Timeless Tips to Raising Kind Kids

More than anything else, kindness is a skill we must develop in our children. And just like any other skill, kindness is taught through repetition and through example.

Here are some timeless tips you can use to raise kinder kids!

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1. Show empathy to others

Kids learn best through example. If your child sees you being rude to your server, s/he may interpret this to be acceptable behaviour. Help your child learn about empathy instead by asking statements such as “How do you think our server is feeling during such a busy day?”

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2. Own up to your mistakes

Nobody is perfect, parents included! Teach your kids early on that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you own up to them. Remember to apologise to your children if you’ve hurt them or caused them disappointment.

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3. Create a feelings vocabulary

Kids can better display kindness if they can identify their feelings and the feelings of others around them. Create a feelings vocabulary and start out with the basic emotions such as “happy” “excited” “sad” and “angry.” Teach them how to recognise the body language and facial expressions that go with each. As your child gets older, you can start to introduce more complex emotions such as “anxious” and “shyness.”

4. Celebrate difference

Australia is a rich country when it comes to varying cultures and peoples. At Little Zak’s Academy, we use this is an opportunity to teach our kids to be accepting of everybody, no matter their background! Difference goes beyond ethnicity and religion – we teach our kids how to interact with differently abled people as well!

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5. Volunteer together

Sadly, not all children have the same opportunities that we can give our own. At our child care centre in Ryde and others throughout NSW, we make it a point to remind our kids to be more involved in their communities by volunteering and helping those in need through donation drives and fund raising events!

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6. Expand their circle of concern

It is easy for children to show their concern towards a loved one such us a family member or a close friend. The challenge is teaching our kids to be kind to those they aren’t necessarily close to. Show your kids you appreciate everyone around you – from the old lady who lives across the street to your bus driver. You could also expand their circle of concern by encouraging your child to attend a birthday party of a classmate they may not be close to.

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7. Banish negativity

In teaching our kids to be kind, we often forget to teach them to be kind to themselves as well. Practice kindness towards yourself by letting go of any negativity self-talk. Model positive thoughts by showing your children the importance of appreciating what they have – their appearance, skills, etc.

 

There’s more than enough kindness in the world to go around. Join Little Zak’s Academy as we participate in World Kindness Day on the 13th of November and help us make the world a better place for all!

 

Helping Kids Celebrate Diversity Through Inclusivity

Australia is home to many various cultures and peoples. With so many beautiful histories, traditions and backgrounds, it’s important to teach our children how to be open-minded and to appreciate and include people from all walks of life!

Every child is born open-minded and accepting of everybody. Here’s how you can encourage your children to be more inclusive and celebrate diversity!

 

1. Speak positively of others

Children learn best from example. At Little Zak’s Academy, we make it a point to create a warm environment that is accepting of everyone, no matter the age, race, job or religion.

Speak only positive of the people around you: your spouse, your neighbours, your friends and even the garbage collectors! Remember to be the model for how your children should act.

 

2. Practice empathy

The best way for children to understand the others’ feelings is by putting themselves in another’s shoes. If you feel like your child has the tendency to leave people out, take the time to discus it with him/her. Ask your child to sit out play time for a few minutes then ask “how did it feel for you to not be included? How you do think others feel when they don’t get asked to play?”

3. Refuse labels

Labels are the strongest way to create a divide between people. Not only do people feel marginalised when called by a label but it can also influence kids to be less inclusive of people “unlike” them. Do away with terms like “the boy who can’t walk” or “the dark girl” as they only point out differences. At our child care centre in Sydney Olympic Park, for example, we ditch any kind of label and call each other by our given first names at all times!

4. Expand your circle

Build a diverse circle for you and your child. Check to see whether you are limiting your child’s circle of concern to including only people from the same background as you or if you give your child access to people from different backgrounds. Make it a point to interact with everyone in your neighbourhood and your community!

5. Introduce cultures

The best way to celebrate diversity is by introducing your child to different cultures! At our child care centre in Ultimo, we regularly introduce traditions and histories of different cultures to our kids so that they grow up with a deep appreciation of different peoples!

