What Yoga Can Do For Your Kids

For years now people have been clamoring about the amazing effects yoga has on them. No matter the age, yoga has proven to aid in multiple aspects of life including physically, mentally and emotionally.

Here are the top benefits children can gain from regularly practicing yoga.

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1. Develops body awareness

Yoga is all about learning how your body moves! Children, even toddlers, can use yoga as a way to learn about their different body parts and to practice getting better control of their movements.

2. Builds concentration

Parents everywhere know how much energy young children have! The educators at our child care centre in Brookvale have learned how to expertly utilise yoga in their favour. Yoga has helped them give the children an outlet for their extra energy by channeling the children’s energy into a positive and healthy direction.

3. Encourages physical activity

At Little Zak’s, we believe in teaching our children to be active from a young age! Yoga is a great way to introduce physical movement which in turn aids their physical growth. Apart from being a form of exercise, yoga poses help lengthen and strengthen growing bones and muscles – something important for rapidly growing children!

4. Promotes inclusivity

It’s important to remember that not all children are the same. While we do offer soccer training in the form of Zakaroos across all of our childcare centres in Sydney, we acknowledge that not all children are into the competitive aspect of most sports. Giving children an outlet such as yoga allows them to still be physical while engaging in a non-competitive form of exercise. With yoga, the focus is not on winning or being better than another person, but discovering what you can do with your own body!

5. Boosts Confidence and Self-esteem

A great way to boost a child’s confidence and self-esteem is to help them work towards small goals. By helping and encouraging your child to regularly do yoga, you help them achieve little milestones such as being able to touch their toes or master a new yoga pose which then gives them a sense of accomplishment! And because yoga is a self-paced practice, it removes the pressure to compete and keep up with others around them.

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6. Enhances the imagination

Practicing yoga is a great way to help children explore their imaginations! At our Narellan Vale child care centre, our educators love using the names of the different yoga poses (such as cat-cow, downward dog and lion’s breath) to help develop our children’s imagination. Try incorporating a story when teaching your child about the different yoga poses! We’re sure they’ll love it and will make for great memories with them.

At Little Zak’s, we want children of all ages to experience the wonderful benefits of yoga. Let your child experience it to for no extra charge by enrolling them in Little Zak’s now!

How the New CCS Affects You

 

As of 2 July 2018, the government has transitioned from the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and the Child Care Rebate (CCR) to a single Child Care Subsidy (and additional Child Care Subsidy if needed). This new Child Care subsidy will be a single means and activity tested subsidy that will be paid directly to the child care service providers, thereby getting rid of the old multi-payment model.

 

The new system will have various metrics to determine how much of your child care costs will be subsidised.

 

These include:

  • Combined Family Income
  • Activity Test – the activity level of both parents
  • Service Type – type of child care service

 

Combined Family Income

A new grading system has also been created to help determine what percentage of fees you are eligible to receive based on your annual income.

  • Families on $65,710 or less will receive a payment equivalent to 85 percent of their fees
  • Families on $65,710 – $170,710 will receive a payment that is gradually reducing from 85 percent to 50 percent, receiving one percent less for every $3000
  • Families on $170,710 – $250,000 will receive a payment equivalent to 50 percent of their fees
  • Families on $250,000 – $340,000 will receive a payment that is gradually reducing from 50 percent to 20 percent, receiving 1 percent less for every $3000
  • Families on $340,000 – $350,000 will receive a payment equivalent to 20 percent of their fees
  • Families earning more than $350,000 will receive no subsidy

 

Activity Test

The activity test will determine how many hours of child care per fortnight will be subsidised. Subsidies can only be granted to families with both parents working, studying or volunteering for a minimum of 8 hours per fortnight.

  • Families working 8 – 16 hours per fortnight are eligible to receive 36 hours per fortnight of subsidised care
  • Families working 16 – 48 hours per fortnight are eligible to receive 72 hours per fortnight of subsidised care
  • Families working more than 48 hours per fortnight are eligible to receive 100 hours per fortnight of subsidised care

 

Families from our child care centre in Ryde or Epping can claim a higher subsidy by volunteering and helping out at our centres. Simply get in touch with us to find out more.

Travel time from the child’s child care centre to the parent’s work place is also a factor when it comes to activity time. For instance, if our Narellan Vale daycare centre is a good amount of time away from your workplace (e.g. an hour’s drive away), that will also entitle you to receiving a larger subsidy for your child’s child care.

