Garden Bee creates a buzzzzzz

Moving the earth
The earth movers
How to Garden Bee
Garden Bee

On Friday 11th May a few daring souls braved the cold to attend our garden bee. Fortified with pumpkin soup and focaccia loaded with fresh herbs from our herb garden students, aeoncademy staff, students and volunteers helped to move garden beds, shift soil, rake leaves, plant bulbs, seedlings and even weed! As a result the front has been transformed into a new design ready to explode into action in Spring.

Unstoppable worker
A boy and his Wheelbarrow
homemade and delicious
Soup Glorious Soup
all about gardening
A Keen Gardener
they love to cook
Focaccia Makers

 

Over the coming months further gardening will continue the transformation of this space along with the garden beds into an interactive cornucopia of edible and sensory plants. We look forward to the nature play opportunities as well as nourishment this place is going to provide for our students and programs overall.

And never-fear, you can always make the next garden Bee 🙂

 

Nature play- the great outdoors

We are enjoying this incredibly warm and gorgeous Autumn weather and making the most of it by taking our programs outside wherever possible.  Our three main programs; Vala (dramatic adventures), Creative Catalyst ( visual arts) and Sparks (ages 4-7) make use of the outdoors on a daily basis to enjoy all the benefits of some Nature Play.

free time under the plays
Imaginative play under the trees

By looking at the word Kindergarten and thinking about it’s original meaning, ‘garden for the children’ the close associations with young children and the great outdoors are so obvious as to be almost not worth stating.

kids playing in the sand pit
Nature play in the Sand Pit

Yet how much time and what kind of space do children have to spend in an enriching outside environment?

As across the globe we all become more sedentary and urbanised  the benefits of nature play  (activities like digging in soil, walking under trees, having contact with animals etc ) are being proven to have great benefits for all. From improving children’s physical heath, relieving stress and anxiety, improving academic performance, assisting with concentration and personal and social development. The list goes on!

We love living things. These Long Necked Turtles live in the art room

Aeoncademy believes taking the children outside to paint, to make obstacle courses, to build cardboard cities, to role play adventures and to garden are all excellent things to do.  The proof is in the kids behaviour, they love it and respond with enthusiasm to dining al fresco and outdoor group games .

kids running outside
kids playing outdoors

As our garden evolves (Working Bee- Friday 11th May 3-6!) so will the opportunities to interact with living systems; worms, plants, soil and food. As a holistic service we like to connect everything. We eat our meals together, outside when possible. Everyone washes their our dishes and collects food scraps for chickens and the worm farms. All the participants from 4 years olds to teenagers, help pack down the dining room and make space for other activities.

eating outside is great for your appetite
Dining outside

There are opportunities to water the garden, plant seeds and harvest plants that will become part of our meals. Our caterer Ruth Gaha- Morris provides us with healthy, delicious meals sourced organically and locally where ever possible. She loves to present us with incredibly coloured heritage vegetables and food grown from nearby farms to encourage children to diversify their tastes and food tolerances.

 

A place at the Round Table awaits you

Vala Dramatic Adventures

“A place at the Round Table awaits you”

Relaxed Roman Legionary

Come hither, one and all, brave questing souls, adventure beckons you on every day of the Autumn School holiday program…

 

Knights Templar fend off an ambush by Assassins on the road to the Holy City.

 

Vikings lay down their axes to parley with native people on the shores of America.

 

A band of orphaned Dwarves, heirs to seven thrones, are lost deep in the Goblin tunnels.

 

An unlikely alliance of Samurai, Ninjas and Monks defy the tyrant who would rule all Japan.

 

‘Time Bandits’ are out to plunder treasure, armed with the stolen Map of All Time & Space.

 

Cursed by Poseidon, God of the Sea, the crew of Ulysses face off against giant cannibals.

 

Life is never dull for Roman Legionaries based at Hadrian’s Wall on the borders of Scotland.

 

Wizardly wildman with elfish friends hosts a scraggly band of adventures in a magical castle.

 

Clan of the Cave Bear must convince stone-age tribes to help rescue kidnapped friends.

