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Yummy Vegetable Platters

- Saturday, October 12, 2013

The children at Top Ryde Early Learning love their vegetables!

At afternoon tea times the children enjoying sitting down at the picnic tables and digging into the fresh vegetable platters. They pile as many vegetables onto their plates as possible and most of the time enjoy second and third servings.

We try and grow our own vegetables as much as possible to add to our vegetable platters. The children being involved in the process of planting and harvesting means that they are more enthusiastic to eat their vegetables. At the moment we are growing cherry tomatoes which the children pick once they are ready and add it to afternoon teas.

During the day the children will also make dips to have with their vegetables such as, hummus, beeroot dip and roast capsicum dip.


The children serve their own food using the tongs to give them the independents to choose what vegetables they would like. It also helps to further develop their self-help skills. While sitting around the picnic tables the children will have a chat with each other about their day, what they did on the weekend or the foods that they eat at home. The atmosphere at afternoon tea is always delightful and enjoyable.

Waratah Graduation 2013

- Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Waratah Class of 2013 have successfully graduated from Top Ryde Early Learning and are moving on to their new adventure to big school next year.

Proudly the children walked out to the front when their name was called and accepted their graduating certificate with lots of enthusiasm. They all stood together with their graduating friends as they sang the song 'Big School, Big School'.

Once the graduation ceremony had come to an end the children changed into costumes from around the world and performed songs they had been learning for their families. The songs they sung were Taba Naba (a song from the Torres Strait), Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes - in Swedish, We Wish You A Merry Christmas - in Chinese and Jingle Bells (the Australian version).

Santa came to visit the children after their performance and handed out special presents to all the children. Everyone was very excited to see that he had made a special trip to Top Ryde Early Learning.

Midiga Dyarralang Puppet Show

- Thursday, October 10, 2013

We had a puppet show performace come toTop Ryde Early Learning called Midiga Dyarralang, which means "many friends". It was a special story about four Aboriginal children from the Buandig (SA) and Dharug (NSW) countries of Australia. The children were taken on an interactive story telling session, where they got to know Ivan, Annie, Lilli pilli and baby Ben.


The story started off with Annie and Ivan, Buandig children who live around a lagoon. Some of the children

were given masks and pretended to be an emu, cockatoo, kangaroo and echidna living around the lagoon. The story then moved onto Annie and Ivan flying to Dharug, where they got to meet their friends Lillli pilli and baby Ben. Lilli pilli had been making a bush fruit salad, and had excitedly picked some Lilli pilli berries from her garden to add to it. We then talked about our favourite colours and sang a song about red fruit.


The story moved back to Annie and Ivan, who were getting on the plane. The children sang a song about flying and waved to Annie and Ivan as they passed our centre on a plane painted by Dharug artist, Leanne Tobin.

The children then got to meet baby Ben, who loves singing. We sang about his dillybag, which had three colours in it. Some of the children picked out the colours black, red and yellow. We discovered the the dillybag was magical, and the three necklaces turned into a bracelet and then the Aboriginal flag.


Annie and Ivan arrived in Sydney, meeting up with their Dharug friends and we learned a few words in Dharug and Buandig. We then sang the Hokey Pokey and said yanu and wuwu (goodbye) to the four friends.

We had so much fun watching and interacting in the puppet show performace and learning about the Aboriginal culture.



New Toys!!!

- Wednesday, October 9, 2013

We are excited about all the new toys and resources that have arrived at Top Ryde Early Learning.

We have purchased new resources to assist with extending the children's interests.

A new puppet theartre is in the Waratah room to extend on their ongoing interest in dramatic play and creating characters and scripts to perform to each other. We look forward to many more performaces now.

New dolls and doll accessories are now in the Lilli Pilli room, as well as new food to cook with in the kitchen. The Lilli Pillies will be busy extending on their interest with all these new exciting resources.

The Acacias are loving the trucks that are now in the soft fall area, as they dig up the bark and move it around. They are also enjoying the collection of 80 matchbox cars that are now in the construction area.




