we teach as happy, and healthy little people. I know that this isn't always the case when we see children come into our care. Some children need us to help teach them some healthy habits to create an amazing foundation for their life.

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  8. Do you have Rose Tinted Glasses On?

    Today's post is from a Guest Blogger, her name is Linda Harley and she runs Queensland Child Care Sales.  If you are looking at selling your centre she has some tips to think about before you put it on the market.

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