Child Care News for Parents & Carers
February 22, 2017
Welcome this week all about circle/group time, what exactly is this most mysterious of child care rituals and how to bring up your own environmental warrior and empower your child to be green.
All about circle time in child care
Group time has become a popular classroom strategy in early child care. From the baby room through to preschool, teachers are increasingly incorporating group experiences within their daily programs. As parents, it's something we hear a lot about from child care providers. But what exactly is group time, and how does it help our little ones?

Group time is more than simply reading a story together or singing songs. Group time is an opportunity for the class of children to be introduced to new concepts and ideas, share in learning experiences, to talk together and collaborate. Group time is also a way to create a sense of belonging and togetherness within the class.
Empowering kids to be green
Children have a natural affinity with the environment. From rescuing worms and planting seeds to a love for climbing trees and playing with sticks, their curiosity and ability to live in the moment means that caring for the environment around them is just a part of everyday life.

Yet as the issue of the environment rages and global warming dominates the news, it's easy for children (and adults) to feel powerless in protecting the planet for our future generations. But while the politicians wrangle over how they want to move forward, there are many things we can do to make children feel empowered in protecting the environment for their own future.
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