Other toys and resources include:

60 new books, shopping trolleys, side tables, car mats, pillow cases, and much much more......

Mothers Day Morning Tea

- Saturday, October 5, 2013

Today we celebrated Mother's Day with all our beautiful mothers, as we shared a yummy morning tea with them.


We had lots of excting activities that the children enjoyed doing with their mums. They especailly enjoyed taking funny photos at the photo booth that was set up in the Waratah room.


All the children enjoyed spending time with their mums, showing them how speacil they are. 

Thank you to all our beautiful mums and we wish you a very Happy Mother's Day.


Hatch and Grow

- Friday, October 4, 2013



Yesterday, we had a special delivery from the people at Hatch and Grow.  They came in the morning and dropped off an incubator and some duck eggs, which were set up in the Waratah room. The eggs made quiet 'peep' sounds, and would wobble a little as they lay in the incubator.  By yesterday afternoon, we could see some eggs starting to crack as some of the ducklings started to make their way out. 


When we came in this morning almost ALL of the ducks had hatched, and were snuggling up together around the light in their enclosure. We have set up some chairs around them to make a viewing area, an all of the children have been eager to watch the ducks - some have even been able to hold one.

We can't wait to see them grow and develop further!




Talk Like A Pirate Day

- Friday, September 20, 2013

Ayyyy, Matey!

The children enjoyed participating in Talk like a pirate day by dressing up and talking to each other in pirate language.


Throughout the day the children used their imagination to take on the persona of a pirate, as they sailed the seven seas in the bark area or digging for treasure in the sandpit. At group time they read books about pirates travelling on their pirate ships as they went on many exciting adventures.

One of our talented educators, Natalie painted the children's faces like a pirate which made them look even more realistic while wearing their outfits.

We had so much fun and we cant wait to do it all again next year.




Our New Spring Menu

- Friday, September 13, 2013

Kathy's new Spring menu started this week and has been extremely popular with the children. They are loving it so much that there has been no left overs going back to the kitchen which is always a great sign about how delicious the food is.

One of the highlight meals from this week was on 'Make your own pizza day' on Tuesday. The children chose from lots of healthy delicious toppings and put them onto their pizza, ready for Kathy to put into the oven. The children then enjoyed eating their pizzas and eating different toppings that they might not have previously tried before such as olives, mushrooms and many more. 

The plants in our garden are starting to grow and we are starting to use them in our meals throughout the day. We are especially enjoying adding different herbs to our salads to see how we can change the taste of it each time. 

Our Spring menu is now on our website if you would like to take a look and if there is anything your child/children are enjoying please let Kathy know and she can pass on the recipe for you to make at home. 

Click on the link below to see our new Spring Menu

Father's Day Morning Tea

- Friday, August 30, 2013

Thank you to all the dads that joined us for Father's Day Morning tea today. The children loved having their dads see what they do each day and also get involved in these activities. The children made ice tea and apple muffins for their dads to munch on while having lots of fun.

The dads enjoyed creating paddle pop structures, drawing, reading, playing in the garden and chatting with other dads. All the dads especially liked being silly and taking photos in the Father's Day Photo Booth.

Photo Booth Fun

We hope you all had a lovely morning and Happy Father's Day!

Book Week - Excursions to the Library

- Friday, August 23, 2013

19th - 23rd August 2013

To help celebrate book week we took the children on an excursion to the library everyday to share the joy of literature with them. The children enjoyed looking for books that appealed to them and discovering new worlds as they read them. We always love going to the library and the librarians are alwasy there to greet us as we walk through the door, making us feel very special.

The children enjoyed shared book reading with their friends and teachers. Getting out in the community is lots of fun and we enjoy exploring our surrounding at Top Ryde.  

Going to the library gets the children excited about reading, as we find that they want to learn more and discover more when we return to the centre. We also hear them continuing to talk about their experiences with each other during the rest of the day.


If you would like to come along on one of our excursions to the library or come and join us for shared book reading please let your child's teachers know.