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Mountain View

Location

Mountain View Child Care Centre is located at Church Street, Kingston and is open between 7:15 am and 6:15 pm Monday to Friday.

Phone:  (03) 6227 1410                  Fax:  (03) 6227 1104             Email:  mountainview@bbchildcare.org

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Session Times

Sessions Times
Full Day 7:15am – 6:15 pm
Morning Session 7:15 am – 12:30 pm
Afternoon Session 1:00 pm to 6:15 pm

 

Fees

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Age Groups

Sessions Times Staff Ratio
Buchan Room  6 weeks to 12 months 8 babies/2 staff
Butler 1 Room 12 months to 2 years 12 children/3 staff
Butler 2 Room 2 years to 3 years 15 children/3 staff
Wilson 3 years to 4 years 25 children/3 staff
Mitchell 4+ years 25 children/3 staff

 

Mountain View July Newsletters

Buchan Room

This month for the newsletter we would like to share a snippet from the article “Why kids need real play”. A full version of the article can be found at http://happinessishereblog.com/2016/04/why-kids-need-real-play/.

Kids need to experience the world in order to learn about it. They need to play to develop into the amazing people they are meant to be. The more times they hear ‘no’, ‘stop’, or ‘be careful‘ when it comes to play, the more opportunities that may be missed. Real play can sometimes be messy and loud, there’s no doubting that. But are we really going to let a little mess put us off? Watching my children, who all decided to join their sister, laugh and squeal and cover themselves in thick sticky mud, I can tell you that this is a scene I wouldn’t want to miss.

Surely the benefits of letting kids get messy through real play, far outweigh the inconvenience.

What’s so good about real play?

Children explore the world using all their senses. This is how they learn, and it often results in mess. Free, messy, unstructured play has loads of benefits, including:Buchan

  • Developing confidence and independence.
  • Honing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  • Practicing problem-solving and planning skills.
  • Increased concentration.
  • Experimenting and developing a scientific mind.
  • Learning about cause and effect.
  • Messy art projects allow kids to express themselves, refine their sense of touch, learn new vocabulary, and be creative.
  • Increased appreciation for, and knowledge of, our environment.
  • Physical health and fitness.
  • And, if you’ve ever seen a kid immersed in messy free play then it’s impossible to deny the happiness it brings them.

Many of these things can not be taught in a classroom. So, no matter how impractical it seems, surely we owe it to our kids to make time for real play. No matter if you live in a small house, no matter if you have no backyard, no matter if your mother will comment about your kid looking like they haven’t had a bath for two weeks! Let’s make it happen!

Butler 1 and Butler 2 Rooms!

Some of you may have noticed over the past couple of weeks a few changes to our indoor learning environment.

To cater for all children’s individual needs we have been using the Butler 1 Room as a sleep/rest time area, and the Butler 2 room has been set up with quiet learning experiences for those children who don’t sleep.

At lunch time, we have been using the Butler 2 room as well as the outdoor area (weather permitting), offering the children the choice of eating their lunch indoors or outdoors.

Children have been offered the choice of  when they  sit down to have their lunch, instead of packing up and having lunch at a set time.  This staggered lunch time has allowed children to continue their play without Educators disrupting them as well as learning to express their own needs and wants to Educators both non verbally and verbally and  identifying what feeling hungry feels like.

As children finish lunch, they are toileted and changed and depending on their need for sleep or rest, they are given the opportunity to play before sleep.

The above changes have been working extremely well, with the routines running smoothly, children eating better and transitioning to sleep time more effectively. More conversations are happening with children at the tables regarding healthy eating and role modelling.

We have also begun to open the sliding door between Butler 1 and Butler 2 Rooms first thing in the mornings and again later in the afternoons. This offers children the opportunity to explore the different learning areas in each room. We have been noticing that some children seem to settle and show interest in exploring the different rooms.  It also allows Educators and children to further establish trusting and positive relationships with all Educators that work in both rooms, making transitions as they move rooms a positive experience.

We would love to hear any feedback you may have about these recent changes and whether it has made a positive difference to your child’s routine while in care or at home. If you have any further suggestions or any other ideas that you would like to see occurring please feel free to share with us!

We are constantly evaluating and reflecting on our practices and our programs to make sure we are providing and meeting all children’s and family’s individual needs so any feedback is welcome.

From Nicole, Laura, Deb, Cassie, Alicia, Sarah, Shirley

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Wilson Room

As winter sets in the children have continued to grow and show interest in many areas of the program.

