Raise Happier Kids with the Help of Educators

Parents and child care educators play a massive role in a child’s overall development. With a great portion of a child’s waking hours spent in a child care centre, the effects the environment and its educators has on children are equal to their parents’!

Child care educators do more than just watch over the children – they guide them and help equip them with the skills they need for life. More than just an educator, they’ve become a huge part of the family for the children!

Stronger Bonds

Children, especially infants, need to establish strong attachments in order to feel safe and nurtured. Our child care educators in Brookvale and throughout NSW make it a point to be in tune with all our babies and children to ensure that all their needs are being met. By creating a secure environment for children from an early age, our educators are able to build strong bonds which create more secure and adjusted adults later on!

Better Social Skills

At a child care centre, children are given the opportunity to interact and play with kids their own age! With the right guidance from their educator, the correct social skills, such as sharing or saying please and thank you, can be taught and practiced from an early age.

In fact, studies prove that children who’ve spent time at an early child care centre have shown to be better leaders and are more active in school activities when they grow older!

Higher Literacy and Numeracy Scores

At Little Zak’s, we aim to provide our children with a holistic yet fun learning experience. Our Sydney Olympic Park child care centre, for example, has designated reading, language and music time for optimum brain development! Our educators read a wide range of fun books and engage them through song which can help improve children’s reading and language skills.

More Active and Healthy Lifestyle

We put an emphasis on our kids’ health. Our educators are dedicated to establishing good health habits that the children will have with them for life. On top of getting our kids active through Zakaroos and Zak’s Yoga Club, we also teach them the importance of eating properly with fun cooking lessons in Little Zak’s Kitchen!

Child care educators are an important member of a child’s journey in their early years. Give your child their best start in life and make us your partner in your child’s journey.

Join us at Little Zak’s as we celebrate an entire day dedicated to our amazing educators and party with us on Early Childhood Educators Day happening on the 6th of September!

How to Raise a Science-Loving Child

Children are natural scientists! Their innate sense of wonder and curiosity pushes them to want to learn more about their surroundings.

Research shows that secondary schools’ have been veering towards math and reading in recent years and has caused a decline in the love for science and technology.

The good news is, a thirst for science isn’t always influenced by school alone. Here are 5 ways you can raise a science-loving child!

1. Help them explore
From a young age, exposing children to the different fields of science can deeply influence their love for it.

At our various Little Zak’s centres, such as our child care centre in Brookvale, we provide incursion opportunities wherein various members of our community, such as Kindi farms and veterinarians, are invited to come to our child care centre to expose the children to their community.

2. Provide a role model
Studies show that children are more passionate about a subject when they find someone they can emulate. Provide your child with a good role model he/she can look up to and can guide him/her in the quest for science!

A role model can be anyone from an engineer uncle, doctor aunt or even someone to watch on YouTube or on television!

3. Encourage them
Words are a big factor when it comes to motivation. To raise a science-loving child, be sure to speak about science positively. When they feel like science is a fun and rewarding experience, they’ll be more eager to learn about it. Conversely, if you speak negatively about science (such as to say how you were not interested in it yourself growing up), they’re likely to be more hesitant about it as well.

4. Plan science experiments
Make science fun for your little one by creating easy yet educational science experiments! Not only will these help them increase their natural curiosity and affinity towards science, but it can also serve as a fun bonding activity for the family!

At our Sydney Olympic Park child care centre, we make sure to plan a new science activity every week to keep their interests high!

5. Let them play
The simplest way to raise a science-loving child is to simply let them play and be kids! Allow them to explore the world on their own and create new experiences by themselves. By letting them get dirty and be themselves, you allow their natural curiosity and wonder about the world grow! Don’t worry about the mess now, it’ll bring about good things in your child in the future.

At Little Zak’s Academy, we aim to educate children with a love and thirst for science. We prepare various programmes and activities to help foster this natural inclination.

Book a tour to Little Zak’s and see how we help raise science-loving children!

How Tablets and Smartphones Increase Speech Delays

In this growing age of technology, the temptation to resort to using tablets and smartphones as a way to entertain your child is higher than ever. Not only is it convenient (and effective), but there are now also a wide array of apps and features catered specifically for infants and toddlers.

Research proves, however, that the increase in use of mobile devices has directly affected speech development in toddlers. In fact, according to a study conducted by the University of Toronto and The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, for every 30 minutes a child uses a mobile device, his or her risk of speech delay is increased by up to 49 per cent.

