- January 19, 2018
Welcome to our weekly news round up of happenings at The Infants' Home.
Paige has recently relocated to Sydney from Melbourne, where she worked in early intervention for a not-for-profit disability services organisation. Paige has a Masters degree in Speech Pathology and is very excited to begin her role at The Infants' Home, which she feels is strongly aligned with her values and preferred ways of practicing. Paige is particularly interested in the role of communication within the socioemotional development of children, and in assisting to facilitate connections between children and their peers, caregivers and their environment.
In the beginning of the year, it is even more important to find ways to support children in building relationships. Children at Johnson Toddlers have been playing with bubbles - chasing them and popping them. Bubble play facilitates and supports the children in building relationships
and connections with peers and educators, as they share delight and joy, laugh together, and poke, pop and chase the bubbles.
The start of the new year can initially be a little challenging for children including both those who have recently joined the centre, as well as previously enrolled children who become familiar with new peers. Educators use this as an opportunity to build relationships with the children, offering a consistent routine and discovering the children’s interests and abilities which can be incorporated into the program.
Educators have seen the children’s confidence increase, even in this short time, and look forward to learning together in 2018. As described in the Early Years Learning Framework used by early childhood educators “Through a widening network of secure relationships, children develop confidence and feel respected and valued. They become increasingly able to recognise and respect the feelings of others and to interact positively with them. Educators who give priority to nurturing relationships and providing children with consistent emotional support can assist children to develop the skills and understandings they need to interact positively with others. They also help children to learn about their responsibilities to others, to appreciate their connectedness and interdependence as learners, and to value collaboration and teamwork” (Early years Learning framework of Australia. P. 12).
Renovation update: this week new cabinetry has been installed in the kitchen and nappy change areas, old flooring has been removed, and ceilings are almost finished. Next week, the long-awaited new toilet will be installed!
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