Child Care Industry News September 22, 2015 -®
Child Care Industry News
September 22, 2015
Welcome this week a host of Spring craft ideas and the first in a series of practical articles on successful implementation of technology in the early childhood sector by expert commentator Fahim Khondaker.
New Minister
Senator Simon Birmingham
Over the weekend Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced his new ministry and as a result the early childhood education and care sector has a new Minister and has changed portfolios.

Early education and care has been moved from Social Services back into the Education Portfolio, which is to be headed by the new Minister for Education Simon Birmingham.

More information will follow but what we do know is that Minister Birmingham has been a South Australian Senator for 8 years and has been the Assistant Minister for Education and Training since December of last year.
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Baby steps towards technology - part 1
By Fahim Khondaker
Co-founder of EYLF Apps
In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the professionalism of work done within the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector in Australia. However, we all agree that there is still some way to go. It is thus important for those of us involved in the sector are constantly looking for areas which we can improve upon.

One such area is the use of technology within our sector. Unfortunately, to many educators, technology is often too far out of 'the comfort zone' to be considered for implementation within the centre. The consequences of this include:
  • Educators miss out on a lot of tools and methods which can reduce their increased administrative and paperwork burden. We have found that many educators around the country constantly feel under time pressure and often do paperwork at home in their own time; and
  • This attitude towards technology is witnessed by the children in our care. Given children will be growing up in a world full of technology, is it not imperative that our excellent educators are involved in their introduction to this important aspect of their future?
Early childhood professionals
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Spring craft
Bringing colour to the walls of your service
With the first green shoots of spring and warmer weather on the way, we thought it was time for some bright and cheerful spring and summer themed craft activities to adorn the walls of your service.

These activities provide great opportunities for learning, via discussions about weather, the seasons and the natural cycle of life, as plants reawaken after a period of winter dormancy.

Bottle stamp spring flowers A great way to reuse any empty plastic bottles you have stored up in the art supplies cupboard.

Egg carton daffodils Nothing says spring more than bright yellow daffodils. You'll need a fair few egg cartons for this activity so plan ahead of time and do a call out to parents if you need supplies.

Rain sticks These sticks are another great way to use recyclables, however, smaller children will need to be watched due to the small pieces.

Rainbow wind catchers Gorgeous brightly coloured and simple this activity will be popular with even the smallest children.

Tissue paper rainbows This simple template results in a lovely brightly arch of colour.

Doily flowers You'll need some fasteners for these flowers but the end result is worth it.

Paper plate rocking birds Create a wonderful flock of brightly coloured birds with this activity, which gives the children the freedom to design any kind of bird they like.

Birds nest collage Another baby bird themed project, which offers plenty of scope for children to personalise to their heart's content.

Flower beds Use meat trays and stick on flowers to great effect in this relatively quick and easy activity.

Blossom trees A few salvaged twigs and some pretty pink tissue paper are all you need to create these lovely blossom trees.
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