Happy Faces Childcare Centre & Kindergarten

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.

Operating as usual

Photos from Happy Faces Childcare Centre & Kindergarten's post 07/05/2021

This afternoon we had our annual Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea (2020 doesn’t count 🙄) at Happy Faces. It was so wonderful to see the all the mums that attended as well as the faces of their children when they arrived. For a bit of fun we played a game of musical chairs where everyone was a winner then followed by our afternoon tea of sandwiches, fruit platters and scones with jam and cream. There was plenty of smiles, laughter and chatter throughout the afternoon and some playing with the mums before heading home for the weekend. We hope all the mums, grandmas and substitute mums have a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday ❤️

Learning outcome 1 - Identitiy
Learning outcome 2 - Community
Learning outcome 3 - Wellbeing

Photos from Happy Faces Childcare Centre & Kindergarten's post 07/05/2021

On Wednesday night our team at Happy Faces completed our First aid course. Every three years we must refresh our first aid skills, asthma and anaphylaxis training and CPR (CPR also requires an annual refresher) as outlined in the mandatory requirements for Early childhood services. We all participated in performing a scenario where we had to follow DRSABCD - checking for Danger, attempting to get a Response, Sending for help, checking Airways and Breathing, CPR/compressions and using the defibrillator. We performed these scenarios on both an adult size mannequin and a baby mannequin. We had to show the trainer that we could undertake the required chest compressions and ‘breaths’ (for this we used a BVM -bag valve mask) that was also appropriate to the patients size and then to use a defibrillator. We further discussed the steps required to perform CPR - DRSABCD and some other possible scenarios and how to respond, we also covered discussed some examples of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as gloves, masks, aprons, treatment for bleeding, bite and stings, broken bones and asthma and anaphylaxis.

Standard 2.2
Children’s Health and Safety.
Element 2.2.2
Incident and emergency management.
Plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies are developed in consultation with relevant authorities, practised and implemented

09/04/2021

At Happy Faces we have many families that celebrate Orthodox Easter, which this year was from 16th April till the 19th April. On Thursday 16th April the children helped Denise, Lyndal and Casey to dye some hard boiled eggs Red, dying eggs red (usually on the Thursday before Easter - known as Holy Thursday) is an Orthodox Easter tradition. Dying the eggs Red is to represent the blood of Christ and then on Easter Sunday the eggs are cracked open to represent his resurrection and his new life. Activities like this are important for the children as they are able to learn about other cultures, their celebrations and traditions and their meanings.
Outcome 2 - Children are connected with and contribute to their world, Children respond to diversity with respect.

Photos from Happy Faces Childcare Centre & Kindergarten's post 12/02/2021

Lunar New Year at Happy Faces

At Happy Faces we love to participate in activities and experiences that are inclusive of the diverse nature of our families and community. Over the next week (11th - 17th February) we will be celebrating Lunar New Year and The spring festival period. It's called the Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many east Asian countries including China, South Korea, and. Vietnam. Lunar New year is also commonly call The Spring Festival in many Asian cultures
In the centre foyer you may have noticed the beautiful display of decorative lanterns, dragons and other items of good luck at the centre and throughout the Centre we will be celebrating in many different ways. The children will have the opportunity to paint and paste lanterns, do painting and other collage pasting in the tradional colours of red and gold as well as participating in other craft activities that focus on the cultures and traditions.
The kinder and junior kinder children will also be discussing facts about the new year festivities such as what the red and gold colours mean, some of the traditions of the festival and the meaning of the lunar year, this year being the year of the ox.
Yesterday the children were involved in a group cooking experience making rice paper rolls with Lyndal and Kim. They were able to assist with preparing the ingredients that they need added to their rice paper and rolled up - they were very sticky but it was wonderful to see the children trying to have a go at rolling them.

24/12/2020

We made it! What a year 2020 has been. It’s been a year of ups and downs but also a year that showed us appreciation and highlighted our strengths. Thank you to all our wonderful families for supporting us at Happy Faces throughout this journey that was 2020.
2021!, we’re ready for new experiences, challenges and everything that is yet to come.
From all of us at Happy Faces, we wish you a Merry Christmas, a safe and Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2021

23/12/2020

Congratulations Casey and Matt on your Wedding from all of us at Happy Faces 👰🏼🤵🏼

16/11/2020

Busy bees at HFaces👏👏

Our Week - 9th - 13th November.

We had another wonderful, busy week at Happy Faces last week with many different activities and experiences for the children to participate in and engage with. We spent a lot of time outdoors, practicing sun safety, enjoying the fresh air and splashing with water play. Last week was also National Recycling week as well as NAIDOC week which is a time where we focus on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. Although we have many Indigenous activities and practices imbedded in our program the week is an opportunity to explore this and other cultural traditions further. Throughout the week the children had many opportunities to participate in a range of Indigenous inspired artworks and to learn more about the culture traditions. We also repurposed and used some recycled items when doing our artwork.

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
*Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary
for active community participation. Children respond to diversity with respect.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.
Children develop dispositions for learning, a range of skills and processes such as inquiry, researching and investigating. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another.

16/11/2020

Our Week - 9th - 13th November.

We had another wonderful, busy week at Happy Faces last week with many different activities and experiences for the children to participate in and engage with. We spent a lot of time outdoors, practicing sun safety, enjoying the fresh air and splashing with water play. Last week was also National Recycling week as well as NAIDOC week which is a time where we focus on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. Although we have many Indigenous activities and practices imbedded in our program the week is an opportunity to explore this and other cultural traditions further. Throughout the week the children had many opportunities to participate in a range of Indigenous inspired artworks and to learn more about the culture traditions. We also repurposed and used some recycled items when doing our artwork.

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
*Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary
for active community participation. Children respond to diversity with respect.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.
Children develop dispositions for learning, a range of skills and processes such as inquiry, researching and investigating. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another.

28/09/2020

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.

22/09/2020

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.

24/08/2020

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 😊

14/08/2020

10th - 14th August

[08/14/20]   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 02/08/2020

Don’t abandon Victorian educators in Stage 4!

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archive.comms.educationupdates.vic.gov.au 02/08/2020

Early childhood education coronavirus (COVID-19) update

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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24/07/2020

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.

21/06/2020

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.

Our Story...

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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136 - 140 Centenary Drive
Mill Park, VIC
3082

Opening Hours

Monday 06:30 - 18:30
Tuesday 06:30 - 18:30
Wednesday 06:30 - 18:30
Thursday 06:30 - 18:30
Friday 06:30 - 18:30
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