 

Service Type

Subsidies are also subject to an hourly fee cap. Families may only receive a percentage of the following hourly rates:

  • $11.55 for centre-based day care
  • $10.70 for family day care
  • $10.10 outside school hours care

 

Any amount above these rates will be paid out of pocket.

 

Families with an annual income of $185,710 and under will not be subjected to an annual cap on their total yearly subsidy. Any annual income exceeding this will receive a $10,000 cap per year.

 

Additional Child Care Subsidy

An additional subsidy may be granted for disadvantaged families. These include families who have children at risk of abuse or neglect, those experiencing temporary financial hardship and grandparent carers who are on welfare. The Additional Child Care Subsidy subsidies 100% of the actual fee charged (up to a max of 120 percent of the hourly fee cap) with up to 100 hours a fortnight.

 

Changes to Expect
It is possible for your payment to change as well as your eligibility for a subsidy. The new Child Care Subsidy aims to make child care more affordable and accessible for all families, so this change will be a good thing! The new streamlined system is not only easier to understand but quicker to implement and benefit from in the long run. It will also be better at providing assistance for low and middle income families.

If you want to know more about your eligibility, you can use this calculator!

Little Zak’s Academy is dedicated to helping you give your child their best start in life. We are committed to working closely with the Australian government so that you can get the most out of your Child Care Subsidy. Find out more about how we can help you by contacting our various child care centres in Sydney.

Rainy Day Activities Your Child Will Love

 

Winter is truly here! We’re waving goodbye temporarily to sunny days and saying hello to chilly and rainy winter afternoons bundled up inside. But don’t fret! Staying indoors can still be fun with these activities from the educators from our childcare centres in Sydney.

Here are our favourite rainy day activities.

 

 

 

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Host a dance-a-thon

This one is always a hit at our child care centre in Ryde. Have your child pick out some music and take turns making dance steps. This not only encourages your child’s creativity but also help you both get some exercise!

 

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Draw self-portraits

Children have a unique view on things so draw it out by encouraging them to come up with their self-portraits! Help them learn more about their bodies by pointing out facial features like their earlobe or eyelashes.

 

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Sort it out

Our Narellan Vale day care centre educators use this activity to help our children practice their fine motor skills while they learn about logical reasoning. All you need is an ice cube tray (or anything similar) and an assortment of small items such as buttons, pom poms, earrings or coins. Pick a category (such as colour or size) and have your child sort them into the different compartments. There really are no right answers, so encourage your child to come up with different solutions and explanations!

 

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Cook up a storm

Cooking has a lot of great benefits for children (read more about it here)! Find great recipes to try out from our cookbook and let them do as much of the work as possible. Enjoy snacking on your dishes while sipping on a cuppa and listening to the rain.

 

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Set up a bubble wrap runway

This is a fun way to get the children active in a small space! Cut out long lengths of bubble wrap and securely tape it to the floor (make sure it’s stuck down firmly to avoid accidents!) Challenge your children to see who can pop them all first. For added fun, you can also use toys such as trucks and cars to help with the process. This is a great way for children to master their gross motor skills!

 

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Play Toy Hide-and-Seek

Try this fun activity from our early learning centre in Epping. Hide a toy (or even various toys!) somewhere in your home and ask your child to find it. Join them in this fun scavenger hunt and help them along the way by giving cues such as “warmer” or “colder” to assist them. It’s a fun and easy way to help children practice their listening, problem-solving, memory and social skills!

 

Visit Little Zak’s Pop-up Booths

Little Zak’s will be visiting various shopping centres over the school holidays! Make sure you and your child drop by for lots of fun activities and surprises for all.

Come visit us from:

July 9th – 15th at the Bondi Junction, Warringah Mall and Macquarie Centre

July 16th – 22nd at Bondi Junction, Chatswood Chase and Market City

We have a lot of surprises and activities planned for your little ones so we hope to see you there!

Give your child something to look forward to in the upcoming rainy days and try some of ourfavourite activities and let us know which one worked best for you!

Kids and Playtime: How Much Physical Activity Do Kids Need?

Physical activity is essential to any growing child! On top of just burning off their extra energy (and boy do toddlers have a lot of it!), moving about helps children learn more about their bodies and how it works.

These days, however, we’re seeing a steady increase in screen time which means sacrificing some much needed exercise time.

So just how much physical activity does your child need?

