Liz's Family Day Care

Liz's Family Day Care

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An amazing woman doing an amazing job with our kids 10 out of 10 Liz,
Bobby an Rachel
Today Elsie had her last day of Daycare with Lizzy.
Lizzie you have been such an awesome Daycare provider for my Elsie.
She has learnt so much from you which has prepared her for Kindy this year.
I know she will miss you heaps, but she will still see you around at School Drop offs.
Anyone ever looking for a daycare provider please hit Liz up.
Thank you again Liz for everything. Much appreciation 💕 Me & Elsie x

I provide a quality yet fun environment for your little one using nature based play for learning. EYLF framework and NQS linked to Planning & Programming.

Childcare supporting children to learn in a naturalistic enviroment both indoors & out.

Operating as usual

25/04/2023

Vacancies are now available at Liz’s Family Daycare.
Days available as of 1st May 2023.
2 - 3yrs age group.
Availability on Wed, Thurs and Friday.
Affiliated with Nature Alliance FDC Service.
Learning through Nature.
Please Pm if interested in a tour of Daycare.
Lizzie.

10/12/2022

👌 This!

02/11/2022
05/09/2022

What would we all do without Tradies???

Right! 👏👏

The Mind Unleashed

26/08/2022

It boggles my mind when adults say things like "...my students don't know how to play, so we can't have large chunks of free play time" 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️

Here is the problem:

More and more children are deprived of their right to PLAY. The deprivation of child-led play leads to children who do not have the skills deemed necessary to play. The skills they lack are best acquired through CHILD-LED play, yet adults either:

1) remove even more play time (because it's too much work to coach and guide) and replace it with adult-directed learning (takes way the opportunities for children to gain said missing skills)
OR
2) direct all of the play (which takes the organic work that play IS away from the children)

You end up with children who still don't have the missing skills! (the skills developed during child-led play can be categorized as LIFE SKILLS)

What all children need is:

•MORE TIME to own their play; to work through the struggles of creating their play, to solve problems that occur during their play, to ask for what they need, to collaborate and debate, to stand up for their ideas, to test theories and techniques, to assess and manage conflict and risk, to think independently, to be resourceful, to persevere, etc etc etc

What adults need to do is:

•Respect the value of child-led play and provide a large chunk of time (1-3 hours) of child-led PLAY
•Prepare an emotionally healthy environment that is ready to support and elevate the ideas of children
•Quietly observe, stepping in only when invited by a child

Photos from Nature Alliance Family Daycare Service's post 28/06/2022

Photos from Nature Alliance Family Daycare Service's post

09/06/2022

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'SNOT so straightforward 👃🤧

We ♥ this info from Dr Deb Levy on something we are all seeing a lot of right now - snot
Go follow Dr Deb for more great info too- link to her insta below.

"SNOT - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW⁠

I thought I'd bust a few myths about snot as well as share a few facts......⁠

👃🏼THICK YELLOW OR GREEN SNOT - does not mean your child needs antibiotics. This is a normal progression of a viral cold and actually indicates that their immune system is fighting it. The snot changes from clear to thick from the immune cells being there.⁠⠀

👃🏼SNOT FROM ONLY ONE NOSTRIL (esp if also blood stained) needs further investigation to look for a foreign body (kids are always sticking things up the'r noses!).⁠

👃🏼When children SWALLOW snot, it makes their poops runny or mucousy.⁠

👃🏼CLEAR SNOT can mean a viral infection or hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Look for a pattern or other symptoms to give you clues and go chat with your doctor.⁠

👃🏼SNOT is infectious (unless it's hay fever) no matter if it's clear or thick⁠

👃🏼SINUSITIS is uncommon but I suspect it if ongoing thick green snot with fevers and tenderness over the sinuses in their face. Your doctor will diagnose this.⁠

👃🏼It's NORMAL for young children to get around 10 viral colds a year. Yes, 10! 😢⁠"

Credit: Dr Deb Levy - visit her Instagram page for other brilliant info https://instagram.com/drdeblevy

Photos from Kidz Korner Home Learning Resources's post 10/05/2022

Photos from Kidz Korner Home Learning Resources's post

12/10/2021

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via Behind the Mom Bun

05/10/2021

Have you thought about seeking professional help for your child, but are struggling with time? Hesitant? Or just can't get in to see anyone?

It's awful to see waitlists grow for parents to seek the help they need, so in an effort to help, I now offer bookings to have a chat with me. While these chats aren't considered medical appointments (nor can I give advice relating to diagnosis or medication), they're an option for parents looking for friendly guidance on issues relating to their children (but who don’t happen to have a child psychiatrist or 'parenting expert' among their group of friends that they can call).

