5 Surprising Benefits of Swimming

Swimming is a fun activity for children of all ages! On top of the physical benefits children can receive (including better muscle development, improved balance and co-ordination), swimming has also been linked to a number of surprising benefits, which is why we’ve started offering it to a number of our childcare centres in Sydney.*

Here are 5 benefits you may not know of.

 

1. Better cognitive development
Children who have had swimming lessons as toddlers have been found to score higher for intelligence and problem solving, often leading to academic success. They’ve also been shown to be more self-disciplined, have greater self-control and an increased desire to succeed.

 

2. Increased self-confidence
Swimming is a great way for children to learn important life skills. With every skill mastered, children experience a boost in confidence and become more secure and courageous in the water. These children were found to be more independent and comfortable in social situations later on in life.

 

3. Advanced social and emotional aptitude
Children learn important social cues and skills as they learn how to swim. They tend to understand direction better, which helps them adapt better as they move to the big school. In fact, studies have shown that children who’ve had swimming lessons in early childhood were 15 months ahead (of non-swimmers) in terms of social and emotional development.

 

4. Improved sleeping patterns
Pool time uses up a lot of energy! Getting accustomed to moving in a new environment and mastering different skills works their little bodies in ways they may not be used to. All of this used up energy makes for tired and sleepy children after an action-packed swimming lesson. Expect your little one to be ready for a nap or to sleep longer at night on swim days!

 

5. Improved appetite
As we mentioned earlier, swimming requires a lot of energy! All of that physical exertion is sure to burn a lot of calories, making your little one extra hungry. Swimming can lead to an increase in your child’s appetite, especially after a tiring swimming lesson.

 

We’ve got limited slots available so make sure you secure you child’s as soon as possible! For more information, you can contact Little Zak’s head office in Ryde at (02) 8036 8390.

*Professional swimming lessons are currently only offered at Little Zak’s Brookvale, Jordan Springs and Killara.

First Aid Tips Every Parent Should Know

All parents and educators alike wish injuries in our children never happen, but reality is, bumps and scrapes are inevitable when it comes to raising children. Ensure you keep calm during those situations by familiarising yourself with basic first aid tips to help you get through them!


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1. Skin Wounds

Skin wounds are the most common injuries any child will sustain. We encourage all our parents in our various childcare centres in Sydney to ensure their children are up-to-date on the necessary tetanus vaccinations for their child’s safety.

  • Bruises: Apply a cool compress (a bag of frozen vegetables will also work in a pinch) to the affected area. If the injury is below the head, elevate the injured area so it is above the heart. This prevents the blood from pooling, minimising the swelling.
  • Cuts: Thoroughly rinse the wound with water and soap. Using a clean cloth, apply direct pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding and hold it in place for 1 to 2 minutes. Apply an antibiotic ointment (not alcohol, because that will sting and cause the child even more discomfort!) and cover the wound with a clean bandage. Call your pediatrician or seek emergency care for large or deep cuts. Continue applying direct pressure until medical assistance arrives.
  • Scrapes: Rinse with clean water for at least 5 minutes to get rid of any dirt and germs. Refrain from using alcohol, Betadine, hydrogen peroxide or soap. Apply an antibiotic ointment and bandage, taking care to ensure that the bandage is not in direct contact with the wound.
  • Splinters: Carefully remove small splinters with tweezers before washing the area clean. If you cannot remove the splinter completely, seek medical assistance at once.

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2. Nosebleed

Have your child tilt his or head slightly forward and using a tissue or towel, pinch the nose tightly just below the nasal bone. Keep this position for ten to 15 minutes as you wait for the bleeding to stop. Make sure you keep your child from leaning back as the blood may travel down the throat and to the stomach, which may cause vomiting. An hour after the bleeding has stopped, you may apply petroleum jelly to the nose to keep it moist.

Seek medical assistance if bleeding has not stopped after 30 minutes or if it caused by trauma.

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3. Choking

In the event your child accidentally swallows a toy or a big piece of food, talk to your child immediately. If he or she can answer you, that means the airways are clear. If not, dial 000 or 112 before attempting to dislodge it. Then pick up your child, turn him or facedown and using the heel of your hand, strike between the shoulder blades. Repeat until the foreign object is expelled or medical assistance arrives.

At Little Zak’s, we know what a big hazard choking is for our children’s safety. Our different centres, such as our Brookvale early learning centre, make it a point to carefully keep small objects away from our children’s reach.

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4. Twisted Ankle

Have your child sit down and elevate the injured ankle above the heart level. Then, apply an ice pack (or a pack of frozen vegetables) for 15 minutes every hour. Refrain from soaking it in warm water or applying a heating pad as heat can increase swelling and pain! If your child can’t put weigh on the injured ankle or if it’s looking deformed, immediately head to the hospital as this could mean it is broken or dislocated rather than just sprained.

Keep these essential first aid tips in mind the next time your child gets a booboo!

Christmas Traditions You Should Adopt

Christmas is definitely the most wonderful time of the year! At Little Zak’s Academy, we do our best to introduce our children to various traditions from around the world. Here are some of the ones we can’t wait to try at our child care centres across Sydney.

 

Brazil

It is customary in Brazil to have a “presepio” (a crib or nativity scene) in front of churches. The “Papai Noel,” or Father Christmas, travels from Greenland to Brazil to deliver presents BOTH on Christmas Eve and the Feast of the Magi. And Papai Noel knows how to travel in style! Instead of the outdated sleigh, his chosen form of transportation is via helicopter!