Decreased Personal Communication
It is not the mobile device, per se, that causes the speech delay. Rather, it is the decrease in amount of time a child gets to actually converse with an adult that causes it.

According to Dr. Jenny Radesky, assistant professor of developmental behavioral pediatrics at the University of Michigan and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ executive committee of the council on communications and media, this is caused by a toddler’s inability to distinguish between the two-dimensional screen and the three-dimensional world.

“Even if they can mimic what they see on the screen, they can’t always transfer that to the real world and the rest of their lives. Symbolic thinking and memory flexibility is something that apps haven’t been able to overcome, no matter how interactive they are.”

So while there may be apps designed to assist with learning and speech, nothing can replace human interaction and actual conversation between an adult and child.

At our child care centre in Brookvale and across NSW, our educators make it a point to converse directly with each child, encouraging not just conversations but questions they may have about anything and everything around them.

Disturbed Sleep
Studies also show that an increase in use in mobile devices has been linked to less sleep (this is true for adults as well).

It’s been said that the blue light in mobile devices confuses our bodyclocks, disrupting our natural sleep patterns, while apps’ animations and content itself over-stimulates our mental activity.

In fact, research has shown that for every hour spent on a mobile devices, 16 minutes of sleep is compromised.

The lack or decrease in sleep then affects a child’s brain development, most of which occurs during sleep. Thus, in turn, affecting a child’s ability to process and understand speech.

While tempting, it is important to limit, even altogether eliminate, the use of mobile devices especially in children 18 months and below.

Instead of leaving your child alone with a phone or tablet, encourage him/her to engage in play-based learning by planting together, painting or listening to music.

At Little Zak’s Academy, we believe in letting the children be children. We focus on play-based learning which allows our kids to explore and experience things at their own pace.

Check out our newest Sydney Olympic Park child care facility and see how we help shape the young minds of NSW. Book a tour today!

Cooking With Kids: 8 Reasons You Should Be Doing It

Cooking is a vital lifestyle that everybody should learn! Studies show that kids who learn how to cook at an early age gain essential skills they can use even outside of the kitchen.

Here are 8 reasons why you should cook with your kids!

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1. Hand-eye coordination and motor skills
Parents often think that sports and arts and crafts are the only way to help a child refine their motor skills but cooking is actually a great way to do so.

Simple tasks such as adding ingredients to a bowl can help practice their hand-eye coordination while mixing and and pouring can help them refine their motor skills.

2. Nutrition
Getting children involved in cooking is a great way to teach them about nutrition. Our child care centre in Brookvale, for example, teaches children about the different vitamins and minerals each ingredient can give them. Children who’ve grown up with an understanding of ingredients are more likely to stick to wholesome eating and less likely to develop a fondness for artificial and processed food.

3. Self-esteem and confidence
All kids like being congratulated on something they’ve worked hard on and cooking allows kids to receive positive instantly. This, in turn, helps build their self-esteem and a good sense of self-worth. They’ll be more eager to help out and even ask for more responsibilities around the house as a result!

4. Better eating habits
Kids are more likely to eat something they’ve prepared. By teaching kids how to cook good and nutritious meals, they’re also more likely to eat more healthy food. This also helps them expand their food choices from chicken nuggets and chips to more refined dishes like baked salmon and sautéed vegetables.

5. Imagination
Cooking helps kids explore their imagination! Children are more adventurous, and this is also true when it comes to cooking! Let their creativity run by allowing them to discover new flavour combinations and recipes on their own.

6. Optimism
By breaking down cooking for kids, you teach them a very important attitude. Instead of food seeming daunting, kids now think to themselves “I can do that.” This optimism is evident not just in the kitchen but in every other aspect of life as well.

7. Closer connection
Transform cooking from being a chore into a great bonding activity. By involving your kids, not only do you get extra help with your tasks but you also get a chance to bond with them and talk about your respective days.

At our child care centre in Brookvale and Sydney Olympic Park child care facility, we use cooking as a way for our educators to develop a deeper connection with the little ones as well.

8. Teamwork and cooperation
Young children rely on each other when working in the kitchen at our child care centre in Brookvale. They learn valuable teamwork skills such as sharing, taking turns and assuming responsibilities.

At Little Zak’s Academy, we believe no child is too young to cook which is why we integrate Little Zak’s Kitchen in our kids’ daily schedule! Apart from providing them with nutritious meals, we also teach them about food education through hands-on activities that help them develop sound eating habits.

