- May 25, 2018
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Rigby House got another funding boost to help pay for renovations from the Commonwealth Bank, through their Centenary Grants Program. We thank managers Andrew and Stephen from the Summer Hill and Ashfield CommBank branches respectively, for nominating The Infants’ Home to receive $10,000 from each branch. Centenary Grants are supported by the Commonwealth Bank Foundation’s employee giving program and are designed to support community organisations. Andrew and Stephen first visited Rigby House in December 2017, when they donated $500 per branch to our crowdfunding campaign. They were thrilled to see children in Rigby House on the latest visit recently, enjoying their newly renovated environments.
Children at Johnson House Preschool have been exploring the making of paper chains using coloured paper. The children were curious about staplers and sticky tape in the creative arts space, and this led to an experience in making paper chains. The educators have been supporting children to use these tools to promote creativity and continue to build on their fine motor skills. This was a great opportunity for collaboration as the children worked together to create chains. It also provided a solid foundation for beginning to understand the processes of sequencing and patterning.
Last week was Family Day Care Week 2018. To celebrate, the Inner West and St George hubs of Family Day Care Sydney Wide each held a special playgroup to showcase the educators involved in the scheme. Educators were invited to participate in the events by providing experiences for groups of family day care children to engage in.
The experiences on the day included; rock painting, a collage using natural materials, a science experience ( exploring floating and sinking), pattern making using play dough as the medium for exploration, musical instrument discovery and an obstacle course incorporating numbers.
Some children from The Infants' Home's centre-based care services were invited to the Inner West hub event, allowing early childhood services to come together and participate in the event. A number of parents and grandparents also participated in the St George playgroup.
Children at Red Bug playgroup at Ashfield Park have been talking about the importance of brushing teeth regularly and properly. Eating a variety of nutritious foods helps children develop and maintain strong healthy bones that resist decay.
On Wednesday our Wangal Playgroup at Ashfield Public School joined children across Australia for National Simultaneous Storytime, to listen to the story ‘Hickory Dickory Dash’ by Tony Wilson. The children were very happy to come together to listen to the story read by Paige, The Infants' Home speech pathologist.
Megan from Sydney Local Area Health District also attended Wangal Playgroup this week to carry out “Talking and Listening Check-Ups”.
The Access & Early Referrals Project researched and led by Sydney Local Area Health District aims to provide families with access to communication screening services at local playgroups and childcare centres.
The project was developed to address the significant amount of children missing out on therapy due to being referred too late, so that children can receive adequate therapy prior to starting school.
We are very thankful to the Speech Pathology team at Sydney Local Area Health District for inviting us to be a part of their project and sharing their knowledge so that we can work together to support all children in the community. For more information see here.
Are you, or is someone you know looking for childcare? The Infants' Home currently has vacancies across all age groups and is enrolling now. Call today on (02) 9799 4844 to find out more, or see here.
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