These 20 or 50-minute sessions aim to help parents who are seeking reassurance, guidance and/or practical strategies to help their child. They’re also for parents whose children are on the waiting list to see a health professional; sometimes it helps to have a few extra strategies to try or resources to explore while you wait.

If you think this might just be what you’re after, please click on the link below and my team will be in touch via email with further details. I would love to help you and your family.
https://adoseofawesomeness.com/book-a-chat/

01/10/2021

Debunking the mystery behind sleep in our children!

Dr Kaylee Henderson was a co speaker at a Maggie Dent day I went to.
The most common sense person I have listened to!

20/07/2021
05/06/2021

Boy and his dog

We need more puddles in Geraldton!!

01/06/2021

At the park yesterday, my two-year-old was following around a dad, son, and their dog.

We got to talking. Small talk about our kids.

His were teenagers. Mine three under five.

“Oh, so you’re in the thick of it right now. One day you and your husband will be having coffee at the kitchen table in silence again. There’s an end.”

He meant it as a positive thing.
It won’t always be this busy.

I looked down at my sweet smiling two-year-old, eyes following a bird in flight above.

“But I’m going to miss this,” I answered in a soft quiet voice.

Because gosh, I'm going to miss this.

As much as a cup of hot coffee in silence with my partner is needed, I don’t want it. Because right now, this life, though knee-deep in the overwhelm and exhaustion, is the most time I’ll ever have with my children.

And I’ll never be ready to give that up.

Because when they get older, we won’t be able to spend the entire day together. They’ll be pulled in so many directions: by school, extra-curriculars, and friends. I’ll no longer be the center of their universe but a supporting role in their lives.

I won’t have someone on me all day. Tugging at my pants when I’m cleaning the kitchen. Sitting on my lap when I’m trying to take a bite of a sandwich. Jumping on my back when I least expect it. Wanting nothing more than to be on me, their safe space.

They won’t be calling my name every two minutes at the park: “Mommy, can you push me?” “Mommy, come here!” “Watch me, Mommy!” Instead, I’ll be a bystander, sitting on the bench watching from afar. Then, I’ll only see the park in passing because “only babies play there.”

And I know I’ll get a different you, a you, that will continue to carry my heart. A you I’ll find myself staring at because I can’t believe I created such an amazing human.

But I’m going to miss this you.

And there’s no silent hot cup of coffee with my partner that could ever make me feel different.

📸: angelica.ch.r

31/03/2021

The Value of uninterupted play

Timeline photos 03/12/2020

Timeline photos

Childhood serves a purpose; it isn't something to "get through" or speed up. It's there to protect developing minds. To nurture young souls. So, let's give our kids the space to be unbusy. Let's unschedule. Let's "miss out”. Let's hold the space for childhood. Because childhood isn't a dress rehearsal for adulthood.
—Tracy Gillett

13/11/2020
03/11/2020

Clinginess has an important job to do, and it does it beautifully, but not always at a time when it’s needed. This is when it can be distressing for everyone - not just for kiddos but also for the adults who care about them.

There is nothing that feels okay about leaving them when they are upset, but clinginess as isn’t a sign that they can’t cope. It’s a sign that, in the moment, getting over the line feels tough. Clinginess is a powerful response that is designed to move kids closer to their important people when they are feeling the threat of something new, stressful, challenging, or when being without you just makes things feel too big for a while. It’s designed to keep them safe. The problem is that it can happen when there is no threat.

Our response will depend on the situation. If their anxiety is triggered because of the move towards something important or meaningful, give them a cuddle then a quick goodbye. They’ll settle quickly (probably quicker than you!) but they need you to be their brave. Make sure whenever you can that there is another adult there whose care they can rest in - someone who can help them feel safe enough so they can be brave enough.

If their anxiety is because their world feels shaken, hold them, cuddle them, and sit with them as much as they need you to and as much as you can. When their world feels fragile, you can’t love them big enough. Give them as much as they need. Physical closeness, warmth, and touch release oxytocin. Oxytocin is the ‘bonding chemical’ and it’s released when we feel close to our important people. Here’s the magical part – the amygdala has receptors for oxytocin. When the amygdala receives a juicy dose of oxytocin, it will calm. .