7 Tips on Encouraging Good Behaviour in Children

A child’s first years are pivotal in teaching them all about social skills and good behaviour. Educators at a childcare centre play an important role as they guide the child to become a supportive, caring and independent individual. A positive and encouraging approach is the most effective way to guide a child no matter the age.

Here are 7 tips on how you can promote a child’s good behavior at home or at a daycare.


1. Be a good role model
Children, especially when they are younger, learn by example. They quickly pick up social cues and habits by absorbing behaviour of the people they see around them. If you want children to use “please” and “thank you,” use it often when speaking with them. If you want children to clean up after playtime, show them how you clean up and encourage them to do so as well.


2. Say what you mean
Studies show that positive phrases and instructions are often more effective than their negative counterpart. For instance, if you’re dealing with a particularly active child, say “please slow down and walk” instead of “stop running.” Focus on what they should do, rather than what they shouldn’t.


3. Give specific praises
Make it a point to give specific praises for good behaviour and avoid general phrases like “good job!” or “well done!” If the child has done a task correctly, give the praise a personal touch such as “You’ve done a good job watering the plants every day! Look at how tall and strong your plant has gotten!”


4. Make your child feel important
In order for children to learn about independence, educators and parents should provide them with age-appropriate tasks. For instance, children can help prepare the snacks while at their childcare centre in Sydney or can help set the table when they’re at home. Don’t forget to thank them for a job well done! Knowing they’re trusted and thanked for doing tasks can vastly improve their confidence and self-esteem as well.


5. Catch good behaviour
At the end of the day, children love to be given attention! Positive reinforcement goes a long way, and children respond better to being praised for good behaviour rather than being punished for misbehaving. When a child has done something good, encourage them to be a good example to others!


6. Demonstrate the proper way to apologise
Young children typically have a difficult time understanding others’ behaviours, making apologising a hard skill to teach. Teach them the basic form of apologising:

  • Look at the other child
  • Say their name
  • Say “I’m sorry”
  • Say “I’m sorry”

It may be insincere at first but in time, children will learn to say it without any influence and will become more genuine about their apologies.


7. Teach children how to correct their misbehavior
It’s important for children to learn about the consequences to their actions. If a child makes spills their milk during a tantrum while at their daycare centre in Sydney, the educator can give them a rag and teach them how to clean the mess up. This teaches children about self-control in the future.

Teaching children about good behaviour may be difficult at first. Just remember to be consistent about your rules and instructions and, in time, they will learn to do it all by themselves!

Why Trusting a Childcare Centre is the Right Choice

A childcare centre in Sydney is a great start to any child’s life! Apart from giving mum and dad an extra hand when it comes to caring for the little one, childcare centres have also proven to bring a lot of benefits to a child’s developing mind.
Here are 6 reasons why you should trust Little Zak’s Academy with your little one.


1. Earlier socialisation
Perhaps the best benefit any child can receive from a childcare centre is socialisation! Children are given the chance to interact with other children their own age without the encouragement of their parents. They make friends on their own, learn about sharing and understand the value of teamwork early on!


2. Caring environment
Every child will get the love and attention he or she needs at Little Zak’s Academy. Our educators are dedicated to building a relationship of trust and love with your little one so that he or she will feel secure at all times.

Our educators love the children like their own and will keep a close watch on your child to ensure that they stay safe at all times. All our activities are carefully monitored to prevent any accidents or injuries. On top of this, we make sure that our educators are fully trained to handle any situation at hand.

Apart from having a team of experienced and passionate educators, we also employ nutritionists and professional chefs who’ll make sure your child gets their fruits and veg!


3. Better brain growth
A study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health has found that children who went to a childcare centre had higher cognitive and academic achievement scores when they reached their adolescent years.

Here at Little Zak’s Academy, we’re more than just a childcare centre – we are an early development centre. We want nothing more than to provide our kids with an ever-evolving environment that promotes intentional teaching and spontaneous learning. Each child will grow not just intellectually but socially and physically as well!


4. Smoother transition into kindergarten
Studies find that babies who’ve spent time at a childcare centre have found it easier to adjust to kindergarten. Childcare centre kids are more active and more enthusiastic about learning and have even been shown to volunteer more often for the various activities at school!


5. Regular daily schedule
While Little Zak’s Academy advocates for spontaneous learning and progressive education, we still provide a good way to introduce the little ones to routines.

At our childcare centre in Sydney, your child can get used to the idea of having a designated learning time which can help build the habits for a disciplined and organised student in the future!