 

Although the above sentences may sound like the tag lines to a bunch of great Netflix episodes, or computer games, or similar… they are in fact descriptions of dramatic adventures which lay in wait for each and every participant in the Vala Autumn Vacation program starting Monday 16 April. And these dramatic adventures are to be experienced as one of the characters, in the story itself, making up the legend as it unfolds, with sword or staff in hand, hooded, cloaked, armoured or even invisible!

Preparing for Troll attack

This year our program turns 15, and to help celebrate we have promoted a number of long term participants (‘Vala Veterans’) to even more creative roles within the enchanted realm of imagination and storytelling that is Room Vala, at Aeoncademy.

One of the great things about this is that there are now more places than ever at the ‘Round Table’, from which all adventures and quests start, for new, young participants.

Outdoor role play

So let your ears be turned by the strains of bardic music which ever plays above and beyond the noise of our normal, busy lives.

Great quests, explorations, dangerous deeds of valour, bold tasks and… a wee bit of (supervised) reckless abandon… await every child, at Aeoncademy, program Vala, this Autumn season.

Merely contact our Front Office for bookings (mundane yes, but hey, that’s how it works).

 

Seeking your old phone.

Do you have an old phone sitting around?

We are after replacement MP3 players for our story loving  children who like to relax by listening to audiobooks. We load up our audio devices with stories suitable for the different age levels of our programs. Everyone who knows us is aware that we love to recycle and reuse equipment to keep it out of landfill . If you have an unwanted old phone sitting in a drawer (with a charger) please send it our way!

We keep a bin specially marked to collect all great reusable items in the corridor near our front office.

We’ll re-home your old jars!

Remember to gift us your clean jars, craft extras, boxes, sports equipment or milk crates. You’ll be amazed what we do with them!

Aeoncademy Opens a New ‘Creative Play’ Program from 3 – 6pm!

In response to our community’s growing need for child care and Yarralumla Primary School’s growing numbers, from Term 2 this year Aeoncademy will be introducing a new, Creative Play based program, running from 3 – 6pm Mon – Fri for $33 a session. We are turning 15 this year (Open Day party 24th November, all invited), and we have seen so many changes over the years in our host school, Yarralumla Primary School. From struggling to maintain numbers and nearly closing (several times) to becoming the thriving Italian bilingual school it is today, with three kindergarten classes this year!

In celebration of our ongoing role within this community our new Creative Play program will offer quality, choice based activities; featuring our popular Play Pods with loose construction parts, guided nature play and various arts and crafts. This program will start in Term 2 and depending on the enrolment day we have a number of vacancies available from the beginning of Term 2. Our world class Creative Catalyst Art, Vala Dramatic Adventures and – best of both worlds – Sparks programs will continue to be provided as opt in specialised classes between 4-5.30; after which children may join the Creative Play program until 6 pm at no extra cost. Our dedicated caterer will continue to provide all children with a healthy afternoon snack.

There is only one Aeoncademy and it is located at Yarralumla Primary School. We pride ourselves as being a unique, flexible and adaptable provider of creative programs and quality care for children and young people. To enrol or enquire about any of our wonderful programs please contact our office manager Saadia on Ph:02 61423268 or Email: info@aeoncademy.com

Sparks Adventures

In the past week the Sparks have harnessed their inner wolf in Roman Britain, baked cookies to share on the Open Day, constructed mechanimals; mechanically inspired animals, investigated strange newcomers on the shores of America and constructed a city from cardboard. That was just one week! There are plenty more adventures planned.

Spark at Work .

During the interactions in the other programs the Sparks are supported not just by the Sparks facilitator and assistants but also the facilitator in the room they are visiting. Their activity is planned around what the older children are doing in the same room enabling them to inspire the Sparks. 

As we approach Term 2 we are beginning the transition of older Sparks moving on while we welcome new additions to our group of intrepid explorers. As Sparks turn 7 they are welcome to explore the Creative Catalyst, Vala and Cornucopia programs more thoroughly on the days they attend.

Wild Wolves of Sparks

Creative Catalyst

Creative Catalyst opens the doors to the wide world of visual art for participants aged 7 years +.  With students as old as 16 it features a wonderful multi-aged learning experience using a broad range of art materials and techniques to explore and enjoy. There are great opportunities for older students to participate in extension programs and develop their own projects.