Little Zak’s Academy is committed to creating an environment where people from different ages, nationalities, cultures and religions is always welcome! Join us as we strive to become a more inclusive community and be one with us this Social Inclusion Week happening from the 25th of November to the 3rd of December.

 

Beyond the Goos and Ahs: Developing a Connection Through Communication

Effective communication is an important foundation for raising happy and secure children. Communication should be practiced both at home and at their child care centre. After all, a child’s preschool years are the most essential time when it comes to their emotional and social development.

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1.Maintain eye contact
Never under estimate eye contact! From babies to toddlers, communication can best be processed with strong eye contact. It’s the easiest and quickest form to establish a connection with your child and it works with all ages!

 

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2. Respond to their gestures
Babies and toddlers have a tough time effectively communicating their thoughts solely through words and rely a lot on gestures and body language to get their message across. At our child care centre in Brookvale, for instance, our educators make it a point to always be in tune with the children by listening to their words and responding to their gestures.

 

3. Disconnect to reconnect

These days, gadgets and technology often take centre stage in our lives. Take time off from the screen, disconnect from social media for a few hours and really connect with your child.

 

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4. Listen to your child

It’s not enough to just talk to your child – you have to really listen to what they’re saying. Often, we speak not with the intention of hearing but merely to answer or even as a reflex. Take the opportunity to get to know your child more and actively participate in the conversation. Ask questions about his/her day, his/her interests and whatever random topics your child may come up with!

 

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5. Be patient

Your toddler (or baby!) is still in the process of discovering new words and how to string them together to form thoughts. Be patient with your child as they learn more about different words, their meanings and even their correct pronunciation! Resist the urge to complete your child’s sentences and to correct their grammar – instead, listen first to what they are trying to say.

 

6. Avoid baby talk

Children learn to become effective communicators when they are able to expand their vocabulary quickly. While it may seem cute, encouraging your children to mispronounce words or use made up words can slow down the development of their language skills and provides a poor speech model for your kids.

 

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7. Body language matters

Your body language matters as well. Avoid looking impatient such as rolling your eyes, tapping your foot or crossing your arms over your body as this may discourage your child from opening up and communicating with you. Always display a warm persona that’ll make your child more comfortable (and even look forward to) talking to you!
Communication is the most important way we can make our children feel loved and needed. Take the time to make a connection with your child to help them grow up to be more secure and confident!

Little Zak’s Academy is the best preschool in Sydney at developing language and communication skills. Give your child only the best and join our family today!

8 Tips for Parents from Early Learning Centre Educators

Raising a child is both a challenging and rewarding feat. There are days that are filled with nothing but sunshine and giggles and others that make you want to surrender your child to Gumtree! Trust us, we’ve been there as well.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, check out these tried and tested tips from our child care educators!

 

1. Routine
It’s important to establish a routine early on so that your child can come to expect what he or she should do next. Set a designated flow that’s to be followed every day. This helps them remember what’s to come and helps make them calmer about their day.

 

2. Prioritise play
While routine is important in child development, at the centre of it all lies play. Kids are more receptive to learning and discovery when they’re allowed to roam and explore on their own. Our Brookvale and other NSW child care facilities make it a point to make play-based learning the focal point of every child’s stay.

 

3. Use transitions
When allotting time for an activity, utilise transition times to avoid tantrums. For instance, if outside playtime ends at 11:30 am, we make sure to give our children a head’s up at 11:15 am to let them know that outside playtime is about to end which gives them ample amount of time to adjust and finish up whatever they’re doing.

 

4. Tone matters
More than just your words, how you say something matters. Our child care educators vary their speaking tone and volume to help get our children’s attention. We often alternate between using whispering or different voices to keep them focused.

 

5. Praise, praise, praise
Kids love knowing they’ve done something right and that you’re noticing this! If your child has done something good, praise them for it so they’ll be more likely to repeat the same behaviour.

 

6. Avoid over-rewarding
While praise is important, avoid over-rewarding as this may detract your kids from the actual task. This may cause kids to work towards receiving a reward and not actually learning the task. Opt to reward bigger accomplishments such as potty training and resorting to praise for smaller ones.

 

7. Keep it light
If your child refuses to do a task, such as putting away his/her toys, make it a game instead! Keeping activities light and fun encourages children to participate more.