Unstructured Play

Children should get at least 60 minutes (and up to even several hours) of unstructured physical activity a day. Ideally your child shouldn’t be seated or inactive for more than an hour at a time (except of course for nap time and bedtime!) So while it may be tiring to keep constantly running around your little ones, know that this is doing wonders for their development and health.

While we know they can seem like a handful at times, we just love it when we see our children active and happy. At Little Zak’s Brookvale, our experienced educators make it a point to keep a close watch on our children and to always be one step ahead of them to prevent any accidents!

Structured Play

While running and jumping about are regular parts of any child’s life, experts agree that toddlers should get at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity. Structured physical activity includes simple sports (whether team sports or individual sports) or dance classes.

Try out a variety of different activities from slower paced ones such as stretching to more rigorous ones like soccer to find which one you child likes best.

Our child care centre in Narellan Vale has become very popular with the children and mums in the area for our various complimentary extra curricular activities that get the children moving!

Benefits of Play

Apart from just getting a workout from moving, physical activity helps children develop both their fine and gross motor skills. It also creates a healthy foundation and builds fitness habits that your child will carry with them in the future.

In order to keep children engaged, it’s important to vary the types of activities you offer them. We spend most of our times indoors so grab every chance you can get to allow your child to explore and play outdoors!

Play Outside Day is one of our favourite days at Little Zak’s! In fact, our educators at our child care centre in Brookvale have prepared a day packed full with activities like obstacle courses, exciting hands-on activities and more for our children.

At Little Zak’s, we follow a spontaneous learning programme to keep our children engaged. Through this, they get to use all their senses to play so they can discover new experiences on their own. To make sure our children stay active and healthy the whole year round, we also offer various complimentary extra curricular activities!

Make sure your child gets the right amount of physical activity they need as well as experience the benefits of sports by enroling them in Little Zak’s Yoga or Zakaroos. Rest assured that all our instructors put your children’s safety first and are all well-versed with first aid procedures.

Get your child started on the road to a healthy lifestyle and enrol them at Little Zak’s today!

Unlocking the Secrets to Childhood Happiness

 

Every parent’s wish is for their child to grow up happy. At Little Zak’s, we share this wish with all our parents and do our best to give our children their best start in life.

Here are our secrets to unlocking childhood happiness.

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1. Add music

Music creates a positive and uplifting environment, no matter the age! At our child care centre in Brookvale, we have regular music classes to engage our children’s imagination by incorporating a variety of songs into everyday activities. Bright and colourful props are also used to maximise the experience.

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2. Go outside

Connecting with nature is a tried and tested way to getting your happy hormones up! Give your children enough time to spend outside and allow them to explore and create new experiences on their own.

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3. Read together

Reading transports your child to a different world! Enhance this experience by reading out loud together every day. When your child hears your voice, a positive and deep connection is created, building happy memories from an early age. Reading together also helps enforce good reading habits in your child!

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4. Connect with the community

Creating happiness is all about fostering connections. At our new Narellan Vale childcare centre, we make it a point to keep our children connected with the people in their community through incursions and participation of our parent volunteers! These moments help our children see a world outside of their immediate circles and create a better understanding of each one’s role in the community.

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5. Experiment with cooking

Lots of happy memories begin with food! Make meal time a bonding experience by inviting your kids into the kitchen to prepare meals with you. Cooking is a good way to work with your hands and seeing positive results come from it has been proven to boost confidence and self-esteem. On top of this, you’ll also be teaching your children an important life skill while building good eating habits as well!

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6. Practice positivity

Perhaps the simplest way to create happiness is by simply practising positivity! Start each morning with a positive remark and end each day with the day’s good moments. Help your child become more positive as well by affirming their decisions and providing them with positive reinforcement whenever they face a task at hand.

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7. Be grateful

Support your positive outlook in life by bringing in gratitude in your life. Teach your child to be grateful for all the things they have and all the things they’ve experienced, both big and small. Create a gratitude journal where they can draw or write down the things that they feel thankful for for the day!

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8. Embrace negative emotions

Also remember, however, that we can’t always be happy every moment of each day. Helping your child deal with negative emotions can ultimately help them become happier individuals in the future. At Little Zak’s Brookvale, for instance, we make sure our children feel like all their emotions are valid and support them as they go through negative emotions such as anger or frustrations.

The road to happiness begins with the smallest of steps! Try these simple ways to unlock your child’s happiness.