Features creative modalities spanning the Visual Arts:

Themed workshop projects are selected from an astounding repertoire developed by Artist and Artistic Director Teffany Thiedeman and the Creative Catalyst collaboration of Canberra visual artists.

Emphasising inspiration, imagination, adaptability and positivity the Creative Catalyst approach is a hallmark of Canberra as the creative capital with the future of our nation’s bright sparks in mind.

Explore our range of workshops by clicking here.

Come Play at our Autumn Open Day!

 

Join us, on Saturday 17th of March for a fun day full of clay play, painting, Art Exhibitions and Vala Adventures!

Meet our friendly staff and turtles in the delightful Art Wing of Yarralumla Primary School & enjoy delicious fare from Scrumper’s Garden catering.

Art display

We will be launching our Autumn Holiday Program and it promises to be seasonally inspired and engaging. Book on the day and receive a massive 20% discount! – Available only at our Open Day.

Please call in any time between 10am and 4pm to pick up fired ceramic work from the Summer Program and admire the art work from our after school classes this term.

This is a great opportunity for a catch up with friends and family while enjoying a little hands on activity whether it’s clay work, watercolour painting or drawing.  Or just a cup of tea, a gourmet nibble and a nice sit down.

Painting play

There will also be some merchandise available for purchase, our t-shirts and boffer weapons are always popular.

art for adults
Ceramic Salon in hiatus

Those who are missing the creative classes for adults, Ceramic Salon, are welcome to call in during the Open Day and play around with clay – we can make arrangements for firing any work you produce.

Same for Teenage Art Club- feed your creativity.

See you there!

We’re recruiting!

Do you love children and have high energy? Do you want to work in a creative and supportive work environment helping kids to learn through wholistic experiences of art, drama, cooking, gardening and play?

We are after a motivated and engaged facilitator for our Sparks Program

 

 

If you have a WWVP and at least a cert 3 in Early Childhood education and are after a permanent part time position then contact us!

Pixie’s Tea Party – Ceramics

Imagine a miniature tea set, painted in blue and white, perfect for tiny people to use.  You could set up a party on a small table under a giant tree and invite all the pixies, fairies, and goblins you know. At last, you’ll have the right tableware to hold a Pixies tea party!!

Miniature tea set

Explore the pleasures and skills involved in working clay on a micro scale. Here anything is possible – make a magical set of ceramic goblets, tea cups or jugs. Then add all the whimsical elements and flourishes befitting the Fae Folk. Finally finish your mini domestic ware with some surface decoration in colour and line work using ceramic underglazes.

Steam Punk – Watercolour Painting

 Open your imagination to a world of science fiction/ fantasy  incorporating technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century, Victorian,  industrial,  steam-powered machinery.

Howl’s Moving Castle sketch by Miyazaki

This Art & Literature genre has been inspired by writers like Jules Verne (30000 Leagues Under the Sea) and HG Wells (War of the Worlds) and embraced by artists and animators like Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle)

Steampunk Heart by Vitnir
victorian inspired Steampunk Art

This workshop will get everyone sketching wild machines – we will start by looking at a selection of visually stimulating objects for the theme: old watches, leather boxes, old fashioned keys, test tubes, an ancient typewriter, binoculars, leather diaries and old books, gears and cogs, old style telephone, bird in a glass box, pinned butterflies.

 Finally we will be using  a monochromatic  palette in watercolour and metallic washes to add some age, rust and character to our Steampunk masterpiece.

Animal Planters – Ceramics

Growing plants is fun! Especially in a unique Animal Planter. Use the plant to look like hair, fur or a tree sprouting right out of the back of a beastie.

Ceramic Whale Planter spouting a plant!

We’ll think about animal shapes that would work well to grow a plant in. Some animal bodies will definitely work better than others! You need sturdy legs (or no legs like a whale) and no thin whiskery fragile bits sticking out waiting to get snapped off. We’ll take a look at simplified streamlined shapes like Inuit carvings for inspiration.

Learn to hand build using beautiful clay, different ceramic techniques and some colourful finishes.

After School Bookings – Everything you ever wanted to know & more.

