Happy Faces CCC & K is a long day care centre located in Mill Park, VIC. We are a family orientated centre that caters for children from 6 weeks to 5 years.
Mission: Happy Faces Philosophy Our Philosophy is based on the opinion that a child’s feeling of happiness will promote learning, development and positive self-image. Happy Faces Childcare and Kindergarten believes that happiness evolves through an environment that is fun, secure, respectful and reassuring.
Operating as usual
What a busy day we’ve had today! All the busy little helpers ‘working’ with Naum, shovelling and scooping up the new delivery of tan bark and distributing it around the yard. An amazing effort in many shapes and forms by all the children working together as a team.
This is a good opportunity for children to explore mathematics in daily activities. Some examples are: how many scoops to fill the wagon and is the wagon full/empty.
Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
* 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
* 4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another.
Learning Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
* 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.
Pirate Day is an annual national day of dressing up to raise awareness for childhood brain cancer. It was great to see all the children getting involved and dressing up this morning. To celebrate we had a special pirate themed day with lots of activities. We made pirate hats and sail boats with fishing outside and water play. The children were lucky enough to have a pirate ship pinata filled with little surprises that they got to smash with their pirate swords.
17th - 21st August 2020
This week at Happy Faces was science week. We spent lots of time through the week trying out different experiments.
The first experiment we tried was called instant ice. We placed two bottles filled with water in the freezer and took them out just before they started to freeze. We placed a couple of ice cubes in a bowl. Carefully pouring the water onto the ice cubes creating a column of frozen ice. The trick to this experiment is getting the water temperature right, cold enough to freeze but hasn’t quite frozen yet. This is an experiment we would like to try again as the water started to form crystals but there was no column of frozen ice.
The next experiment we tried was walking water. Filling serval glasses with water and then placing a couple of drops of food colouring into the water, using a different colour for each glass. Using paper towel we placed one end into one glass and the other end in the next glass, till each glass was joined by the paper towel. Throughout the day we continued to look at the glasses noticing the coloured water had traveled all the way up the paper towel and back down into the other glass, mixing the colours to create new colours.
Next we did the exploding bicarb bags. This is where you split vinegar and bicarb into separate compartments in a zip lock bag and shake to mix. When the vinegar and bicarb mix together it creates carbon dioxide, the bag blows up like a bubble and then pops.
The last experiment we tried was the rainbow skittles experiment. Placing the skittles in a single row around the edge of a plate, and pouring warm water covering all the skittles. We all watched as a rainbow appeared on the plate. The colours ran out of the skittles and moved towards the middle creating a whirl of colours.
This week we also celebrated two birthdays. On Thursday. Harnika turned 3 and on Friday, Melissa turned 1. Happy Birthday, and we hope you had a wonderful day 😊
Wow, its hard to believe it’s Friday already. Where did the week go?
We’ve had a great week together with lots of laughter some pasting and painting including ourselves and painting our noses red for Red Nose Day, singing and dancing, reading our favourite story ‘Monkey Puzzle’, threading, developing our numeracy and literacy skills as well as plenty of time outside in the fresh air - climbing, building, swinging and riding bikes.
megaphone.org.au This crisis has been an incredibly exhausting and anxious time for everyone working in early education. Tens of thousands of educators across Melbourne have been on the front lines of this pandemic. We have kept going to work every day despite the risk to ourselves and our loved ones. Instead of tha...
Yesterday, the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria will move to Stage 3 restrictions and metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions, to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
From Thursday, these requirements apply to all early childhood education and care (ECEC) services across all metropolitan Melbourne and rural and regional Victoria until at least Sunday 13 September.
As we receive information about further restrictions we will update families as quickly as possible.
Here is the most recent information that we have receive in regards to the education sector.