6. Holistic development
Little Zak’s Academy teaches beyond numbers and letters. Through our various programs and facilities, we can provide kids with a holistic development experience.

Let your child experience the positive benefits of Yoga, get moving with our soccer team, develop sound eating habits in our kitchen and learn about living greener. Best of all, Little Zak’s Academy provides these services completely free of charge to ensure each child at our daycare becomes a well-rounded individual!


Give your child the best avenue for early childhood development and enroll him or her at Little Zak’s Academy today!

Enriching Your Child’s Early Learning

Parents and educators play important roles in a child’s early development. The educators at Little Zak’s academy apply the latest learning techniques to maximise children’s learning. But learning shouldn’t end at their childcare centre in Sydney. Here’s how you can enrich your child’s learning at home!


1. Ask about their lessons for the day

Staying involved in your child’s learning is the first step to helping enrich their learning. Stay connected by asking them what they learned at their childcare centre for the day! Your genuine interest will also develop a future eagerness and love for learning in your child!


2. Encourage questions and conversations

Build a better connection with your child by promoting more conversations at home. Children are naturally curious and will have lots of questions about the world. Be genuinely interested in these questions and encourage even more!

If they enjoy dinosaurs, encourage them to discuss their favourite ones with you. Ask questions like “how big is the dinosaur?” “what colour was it?” and “what did it eat?” to keep them wanting to learn more.


3. Read together every day

Practice reading and vocabulary by reading together every day. Listen to your child read out loud to you (if they can) or help them by reading to them.

Read books that interest them – such as about certain animals, cars or sports. This will not only help practice their reading skills but will also develop a love of reading at an early age.


4. Connect with their educators

At Little Zak’s, we value the connection with our dedicated parents. Working closely with your childcare centre educators will help lead to a positive influence on your child’s learning!

Share with us important information about your children, such as your heritage or your family life. Knowing, for example, that your child has recently gotten a younger brother or sister can help us give a more enriching learning experience about siblings and new family members in the family.


5. Apply lessons in the real world

Expand the learning atmosphere beyond just their childcare centre in Sydney and at home. Every experience is another opportunity to learn!

When at the grocery, teach them about counting by asking them to get a specific number of cookies or ask them to find vegetables in a certain colour. Encourage them to read license plates while in the car or to point out various shapes while on the road. Let them see how their lessons fit in to their lives so they’ll be even more excited about their upcoming lessons!


6. Get involved at the childcare centre
Studies have shown that children develop quicker when they see the strong connection between their home life and the childcare centre. Volunteer every chance you can for our various activities at Little Zak’s Academy! After all, at the centre of Little Zak’s Academy is our love for family.

Little Zak’s Academy is dedicated to providing your child with quality education and modern facilities. By working closely with our educators, we can assure your child gets a positive and enriched learning experience!

Break the Barrier into Childcare

A child’s mind is full of wonder and excitement! Everything is a new opportunity for them to learn and to grow. With more new experiences, a child’s brain starts to make more connections between these experiences, allowing their brains to develop even quicker.

Studies have shown that a childcare centre can better facilitate learning by providing informal and structured activities within a safe environment. Apart from showing that most of these children grow up to be more stable with their careers, they’ve also shown to be closer with mum and dad!

Caring Environment

At Little Zak’s Academy, we give each child the right care and attention he or she needs in order to foster early childhood development.

To provide your child with the best learning environment possible, we employ a staff of professionals who know the importance of maintaining the optimum level of care and education for all of our children.

For babies to reach their full potential, it’s important for them to develop an understanding that the world is a safe place for them which is why we make sure every child will get the love and attention he or she needs at our daycare. Our caregivers are dedicated to building a relationship of trust and love with your little one so that he or she will feel secure at all times.

Trust is a driving factor for us at Little Zak’s Academy and we view you as our partner in your child’s journey into early childhood. We’ll work closely with your family to create a caring environment, where your baby can feel loved, safe and secure.

Spontaneous Learning

Little Zak’s Academy carefully researches about new techniques and guides for the best ways to help young minds develop. Through the use of play-based learning, we can assure that our babies can attain maximum cognitive development in a fun and easy manner. We also constantly change and adapt our curriculum to accommodate any new advancements when it comes to child care.

Our fun and interactive games and activities can help your baby learn about moving, communicating, understanding their surroundings and forming relationships with other people. Every experience from cuddling to nappy changing is an opportunity to nurture your baby’s growing mind.

