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How to Engage Kids in Play Activities

It’s high time that you think about engaging your kids in play activities. Todays’ kids are wasting much of their time and energy on mobile phones and the internet. If they want to play, they look for playing online only. It seems like they have forgotten outdoor games and other activities completely.

Children need to move out of this mobile world and engage in play activities and child care equipment. They need to move out of their beds and comfy corners in order to enjoy other things. Playing is a part of their development, both mentally and physically. Being a parent, it’s your duty to keep them motivated towards playing.

4 Tips to Engage Your Kids in Play Activities

Below are the 4 tips to help you engage your kids in play activities:

1. Transform Your Mini Garden into a Playground:

You can make use of a garden area and put sports equipment’s in it. You can put child care supplies like a basketball ring on one side of your garden. Whenever you get time, play basketball with your children and enojy quality time with your family. This way, you will get to spend some good time with your loved ones.

2. Brain Teasers:

Brain teasers are fun; they keep your kids engaged and at the same time boost their mental fitness. For this activity, you need to surf the internet and find some amazing riddles for them to solve. Books are also available in stores to find some exciting riddles for your kids. You can even engage them in preschool equipment like puzzles which is a great way to sharpen up their brains.

3. Origami activities:

Origami is a great activity to keep your kids engaged and having fun. It’s also a nice skill to learn at an early age. Origami turns paper into some interesting things which your children will absolutely marvel at. It enhances their creative side and their perception.

4. Family Tree:

This is an amazing activity to keep your little kids engaged and learning new things at the same time. When they are not in the mood to play outdoors, these types of indoor games keep them going. It’s very easy, you just need to ask them to draw a tree and put photos of your family members at respective positions on the tree. This exercise will help the kids to understand your family dynamics in a way they can easily understand.

So that’s a wrap! These were some of the easy and interesting ways to keep your kids engaged in play activities. Also, try purchasing flexible child care furniture for them to raise interest in them towards studies and educational activities.

Amazing resources to get your daycare centre ACECQA-ready

The Australian Children’s Education and Quality Care Authority is the body that ensures every daycare centre is following the set national standard. They make hundreds of annual inspections every year and give out ratings based on what they see during these visits. Their website is a one-stop-shop of official materials that centre owners and carers should get familiar with if they want an excellent rating.

National Law and Regulations

There’s different Acts in effect state-by-state, except in Western Australia. This page gathers them all in one place for centre owners to review.

The National Law exists so there’s one set standard for early childhood education across the country. Once a daycare centre, after school care, or early childhood education centre registers itself, they’re under obligation to make themselves familiar with the National Quality Standard.

 

Guide to the National Quality Standard

7 quality areas with 2 to 3 standards in each area equals 18 standards all together. The NQS sets the bar on the standards daycare centres need to meet in order to receive an ‘excellent’ rating.

The 7 quality areas are:

  1. Educational Program and Practice
  2. Children’s Health and Safety
  3. Physical Environment
  4. Staffing Arrangements
  5. Relationships with Children
  6. Collaborative Partnerships with Parents and Community
  7. Leadership and Service Management

The administrators who do the assessment look at these seven areas and mark the centre’s practices against their highest standard.

 

Guide to Assessment and Rating for Services

The assessment and rating process is outlined comprehensively in the link above. But any experienced daycare centre owner will tell you that the process isn’t short. It’s an 8 week undertaking before the visit takes place, and an additional 5-7 weeks after that for the report to arrive. The centre owners are encouraged to provide feedback and point out any perceived inaccuracies.

Providers will receive a four week notice when it’s their time for inspection and must submit a Quality Improvement Plan in that time. After that, they’ll get a five-days notice of the visit (though this varies). Business should carry on as normal on inspection day so the assessor can get an accurate picture of life at the centre.

Quality Improvement Plan

A QIP is a self-assessment. Not everyone’s strong point but it’s a necessary step to getting the rating you deserve.