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24th July 2020
What a busy and productive week we’ve had at Happy Faces, the children in the kinder and junior kinder revisited our discussions with Seemore Safety on healthy practices such as hand washing and about keeping our bodies and minds healthy which is important to combat germs and viruses that are present in the environment. We also spent time enjoying our time interacting with each other (and some solitary time too) as well as exploring our environment, continuing learning about the components of the water cycle - precipitation, accumulation, evaporations and condensation and finishing off the week with our Crazy Hair day. It was awesome to see all the wonderful and colourful hair do’s
There was also lots of time spent outside…. In the mornings we discuss with the children the day of the week, what the date is, what the weather is outside. We try to spend at least half an hour outside if not more. Outdoor play is so important for us all year round, it’s vital for our growth and development, gives us the opportunity to stretch our muscles, breath fresh air and enjoy the freedom of space and best of all its fun. The only restriction usually to get outside is our clothing, so please remember families to send those jackets in (and if you’ve got them, a hat and gloves).
Also remember to keep track of posts and messages in the app so you’re up to date with what we’re up to at Happy Faces.
Our Week - 15th to 19th June 2020
This week at Happy Faces we welcome a new child to the babies room, Melissa and we also had a very excited Chloe return as well. Starting at a new centre or returning from a break from your regular routine can often see children display signs of separation anxiety from their parents. This is a very normal part of social and emotional development and behaviour and it is important that we work together to make the transition and settling process as smooth as possible. Some tips to help are: Where possible leave your child with a familiar educator, always say goodbye, and never sneak away and also try not to extend the separation period as it confuses the child if you keep coming back.
This week has been filled with lots of awesome experiences. The kinder’s and junior kinder’s continued our discussions and interest in our emergency services - Police, Fire and Ambulance. Over the past weeks we have been observing the police cars coming and going from the police station and we have noticed the police helicopter flying over regularly. We have also noticed the Fire trucks visiting the police station with their sirens going as well as some ambulances pass by. To extend on this interest we completed our box emergency services station and created an emergency services hub in the home corner.
The babies and toddlers enjoyed singing and dancing, painting and pasting, visiting the bigger kids in the yard and enjoying the slide, taking ‘selfies’ and blowing lots of bubbles.
We also spent lots of time outside this week and attempted to fly the kite (although not successfully) when we had some wind.
To finish off the week the kinder and junior kinder children participated in a beans in a greenhouse experience where they have ‘planted’ a bean and will watch the growing process. The greenhouse allows the children to see not only the sprout but the root system that is usually hidden in the dirt. Keep an eye out for progress updates.
Monday 22nd June we will be recognising International make music day and Friday the 26th June is ‘National Bring your dog to work’ day so we will be having a special furry visitor at Happy Faces, Casey’s dog Rex. If anyone has any questions or concerns about Rex visiting please let us know.
Just a reminder to please make sure your child has a jacket for when we venture outside and please remember to clearly label your children’s belongings.
8th June - 12th June 2020
Although we had a shorter week this week due to the Queens Birthday our week we still had a full, busy week. We started off the week with the arrival of a new member to the Happy Faces Family as Stephanie, Daniel and Nikola welcomed their new baby girl - Kristina. Throughout the week the children in the kinder and junior kinder revisited our discussions with Seemore Safety on healthy practices such as hand washing (before we eat, after toileting, coughing, sneezing etc), keeping things like our drink bottles and lunch boxes clean on a daily basis, wearing a hat and sunscreen in the warmer months, eating a variety of healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, dental hygiene, the importance of rest and sleep and spending time outdoors. We talked about how all of these things keep our bodies and minds healthy and help to combat germs and virus that are present in the environment. We also spoke about what was happening in our community such as the coming and going of the police cars across the road at the police station and the fire truck that arrived one day also at the police station.
There was also plenty of opportunities for exploring through art and craft such as painting leaves, decorating a box that we’re turning into a Fire Station and making ‘Melting snowmen’, exploring our environment and time outside.
The children finished off the week with a cooking experience - one of our favourites, Fried rice where the children had the opportunity to participate in the preparation of the ingredients and to assist in the cooking of the meal.
Just a reminder if families can please label their children’s personal items to avoid any confusion as to what belongs to who.
1st June - 5th June 2020
What a busy and productive week we’ve had at Happy Faces, celebrating birthdays, recognising National Reconciliation Week, creating some wonderful art work, welcoming more friends back, enjoying our time interacting with each other (and some solitary time too) as well as exploring our environment.
From 27th May - 3rd of June saw us recognise National Reconciliation week. National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. To encourage the children to get involved we discussed our families, inclusion and participated in some indigenous inspired art work where we used natural earthy colours and sticks for painting. We also have our acknowledgement to country which is an act of respect for Australia’s Traditional Owners, and the continuing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to the land, sea, sky and waterways.