Saadia – Office Manager

Direct Debit Arrangements

Aeoncademy has a number of payment methods including Direct Debit. If you would like to set up a weekly or fortnightly Direct Debit arrangement please provide the required details under iPAY on your child’s enrolment form and get in contact with our office. Direct Debits are scheduled on Fridays from week one and are carried across 12 weeks, this includes the term and the two weeks of holiday. If you want to schedule a Direct Debit after week one this can be arranged but it will alter the number of transactions that are scheduled.

Fees associated with all Direct Debit arrangements are as follows:

Bank Account: $0.75/transaction

Visa/ Mastercard: 0.9% of transaction value + $0.75

Amex: 3.85% of transaction value + $0.75

Failed Transaction: $2.75

Casual Bookings

Aeoncademy has started 2018 with large class sizes generally and Sparks at capacity on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in particular. This will impact our ability to take casual bookings depending on available spaces – we generally have some space in our Bridging session (3-4pm). Should you need to make a casual booking please give us as much advance notice as possible. If you need to make a last minute booking on the day please send through an email to info@aeoncademy.com our office manager, Saadia, gets in at 2pm and will contact you to finalise the booking.

Absence

The transfer of children from the school to Aeoncademy in the afternoon is one of our busiest times. If your child is not going to attend Aeoncademy for a scheduled session please let us know by email or phone on or before the day if possible. If you email the school regarding your child’s absence you can cc us in or if you pick up your child you can pop by the Aeoncademy office and let us know.

The service does not allow cancellations of individual sessions for term bookings and does not offer refunds for any missed sessions.

School Camp

Please send an email to the Aeoncademy office if your child will be going to the upcoming school camp and let us know whether you will be picking them up from school on the last day of camp or if they will attend Aeoncademy.

 

Aeondawn Submissions Open!

What a wonderful Summer Program, and how hard to believe it wasn’t even a fortnight ago.

The four-week program was full of excitement for Vala participants and facilitators alike, with countless characters played and stories told.

And so, once again, the Vala team are delighted to announce that submissions are OPEN for Aeondawn.

Aeondawn is Vala’s magazine, where we collect the creative work of students and staff to remember and celebrate the dramatic adventures we all had together.

And not just students and staff!

If your head is buzzing with the stories that you heard from your child, or you’re a Spark with a strong memory of an exciting interface, we’d be delighted to read and admire your submissions as well.

All you need to do for a chance to get your work published in our magazine is send it to our email, whether it is a short story, essay, comic strip, piece of art, map, or something so imaginative we can’t even anticipate it.

Submissions close on Friday 23rd February, so get to work!

We can’t wait to see all your magnificent work!

Aeondawn Submissions Open!

What a wonderful Summer Program, and how hard to believe it wasn’t even a fortnight ago.

The four-week program was full of excitement for Vala participants and facilitators alike, with countless characters played and stories told.

And so, once again, the Vala team are delighted to announce that submissions are OPEN for Aeondawn.

Aeondawn is Vala’s magazine, where we collect the creative work of students and staff to remember and celebrate the dramatic adventures we all had together.

And not just students and staff!

If your head is buzzing with the stories that you heard from your child, or you’re a Spark with a strong memory of an exciting interface, we’d be delighted to read and admire your submissions as well.

All you need to do for a chance to get your work published in our magazine is send it to our email, whether it is a short story, essay, comic strip, piece of art, map, or something so imaginative we can’t even anticipate it.

Submissions close on Friday 23rd February, so get to work!

We can’t wait to see all your magnificent work!

 

The Bungendore Show

The Bungendore Show is a famous country show and family day out! It features equestrian shows, dachshund races and a pet parade . It always has a fabulous display of local produce for purchase and generally admiring. We were very happy when our energetic caterer Ruth (of Scrumper’s Garden)  decided to decorate the hall with our Animal Panels from the previous Canberra Show.

Here is a little gallery for your enjoyment.

We love to combine art and good food and believe that they are inseparable elements for a good life.

The Introductory Sessions, term 1, 2018

Tough art girl
Strength in Art!