 

Sweden

The Swedish begin their Christmas celebrations on 13 December, St. Lucia’s Day (also known as the patron saint of light). The eldest daughter gets up before dawn and dresses as the “Queen of Light” in a long white dress with a crown of leaves and candles. She wakes each member of the family up by serving them coffee and treats while singing “Santa Lucia.”

 

Iceland

Instead of gifts, Icelanders exchange books on Christmas Eve! They spend the next day all snuggled up in bed sipping on hot chocolate. This tradition, called Jolabokaflod, or “The Christmas Book Flood” is the main reason Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country in the world.

 

Lebanon

On Christmas Day, Lebanese children come up to any adult and say “Editi ‘aleik!” (You have a gift for me!”) If the adult has any gifts left to give, the children can add it to their Christmas pile.

 

Spain

Food is an important part of Spanish Christmases. Every 6 January, during the celebration of Día de reyes (Kings’ Day), they prepare a special sweet bread ring called Roscón de Reyes. This Yuletide cake is topped with crushed almonds, candied fruits, and powdered sugar. Hidden inside the roscón is either a mini figurine of Jesus or a dry fava bean (to represent him). Whoever finds it gets to buy the following year’s roscón!

 

Japan

The Japanese are usually one of the healthiest eaters out there… except on Christmas! They typically spend Christmas eating a bucket of KFC (which they have to pre-order up to a month in advance!)

 

Mexico

Christmas is a huge affair in Mexico. They spend the Christmas season (12 December to 6 January) shopping for gifts, ornaments and food in market stalls called “puestos,” and decorating their homes with evergreen and lilies. Families get together to cut intricate designs in brown paper bags to make lanterns or “farolitos.” The farolitos are finished with a candle lit inside it and set-up to illuminate the sidewalk, windowsills and even rooftops of the community!

 

Little Zak’s Academy is always on the lookout for new Christmas traditions to introduce to our children. Let us know if you have any Christmas traditions by sharing them with us on Facebook!

KILLARA – Winners of ‘Most Outstanding Childcare Service in the North Shore’ 2017 & 2018

Exceeding ALL 7 Quality Areas of the National Quality Framework Little Zak’s Academy Killara is Sydney’s North Shores leading early learning childcare centre.

 

We offer a holistic approach to education inspired as we see our role as not only educating the children of today, but as cultivating the leaders of tomorrow.

 

We only employ the best educators who are dedicated to providing a stimulating and exciting program for each child, supported by their caring and nurturing nature and great team like attitude. Our qualified educators are dedicated to provide a stimulating and exciting program for each child which is supported by their caring and nurturing nature that will provide a premium level of care for the best start in your child’s life.

 

Our child care centre is custom designed with state-of-the-art facilities and we offer complimentary services including yoga, soccer programs and French class.

 

Little Zak’s Academy Killara has successfully won the award of ‘Most Outstanding Childcare Service in the North Shore’ in both 2017 & 2018. Come and find out why our prestige and premium services continue to be voted number 1 by the wider community and families of the North Shore!

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Raising Children in the Digital Age

Studies have shown that, on average, people spend around 10 hours a day connected to some form of technology (their phone, laptop, tablet or the television). Technology these days, for better or for worse, greatly influences and shapes the way we raise our children and greatly affects their growth and development. Our experts weigh in and discuss their views on how technology affects both children and parents alike.

Going digital

Perhaps the most visible hallmark of modern day parenting is the use of digital and online tools in raising our children. Every parent knows how much the temptation screens and apps can be to keep the children entertained just a little bit longer. However, despite the additional time screens may give you, this can very quickly lead to a dependence on technology (both of the parents and the children). How often do we see parents automatically reach for devices such as phones and tablets to keep children quiet or see children throw tantrums for not having been given enough screen time?

 

The secret here is to introduce technology as merely an option while training our children (and our selves) to opt for non-digital forms of entertainment and learning. In all of our Little Zak’s centres, such as our child care centre in Brookvale, we make the most out of modern technology such as iPads and computers but complement this with ample time outside of technology. We teach our children early on to not be dependent on screens for entertainment and instead, engage them in our various complimentary extracurricular activities such as cooking lessons, French programs and yoga classes.

Golden age of learning

Thanks to the Internet, we now have easier access to knowledge which has led to an increase of available activities even for toddlers. Although it is true that children, especially between the ages of 1 – 5 years old, are still sponges, oversaturating our children with knowledge has proven to be more detrimental than beneficial. While it is truly a wonderful thing for children to learn as much as possible early on, parents should be wary of putting too much pressure on their children to learn more.

 

Resist the urge to constantly funnel new information to your child via digital apps or educational videos and instead, let your children just be children! Throughout all of our Little Zak’s childcare centres in Sydney, we constantly work towards creating the right balance between intentional learning and spontaneous learning. This way, our children get to work on their cognitive development while still having fun along the way!

It takes a village

No matter the era, the adage “it takes a village to raise a child” will always ring true. In this age of technology, parents can find all the support they need from all over the world thanks to the Internet. Whatever challenges you may face, parents these days know they have online groups and forums to discuss their issues with and people they can turn to to seek support from.

 

At Little Zak’s, we build on this by providing our parents with tangible and visible connections. We want parents to always remember we are a community of support so we make it a point to help them become as involved as possible in their child’s journey. We regularly welcome parents to come in to foster this sense of community and belongingness. In fact, at our Narellan Vale day care, parents’ visits are one of our children’s favourite days so we do our best to host it as often as possible!

But parents, never forget: there is no one-size-fits-all program for parenting. At the end of the day, you know your child best and can give them the right guidance for their needs! Trust your gut instinct and do what you feel is right. Remember, parenting should be a fun journey so make the most out of every day with your little one.

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.

 

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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.

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