Australia Day

I hope everyone had a lovely, if a little wet, Australia Day.  We celebrated here at Noah’s on Friday with face painting, Australia craft, reading Australian Books and of course eating Australian Food!  The children all had fun preparing and then eating their vegemite sandwiches followed by a yummy pavlova and lamingtons.  All vital ingredients in Possum Magic. Thank you Miss Beccy for the great face painting (She is happy to come to birthday parties)

 

 

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Naidoc Week

We all had a great time celebrating this special week.

Rachel, one of our parents kindly came in to share her family’s culture with us all.  She showed us a video of her husband’s mob performing.

She bought in didgeridoos and tapping sticks that the children talked about and the boys had a go playing the didgeridoo and the girls played the tapping sticks.

This was followed by some time spent creating some beautiful artworks.  Thank you so much Rachel for your time.

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This great family also produced a unique artwork for the centre which is proudly displayed in the Rainbow Room

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Peppa Pig’s Big Splash

What a great time we had on Friday.  We set out to raise $150 for the Little Treasures Foundation and have some fun along the way.  Well we raised $500 and certainly had fun.  There was a slip and slide, paddling pools, water pistols and of course a very muddy puddle to splash in.  All the children joined in making sure that everyone got wet.  Elijah got the first turn in the muddy puddle as he raised $80.  He was joined by Miss Cate and Miss Beccy.

 

 

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Clean Up Kurraba!!!!

What a fantastic morning we had today cleaning up our local park.  All the children put on their gloves and got their tongs ready.  With the help of Pastor David, Graeme, Jamie-Lee, Melanie and Lee all the children split into small groups and set off to see what rubbish had been left and needed picking up. With much enthusiasm we collected 5 full bags of rubbish and two of recycling.  What a successful trip.  The children should be very proud of their efforts.

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Clean Up Australia Postponed

Due to wet weather we have had to postpone our Clean Up efforts.  We will try again on Friday 7th March

Babies and Kids Markets Terrigal Sunday 2nd March

We will be having a stall at the Baby and Kids Markets at Terrigal on Sunday 2nd March.  Come down and join us to make some masks and enter our colouring competition.  There will be lots of bargains to be found on all the other stalls.  It is undercover so no matter what the weather we will be there.

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Clean Up Australia Day

On Friday February 28th, 2014 Noah’s Ark Care and Learning Centre have registered for Clean Up Australia Day. We enjoy being involved with our local community as much as possible.

Australia Day

At Noah’s Ark Care and Learning Centre we a preparing for Australia Day with a good old fashioned Aussie BBQ.  The children enjoyed a sausage sandwich for lunch. YUM!

The children are also learning about all kinds of Australian animals and Australian icons such as Uluru, The Opera House and The Sydney Harbour Bridge.

We have been singing and dancing to Aussie songs  called “wombat wobble” and Aboriginal songs”red, black and yellow”.

Reading dream-time stories “how the kangaroos got their tails” and other Australian stories such as “wombat stew”, “possum magic” and “the kangaroo played the didgeridoo”

Dot paintings and all sorts of artworks that represent Australia are being enjoyed by all children.

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Early Childhood Teachers

We are delighted to announce that we have now employed two new staff members here at Noah’s Ark.

Sue and Linda are both University trained Early Childhood Teachers with over 30 years of experience between them.  These wonderful ladies will be working in our Rainbow Room with our three to five year olds throughout the year as they prepare for Big School.  We are all looking forward to working together to ensure your children receive the best Care and Education possible.

 

Sun Safety

The weather is warming up and the sun’s rays are getting stronger. With the right precautions, children can safely play in the sun. Here are the most effective strategies:

Always use sunscreen

Apply sunscreen about 15 to 30 minutes before kids go outside so that a good layer of protection can form. Don’t forget about lips, hands, ears, feet, shoulders, and behind the neck. Lift up bathing suit straps and apply sunscreen underneath them (in case the straps shift as a child moves). Re-apply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Use Protective Eyewear for children

Sun exposure damages the eyes as well as the skin. Even 1 day in the sun can result in a burned cornea (the outermost, clear membrane layer of the eye). Cumulative exposure can lead to cataracts (clouding of the eye lens, which leads to blurred vision) later in life. The best way to protect eyes is to wear sunglasses.

Not all sunglasses provide the same level of ultraviolet protection; darkened plastic or glass lenses without special UV filters just trick the eyes into a false sense of safety. Purchase sunglasses with labels ensuring that they provide 100% UV protection.

Avoid the Strongest Rays of the Day

First, seek shade when the sun is at its highest overhead and therefore strongest (usually 10 a.m. until 4 p.m). If children must be in the sun between these hours, be sure to apply and reapply protective sunscreen — even if they’re just playing in the backyard. Most sun damage occurs as a result of incidental exposure during day-to-day activities, not at the beach.

Even on cloudy, cool, or overcast days, UV rays travel through the clouds and reflect off sand, water, and even concrete. Clouds and pollution don’t filter out UV rays, and they can give a false sense of protection. This “invisible sun” can cause unexpected sunburn and skin damage. Often, children are unaware that they’re developing a sunburn on cooler or windy days because the temperature or breeze keeps skin feeling cool on the surface.

Cover Up

One of the best ways to protect your family from the sun is to wear proper protective sun hats such as bucket hats and legionnaire hats that shade the whole face and neck (not caps). Cover up and shield skin from UV rays by ensuring that clothes will screen out harmful UV rays by placing your hand inside the garments and making sure you can’t see it through them.

Because infants have thinner skin and underdeveloped melanin, their skin burns more easily than that of older children. But sunscreen should not be applied to babies under 6 months of age, so they absolutely must be kept out of the sun whenever possible. If your infant must be in the sun, dress him or her in clothing that covers the body, including hats with wide brims to shadow the face. Use an umbrella to create shade.

Even older children need to escape the sun. For all-day outdoor affairs, bring along a wide umbrella or a pop-up tent to play in. If it’s not too hot outside and won’t make children even more uncomfortable, have them wear light long-sleeved shirts and/or long pants.