Next week is the first week of after school classes here at Aeoncademy and we always start the term with a week of Introductory Sessions. Instead of our usual division into classes of Sparks, Vala and Creative catalyst  at 4pm, everyone will be joining in with group activities representing all the classes!

crazy Time bandits battle for the Map of time and Space
Time Bandits negotiate for The Map

Here is our line up for term 1 of 2018. Art classes are in the top row, followed by Vala’s drama classes and then the Sparks cyclical forays into both programs + World Cooking.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week One Intro Sessions
Student free day Intro sessions

All students start – Vala Games + Bird project.

Lego.

Intro sessions

Vala Games + Bird project –

Seed Planting

IntroSessions

Vala Games + Bird project –

Free time clay

Vala Games
Week Two Cardboard City Pt1 Autumnal Prints  1 Under the Microscope 1 Pixies Tea Party 1 Giant Bubbles
READY PLAYER CHARACTER READY PLAYER CHARACTER READY PLAYER CHARACTER READY PLAYER CHARACTER
Cornucopia
Carboard City MINI PLAYER CHARACTER World Cooking Pixie Cup
Week Three Cardboard City 2 Autumnal Prints 2 Under the Microscope 2 Pixies Tea Party  2 Cooking
Days of Narnia- The Lion, the Witch and the Wolves: The Waste and the Wild Golden Age of Greek Heroes- the Odyssey: Cave of the Cyclops Return to The Mountain (The Dwarf Trilogy)- Fragments of a Map: The Troll Woods People of the Old Stone Age: Summer Heights
Cornucopia
DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE Days of Narnia- ‘Friends in the Forest’ WC Magnified Drawings DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE- People of the Old Stone Age- ‘Raiders at the Ford’
Week Four Cardboard City 3 Autumnal Prints  3 Under the Microscope 3 Pixies Tea Party  3 Vala Games
Days of Narnia- The Lion, the Witch and the Wolves: The Waste and the Wild Golden Age of Greek Heroes- the Odyssey: Cave of the Cyclops Return to The Mountain (The Dwarf Trilogy)- Fragments of a Map: The Troll Woods People of the Old Stone Age: Summer Heights
Cornucopia
World Cooking Leaf love DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE Dawn saga Fantasy- ‘Wolves, Trolls and Talking Trees’ World Cooking
Week Five DIY Robot 1 Ceramic Animal Planters 1 Steam Punk Drawings 1 Cool Candelabra  1 Cooking
Days of Narnia- The Lion, the Witch and the Wolves: The Waste and the Wild Golden Age of Greek Heroes- the Odyssey: Cave of the Cyclops Return to The Mountain (The Dwarf Trilogy)- Fragments of a Map: The Troll Woods People of the Old Stone Age: Summer Heights
Cornucopia
DIY Robot DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE Golden Age of Greek Heroes- ‘Hands of the Giant’ World Cooking Candle Holder
Week Six DIY Robot 2 Ceramic Animal Planters 2 Steam Punk Drawings 2 Cool Candelabra 2 Huge Cardboard City
DEFENDER DEFENDER DEFENDER DEFENDER
Cornucopia
DMB World Cooking Steam Punk Drawings DMB
Week Seven DIY Robot 3 Ceramic Animal Planters 3 Steam Punk Drawings 3 Cool Candelabra  3 Vala Games
Roman Britain- Hadrian’s Wall: Beyond The Wall Warring States- Samurai & Ninja: Samurai and Ninja Knight’s Templar- The Crusades: Co-Existence in the Holy Land Norse America: The Fatal Shore
Cornucopia
World Cooking Animal Planters DMB World Cooking
Week Eight Easter Bunnies Capers Easter Egg Drawings Layered Worlds 1 Autumnal Stencilled Platters 1 EASTER FRIDAY
Roman Britain- Hadrian’s Wall: Beyond The Wall Warring States- Samurai & Ninja: Samurai and Ninja Knights Templar- The Crusades: Co-Existence in the Holy Land Norse America: The Fatal Shore
Cornucopia
Eggstravagant Drawings DMB World Cooking Leaf Plate
Week Nine EASTER HOLIDAY EASTER HOLIDAY Layered Worlds 2 Autumnal Stencilled Platters2 Group Autumn Mandala
Roman Britain- Hadrian’s Wall: Beyond The Wall Warring States- Samurai & Ninja: Samurai and Ninja Knights Templar- The Crusades: Co-Existence in the Holy Land Norse America: The Fatal Shore
Cornucopia
DMB World Cooking Watercolour World DMB
Week Ten FREE TIME FREE TIME FREE TIME FREE TIME Group games
Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice
Cornucopia
World Cooking Free time clay! DMB World Cooking
Sparks- our youngest members
We are Sparks!