The main thing to remember is that clinginess is a sign that they are feeling vulnerable, not that they aren’t capable of doing the important, meaningful things they need to do sometimes. They will BE ready before they FEEL ready. The hard part for us as parents is figuring out when to keep them close, and when to encourage them forward. The question to ask then is, ‘Do I need to help them find their brave, or do I need to help them find a soft place to shelter for a while?’💕

01/11/2020
09/09/2020

Napping helps preschoolers unlock their full potential for learning

theconversation.com Research shows napping helps young children learn, as well as enhancing their emotional well-being.

02/09/2020

Because sometimes, life happens…

adoseofawesomeness.com Well, 2020. I did not see that coming… This article is a little more personal than many that I’ve written. But to be honest, it’s impossible to reflect on this crazy year in any other way. While I consider myself incredibly fortunate to still have my health, my

02/09/2020

Kids Hub Training & Consultancy - Empowering Educators and Families

Yes!!! 🙌🙌

A four olds brain is still rapidly growing, they are still developing their ‘Emotional centre’ of the brain.... learning how to ask someone to play with them (and dealing with the rejection if that child says no!), and at school it’s a big learning experience of how to manage being away from their primary caregiver (Mum, dad, educator).

This is huge!!

Their logical, reasoning, thinking part of the brain starts to develop between 3 and 6 years (and the key point is STARTS to develop, AND every child is different!)

The focus at this age, is building social, and emotional skills.... we cannot even begin to look at academic learning until these are encouraged and built.

Brains that are trying to manage big emotions cannot learn!

Let them play!! 🙌🙌

Kate 💕

30/08/2020

Kids Hub Training & Consultancy - Empowering Educators and Families

Such a powerful message to let our children and young people know and understand

“It’s ok if I don’t feel ok”

When we are looking at building Emotional Intelligence, it’s important to let our children that ALL emotions are ok and Valid!

We experience a vast range of emotions every day, it’s unrealistic to think that we can be calm and happy all of the time.

We can feel calm, then frustrated, upset, all in a short space of time..... and that’s ok. We are designed to experience a whole range of emotions.

Letting children know, understand and then recognise what they are feeling builds their emotional literacy.

When they learn to recognise a feeling, they can learn to manage it.

This doesn’t mean that they need make it go away, or squish it down, it does mean they might want to reach out for help and comfort with that emotion ... as it’s ok to not feel ok 😘

Kate x

14/08/2020

Maggie Dent

True resilience message.

05/08/2020

Janet Lansbury

01/08/2020

Babyology

14/07/2020

Seed & Sew

“I’ve been working on regulating my reaction so I can respond to her, but I am not sure what to actually do when she’s melting.” My first thought after reading this dm was, YES! Get it, sister. Regulating our adult selves in order to respond with intention is often the hardest part.

There are four main steps to emotion coaching for emotion processing. First, allow them to feel. In this phase we want to hold boundaries like not allowing them to hurt themselves or anyone else, but we don’t want to stop them from expressing for our comfort. When hearing a child cry is too hard for us, we will often rush to make it stop. Allowing sounds way easier than it is because meltdowns rarely happen at a convenient time & they almost always trigger a reaction from our childhood.

Next, we connect with them by validating their emotion or experience WITHOUT trying to fix it or put a silver lining on it. This phase is crucial for being able to move through emotion processing in collaboration with them. They want to feel seen & you get to let them know you get it. Now is not the time to decide whether or not they SHOULD feel what they’re feeling— they already are.

Then, we move onto coping. During the coping phase we are regulating the central nervous system, starting to process the adrenaline or cortisol and moving from the amygdala (feelings brains) to the prefrontal cortex (rational thinking brain). We cannot talk about how to solve the problem until we have regained access to the prefrontal cortex, aka, until they’re calm. Don’t rush this phase. They may need time. They may not be ready to cope yet. Let them know where you’ll be if they want support finding their calm.

Lastly, once they’re calm, we navigate conflict resolving or problem solving. We can chat about how to solve the problem or maybe how else to communicate that need. The key is that we aren’t here until everyone is calm— crying, whining, yelling, etc means we aren’t ready for this phase yet.

Which steps do you want more support on? Would it be helpful to have specific language to pull from in each phase?

14/07/2020

Kids Hub Training & Consultancy - Empowering Educators and Families

The Magic of 'potion' making in childhood!

When we first become parents, we might have this belief, that we need to buy all these whizz-bang toys, that light up, make noises, and, even better, are EDUCATIONAL!

While these toys have their place (and I grew up in era of the good, old Tupperware shape sorter, very good memories sorting out those shapes, and my children had one too), we can simplify things a little…

Some of the most amazing learning, and brain building can be done with the most simplest of things.

