What's been happening in ECMS services?

12 October 2017

Sharing stories at Bulldogs Community Children's Centre

Bulldogs Community Children's Centre families visited the centre during Children's Book Week to read their favourite children's books.
Children loved meeting the families and discovering new stories. It was also a wonderful opportunity for families to get involved in their child's early learning community.

Cambrian Preschool’s community spirit

Cambrian Preschool in Melton West has developed some fantastic initiatives to support families.
The kinder has a free food project that encourages community members to donate any excess fruit and veggies they’ve grown for kindergarten families to enjoy. The kinder also runs a free breakfast program and cooks children a hot lunch once a week. Sometimes, educators also cook a big batch of soup with delicious veggies from the kinder’s garden for families to take home

Cultural learning at Newport Gardens Early Years Centre

Newport Gardens Early Years Centre (NGEYC) has been continuing their journey of exploring the First People of their local area, the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation.
Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir shared the local language with educators at a recent staff meeting and Jaeden Williams, a Boon Wurrung man, carried out a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and storytelling with children.
The NGEYC team feels privileged to be sharing this knowledge with their community.


ECMS educator announced at Early Childhood Teacher of the Year finalist

We're thrilled that ECMS educator Angela Aguado Ratheau from QV Children's Centre has been announced as a finalist for Victorian early childhood teacher of the year.
The Early Years Awards, which are presented by the Department of Education and Training, celebrate some of Victoria’s most hardworking and innovative early childhood professionals.
Angela was nominated by her colleague, Leanne Orellana, for her teaching approach which focuses on building a love of learning and having quality early childhood interactions that encourage a child to look at the world with an open mind.
Angela and her colleagues will attend the Early Years Awards 2017 award ceremony at the National Gallery of Victoria International on Monday 23 October, where winners in each category will be announced. The recipient of the Early Childhood Teacher award will receive between $10,000 and $15,000 to go towards enhancing their work.


Watts Street Children’s Centre’s special visitors

Boo, the alien, and the team from Healthways Recreation Centre visited Watts Street Children’s Centre in Box Hill to speak to children about water safety.
Children learnt about pool safety, beach safety and ocean safety, including the purpose of lifeguards and lifejackets and how to swim between the flags.
Boo left some storybooks about water safety to help the children remember everything they learnt when they're enjoying the water this summer.

Two police officers from the Box Hill Police Station also visited Watts Street recently to explain to children how they protect their local community. Children also learnt about the different types of police vehicles and had the chance to get in the police car.

It was great that most of the children already knew to call triple zero (000) in an emergency.

After the talk, children dressed up as police officers!