Dont forget- bookings do NOT roll over from 2017. Make sure your enrolment details in Hubhello are up to date AND contact our office 62423268 to ensure you are booked in!

Sun Protection Policy

Policy statement

Current scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests that overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation during childhood contributes to an increased risk to skin cancer throughout an individual’s lifetime (Cancer Council Australia, 2005b).

Preventing sunburn and overexposure to UV radiation assists in reducing the probability of skin cancer and further skin damage. Sun protection policies and procedures are a life long commitment to infants, young children and adults to reduce the incidents of skin cancer and eye damage (Cancer Council Australia, 2005a).

The service Aeoncademy has a duty of care to ensure that all persons are provided with a high level of sun protection during the hours of the service’s operation.

It is understood by management, staff, children and families that there is a shared responsibility between the service and other stakeholders that the Sun Protection Policy and procedures are accepted as a high priority.

In meeting the service’s duty of care, it is a requirement under the ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act that management and staff implement and endorse the service’s Sun Protection Policy, and ensure a level of protection to all persons who access the service’s facilities and/or programs.

STRATEGIES & PRACTISES

MANAGING THE ENVIRONMENT

  1. Times of UV radiation exposure
  2. According to the Cancer Council in the ACT, usually the highest risk months in relation to UV radiation are August – May, peaking during the summer months; and usually the lowest risk months are June and July. Further the peak UV radiation periods each day are 11am to 3pm during daylight saving and 10am to 2pm at other times of the year.
  3. Shade provision, outdoor experiences, and outdoor play equipment
  4. The service will consider the availability of shade when planning and programming for outdoor experiences or excursions.
  5. The service will continually assess the shade coverage of the environments for outdoor experiences, and seek avenues to improve the conditions if required.
  6. Outdoor play equipment that is fixed will be monitored for usability throughout the day by staff/carers.
  7. During summer highest risk months + peak UV daily period (ie. January summer vacation after-lunch recreation) any outdoor experience will occur in shaded areas only or only briefly in the sun as part of water play and will also be restricted in accord with protective behaviours and practices below.
  8. During lowest risk months + non-peak UV daily periods (ie. June-July winter vacation afternoon-tea-time recreation, and June-July term 2 or term 3 after-school outdoor activities), unless UV levels are 3 and above or outdoor periods are extensive, outdoor activity will not be restricted in accord with protective behaviours and practices below.
  9. During all other times or when UV levels are 3 and above, outdoor activity will be restricted in accord with protective behaviours and practices below.
  10. Outdoor experience will always be planned such that it is in shade or there is a shaded option.

HATS

  1. All children must wear an approved sun protective hat that is either: a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire’s style, when outdoors.
  2. It is recommended that a sun protective hat adequately covers the face, back of the neck and ears.
  3. Due to the risk of children becoming entangled in hat cords and choking, the service recommends that the cords are removed from hats.
  4. Each enrolled child’s parent is required to ensure that the child brings an approved sun protective hat every day attending.
  5. Any child who does not bring an approved sun protective hat will either
  6. have a new approved sun protective hat supplied by the service. The enrolled child’s parent will be charged a set price for this hat, which they will now own.
  7. find a suitable hat from the lost property box and borrow it while outside
  8. If service supplied hats are not available children without hats will be restricted to deepest shaded areas when outdoors

CLOTHING

  1. Loose fitting and closely woven fabrics assist in protecting children from exposure to the sun.
  2. It is recommended that shirts have a collar to protect the nape of the neck and long sleeves.
  3. Longer style tops and shorts are acceptable items of clothing to protect children from the sun.
  4. Sleeveless shirts, dresses and singlets are not considered as appropriate clothing to protect children from the sun. Children may need to change their clothing or will be restricted to shaded areas when outdoors
  5. when changing for water play children should be supplied with rash shirts or clothing to protect their torsos.