When children are provided with open-ended resources, a cardboard box, some material, the pots and pans to bang out of the cupboard, it sparks their imagination and creativity.

Us adults, haven’t told them what to do with them, or given them a ‘purpose’, we just provide the raw materials (and a little bit of supervision, where needed).

When we provide these, and take a step back, a child’s imagination comes alive!

When children are around these open-ended experiences, it also lights their brains up!

They engage their cognitive (thinking) skills, problem solving, cause and effect (predication), creativity, imagination, spatial awareness and so much more.

They are also, generally, much more engaged and engrossed in these activities, there is no end, or ‘product’ to produce, they are in the ‘moment’ of the experience.

When we pop nature in the mix, we create a POWERHOUSE of learning, and brain development!

When children are in nature it engages ALL their senses, smell, touch, sight, sound, yes, even taste!
Using these senses, engaging with the world, makes these experiences rich and deep, and creates awe and wonder about the world.

Today my girl, on this magnificent Sunday, spent time creating ‘potions’ in the backyard.

This involved decision making about what would go in the potion.
Measuring of what would fit in there, more decision making about what materials would go in there, and what would happen to the water when they did.
There was touching of the gooey mud, that was also made with the potion, and smelling of what it turned it like.
Alongside this, was a rich imagination of what the potion could do, and what it was for.
We also listened to the noises the birds were making, and the wind blowing the trees.

Building cubby's, bringing home a cardboard box to play with, or making ‘potions’ all cost nothing, but can bring alive a child’s imagination and creativity, and the importance of that, is NOT to be underestimated..

If you have any pics, of similar experiences to share, please post! Would love to see 😍

Kate x

23/05/2020

Parents: This is a time to make your voices heard

Parental survey to complete.

womensagenda.com.au The Federal government needs to hear from parents right now to ensure ECEC - in all of its guises - can survive beyond this pandemic.

08/05/2020

Geraldton Regional Library

What's so special about this weekend? It's Mother's Day!

Grandmas, Nonnas, Guardians, Mamas, Mums... please join us for today's Friday Fun.

*𝗕𝗶𝗴 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘄𝗲 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗵𝘆𝗺𝗲 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗯𝘆?

We are reading a story and singing a rhyme. What a treat!

𝘔𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘺 𝘋𝘢𝘺𝘴 by Sue deGennaro published by Little Hare Books
&
𝘐𝘵'𝘴 𝘴𝘰 𝘕𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘊𝘶𝘥𝘥𝘭𝘦 by ABC Play School

For another funny Mum story & cute activity, check out Storybox:
https://bit.ly/3caj60a


Beginnings

04/05/2020

Geraldton Guardian

“They are the only front line service being told to take a pay cut, everyone else working front line or overtime usually gets paid more, or at least paid in full for what they are doing.” (From The Kalgoorlie Miner).

31/03/2020

Kids Hub Training & Consultancy - Empowering Educators and Families

Being kind to ourselves is so important right now 💕💕

12/03/2020

Community Training Solutions

So there’s lots of people from the health service telling everyone that washing your hands is the best way to defeat Covid-19, but lots of people (most?) seem to think that this is a bit silly. Like how can washing your hands be SO important, and how can it defeat a virus that’s causing so much havoc worldwide?? Well here’s the science bit, because I’m a nerd who likes to know “why” something happens.

The outer wall of a virus is made of lipids, they’re kinda like oils or fats, that’s a simple way of putting it. It’s called a lipid layer. Behind the lipid layer is the virus, it’s made up of proteins and RNA, which is kinda like DNA and it’s what lets the virus replicate. That’s really it, it’s that simple (unless you have a PhD and there’s a few on here with them, but this is for the rest of us)

So, what about the washing of hands with soap?? Here’s the part that nobody is being told Soap is made up of loads and loads of lipids, it’s what makes soap feel so soft and smooth....😍 When you wash your hands really well you get all these lipids on your hands. So if you have Covid-19 on your hands the lipids in the virus wall start to break down, because the lipids in the virus lipid layer are soluble in the lipids in your soap on your hands.

So when you break down the lipid layer you end up destroying the proteins and the RNA. It’s kinda like years ago when your Dad used to clean a paintbrush with turpentine, it’s because the paint was soluble in turpentine.....it’s really that simple. Also, people are searching high and low for antibacterial soap....don’t bother. This is a virus, not a bacteria. Also, antibacterial soap is really just expensive soap. I’ve attached a pic of a virus, it’s a flu one but it doesn’t really matter. Break down the lipid layer with lipids in soap and you’ll kill the virus. You’re welcome. Feel free to share.