 

8. Ask for help
It takes a village to raise a child! Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. At Little Zak’s, we make it a priority to keep a close bond not only with the kids but with the parents as well! Together, we can work towards giving the best experience for our kids.

 

Bonus Tip: Enjoy this time!
Your children won’t be young for long. Savour every step and milestone of this journey with them!

Having kids is not always easy but it will always be worth it. Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, try one of these tips!

Secrets to Teaching Healthy Eating Habits

One of the biggest struggles parents face is dealing with picky eaters. While it may not always be easy to get kids to eat healthy, it isn’t impossible!

Here are our secrets to teaching our kids healthy eating habits.

 

Let kids see how food grows
Kids are naturally curious and allowing them to see where their food comes from makes them more eager to try it. At our child care centre in Brookvale, we dedicate an entire area just for Little Zak’s Enviro! Our kids get to plant, water and tend to their own veg to help them develop a greater appreciation for produce.

 

Make food interesting
A great way to get kids to eat healthier food is to make it more interesting for them. Let them count the number of broccoli pieces you’re adding to a dish or identify the colours of veg you’ve just purchased from the grocery. The more they get to interact with the food, the better!

 

Prioritise home cooking
Children learn their eating habits at home. Make home cooking a priority instead of opting for fast food or takeaway. They’ll soon develop a fondness for fresh, homemade food instead of processed ones.

 

Have healthy options at home
Kids will only eat sweets if they have access to it. Start them young and avoid getting them used to sugary and processed food. Instead, always have healthy food at hand to have as snacks any time of the day. Great snack options include carrots, celery, berries, kiwi, and apples!

 

Get kids cooking
Kids are more open to eating good food if they’ve made it themselves. Get them involved and cooking as young as possible to build a good foundation of healthy eating. All our facilities, such as our Sydney Olympic Park child care centre, offer Little Zak’s Kitchen to teach the kids how their meals are prepared and to let them learn all about nutritious food choices.

 

Praise healthy choices
It may take some awhile but in time, your kids will learn to reach for a healthy snack instead of a sugary biscuit. Make sure to praise them and know that they’ve made a good choice! Kids after all love knowing they’ve done the right thing!

 

Let them have treats
It’s important to not go overboard with healthy eating! Restricting children can have an adverse effect and may cause them to binge on unhealthy food once outside of your home. Instead, allow your kids to have a treat once in a while.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a struggle with your little one! Just follow our quick tips and watch their eating habits change in no time!

The Adventure Between Animals and Child Development

The Adventure Between Animals and Child Development

Kids have a natural connection with animals. Exposing them to various fuzzy-creatures from a young age helps not only deepen this connection but drastically promote their development!

More compassionate
When kids are asked to care for another living thing at an early age, they learn the importance of being compassionate. What love and protection they show towards a little creature is in turn applied to the people they meet every day!

Increased sense of responsibility
Trusting kids with caring for animals, such as a pet, makes them more responsible. They quickly learn how their pet is dependent on them and will be more mindful when it comes to feeding time and cleaning up after it.

Better social development
Love for animals is instinctual in little children and can become a common ground between them. Exposing your child to different types of animals can serve as a topic of interest to help them engage with other children their age! After all, children are more likely to interact with other kids who like the same things.

Deeper form of empathy
Empathy is something our educators aim to teach all our children. In our Sydney Olympic Park child care facility, for instance, we have regular incursions which expose the children to various animals and veterinarians who can help teach our children to love all types of animals. They then soon learn to empathise with not just animals but with everyone around them.

Appreciation of nature
Sadly, a lot of Australia’s natural wildlife is endangered or at a high risk of being endangered. At our child care centre in Brookvale and various others in NSW, we teach our kids the importance of caring for all creatures so future generations may also appreciate them. Through this, we hope to raise a generation of Australians committed to preserving and caring for our wildlife.

Love for the Earth
Once kids have learned to love animals, they also learn to love their natural habitats. As a result, kids not only care for the animals but are also more committed to helping protect the Earth. They become more aware of how their actions affect the planet which then helps them make more environmentally-conscious choices in the future!