The self-assessment covers the business areas of your daycare, including staffing arrangements and how the children are grouped (if at all). There’s also a section to write about your centre’s philosophy. After that, there’s sections to complete on the 7 quality areas, how the daycare centre is meeting them and how they can be improved.

ACECQA Information Sheets

This page condenses important information found throughout the site, putting them into bite-sized PDFs for service providers to review.

There’s forms for service and provider approval alongside National Quality Framework guides. Information about the assessment and rating process is also here.

 

The ACECQA Excellent Rating

This rating is the top-tier; a level service providers and educators should aspire too. The following criteria has to be met to get this award:

  • The service exemplifies and promotes exceptional education and care that improves outcomes for children and families

 

  • The service demonstrates leadership that contributes to the development of a community, a local area, or the wider education and care sector

 

  • The service demonstrates commitment to sustained excellent practice through continuous improvement and comprehensive forward planning

Harness creativity with these childcare activity ideas | Around the web

Children are full of energy and curiosity so it’s best to find some way (or many) to keep them entertained. The web is full of lists that tout ‘amazing’ activities for babies, preschoolers, and primary school children. Too keep it all simple, we listed some of the better ones here.

 

Preschooler creative learning and development: ideas and activities by Raising Children

Raising Children is one of the most trusted resources on childcare and development for Australian parents. This section details some activities suitable for children aged between 3 – 5 years. At this age, they’re more ‘physical’ in terms of their ability to run and play sport. Daycare furniture commonly gets upturned in the ruckus. But this article recommends more ‘creative’ play with crafts and dress-ups.

 

Art and Craft by Aussie Childcare Network

Push that daycare furniture together and make one big table for these fun arts and crafts ideas! Projects include the likes of graduation trees, finger painted friendship trees, candle holders, and Easter Egg dyeing. Those art supplies are going to get a workout with these activities!

 

Sensory Play Ideas by Learning4Kids

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Our sense of touch helps us learn new vocabulary (describing the feel of something), improve hand-eye coordination, and encourages a sense of teamwork when children work in groups.

Sensory play gets messy thanks to play-dough materials, paint, and spaghetti worms getting dropped. But Learning4Kids has compiled a list of sensory play activities that won’t make too much of an ‘mess’. Options include sand foam, squishy bags, and even storytelling.

 

Colouring Pages by Kidspot

This old classic will have the kids sitting quietly and concentrating. It’s a quick fix for some quiet time for both daycare employees and parents at home. Make sure you have several copies of each pattern and lots of pencils!

 

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Setting up a daycare

Daycares are a place of fun, learning and trust. Parents trust the teachers to care for their children, who learn and have fun at the same time. Setting up a daycare effectively requires a bit of planning and coordination.

Fun

According to psychologists and as written in the Early Years Learning Framework, children learn from their surrounds. When they’re learning and having fun at once, they’re learning passively. The kids will learn certain skills, build on them and use them in their lives to come.

A daycare centre needs a fun “play time” area that’s equipped to deal with little ones. Cubby houses are widespread and companies build them around certain themes. The options are endless but common cubby house designs include corner shops, kitchens and miniature houses. For the kids who want to “play house” but didn’t get to the cubby in time, some daycare centres stock large, soft building blocks. The children stack these as they like whether a house, a fence or a simple line of soft blocks they can use for gymnastics.

Learning

Daycare is fun and games for the most part. But there comes a time when the kids must sit and do some structured activity.

A dedicated area with desks and chairs is found in any daycare centre. Large tables are used to encourage kids to work together and develop a sense of “belonging” in a group. The furniture is low-set to match the size of the children. They’re made with wood, plastic or both and day-cares can order them in colours for something different.

Other items to add to the “learning” aspect of a daycare is a space to read. Children can read books with their teachers, by themselves at a desk or in a “quiet area” with some soft furniture (cushions) and a book caddy.

Rest

Kids have fun, learn a lot and then sleep before they do it all over again. Day care centres have room for short sleeps in their schedules so that their charges can rest and recharge. Daycare furniture suppliers do have small bed frames available. A common option, though, is to lay out mattresses on the floor.