The Kids Take On Clean Up Australia Day!

Australia is a beautiful country that’s rich with amazing outdoors. From bushlands to beaches, parks and mountains, each one is just as awesome as the next. Sadly, people have gotten careless and forgotten to take care of our surroundings, which is why Clean Up Australia Day is so important!

Clean Up Australia Day encourages every member of our communities, both young and young-at-heart, to get out and get cleaning. Each effort done by one member of the community adds up, helping to make our backyard a cleaner and better place to live in!

At Little Zak’s, we make sure the kids grow up to be responsible members of society by teaching them about the little ways they can help. We believe you’re never too young to contribute!

Here’s how Little Zak’s Epping celebrated Clean Up Australia Day. Thank you to the amazing Epping centre educators for providing us with great photos and stories!


Navigators Room
Our childcare educators took the time to sit down with the children in the Navigators room to teach them all about the important of Clean Up Australia Day. To encourage the children to clean up, our educators made the task more fun by giving them each a special bag and gloves to pick up the recyclable objects. It was not an easy task as we included toys and other non-recyclable objects.

We were glad to see that the children really took on the task and diligently picked out the cardboard pieces and put them in their bags!


Inventors Room
Our children in the Inventors room were just as eager to help. They were sad to learn that the rubbish in our surroundings is hurting and endangering our wildlife. So they worked with their educators to help clean up the backyard! As there wasn’t much rubbish around, they helped pick up leaves, twigs and bark instead. They then learned that it was okay to leave the twigs, branches and leaves in the garden, but that wrappers and empty containers were a no-no and had to be chucked right into the bin! This was a really great way for the kids to learn about the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable materials.

Explorers and Adventurers Room

Our explorers and adventurers learnt all about Clean Up Australia Day while practising their fine motor skills and social skills. Dressed in their paint shirt, the children got to paint their rubbish bins – yellow for recyclables, red for food – as they sat and learnt about the different types of rubbish that goes into each. It was such a great sight to see the children carefully painting the boxes with their paint sponge as they had a chat with their classmates about what they loved most about Clean Up Australia Day.

Later on, the children sang along to recycling and clean up songs while they carefully sorted out through the different types of rubbish our educators had given them. They did a fantastic job throwing the fruit, vegetables, paper and plastic in their respective bins and we couldn’t be any prouder!

Clean Up Australia Day was truly such a success at Little Zak’s. Not only did we help make Australia a cleaner place, but the children also learnt important skills that serve as the foundation of environmentally-conscious members of the community!

Little Zak’s is committed to giving children their best start in life so they can grow up to be happy individuals that can positively contribute to their community and the greater society.

Each of our multiple purpose built centres throughout New South Wales provides children with a warm, safe and loving environment to develop in. We’ve made a name for ourselves as the leading child care centres in Brookvale, Killara, Ultimo and Narellan Vale. Click here for a full list of our centres.

Join our Little Zak’s family now!

4 Cool Science Activities Perfect for Preschoolers

Kids are naturally curious and inquisitive about everything around them! At our different daycare centres in Sydney, we constantly provide our kids with fun and engaging science experiements to spark their inner inventor!

Here are our top 4 cool science activities for your little ones.

 

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1. Rotten to the Core

This one is from our child care educators at Brookvale. Simply core and cut an apple into 4 pieces. Place each piece in a jar and fill one with water, one with oil, one with vinegar and one as is.

Observe the changes to the apple AND the liquid after 3 days, 5 days and 2 weeks. Your kids will surely be amazed at how different the apple pieces look like.

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2. Walking Water
This one is a classic! All you need are 6 jars, food colouring and paper towels.

Fill your jars with water and arrange them in a circle. Add blue colouring to one jar, red to another and yellow to a third (making sure to keep empty jar in between each).

Cut paper towels into 6 equal pieces and put one end in one jar and the other in the one beside it until all jars have two separate ends in them. Wait for the water to transfer from one jar to the next (around 48 hours). After this, the colours will soon start mixing together!

Enhance this activity by teaching your kids about the colours of the rainbow and letting them guess which colours will be produced by which jars.

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3. What’s Magnetic?
Here’s one every child loves – a magnetic box! Just fill in a big plastic box with various objects from the house (keys, toy cars, nuts and bolts, crayons, etc). Remember to mix a good amount of magnetic and non-magnetic objects in there. Then give your child a strong magnet (a magnetic wand is even better!) and let them enjoy finding the magnetic objects.