Learning to love animals starts from a young age. At Little Zak’s, we make sure kids learn the importance of caring for animals of all shapes and sizes. Join us as we celebrate World Animal Day on the 4th of October and help us take better care of Australia’s wildlife!

How to Encourage Your Kids to Be More Resourceful

As parents, we want nothing more than to raise our kids to be the best versions of themselves as possible. Instead of shielding our children from failures, we should teach them how to become more resourceful and resilient!

Here are our 5 tips on raising more resourceful children!

1. Coach, don’t control
Parents typically fall into the trap of doing things for their child if they feel their child needs help. This does nothing to help the child and only teaches them that their parents will always be there to pick up where they fail. Instead of controlling the situation, try to coach them through it! Offer useful suggestions and encouragement but allow your child to do the task at hand by him/herself.

2. Model resourcefulness
Children learn by example. If they see you coming up with a quick solution, they’ll pick up this way of thinking and apply it to themselves in the future. Instead of running to the grocery right before dinner, brainstorm with your child and figure out a possible dish with the ingredients you have in your pantry!

3. Support them through their struggle
Yes, the temptation to “rescue” your child through a frustrating experience may be strong but it won’t be helpful. At our child care centre in Brookvale, for instance, we allow our children to feel frustrated and teach them that this is a normal feeling. Instead of soothing them and offering the solution, we sympathise with their struggles but at the same time allow them to come up with a solution on their own.

4. Value effort, not perfection
An important thing to teach your child is their efforts matter more than their results! Teach them to embrace their mistakes and to take each failure as a lesson learned. 

If your child spills milk, for example, bring out the mop or sponge and teach them that mistakes happen and that they should take accountability for it by cleaning it up themselves.

5. Encourage and teach self-encouragement
The most important thing you can do to raise a resourceful child is to encourage him/her. Stop underestimating your child and trust that s/he can figure out a solution by him/herself.

At our Sydney Olympic Park child care centre, we don’t just stop at encouraging our kids – we teach them how they can encourage themselves. Little mantras such as “practice makes perfect!” and “I think I can, I think I can!” can teach kids to keep going even when they feel frustrated or defeated!

At the end of the day, our jobs as parents is to equip our kids with the skills they need to survive on their own. Take these 5 helpful tips and raise independent, resourceful children of your own!

Why You Should Have More Father-Child Bonding

It’s a well-established fact that mother-child bonding is essential to a child’s development but recent studies have shown that dad’s active participation contributes just as much to a child’s well-being!

On top of the care from mum and the attention given from a child care facility, bonding with dad has proven to be a big factor when it comes to influencing a child in their later years. In fact, some findings have even indicated that a father’s presence was the biggest influencer to a child’s development!

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Effects of Father-Child Bonding
According to researcher Melanie Mallers, a professor in psychology at the California State University “fathers play a hugely important role in the mental health of their children much later in life. They have a unique style of interacting with their children and men who report having had a good relationship with their father during childhood were found to be better at dealing with stress.”

Apart from emotional and social development, dads can greatly affect a child’s academic development! Studies show that children who were more likely to get higher grades and better reading scores if they have a dad who was highly involved in their school activities (e.g. parent-teacher conferences, coaching the football team, etc.)

A more involved father will also give mum a much-deserved break! Dad and child can spend more time bonding while mum can have some time off to herself. This can create a happier and more relaxed home environment.

Bonding Begins at Birth
It’s important for dads to establish a good relationship with their child from birth. Common ways to create this initial bond include creating eye-contact, talking to a child and maintaining skin-to-skin contact.

As the child gets older, dad needs to come up with new ways to bond with him or her. Start with playing peekaboo with your infant then transition to introducing your child to sports or outdoor games!

Dads can still be active in their child’s life even while they’re at the child care centre. Become more present in your child’s life by volunteering at his or her child care centre as often as possible. At our child care centre in Brookvale, we encourage the active participation of all our parents!

Without a doubt, mums and dads play important although different roles in a child’s life. With the right balance and coordination, both mums and dads alike can work together to raise well-adjusted kids!

Work hand-in-hand with our Brookvale and other NSW child care centres to develop a strong father-child bond with your children!

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.