The educators at Kenmore District Kindergarten are advocates for nature play. Please click the following link to read the blog on the Nature Play QLD website:
On the 12th & 15th March, Toby from Bee Aware came and spoke to the children about bees, especially native bees including the tickle bees otherwise known as native stingless bees that we have at kindy.
The children learnt if there were no bees we wouldn’t be able to eat fruit, as many of the fruits we love like strawberries, oranges and blueberries rely on bees. Stinging Bees only sting because they are scared. If you stand still and just watch them, then you probably won’t get stung.
We found out how bees collect and make the honey and also how to ‘rob’ the hives; including a live demonstration. The honey that was collected was then poured into a jar. The best bit – we all had the opportunity to taste this yummy honey both straight from the hive and from the jug of collected honey. The children were fascinated.
A fantastic time was had by all at the Annual Family BBQ held on Friday 16th March. Families enjoyed catching up and also meeting each other, all while enjoying a BBQ dinner. The kids had a wonderful time with entertainment, treats and of course, each other! A huge effort from staff and parents alike made this night an enjoyable success!
Thank you to those who participated in our annual survey!
Overall our 2017 Parent survey results were very positive and we were proud to know that 100% of the respondents would recommend Kenmore District Kindergarten to others!
Well done to everyone at the Kindy!
This year Kenmore District Kindergarten celebrated its 60th year of providing high quality early childhood education and care.
To celebrate this important milestone, we held a Family Fun Day on Saturday 22nd July 2017.
Thanks you to all the families who shared this special day with us. Thank you to the local businesses for supporting us in holding this event.
Our featured children entertainer was Jurrasic Joe
Thank you to our sponsors and silent auction partners.
We enjoyed having author Cori Brooke at our Kindy during book week. Cori, author of ‘Fearless with Dad’ and ‘Max and George’ read her books to the children along with her other favourite stories.
Cori also read her book called ‘All I Want for Christmas is Rain’ which made it onto the Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood Book of the Year 2017 Short List.
We are so pleased to have our own signed copy of ‘Fearless with Dad’!
Cate Collopy, from the Flying Arts Alliance, worked with the children in making a clay fish. The children used their fine motor skills to pinch, roll and flatten the clay. They then used shells, sequins and beads to decorate their fish.
The children were very proud of their creations!
What a privilege it was to meet so many native Australian animals at Kindy. The ladies from Geckoes Wildlife brought along with them their beautiful and tame animals which the children were able to touch and observe close-up.
We saw turtles, a tree frog, a variety of lizards and a carpet python. We also met a ring-tailed possum, a potoroo and a chatty tawny frogmouth. The children all had the opportunity to touch a baby salt-water crocodile.
What an experience!
At Kenmore District Kindergarten we recognise the value and positive effect for all children in engaging in physical activity. Providing a movement program at this early age enables children to acquire fundamental motor skills alongside gaining feelings of competence in movement. Once in place, these skills serve as the foundation for more complex skills later in life. Happy, successful experiences early on will have a positive effect, enhancing not only physical development but also cognitive and social development. Active physical play engages the enthusiasm of children. Children use movement to express feelings, manipulate objects and learn about their world as well as delighting in physical accomplishment and enjoyment of movement.
At Kenmore District Kindergarten physical activity and movement are integral components of our everyday programs and we also enlist the skills of outside sports companies such as Go Sports to provide specific programs for a block of time throughout the year to enhance and support the physical development of the children attending our service.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Vol 73, Issue 1, 2002.
The Elementary School Journal, Vol 108, #3, 2008.
The children experienced a unique indigenous performance by Lucas Proudfoot. Lucas shared with the children some of his knowledge about aboriginal culture including how the didgeridoo is made and played. The children were able to sing and dance while Lucas played on his musical instruments including the guitar, stomp box and didgeridoo, clap sticks and boomerangs.