 

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4. Up and up
This one comes highly recommended by our educators at our child care centre in Rosebery.

Just take a bottle and fill it up halfway with vinegar. Grab a piece of tissue and put some baking soda in it. Ask your kids what they think will happen when vinegar mixes with baking soda. Quickly add the baking soda into the bottle and stretch the balloon over the bottle’s opening. Watch your kids’ amazed reactions as the balloon slowly inflates seemingly by itself!

You can experiment with the different ratios between vinegar and baking soda to see which combination gives the best results.

It’s important to engage children’s natural curiosity from an early age to develop in them a love for science and discovery. At Little Zak’s, we believe that experience is the best teacher so we utilise an interest-based learning program to help kids reach their full potential!

5 Things You Should Ask On a Centre Tour

Your child’s first five years are arguably the most important in their life! Babies experience a massive growth spurt when it comes to their neurological, physical, mental and social development which is why it is absolutely important to find the best childcare provider in Sydney that will cater to their needs!

Here are some questions to ask your centre director during your tour to Little Zak’s.

1. What Are Your Accreditations?

Where your child starts their early life will greatly impact how they develop. While we ensure Little Zak’s is up to our national standards, each centre has garnered different awards and certifications on top of this! Talk to your centre director to find out more about their individual achievements and accreditations.

2. How Do You Hire Staff and What Are Their Qualifications?

At the heart of every childcare centre is its dedicated and passionate staff. Since your child will be spending a lot of time in their care, it’s a good idea to get to know more about them.

On top of their qualifications, ask about how long the staff has been at the centre and what the turnaround rate is. The secret to raising a secure child is building long and lasting connections so having familiar faces around will definitely be a huge factor!

3. What Is the Infant to Childcare Provider Ratio?

It is important to keep the ratio between childcare provider and infant/child as low as possible. 

At Little Zak’s, we have several rooms dedicated to our kids’ various age groups so we can better monitor and tend to their every need. Each age group has an optimum ratio so don’t be afraid to ask your centre director about the different ratios!
4. How Are Milestones Tracked?

Your child will be going through a lot of milestone in their first years in life! As a parent, we understand you’d expect to be on top of things and notified for various milestones such as transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup or being able to sit by themselves. 

At our childcare centres in Sydney, we adopt an intentional teaching and spontaneous learning approach to teaching our kids. We work based on their interests to better encourage them to reach their full potentials.
Ask your centre director what programming or chart they have to record and monitor these milestones.
5. What Happens if Your Child is Sick?

Children, especially infants, are more susceptible to illnesses. Its worth asking your centre director about the SOP for when a child is sick. You not only know how they will address your child in the event they do get sick, but will also know how the centre will handle and ensure the health and well-being of their other classmates as well.

Start your journey with the best childcare providers in Sydney and book your tour to a Little Zak’s centre now!

Signs Your Child is School-Ready

The start of kindergarten is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time for many parents. Every child grows at a different pace so there are no hard and fast rules as to what age a child is ready for school. Instead of basing it on a number, look out for these tell-tales signs!

1. Communicates well

The most important thing to note is if your child can express themselves well and can follow simple instructions. Remember, it isn’t just about speaking. At our child care centre in Brookvale, we make sure to practice our kids listening as well as communicating skills. We’ve all been through the terrible two’s and even three’s so it’s essential to observe if your child can listen to a teacher and pick up instructions with little supervision.

2. Sits still

No one’s expecting your child to sit in one spot for the whole day, but your child should be able to sit in a spot long enough for one story or a class activity!

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3. Uses the bathroom independently

Not counting a few accidents, you know your child is school-ready when they know when they have to go to the bathroom. An even bigger indicator is if your child can manage it on their own.

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4. Connects well with others

In kindergarten, your child will be exposed to a whole new world full of unfamiliar kids! A child truly ready for school will be able to make new friends and handle meeting new people well. Observe how your child reacts while at the playground, in their childcare centre in Sydney or even at your family reunion or party!

5. Work on motor skills

Children will be more active in kindergarten so watch out for signs your child is physically ready such as being able to run steadily, throw a ball, jump and climb! Apart from the bigger, gross motor skills, your child should be also have good control on their fine motor skills by being able to grip a pencil or use scissors.