SUNSCREEN

  1. Aeoncademy has an expectation that families will apply sunscreen to their children before leaving them at the service in the morning. We will then record whether children are allowed to use the sunscreen we provide.
  2. Unless the family reports an allergy to sunscreen, or other reason for rejection, at enrolment, the service will provide sunscreen for children to apply under staff supervision. Sparks (4-7) will have sunscreen applied to them
  3. Extra attention will be applied to suitability of clothing (see above) in cases where sunscreen is not to be applied.
  4. SPF 30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen will be applied to exposed skin of children.
  5. Sunscreen must be applied at least 20 minutes before commencing outdoor experience (or as per manufacturer’s instructions).
  6. Some children may present with an allergic reaction to sunscreen. In this situation, the service will stop applying the sunscreen, notify the family and request that a hypoallergenic sunscreen be supplied by the family for the child to use.
  7. School age children will be encouraged to apply sunscreen themselves.

EYE PROTECTION

  1. The service supports the use of a sun protective hat to protect eyes from UV radiation.
  2. If sunglasses are worn when persons are outdoors, the service recommends that sunglasses meet the Australian Standards AS/NZS 1067:2003 with a category number 2, 3 or 4.
  3. Sunglasses not labelled with Australian Standards codes are considered toys and do not provide sun protection.
  4. Sunglasses with a category number of 0 or 1 are considered fashion spectacles and do not provide adequate protection against UV radiation.
  5. The service does not permit the wearing of sunglasses inside unless it is for medical reasons.

MAINTAINING HYDRATION LEVELS

  1. Children’s body/water ratio mass is significantly different from adults, therefore the risk for dehydration from outdoor experience and hot weather is high and can be dangerous.
  2. Water will be offered to children throughout the day regardless of indoor or outdoor settings. Children are encouraged to access water to drink throughout the day.
  3. Each enrolled child’s parent is required to ensure that the child brings a water bottle every day attending and that the water bottle is clean and in working order. Any child who does not bring a water bottle will be supplied with a new water bottle by the service. The enrolled child’s parent will be charged a set price for this water bottle, which they will now own.

ROLE MODELLING SUN SAFE BEHAVIOURS

  1. Children learn through example and role modelling is an important strategy in children’s services to maintain quality standards.
  2. Staff, students and volunteers must comply with the Sun Protection Policy as per Occupational Health & Safety Act.
  3. Staff, students and volunteers must wear a sun protective hat and clothing, apply SPF30+ broad spectrum sunscreen, and seek shade whenever possible when supervising outdoors or facilitating children’s outdoor experiences and excursions. It is recommended that appropriate sunglasses are worn when outdoors.

COMMUNICATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS

CHILDREN

  1. Protective behaviours and practices (3.2.1-4) are explained to children just before and as they are enacted, and children’s cooperation is encouraged
  1. Children’s outdoor experiences reflect the importance of sun protection behaviours and practices.

FAMILIES

  1. Sun protection behaviours and practices are outlined on the service websites, parent information sheets, newsletters and excursion permission forms.
  1. Sun safety information will be displayed on notice boards.
  1. Families will be encouraged to implement the service’s sun protection behaviours and practices when engaged in service experiences and excursions. For example, parents must wear a sun protective hat when volunteering on excursions.

STAFF

  1. Sun protection behaviours and practices are detailed on the service websites, staff information sheets, newsletters and excursion permission forms.
  2. Sun protection behaviours and practices are covered regularly during staff meetings.

FURTHER READING

ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act

Workplace_DEC05.pdf

  • The Cancer Council Australia. (2005b). Position statement: Sun protection and infants (0-12 months). Retrieved November 15, 2006, from http://www.cancer.org.au/ documents/Sun_protection_infants_May_2005.pdf
  • The Cancer Council Australia. (2005c). Position statement: Risks and benefits of sun exposure. Retrieved November 15, 2006, from http://www.cancer.org.au/ documents/Risks_Benefits_Sun_Exposure_MAR05.pdf
  • The Cancer Council Australia. (2005d). Position statement: Eye

protection from ultraviolet radiation. Retrieved November 15, 2006, from http://www.cancer.org.au/ documents/AUG06_Eye_protection.pdf

  • The Cancer Council Australia. (2005e). Position statement: Use

of SPF30+ sunscreens. Retrieved November 15, 2006, from

http://www.cancer.org.au/documents/Use_of_SPF30_sunscreen_June%202005.pdf

  • The Cancer Council NSW. (2006). SunSmart childcare: A policy guide for service providers. Sydney: Author.
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Behaviour Guidance Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

Our goal in guiding students behaviour is to enable our service to make manifest its philosophy of Education Through Creativity. Our service employs behaviour guidance techniques designed to respect the rights and dignity of all children in our care and to assist them to develop skills to successfully resolve conflicts and to self regulate their behaviour.

