Celebrating Events and Milestones in the Early Childhood Education Setting

At Turtletot we celebrate many different events and holidays. Some of the events we have celebrated over the past four months include : New Years Day Australia Day Chinese New Year Brazilian Carnivale Harmony Day Easter So why do we celebrate all these different holidays/events…

3 best approaches for developing communication, language and literacy skills in preschoolers

Communication, Language and Literacy development Australia is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse nations in the world, with over 240 spoken languages! Researchers maintain that all children are culturally and linguistically different and in order for every child to thrive and succeed, these…

How to develop your child’s awareness of nature?

Herbert Spencer maintained that the main purpose of the play was for children to get rid of excess energy and blow off steam (White, 2004). Early Childhood theorists, however, rejected this notion and explained the developmental value of play – especially play in the great outdoors. The…

How process-focused arts can help your toddler?

I am an artist!  Every kid has an amazingly different imagination, it is very important to provide them with a channel to express that, and often times arts can be that channel. It has been seen that kids who are able to express their creativity…

The importance of celebrating ‘culture’ for your toddler

The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) states that “Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming…

Benefits of playing dress-up with kids

Dress-up games let your child play different roles, explore ideas and develop their imagination. Preschool educators are well aware that when children use their imaginations, they are also working a host of other important academic and emotional muscles. While dress-up is an incredibly fun activity…

6 Tips to help your toddler deal with their feelings

Young children experience the same complex feelings as adults. Toddlers are little people with big feelings that they don’t always have the words for. They get frustrated, excited, nervous, sad, jealous, frightened, worried, angry and feel embarrassed. They do, however, often lack the ability to…

3 Tips for developing early writing skills in your preschooler

Preschool teachers recognise the importance of early writing by making writing materials available in their classrooms and providing children with many opportunities to write during the day. Early writing, or emergent writing, firstly involves children producing physical marks and secondly the meaning and understanding behind…

7 reasons why you should send your child to pre-school

“The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turns out” Bill Gates Sr., Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mostly all the parents consider their child too young to learn any skill. They think that they can…

3 fun activities to do at home with the kids

During winter or being stuck at home it can be challenging to find different ways to stay warm and the kids occupied. Although cold weather makes you want to stay in bed and watch movies it isn’t the best idea to do that every day….

Teaching preschoolers to garden – 4 Tips and activities

The great outdoors provides a multitude of opportunities for kids to learn about the natural world and where we fit in. It is also a wonderful way to spend time together, screen-free out in the garden. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in…

3 Tips on how to choose the right Childcare Service in NSW

An Evolving Industry – what’s in a name? Over the course of the last decade, the Childcare industry has evolved significantly towards the discipline of Early Childhood Education, in fact, Childcare itself nationally in Australia is now aligned to the Department of Education where previously…

10 questions to choose the right Early Learning Centre for your child

Choosing the right Early Learning Centre for your little one can often feel emotional and overwhelming, but it requires careful decision-making. In addition to your preferences, expert advice you’ve sought out, and advice from your family and friends, you also have practical factors like cost…

5 benefits of playing in the rain

Learning from playing in the rain “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” (Linda Åkeson Mcgurk). The weather is often viewed as a deciding factor in venturing outdoors or staying inside, with the right gear and attitude, it’s usually worth it to…

Bored kids? Try this shirt folding board activity

Got kids stuck at home during the lockdown? Piles of laundry mounting up? Contain the chaos and teach them useful skills at the same time with this shirt folding board activity. Try this trick from the team at Turtletot Childcare in Bexley With this educational…

Number 1 Cardboard box play activity for toddler

Imagination is essential in a child’s development. It’s what children are built to do. In a child’s mind, a rock isn’t just a rock—it’s a spaceship, a car, or even a person! You can engage your child’s imagination by encouraging pretend play. By sharing these…

How should I teach my child to read?

Parents often ask the question ‘how should I teach my child to read?’ as they observe their child’s ability to recognize all the letters of the alphabet or use more advanced vocabulary when communicating. It is important to encourage early reading and creating a love…

Try this nursery rhyme game for kids

Try this nursery rhyme game from Turtletot Childcare, Bexley Title: Try this fun nursery rhyme game from Turtletot Childcare, Bexley Description: Guess nursery rhymes with this easy to prepare recall game they’ll want to play again and again! This is a fun activity in which…

Reasons why Turtletot Daycare Bexley encourages children to connect with the beauty of nature?

Do you remember when you were a child rolling around on the grass, immersing your hands in the dirt, picking flowers, building forts, and simply being one with nature? Every day? All-day? Me too. How interesting it is to ask an adult these questions and…

4 painting activities for kids to do at home

Four painting activities for kids to do at home – A guide by Turtletot Childcare Bexley There has never been a better time for kids to get creative and learn the different ways that they can express themselves creatively. Painting and art can be so much…

3 ways to develop love for stories at early childhood

Developing a love for stories Research indicates that children’s interest in language, reading, and writing can be fostered from birth. Surrounding children with a language-rich environment through talking, telling stories, and singing is therefore essential to their literacy development (Educational playcare, 2017). Inspiring imagination in…

How to make paint and paintbrushes at home

Is your child bored staying inside? Are they spending too much time on their devices? We have the perfect activity you can do together. Making your own paint and paintbrushes is the perfect way to encourage exploration and creativity—and not to mention it’s a lot…

3 ways you can help prepare your kids for ‘Big School’

Going to ‘big kid school’ is a big deal for your child. With less individualised supervision and instruction in a class of twenty five-year-olds, your child will need to build up the skills that will help them thrive in their new learning environment. If you’re…

4 benefits of cooking with kids

At Turtletot Childcare Bexley, we emphasize interactive learning through a wide range of engaging activities, and we encourage parents to do the same at home. Including kids in cooking at home at an early age can be an important part of preparing kids for schools….

5 reasons why childcare centres incorporate outdoor play into daily activities

The features and stimulus provided by the outdoor environment offers children unique play opportunities that cannot be replicated inside. It provides an open and constantly changing environment, where children are encouraged to engage with the natural elements. With indoor activities like pretend-playing and cooking as…

How to encourage self help skills in kids

So… we have all read the parenting books, online articles and of course seen super Sallys Facebook posts about how her little Freddy made a moon shape with the homemade, organic, gender-neutral play dough that was made with the finest spring water and expensive essential…