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Health and Knowledge Precinct

Meet our Leadership Team at Sanctuary Health and Knowledge Precinct

We are so excited to introduce our incredible Leadership Team at the Sanctuary Health and Knowledge Precinct. The team are so eager to work together, they have already met outside of work hours to start creating their bonds as a dynamic team – we don’t know about you, but that

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Childcare

Six Types Of Observations In Childcare

Did you know educators in early childhood education and care take observations of your child’s learning and development as part of their role? Observational methods are important tools that guide educators in understanding each child’s unique behavioural patterns and developmental stages. Collecting learning and developmental information on children allows for

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Ashmore

Why early learning matters for children

As parents, we’re all on a quest to provide the best foundation for our children’s futures. The journey begins long before the traditional school bells ring—it starts with the invaluable phase of early learning. The seeds we sow during these formative years bear fruit in ways that shape our children’s

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Ashmore

Effects of screen time on child development

Imagine a typical afternoon in a modern family home: the kids are home from school and instead of running outside to play or picking up a book, they’re immediately drawn to the nearest screen. This scene brings to light an important question: what impact does this growing screen time have

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Childcare

Transitioning your child into childcare

Transitioning your child into childcare is a significant step for both parents and children. It’s a new chapter filled with growth opportunities, learning and developing essential life skills. However, it also comes with its fair share of challenges, such as adapting to new routines and overcoming separation anxiety. Here are

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Education

What is the Early Years Learning Framework?

Navigating the complexities of early childhood education may seem overwhelming. Frameworks like the EYLF not only provide parents with a clear path for guiding children but also offer a deeper insight into the development process. The EYLF isn’t just a guide—it’s a holistic approach to early childhood education shaped by

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Education

The Importance of STEAM in Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education plays an important role in shaping a child’s future, and incorporating STEAM activities into their learning journey can have a profound impact on their development. In this blog, we will explore the significance of STEAM in early childhood education and delve deeper into how it cultivates skills

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Childcare

Children Learning Through Music: Reasons Why Music is Essential in Childcare

When it comes to childcare, incorporating music into daily routines goes beyond just entertainment. It’s a powerful tool for learning, growth and development. The nuances of rhythms, melodies and harmonies offer a number of benefits in childcare. In this blog, we’ll explore the profound impact of music on children’s learning

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Excursions in child care

Excursions in child care you say? How much FUN! While classrooms are essential learning spaces, the transformative power of excursions cannot be underestimated. These enriching and interactive experiences outside the classroom play a pivotal role in enhancing a child’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical development. At Sanctuary, we encourage excursions

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Childcare

What is the best age to start childcare?

The journey into the world of parenting is exciting, scary and filled with so many amazing moments. Among these, you may find is the first day of childcare. Starting childcare is a big journey itself and one that is incredibly personal and unique to each family, but at some stage

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Ashmore

An environment that offers children agency

We are incredibly fortunate to have passionate and dedicated team members as part of our Sanctuary family. One of which is Serena Lucas – our Early Childhood Teacher at Sanctuary Ashmore.   Recently, the Leadership team at this centre implemented knowledge sharing and mentoring within our team – providing the

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Sanctuary centres recognising National Reconciliation Week 2023

A voice for generations – the theme of this year’s National Reconciliation Week. With new generations of voices throughout our centres, we thought it would be great to touch base with each location to see what their plans are to acknowledge and celebrate reconciliation. Sanctuary Ashmore The team have registered

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Education

The Advantages Of Art In Early Childhood

The early years of a child’s life are filled with excitement, curiosity, and boundless energy. It is during this time that they begin to develop their cognitive, emotional, and social skills. One way to encourage this growth is through the introduction of art into their daily lives. Art allows children

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Redlynch

Sanctuary Redlynch – Continuing The Rigg Family Legacy

Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure is nestled between rolling mountains in Redlynch, on a piece of land that once belonged to the beautiful Rigg family. For more than 40 years, Ivy, a former teacher aide and her husband Alan, a former police officer of the area, raised their family on this

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Childcare

The importance of your childcare team

We know that choosing the right childcare is a considered and information gathering process. As you work out what is best for you and your family, understanding what you need from the childcare team at your centre is essential. Your childcare team are providing stimulating learning opportunities, creating provocations for

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Parents

Choosing the right childcare

Trying to find the right childcare for your little loves can be a tough task!  You are looking for a place to provide love, compassion, care and education when you are unable to do so yourself whether it be for work or personal reasons.  Knowing what to look for can

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Parents

Register Now: Parent First Aid Information Session

Creating community connections is central to our purpose here at Sanctuary. As a way to get this started, we would love to host local families at our centre for an intimate FREE First Aid Information Course with First Aid Redlynch, where we will cover:  CPR on babies and adults Bleeding Convulsions

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FREE Cairns Educator Professional Development Opportunity!