The service has a duty of care to provide a safe environment which protects the emotional and physical health of all children. We recognise the range of age groups and developmental needs of children in school-age care and seek to approach behaviour guidance with consistency and consideration for the uniqueness of each child. The service promotes collaborative approaches to behaviour guidance between the service’s stakeholders in line with the following legislation and standards:

  • ACT Children and Young People Act 2008
  • Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010. Sections 166, 167
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011: Regulations 73, 74, 155, 156, 157, 168(2)(j)
  • National Quality Standard, Quality Area 5: Relationships with Children

CONTEXTS AFFECTING BEHAVIOUR

The service recognises that a child’s behaviour may be affected by their:

  • Age and development.
  • General health and wellbeing.
  • Play and learning environments, which includes the physical indoor/outdoor settings, the weather, the time of year, the time of day.
  • Staff caregiving strategies and how they are implemented.
  • Relationships with their family, school, peer group, volunteers, visitors.
  • External factors such as media coverage of traumatic events.

Our ongoing relationships with both students and their families mean we can often recognise and ‘head off’ behavioural issues as, or before, they occur; ultimately addressing them in the positive and nurturing context of a long term, caring relationship.

While staff are aware and respectful of individual children’s and families backgrounds and beliefs, it may be necessary to balance the individual needs of stakeholders with staff knowledge of developmentally appropriate and current best practice recommendations from recognised authorities.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

The service identifies the following behaviour management strategies as unacceptable under any circumstances:

  • The use of physical punishment.
  • The use of humiliation, intimidation or negative labelling.
  • The use of other forms of unreasonable discipline laid out in Section 741 of the Children and Young People’s Act 2008.

OUR SERVICE’S BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE STRATEGIES

All staff use our behaviour guidance  strategies consistently across the service to empower children to recognise, manage and learn from their behaviours and express their emotions in positive, non-threatening and productive ways. Facilitators, as the educators responsible for delivering our programs, have the greatest opportunity to apply (and to supervise the successful application by Assistants) of the following practical strategies.

PREPARE – Preempt disruptive behaviours by planning.

ENGAGE – create connection to maximise your influence/authority:

SUPERVISE – maintain awareness of students at all times:

REASON – stay calm and explain:

INSIST, PERSIST & INFORM – where disruptive, uncooperative or negative behaviours occur:

EXTREME BEHAVIOURS – in the face of violent, aggressive, abusive or uncontrolled behaviours act quickly to minimise harm. 

BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE PLANS- managing long term issues:

  • When a child displays continuous unacceptable behaviour the Facilitator will observe, monitor and record the child’s behaviour while respectfully and sensitively gathering information from the parents; hopefully revealing some facts as to why the child is behaving in an unacceptable way.
  • The Facilitator and the Sheriff will privately consult with the parents and work together to develop a positive BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE PLAN (available in FORMS folder) that is suitable for the child while at home and during attendance at the service.
  • The Facilitator and Sheriff, in consultation with the Senior Executive, will develop a written BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE PLAN detailing specific strategies and time frames that staff will put into practice immediately. This BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE PLAN will be discussed with the child’s parent/s.
  • Should the BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE PLAN be ineffective based on the time frames decided by the Facilitator, Sheriff and Senior Executive, the parent will be required to seek outside professional support. The Senior Executive will support the parent/s through this process.
  • If all behaviour guidance strategies have been exhausted and the child is demonstrating aggressive behaviour, causing physical or emotional harm or distress to any child or staff member, or causing continuous disruption to the delivery of the programs the Senior Executive will meet with the family to inform them that their child will be required to have some time away from the service while outside professionals are consulted.