20/02/2020

Kids Hub Training & Consultancy - Empowering Educators and Families

“Resilience”

This word gets used a lot lately, and that we need to make our children more ‘resilient’

The misconception is that, we somehow have to toughen them up, make them really strong ...and then they won’t have trouble with what life throws at them.

However Resilience is the ability ‘to bounce back’ from a difficult time or experience.

There are going to be hard times, and we can’t always protect them from this (as much as it breaks our hearts).

We also shouldn’t clear the path of ALL obstacles.

Children need to learn to navigate these hard times (with our guidance ), so they build belief in their own coping skills.

IT IS important that they know you’ve got their back, and you believe in them.

We can encourage Resiliency by -

Looking at mistakes and disappointments, as learning experiences , and that they can help us grow.

Emotion coaching - acknowledging and validating how disappointed, sad, frustrated they might be feeling.

Help them problem solve, look at other ways they could do it differently next time (but acknowledge and be proud of the effort they made)

Focus on the effort, the trying, over outcome. This builds a Growth Mindset 💪

We also need to be the safe base, the safe place to land, so when they’re ready.......

they can bounce back, and JUMP in that puddle 💕 Kate

16/02/2020

Neurochild Community

Do you ever think about the many micro-decisions and make every day? Appreciating these thought processes, that are sometimes taken for granted, is a great reminder to and cognitive reserves when possible.

Many of today’s educational leaders are transitioning from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children — , , and . This has increased carer expectations, which now focus on inspiring, cherishing, provoking and enticing deep learning processes in children being cared for across multiple domains.

This is a taxing but worthwhile endeavour. Consider how many aspects the whole child approach requires thinking on, at any given moment. There are dozens of tiny micro-decisions that are required every minute. And these are different for each child. They exist even prior to meeting objective requirements of the environment.

Task-switching, or the act of managing several cognitive tasks at the same time, is neurobiologically expensive. It burns more glucose in the body, which can lead to cravings, and it accelerates mental fatigue. Doing too many things at once has been shown to slow down reaction times, increase tiredness, and weaken will-power or self-control. A whole child approach, to be truly sustainable, therefore needs educators and carers to practice more , and it also requires the right environmental support to really reach its full potential.

Caring, when done right, can be exhausting. So ensure that some of that care runs off to bathe you. How many things that you teach do you make sure you practice yourself?

15/02/2020

Kids Hub Training & Consultancy - Empowering Educators and Families

Today, lecturing in the counselling diploma, we covered Attachment Theory.

I LOVE Attachment theory, I use it a lot in my own work, and so wished I knew more when my children were little.

John Bowlby (the theorist), talks about how IMPORTANT our interactions with infants, babies and toddlers are!

These interactions are as simple as making silly facial expressions , eye contact, lots of hugs and cuddles, gooing and gaaing and of course ensuring bubs are fed and feel safe.

This is meeting their needs, consistently.

When we do all this, not only are we helping their brains grow (as they grow at a such a rapid rate during the first 6 years), but we are forming a Secure Attachment.

This is how bubs learn that their needs are met, and also that their Person (Mum, dad, nanna, Educator, Carer) is their Safe Base.

The Circle of Security program explains this....

YOU are the Safe Base, your little one gets their fill of you, you make them feel safe, secure, confident to explore and off they go, exploring the world.

They’ll still look back to check on you , but off they go happily exploring.

Then something may upset them, or they feel unsafe, or just need our help or support, and back they come.

To their Safe Base.

This pattern will continue, and when they come back in, get their needs filled, they’ll go back out again.

This not only forms Secure Attachment, but also helps them form their self belief and view of the world, that they have a safe base, and their needs will be met.

Bowlbys work focused on the very young years, and his work is crucial to help us understand the importance of Attachment in the Early Years.

However I also believe that we never stop being the Safe Base for our children.

We are the Soft Landing Place.

As they get older, they will go out and explore the world more, and experience disappointment, heartache, sorrow, and all we can do is be the Safe Base.

And as hard as it can be, thats actually ALL we need to do, we don’t need to fix it, we just need to be there, and be the safe place to land.

💕

14/02/2020

Kids Hub Training & Consultancy - Empowering Educators and Families

💕 choose kindness 🙌

14/02/2020

Kids Hub Training & Consultancy - Empowering Educators and Families

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