Calling all Redlynch region Educators! To celebrate the opening of our new centre in Redlynch, Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure will be hosting TedXSpeaker, Play Expert and Wearthy Founder, Lukas Ritson on Wednesday 23 November. As an educator, designer and speaker, Lukas’ work has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands

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Parents

The newborn bubble

The newborn bubble – a time when everything else in the world around you comes to a stop. Where your focus and undivided attention is just honed into the little human/s that you have just brought into this world. Your life becomes a series of questions and lessons; how to

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Childcare

What makes our Sanctuary kindergarten program the best for your child

Our Sanctuary Kindergarten program is based on the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and Early Years Learning Framework. Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure employ full trained, Bachelor qualified Early Childhood Teachers to implement these guidelines. This ensures that the Kindergarten children who leave Sanctuary will have the best possible start to embark

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Health & Wellbeing

5 TIPS FOR ENCOURAGING NEW FOOD TO FUSSY EATERS

Are your children picking at their food before pushing their plate away, eating a few favourite foods, or flatly refusing to eat at meal times? You’re not alone. Around ninety percent of children go through at least one lengthy stage of fussy eating. After the growth from baby to toddler,

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Education

THEORISTS AND PERSPECTIVES SHAPING OUR PROGRAM

The words ‘theories’ and ‘perspective’ are used interchangeably throughout the Early Years Learning Framework or the EYLF as it is affectionately known. ​ The EYLF is a document that guides early learning Educators practices and supports best practice outcomes for children in an early year setting.  As part of each

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Parents

HOW FAMILY CAN INFLUENCE A CHILD’S WELL-BEING

Children are influenced by their surroundings, their experiences, and the people around them.  The first five years of a child’s life are the most crucial for positive and healthy development. During these years, not only is a child’s physical development increasing but so too is social and emotional growth, with

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Education

CONTRIBUTING TO THE ENVIRONMENT: HOW WE CARE FOR COUNTRY

For over thousands of years, Aboriginal People have lived on Country as the Traditional Owners and whether your family have been in Australia for five years, five decades or across multiple generations, what unites us all is that we are all standing on Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Land. Scientific

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Health & Wellbeing

KEY BENEFITS OF YOGA, MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS

Yoga, meditation and mindfulness are just as important as nutrition and sports for development in a child’s early years. Some of the key benefits are: Children often feel frustrated or irritable when things get difficult or they don’t get their way. This is simply because they haven’t learnt the virtue

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Health & Wellbeing

HELPING YOUR BREASTFEEDING BABY TAKE A BOTTLE

At Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure, we welcome babies who are breast fed or formula fed. We know it can be very stressful for parents when their baby is refusing the bottle. A breastfed baby that is refusing the bottle is just likely to dislike the foreign taste and feel of

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Education

WHY OUR EDUCATOR’S REGULARLY CRITICALLY REFLECT

Critical Reflection is defined as an intention to gather information and gain insights that support, inform and enrich decision-making. In Early Learning, educators reflect on their practice to identify areas requiring change as well as identifying strengths to help enrich children’s learning. Our educator’s reflect regularly on their practice and

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Education

UNDERSTANDING MESSY PLAY

Mess, an adults worst nightmare! However, mess is not a thought of a child. When a child is engaging in messy play experience it ignites their senses including sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, balance and movement. Exploring and experimenting through play is paramount for a child’s development. As part of

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Health & Wellbeing

NOURISHING HUNGRY LITTLE BRAINS: OUR CHEF’S AND NUTRITIONIST COLLABORATE

Healthy food absorbed by healthy bodies creates healthy little minds. Our team of highly qualified chefs lovingly prepare all meals onsite daily. But what makes Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure different? It is the effort, thought, and collaboration that goes into the process! Our menus are ever-changing with each season of the

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