Benefits for Mum and Dad

Apart from being beneficial to children, time at a childcare centre has also proven to be beneficial for mum and dad as well. Get a much-deserved time to yourself to recharge for the day.

And because we encourage every parent to be as involved as possible at Little Zak’s Academy, you’ll also get to meet and develop bonds with other parents. Get to form lifelong friendships with parents who are as passionate as you are in raising responsible and well-rounded children.

Delving into an early learning centre does not need to be a scary experience for you and your young one. Feel at ease and let us make this journey easier for you. Find a Little Zak’s Academy near you and be a part of our family today!

Grow, Learn and Explore at Little Zak’s Academy

At Little Zak’s Academy, your child is our priority.

Children develop essential brain development and growth during early childhood. A love and quest for knowledge can be fostered from an early age with the help of an accredited early learning centre. We believe that learning doesn’t have to be boring. With the right program, learning can be made enjoyable and spontaneous!

To give the best environment, Little Zak’s Academy has developed various programs and facilities to make learning as fun as can be for your little one!

Every child is sure to feel at home and welcomed at our daycare with the help of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) principles of ‘Being, Belonging and Becoming’ and the National Quality Framework (NQF).

We make use of play-based learning so each child develops, understands and takes responsibility at their own pace. Through informal and structured activities, Little Zak’s Academy provides your child with multiple opportunities for improvement in cognitive, academic and social development.

Guided by our nationally approved programs: Belonging, Being and Becoming and My Time, Our Place, we aim to foster:

  • Children who have a strong sense of identity
  • Children who are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children who have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children who are confident and involved learners
  • Children who are effective communicators

To ensure the little ones have a great time and a well-rounded experience, Little Zak’s Academy has developed various facilities to provide the best environment for learning.

Zak’s Yoga Club

We believe no one’s ever too young for Yoga! This fun and specialised program promotes positive benefits for children aged 2 – 5. Our complementary Yoga service is available at each early learning centre and can help kids with:

  • Learning and Development
  • Enhancing Physical Flexibility
  • Refining Balance and Coordination
  • Developing Focus and Concentration
  • Boosting Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Health and Well-Being


Start training the next soccer star early on! Soccer has shown to be an excellent way to teach kids about teamwork and skills development while providing them with a great form of exercise. Through a balance of informal and structured activities, your future soccer superstar can develop and expand his or her social and organizational environment.

Our complementary soccer club can help your child with:

  • Health and Safety
  • Learning and Development Skills
  • Boosting Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Skills and Coordination

Little Zak’s Kitchen

Teach your child about proper eating and develop sound food habits from a young age with Little Zak’s Kitchen!

Crafted by our professional nutritionists, our menus are created to include nutrient-dense meals made with fresh, home-grown produce and ingredients.

Our menus take into consideration the specific dietary needs, requirements and even cultural backgrounds of every child at our early learning centre.

Zak’s Enviro

Little Zak’s Academy actively supports the “whole of centre approach” to environmental stability. We want to preserve the wonders of life not just for our current batch of youngsters but for many generations to come.

Apart from incorporating sustainable living into our curriculum and operations, we invite all of our educators, parents, children, management and community to support our green lifestyle.

Let us teach the children the importance of living green and taking care of Mother Earth. Together, let us make them aware of their responsibilities to ensure a better future. Our sustainability practices are guided by the National Quality Standard and can only be achieved with the active participation of children, enquiry and social change.

Some of the early childhood environmental areas we cover include:

  • Biodiversity
  • Energy
  • Stormwater
  • Waste
  • Water

At Little Zak’s Academy, we do more than just teach the children. We foster an environment of learning and wonder through fun and spontaneous activities that will keep your child eager for more! It’s the perfect environment to develop the future leaders of New South Wales.

Let Little Zak’s Academy take care of your child’s holistic development and enquire about our childcare centre services today!

Little Zak’s Academy is coming to Brookvale

Little Zak’s Academy is proud to announce our newest centre that is coming to Brookvale in 2017.

The entire complex will be a brand new multi story centre designed to be by far the most outstanding child care centre at Brookvale and the Northern Beaches.

This facility will be providing the best possible care and education for your child in an outstanding technological advanced purpose designed facility.

 We would like to extend a warm welcome to your family and encourage you to give us a call to find out more about Little Zak’s newest centre. 1300 33 925

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Mini Olympics at Ryde

On Friday our Ryde Freckles group put on an outstanding mini Olympics event. Congratulations to our winners who championed through a variety of events!