During the recent school holidays, staff spent time re-arranging the preschool indoor area. We had been talking about and attending professional development sessions on; Creating Inspiring Learning Environments. A very strong emphasis was placed on ‘less is more’.
When the children walked in on day 1 of this term, they absolutely loved all the changes.
Recently we held a Medieval Day. This came about from the children’s interest in knights, castles, dragons, princesses.
The children made all the props for the play in which they performed and also helped prepare the food for the medieval feast. On the special day the children came dressed up as knights and princesses.
We even had 2 special visitors from the Gumeracha Medieval Fair. It was a great day full of dancing, jousting, face painting and activities such as shield making.
On Thursday 8th of August, Zion Preschool children arrived wearing some very ‘interesting’ space costumes. There were a variety of aliens, monsters and children wearing crazy space helmets.
Over the past weeks, the children have been exploring space. Some interesting facts we found out were:-
- Astronauts float on the moon;
- The moon has craters;
- There are aliens up there;
- Some planets have rings around them
We talked a lot about what the air was like in space. We did an experiment of releasing balloons blown up with our own air and balloons filled with helium. We discovered that the balloons with helium kept going right up into space.
(Thanks to the Helium House for your kind donation of the balloons).
Zion Preschool are excited and proud of our Government Rating
The Australian Government established a National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education & Care, to ensure the wellbeing of all children. The purpose of the framework is to assess at what rating level services meet the National Quality Standards.
Our centre was assessed against 7 quality areas:
- Educational program & practice
- Children’s health & safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families & communities
- Leadership & service management
We are proud to say that Zion Preschool Centre received an overall rating of Exceeding National Quality Standards