Life Lessons and Family Bonding Vanishing as Family Meal Times Lost To Busy Lifestyles Co-founder of Paisley Park and early childhood specialist, Katarzyna Wieczorek-Ghisso shares her thoughts on families and mealtimes. Families today are struggling to find quality time together where the focus is on…
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THEY might not be able to speak in full sentences yet, but Randwick preschoolers are already helping the community with a new food outreach program.
The children at Paisley Park Early Learning Centre Randwick are cooking meals that are individually packed for local women’s and children’s shelters as part of the Cooking for our Community project.
Your child needs to be between the ages of 18 months and three years before they are mature enough to recognise the urge to go to the toilet.
Toilet training is a new skill for your child to learn.
Praise every little success and remain calm about accidents.
Your child might take years to reliably master night-time dryness. This is normal.
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We started 2019 with an exciting event, as we were meeting Miguel Maestre. He is a famous Spanish chef and TV celebrity from a number of Australian television shows including The Living Room and Dancing With The Stars.
Today (12th January 2019) is the official opening of Paisley Park Early Learning Centre. Located at Hallett Cove (a southern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia) meeting Miguel Maestre is something that many of the locals are excited about too.
International research has perpetuated the evolution of early childhood education in Australia. While these trends have driven increased demand for teacher training, experts caution that, in an environment where institutions are pressured to continue contributing to the nation’s economic success, quality teaching is at risk of being compromised. Fuelled by evidence released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in their Starting Strong report in 2006, which highlighted that Australia’s investment in early education was one fifth of the global average, the then Rudd Government introduced the National Reform Agenda.
Obesity in young children within Australia is a rising concern, with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reporting that as many as one in four children will be overweight or obese by the age of five. The upshot of this is that overweight or obese children are more likely to develop chronic disease at an older age, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Paisley Park Early Learning Centre, together with chef and host of The Living Room, Miguel Maestre, are tackling the issue through their 20 centres across Australia that practice innovative techniques to teach healthy eating habits and encouraging positive relationships with food from a preschool age.
It’s coming up to that time of year where many families are preparing their child for the big ‘S’, BIG SCHOOL. Whilst families with siblings who already attend school are well versed on what’s to come, others are quivering at the thought of sending their child into unknown territory, not to mention the pressure this puts on the whole family.
There are many talented Childcare Cooks in kitchens around Australia. Without their passion, efficiency and flexibility, centres offering a ‘full meal service’ would simply not survive. By a ‘full meal service’, I refer to the delivery of a menu of up to 5 meals per day; breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and late afternoon. In some cases, this even extends to dinner provision. Coupled with the demand of catering for individual allergies and dietary preferences. Extending beyond recipe basics can be quite challenging, notwithstanding the additional pressure of meeting national guidelines, budgets and time limitations.
Long gone are the days when meal preparation was limited to the delivery of traditional early learning centre classics. While certain dishes such as spaghetti bolognaise remain favourites, we need to explore better ways of broadening tastebuds, and reignite our passion for cooking, not only for the benefit of children, but also for the betterment of our nation’s health.
Ingredients 1.5L chicken stock 3 tbsp unsalted butter 2 tbsp olive oil 1 leek roughly chopped 1 brown onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 350g Arborio rice Salt and pepper 1 zucchini, diced 1 bunch asparagus, cut into thirds 300g frozen peas, thawed 375g tub ricotta ½ bunch mint, leaves picked 1 lemon Method Heat the stock…
BELINDA Russo was still a child herself when she decided a career with kids was for her. Now, 15 years into her dream job as an early childhood educator, she’s been recognised for her efforts.
The Paisley Park Urangan teacher has been named a finalist in the Educator of the Year category of the Australian Early Education and Care Awards.
We are fortunate in the field of early childhood to rarely work in isolation. On any given day, in fact, we have wonderful opportunities to reflect on our own practice and learn from other colleagues. While such opportunities are plentiful, we often find ourselves focused on other matters without making time for our own professional learning. For many services, such is a common predicament, especially as we focus our energy on responding to government policy changes. In this article, I advocate for a mentorship approach, and encourage centre directors to delve deeper into a collaborative process that acknowledges daily reflection as central to long-term professional learning.
In the last decade, Australia’s childcare sector has undergone many significant changes, some of which can be attributed to results from the ‘Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care’, which was conducted in 2006 by the Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development (OECD). In this review, Australia was identified as one of the lowest-spending countries on the provision of high-quality education and care (see Figure 5.3). These alarming statistics have perpetuated many government and state territory policy changes, the most significant of which has seen the review of the way childcare provision is assessed nationally.
TO PROMOTE healthy eating habits in children, Paisley Park Early Learning Centre Bundaberg is teaming up with leading chef and TV host Miguel Maestre. The collaboration is designed to lead the fight against childhood obesity in Australia where nearly a quarter of children are overweight by the time they turn five.
Co-founder of Paisley Park and early childhood specialist, Katarzyna Wieczorek-Ghisso, is passionate about sharing her personal and professional early childhood knowledge with Paisley Park families. Here she provides comment about Cyclone Debbie, how it can effect and influence our children and how as parents, we can…
It almost goes without saying that Australia is a country with high levels of cultural and linguistic diversity. In fact, data collected in the 2011 census confirmed that a quarter of all Australians speak a language other than English at home, and more than 200 languages are spoken across Australia , including more than 60 languages spoken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (ABS 2013). With a commitment to supporting a culture of equity, inclusion and diversity in the workplace, the Fair Work Ombudsman launched its Workforce Diversity and Inclusion strategy in 2013, recognising gender, age, ethnicity, background and religious beliefs as factors that impact an individual’s life and work experiences.
In a career spanning more than 20 years, I have always taken much interest in engaging early childhood educators to embrace complex issues in the sector, one of which includes the topic of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Despite the fact that the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) considers embracing Indigenous perspectives in early childhood programs as paramount, I find it interesting that we have to navigate tense waters when broaching the subject. Identified as a key initiative in the OECD Thematic Review (2009), many services appear to struggle with direction in this area. Essentially, it comes down to a review of attitudes and an appreciation that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures hold a unique place in Australian history.
Despite the Statistics of rising numbers of children entering Childcare each year, for many us mothers, dealing with the overwhelming burden of guilt continues to be a daily chore. Coupled with the battle of navigating the morning routine in getting our child ready, it’s no wonder we spend most of our day thinking up ways to avoid the commute altogether.
Since the introduction of the National Quality Standard in 2011, early childhood educators have sought support to implement what they consider to be a very complex set of measures. Coupled with their lack of experience, one of the main challenges with implementing the standards is the growing divide between theory and practice, especially given that many educators undertook their training well over 20 years ago.
Successful childcare centre operators are those who recognise the effective management of human resources as fundamental to their longevity, and thus focus their energy on ensuring that staff members are suitably qualified,have relevant experience, and are able to maintain high levels of performance.
Over the past decade numerous curriculum documents have been written across Australia to support the provision of educational programs for children in childcare. ‘The practice of relationships’ in New South Wales is one example. Remarkably, up until 2009, each state and territory has independently implemented programs only as guided by their state recommendations, none of which have ever been measured as part of service compliance or quality standards.
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