On Thursday we also celebrated not one but two birthdays. Tai’s 4th birthday and Isabelle’s 3rd birthday. We had a big party with the kinder and junior kinder to celebrate.
There was also lots of time spent outside…. In the morning we discuss with the children the day of the week, what the date is, what the weather is and what clothes we should wear to go outside. Outdoor play is so important for us all year round, it’s vital for our growth and development, gives us the opportunity to stretch our muscles, breath fresh air and enjoy the freedom of space and best of all its fun. The only restriction usually to get outside is our clothing, so please remember families to send those jackets in (and if you’ve got them, a hat and gloves).
Also remember to keep track of posts and messages in the app so you’re up to date with what we’re up to at Happy Faces.
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This week at Happy Faces
25th May - 29th May 2020
This week the older children have continued to look at the weather and have discussed that next week sees the start of winter. As previously mentioned we were going start looking at ‘rain fall’ and have made a rain gauge with a recycled milk bottle that we have put outside to catch and measure the rain. So far this week there has been no rain to record so we will have to wait to next week, we also have a kite that we’re eager to take outside and fly but of course this depends on the weather to……
Throughout the week we have also been building some magnificiant magnet towers, having some rather loud fun playing, singing and dancing with the musical instruments, making chocolate crackles, exploring our numbers and letters and on Wednesday we celebrated Willow’s 3rd birthday. We had a fabulous day indulging in some ice cream cake and then we had a mini disco with the party lights and did some dancing. We hope Willow had an awesome birthday.
Over last couple of weeks we have welcomed back some of the children that have been at home with their families over the past weeks. It’s been really wonderful to see everyone and how much they’ve grown. In the coming weeks we’re looking forward to seeing more children and families return as older siblings return to school and some parents return to work. In the meantime if you’re still at home with your children have a look at some of the programs and ideas that we’ve shared in OWNA. Let us know if you’re having any trouble accessing them.
Our Week at Happy Faces 18th - 22nd May 2020
This week at Happy Faces saw us welcome back some of our friends who have been spending the last few weeks at home. Although its only been a few weeks it was amazing to see how much the children had grown and their smiling faces.
The children have been busy exploring experiences inside, learning more about the dinosaurs, using the interactive table, dancing (a favourite with the babies and toddies) and spending as much outside as possible. Playing outdoors is so vital for children, children can find much enjoyment reading in the shade of a tree, building in the sand pit, pouring and splashing in water, collecting sticks and leaves, exploring through pretend play on the play equipment, the list is endless. Playing outdoors allows children time to look and listen, observe and explore, nurtures their imaginations and creativity, encourages the joy of movement, builds resilience and safe risk taking, increases wellbeing and self-confidence, leads to better physical health, encourages friendships and establishes social and emotional connections including turn taking and understanding emotions and self-regulation. Outside play is so important for all children all year round so it’s important that your children have the right clothing in their bags to make it possible.
We were also busy throughout the week discussing the changing weather outside and looking at how the trees have been changing and all the leaves that have fallen to the ground. Eva bought in some awesome leaves for the children to explore and look at as well as use them for an art experience. The children did some roller painting on the leaves and then looked at the stencil that the leaf had left on the paper. Over the coming weeks the older children will continue to look at the weather as we approach winter. The increase in rain falls is a great opportunity for us as educators to take the children’s interest and curiosity in the weather and provide intentional teaching such as the water cycle and why the seasons and weather changes.
Outcome 3 - Wellbeing & Outcome 4 - Learning
In 1992, Eva, Naum and Lily saw the need for good quality childcare to serve the community in the City of Whittlesea, leading to the development of Happy Faces Childcare Centre and Kindergarten. The facilities were purpose built and the first privately owned centre of its kind in the municipality. We are still going strong 28 years later and still in the same family.
Throughout the years of operation, many changes have occurred in the childcare industry and Happy Faces has embraced, grown, developed and moved with these changes.
Happy Faces Childcare Centre and Kindergarten believes that happiness evolves through an environment that is fun, secure, respectful and reassuring.
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