What is School Readiness and Why is it Important?
School Readiness is a widely used term referring to a child’s preparedness for any easy and successful transition to formal schooling. However, a quality school readiness program should not replicate a day at a typical school; this approach is supported by a growing evidence base and is also supported by teachers within school settings. Instead of teaching children academic skills, Early Years educators agree that it’s much more important for children to develop social, emotional and physical skills whilst instilling a natural curiosity and love of learning. By providing children with these foundation skills and establishing connections between families and schools, children will have the best opportunity to adjust to a school environment and reach their learning potential.
Designing Spaces to Grow
What do you think of when you imagine a children’s play area? At Keiki Early Learning, the physical environment is part of the curriculum, rather than just a background. Every space is carefully thought out to provide the ideal environment for children to learn, develop and thrive.
Wanjoo (The Welcome Song)
Welcome, welcome beautiful friends! In this video, Bree from Keiki Hamersley performs Wanjoo (The Welcome Song). This song is enjoyed each morning by educators and children of all ages as part of our daily ritual at Keiki Early Learning.
Help Your Child Adjust to a New Baby
Introducing a new baby to the family is a joyous time, but for many families, it may also be stressful for older children. It’s common for older children to act out and even regress in response to the newest member of the family.
As a parent, you can assist with this transition by being prepared for a bit of a bumpy start. These strategies can help your child to adjust to a new baby in the family.
Move and Groove: Freeze Dance
Move and Groove: Freeze Dance In this video, we watch Mandy, Krisz, Sharee and Larissa from Keiki Early Learning in Edgewater, as they dance and sing along to one of our favourite action songs for kids, The Freeze Dance. Freeze is a fun song with active dance moves and lyrics that are easy to follow,...
There’s a Shark in the Park!
There’s a Shark in the Park! Watch along at home as Mandy from Keiki Early Learning Trinity, Alkimos reads “There’s a Shark in the Park!” – a short story for children by Nick Sharratt. Filmed at Keiki Edgewater, this book is a firm favourite amongst children of all ages at Keiki Early Learning, and we...
Ten Years’ a Charm for Educators at Keiki Early Learning
Two educators at Keiki Early Learning Mindarie Keys have recently joined the company’s ‘’10-year club’’, enjoying dinner with owners Samantha Morrell and Angela Palmer to celebrate the impressive milestone. Centre Coordinator, Ruth Riches and Room Leader, Tracy Bekisz both work at Keiki’s flagship service in Mindarie, opened by sisters Sam and Angela in 2003.
Sing a Classic Song with Keiki Early Learning
When it comes to helping children remember concepts and ideas for the long term, there’s no better way than through music. In today’s video, we’ll sing along to ‘Give Me a Home Among the Gum Trees’, an Australian classic by singer, songwriter and now, childrens’ book author, Bob Brown.
Keiki Early Learning launches Keiki Connect on YouTube
Keiki Early Learning has launched a new YouTube channel, Keiki Connect, for children to enjoy while staying home. The videos feature educators sharing their favourite songs, books, dances and activities. They are a fantastic resource for current families and any young children in the community to watch and enjoy.
Help Your Child Develop Socialisation Skills
Socialisation skills are crucial to your child's overall development and, eventually, to his or her adjustment in school. In fact, we often hear that social skills are the number one concern of parents with children approaching school age.