At Little Zak’s we aim to consistently offer the best child care in Sydney by giving your child a holistic learning experience. Our play-based learning program ensure your child develops a thirst for knowledge by catering to their interests and supporting their development through their experiences.

We also offer various extracurricular programs such as Zakaroos and Little Zak’s Yoga Club to keep our children moving.

On top of all of this, we also have an intensive school readiness program to help make the transition into kindergarten a smooth one. Our activities include reading and writing programs, group plays and music and movement to give your child a holistic learning experience.

Talk to one of our experienced educators today and discuss your child’s journey to kindergarten now!

Monkeying Around to Better Grades

How many times have we been told growing up to stop monkeying around and start studying seriously? But did you know science has proven that fun is a key factor in getting better grades?

Here are some ways playtime can help enhance your child’s learning.

1. Interest and attention

Oftentimes, our minds wander off when certain topics seem uninteresting. It is because of this that we’ve adopted an interest-based approach when it comes to teaching in our daycare centres in Sydney!

We let kids explore and grow through their own experiences to keep their interests piqued.

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2. Laughter and lesson retention

Laughter really is the key to learning! Studies have shown that students learn more in a warm and light environment. Teachers and educators who crack jokes related to the lesson have been more effective at teaching, leading to higher grades of their students

3. Role play and language

Role playing is an important part of childhood! Role playing helps stimulate your child’s language skills by allowing them to explore different words they wouldn’t normally use in their everyday life. Next time you see your child role playing, encourage them by playing along.

4. Blocks and maths

Would you believe building blocks can help your child become better at maths? Kids have a better grasp and visual representation of maths (i.e. putting things together, taking them apart, and how individual objects contribute to a bigger number) when they play with blocks. The more a child plays with building blocks as a toddler, the higher the possibility of being better a maths in their adulthood.

5. Make believe and creativity

It comes to no surprise that playing make believe can boost a child’s creativity! But it isn’t just about being creative in terms of art. Make believe can help enhance a child’s problem solving and reasoning skills. Research also shows that playing make believe forces children to think about their decisions early on and can help suppress a child’s impulses, making them more responsible adults in the future!

6. Recess and social skills

Learning doesn’t end in the classroom! Recess and outdoor play is a big factor when it comes to your child’s social development. Because recess is generally unsupervised play, children get to flex their social muscles by making friends on their own and making their own sets of rules when it comes to play time.

Start adding fun back into your learning process and see how it affects your child’s grades in the future. Enrol your child at your closest Little Zak’s child care centre now!

Raising Your Own Little Santa

With Christmas just around the corner, the air is full of the giving spirit! But who says giving and generosity can only be practised during the holidays?

Here’s how you can raise your own little Santa who loves to give gifts the whole year round!

1. Show empathy

Without a doubt, the best way to teach kids is to lead by example. At our Brookvale child care centre, we make it a point to show our kids how to be more generous by starting from ourselves. From snacks to toys, our educators expose them to the importance of sharing early on.

2. Mind your language

How you speak to your children about generosity can greatly impact their perception of it. Instead of saying “you should help others,” try saying “sharing your lunch makes you a good helper.” By using “helper” instead of to help, you’re putting emphasis on the doer and not the act.

Always remember to speak about helping and generosity! The constant reminder will soon become a part of their system.

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3. Don’t force generosity

While we understand the importance of generosity, at our childcare centres in Sydney, we make sure not to force it upon them. There are reasons why a child may be reluctant to share (such as a pet recently dying) and forcing them to share may backfire on you. Understand that for this day, the child may be needing the toy as a security blanket and just try again tomorrow.

4. Read books about giving

Story book characters can have a huge impact on children’s outlooks! Our child care centre in Ultimo is full of books with generous characters that we often read to our kids. They just love listening to the stories and applying the same generous qualities every day.

5. Set up a give jar

A great way to instill generosity in your kids is to make it a part of their routine! Have a give jar at home where your kids can drop coins, no matter how small the amount. Make sure to show them you’re dropping money in it as well!

6. Volunteer for charities

Reinforce generosity by making it a family tradition. Volunteer at soup kitchens or nursing homes. For Christmas, you can empty the give jar as a family and count how much you’ve all saved. As your kids to help you pick out what toys to donate to your local shelter. They’ll be more than happy to give if they can play an active role in it!

In times of materialism, we need more giving children than ever. Let’s work together to raiselittle Santas that can make a big difference in the world.