As the children’s interests continue with the home corner and construction vehicles, their interest in dinosaurs has really developed. The children are very interested in the names of dinosaurs and observing the different features about dinosaurs that help to identify what type of dinosaurs they are i.e. Tyrannosaurus Rex only has two claws on its front legs, a stegosaurus has plates down it’s back etc. The children are using books to help identify dinosaurs that the educators and children are unsure of by looking at the pictures to help identify similar features and asking what the pictures are of the other dinosaurs as the pages are turned. There is lots of talk when playing with the dinosaurs and looking at the books about what the dinosaurs eat meat or plants and we have introduced the children to the words carnivore and herbivore. The children are regularly asking for stories about dinosaurs at group time and are fascinated by looking at the non-fiction factual dinosaur books. Recently the children after looking at one of these books at the back was a footprint of a baby T-Rex that gave a measurement so to help the children to understand the size we transferred it by measuring out the length on the floor and then measuring the children’s foot sizes to compare the lengths.

 

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The children have recently shown an interest in camping and building pretend campfires out in the loose parts area using the logs and sticks and an extension to this is the children’s interest in the story “Wombat Stew” written by Men Fox.

After creating a tent, loaning a pretend campfire and finding a dingo, wombat, platypus, echidna, koala puppets and a blue tongued lizard the children have really enjoyed using the puppets and props to retell the story of wombat stew both at group time and in small groups. A number of children have been heard from a distance looking at the book of wombat stew and telling their own version of the story.

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The children enjoyed having the opportunity to look at a Blue tongued lizard and a platypus on loan from the Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery in a case. The conversations that were had in small groups whilst looking at the animals were very interesting as the children were very interested in the different aspects of the platypi’s body.

 

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Our family photo floor book has been very popular with the children spending long periods of time looking at each other photos and talking about their own family photos. The children are very proud of the floor book especially “their” own individual page regularly showing the parents as children are being picked up or dropped off in the Wilson Room. Families are still very welcome to bring in photos of your families so the children can add to the floor book.

 

 

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The Wilson room children have been involved in many experience over the last two months including National Simultaneous Storytime at the Kingston LINC “I got this Hat”, explored the bushland behind the school on regular occasions, had a visit from Alicia’s puppy and then from the “Delta Dag safety program talking about safety around dogs, enjoyed a performance called “Ananse stories” told by Sam from his childhood in South Africa and many more educational experiences.

 

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Please just a reminder as the winter weather is here please ensure you pack extra clothes, a warm coat and gumboots as the playground is very muddy and wet. We still try to get outdoor each day.

Wilson Room Staff

Anita, Angela and Tracey

 

Mitchell Room

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The children were involved in creating an artwork during May to enter into the Art from Trash Exhibition. This is an annual exhibition/competition encouraging the reuse of materials to create art. As a follow-on from the interest in bugs and creepy crawlies the children discussed the different recycled materials they could use to create the various insects and how they could do it. Over several weeks the children worked with bottle tops, shopping bags and other recycled/salvaged things to create “Bug Town”. Our piece was exhibited in The Long Gallery at Salamanca alongside professional artists as well as other school groups. Some of the children had the opportunity to go and visit the exhibition. Our art piece was awarded an ‘Art From Trash – Scrap Award’ for sustaining creative resourceful arts practice. We currently have a display in the room about creating ‘Bug Town’ and the children’s experiences when visiting the art exhibition. Please have a look at the amazing work and drawings the children have created during this experience.

Another interest over the last few weeks is the exploration of monsters. We have looked at and read a variety of monster stories and found that monsters can come in all shapes and sizes and that monsters can also have different temperaments. The children have discussed and drawn their ideas of monsters and where monsters actually live. Another display of the children’s work and ideas is situated in the hallway for families to see.

We continue on our sustainability journey within the room. We have incorporated a small loose parts table into the room that has a variety of natural and man-made objects for children to create with such as large bolts and nuts, coloured jewels, feathers, yoghurt lids and corks. This area seems to compliment the larger loose parts where the children have continued to build structures that have encouraged their creative skills as well as their social skills with the peers.

Over the last two months we have had the opportunity to borrow different animal specimens from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). We have had a snake, blue tongue lizard, a platypus and spider specimens to look at. We have also been investigating the Museum’s Ice Box – a suitcase full of everything Antarctic. The children have had the opportunity to have a hands on look and feel of different articles of clothing and equipment that has been used in the Antarctic. The children have also learnt about what animals live on and around Antarctica and had the opportunity to look at some baleen (whale bone) and a killer whale tooth.

Other things that have been happening in the Mitchell room are:-

  • Practicing our scissor cutting skills
  • Practicing our name writing and word writing
  • Investigating and creating with clay
  • Writing letters, learning about the post cycle and visiting the post office to send our letters
  • Creating a rope swing in the playground which has proved very popular with all the children
  • Learning how to be safe around dogs with the Delta Dog Program
  • Visiting Sandown Aged Care Facility at Sandy Bay
  • Visiting the Museum and The Great Escape play centre

Louissa, Hanna and Jackie

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