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Kat Sciberras – Life as an Educational Leader

Kat Sciberras – Life as an Educational Leader

Kathy Sciberras, an Explorers Early Learning veteran, is the hard-working and ardent Educational Leader of Explorers Maidstone. Having worked at Explorers since 2012, Kathy (nicknamed Kat), prides herself in living and breathing the Explorers philosophy and in overseeing the curriculum and education of all children across the centre. Kat has grown her own career from the bottom up, and all at Explorers. She began as a Casual Assistant, whilst completing her Certificate III. Kat then completed her Diploma and excelled through other…

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Meet Emma, Director-in-Training at Explorers Brighton East

Meet Emma, Director-in-Training at Explorers Brighton East

Emma is one of Explorers Early Learning’s freshest recruits. With a previous history of working together, Emma will be joining forces with Centre Director, Skye Bennett as the Director-In-Training at our brand-new centre, Explorers Brighton East. Emma is currently enjoying time at Explorers Armadale House, immersing herself in the Explorers philosophy before moving to our new Brighton East centre when it opens in December. Emma will continue to work within the classrooms of Explorers Brighton East, using her extensive teaching…

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60 Seconds with Centre Director Eloise

60 Seconds with Centre Director Eloise

Explorers Early Learning Maidstone is a welcoming, upbeat and fun early education centre thanks to the efficient and organised leadership of its Centre Director, Eloise. Eloise has worked in the early childhood industry for the past twenty years, and as a Centre Director for the last fifteen. We have been lucky enough to have her at Explorers Early Learning for over two years now. Spend 60 seconds getting to know the lady behind our wonderful Maidstone centre. Nickname: Elle. Why did…

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8 Approaches We Use to Encourage Children to Respect Their Environments

8 Approaches We Use to Encourage Children to Respect Their Environments

At Explorers, we are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which places high value on the learning environment as the third teacher. Our Educators are passionate about designing a beautiful classroom and implementing an appropriate learning program; one that engages, challenges and inspires children. We know that the environment plays a central role in making each child’s learning meaningful. “Learning environments engage and foster a sense of ownership and respect when they are aesthetically pleasing, reflect the identity and culture…

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How to Create a ‘Gardening in a Bag’ Learning Experience

How to Create a ‘Gardening in a Bag’ Learning Experience

Looking for new and interesting ways to teach children about plant growth, the interdependence between humans and nature and how to develop sustainable practices? Try our ‘Gardening in a Bag’ learning experience for a fun and hands on way for children to learn!   What you will need: Frozen sugar snap peas Zip lock lunch bags Paper towel An area with natural sunlight Lima beans   1: Invite children to plant sugar snap peas in a zip lock lunch bag. Encourage…

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Professional Development – Reflections from the Reggio Emilia Study Tour

Professional Development – Reflections from the Reggio Emilia Study Tour

Earlier this month, 1-2 Educators from each of our centres were given the opportunity of a life time – travelling to Reggio Emilia, Italy to attend a study tour on the philosophy. Once in Italy, the team explored the principals and practices of the Reggio Emilia approach with a large network of like-minded individuals. Our team explored multiple Reggio schools and early education services, engaging with Reggio Educators and attending talks and hands-on learning sessions. Each Educator got personally involved in…

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5 Reasons we embrace the Reggio Emilia approach

5 Reasons we embrace the Reggio Emilia approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education, valuing the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. This unique approach to education begins with a particular and strong image of children, adults, of education and of life, flowing from a set of guiding principles. These principles include: The image of the child The role of the environment The role of the teacher The importance of time The value of relationships…

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10 Reasons to enrol at Explorers – Armadale House

10 Reasons to enrol at Explorers – Armadale House

We’re very excited to announce our new centre at 117 Kooyong Rd, Armadale is opening in January 2017. We’ve put together 10 reasons to consider enrolling your child at Explorers – Armadale House. 1. Amazing Centre Director  We have appointed an experienced Centre Director to run Armadale House! With 8 years management experience in early childhood and a bachelor degree, she is thrilled to be taking on the Director role at Explorers! The Director will also be supported by an Assistant Director,…

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4 Reasons Play is important in Kindergarten & Early Childhood

4 Reasons Play is important in Kindergarten & Early Childhood

“Play based learning is important as it allows children to take ownership of their learning and to let learning unfold naturally, building the foundation for who they become.” – Tracey, Kindergarten Teacher (Explorers Early Learning – Point Cook) As adults we often remember a structured style of learning, from our kindergarten experiences right through to primary school. And as parents, we want to ensure that our children receive a valuable and rich education that incorporates maths, language and literacy concepts….

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5 Reasons to choose Kindergarten in Long Day Care

5 Reasons to choose Kindergarten in Long Day Care

Kindergarten is an important time for young children, helping them to prepare for school by developing strong social skills, improving health and wellbeing and encouraging a love of learning.  Long Day Care (Child Care or Early Learning) centres offer the same government approved Kindergarten Programs as sessional programs. Here are 5 benefits of choosing a Kindergarten program within a Long Day Care setting! 1. The teachers have the same qualifications All teachers running a four year old kindergarten program are…

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