When I first began thinking about getting back into the childcare field after a long break I was pleasantly surprised to read about some of the changes taking place including the introduction of the Early Years Learning Framework EYLF and the National Quality Standards. To someone who was first trained in this area over 20 years ago now I immediately noticed a shift back to some of the principles and practices that were important when I first began work.
Here's a few ideas to get you started….
Budget & Upcycle
You might like to visit some of our recent DIY projects…
Sturdy and weatherproof tables are a must and I use the cheap adjustable fold up ones that can be found at Bunnings, Officeworks and most stores now. They are light and easy to move around the yard to provide different experiences.
Embrace your Garden
Provide Spaces for the Imagination….
Use your natural resources….
Add loose parts….
Use your plank!
A few more ideas with water for you….
Bring indoors outside….
I do the majority of my messy play and craft outdoors and the children can come to and from the experience as many times as they like this way without needing to ‘pack away the mess'.