Bluebird Early Education implements outstanding Rituals as part of our Curriculum. Rituals provide children with a sense of security, identity and belonging. This is because they are special things that are done together with the educators and they create shared memories that build relationships.
Mealtimes are an important part of each day and offered according to the individual needs of children.
Mealtimes also offer an important social time for young children and provide natural opportunities to discuss nutrition with children. educators support independence and autonomy in developing children’s self-help skills.
Oxanda recognises children as active participants in their own learning, children should be encouraged to make meaningful decisions about elements of their own education and care. Incorporating progressive meal times into the educational program allows children to choose to eat over a longer scheduled period of time without interrupting valuable learning engagement of others.
The small group experience simulates a ‘home like’ experience and children are encouraged to be an active part of the whole meal experience. This includes, setting the table, serving themselves and cleaning up afterwards.
Kinder Leadership Program
Kinder children have the opportunity to practise the important values of respect, care, valuing difference, responsibility, friendship and including others as they spend time with children in the younger studios.
Kinder Buddies enables younger children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and respected.
When kinder children feel connected to their environment, they also feel valued and safe and this reduces negative behaviours such as bullying.
Our Kinder leadership program contributes to a positive and caring culture and contributes to more positive behaviour by providing positive role models.
A cool/warm herbal tea is made and small groups of children are invited to the ritual of tea time. Sharing conversation around principles of gratitude and kindness are prioritised at this time. This ritual is often an important part of our week and serves as a time to ‘be still’ and mindful.
Sleep Circles/Relaxation Times
For children whom sleep they are provided a bed with sheets , a blanket, and a relaxed atmosphere. Children’s beds are typically laid out in a circle with an educator sitting in the middle at reach of the children. Educators will have a quiet activity like reading a book or listening to a story creating a positive calm routine. Some of our studios also have a practice of sleeping outdoors under a tree or in the shade.
It is important that children get enough sleep so they can play, learn and concentrate during the day, therefore creating a calm mood for sleeping and quiet play is consistent to support healthy sleep patterns.
For children who do not sleep, a relaxation period in the day is allocated where quiet experiences are planned. These experiences might include weaving, pom pom making, yoga etc.