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Celebrating Book Week - Dress as your favourite book character

- Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Tuesday 20th August 2013

We got into the spirit of book week by dressing up as our favourite book characters. There was lots of excitement as the children arrived, showing off their gorgeous costumes to their teachers and friends. Some of the children even brought in the book that had the character they were dressed as in it to share with everyone at group time.

We had many different characters such as; Fairy princesses, pirates, demolition workers, owls, buzz and woody, the green sheep, superman and many many more. 

Thank you to all our amazing children and families who made such a effort to help us celebrate book week. 



Disco Time!!!!!

- Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Everyone had a great time dancing the night away at the Top Ryde Early Learning Disco!

The room was decorated with bright lights and sparkles and our favourite tunes were playing. Everyone enjoyed Kathy’s yummy gourmet pizzas and fruit plates that kept up our energy throughout the night. There was laugher heard throughout the centre as the children and adults showed off their dance moves on the Disco floor.

Thank you to all our families who came along and made it a spectacular night for all.

Sustainability Week

- Wednesday, August 7, 2013

24th - 28th June 2013

This week we encouraged the Lilli Pilli, Acacia and Waratah room to incorporate sustainability into their program for a week.

Lilli Pilli Room


The Lilli Pilli educators talked to the children about sustainability and came up with some ideas as a group. They started by making sure to turn the lights off and using the natural light, especially in the middle of the day. They even create signs to remind us when and how we can be sustainable and placed them not only in the Lilli Pilli room but around the centre too. During one of their group times the children discussed ways they could save water and decided to collect rainwater. They placed containers outside and watched as they filled with water throughout the day. Once they had enough they boiled it on the stove, waited for it to cool and used it the following day to wash their lunch dishes.

Acacia Room


While discussing sustainability with the Acacias, as a group they decided they wanted to help the environment by growing sunflower seeds and planting them in our garden. Firstly they wanted to experiment to see how a seedling grows, so they placed them on top of cotton wool in a clear cup and continued to water them throughout the week, monitoring their process everyday. They also discussed other ways of being sustainable, such as being aware of how much paper they are using throughout the day. The Acacias have a continuing interest in writing letters, but to save paper they decided to email their letters instead. The children were often heard discussing with each other about not using too much paper, especially at the drawing table and reminding their peers to recycle.

Waratah Room

The Waratahs really embraced sustainability week, deciding on lots of exciting ideas and participating in environmentally friendly activities. The children wanted to help our garden to grow so with Scott’s assistance created a worm farm. They learnt about what foods that worms can and cannot eat, and even created a chart at group time. After talking and reading about recycling the Waratahs decided that instead of using paper they would recycle cardboard boxes, cut them up and use that as drawing and painting paper. They also made their own paint with Pina to use on their cardboard paper and cut up newspaper as collage.

All the rooms are continuing to incoprate sustainability into their program and the children are continuing to embrace it!

If you have any ideas you would like to share with us about sustainability please let us know.

Bravehearts Visit

- Friday, July 26, 2013
Ditto the Braveheart lion came to Top Ryde Early Learning to visit the children and teach them about feelling safe
Initially we discussed 'yes' feelings and 'no' feelings and how they made us feel. We decided that 'no' feelings make us feel sad, angry and unsafe and if we feel this way we should run and tell someone we can trust. We learnt about 'warning signs' that our body tells us if we begin to feel unsafe, such as a fast beating heart, butterflies in our tummy, or wibbly wobbly legs. We then named our private areas: mouth, chest, between our legs and our bottoms and said 'They belong to me'. The children all gave Ditto the Braveheart lion a big cuddle and said thank you for teaching us all about feeling safe.
Having Ditto come to our centre is a great way for children to learn about being and feeling safe in a sercure environment with their teachers and peers.

If you would like to learn more about Bravehearts please click on the link below

February Sports Day

- Sunday, June 2, 2013

As part of our Munch and Move program, which aims to promote and encourage children's healthy eating and physical activity into our program, Scott our Sports Coordinator designed a Sports Day that included activities based on the fundamental movements. This provided the children with the opportunity to further develop and learn the correct techniques needed during sporting activities.

The activities included:


Go, Go, Stop!

The children form a group 10m away from the teacher. When the teacher shouts “Go”, the children go, when “Stop “is shouted the children stop as fast as they can.


Kicking a soccer ball

Children form two lines and with the soccer ball kick from one to another. Once they have kicked the ball they move to the back of the line.


Rolling a tennis ball into a circle

Children are given a ball and  under arm roll the ball as close as they can to a circle marked on the ground.

Horse Racing

Children line up on the “ starting line “pretending they are on a horse. When the teacher shouts go the children gallop around the equipment back to the start/finish line


If you would like to learn more about the Munch and Move Program, visit




Art and Craft Exhibtion

- Friday, May 31, 2013


We had a lovely time at our Art and Craft night showcasing all the children's creative talents.

Each of the children created a work of art which was displayed around the centre for the families to view at our Top Ryde Early Learning art gallery.



During the evening we raised $1000, which we donated to 'Pillars of Strength'. This organisation provides dads with support and ‘time out’ while their baby is sick, and also to bereaved dads after the loss of their baby.

Thank you to all the families who came along and made the night special.





Peter Morgan - The Music Man

- Saturday, May 11, 2013

 Peter Morgan the 'Music Man' came to Top Ryde Early Learning to share his musical talents with us. He brought a large variety of music instruments from around the world and demonstrated the different sounds they make. Peter sang a song with each instrument that corrosponded to the country it originated from and encouraged the children to sing along with him.

Peter encouraged the children to participate in his musical experiences which they were all very excited about. Some of the children sat around the large drum and created the beat to the music while the other children sang with Peter. There was also lots of dancing and performing that the children got involved in, as they confidently stood up in front of their peers.

Peter also told us the story about the legend of the Taniwha as he played different instruments and demonstrated different actions and lyrics for the childern to sing along too.


Thank you Peter Morgan for coming and visiting us at Top Ryde Early Learning and sharing your musical experience with us.

Teddy Bear Picnic

- Saturday, May 11, 2013

To continue our Children's Week celebration everyone brought in the favourite teddy bear to share lunch with. The chidlren took their furry friends everywhere with them throughout the day. The sat at group time, played outside in the garden and even enjoyed participating in rest and relaxation time.

When it came to lunch time the children were excited to have a picnic style lunch with their friends and teddy bears. During this time the teddy bears even had a dialogue between each other about all the fun they had been having.

Which had such a fun filled day with our teddy bear friends and I'm sure they had a great day too!


Vet Visit

- Saturday, May 4, 2013

Today the Vet (Mark) from the Ryde Veterinary Clinic came to visit the children at Top Ryde Early Learning.

Mark showed us some X-rays of different animals and asked the children to guess what type of animal it might of been. He then talked to the children about why your pet might need to go the Vet and what types of things Vets need to wear and do when looking after animals.


Mark brought in a cat that they had rescued and were given the opportunity to hear its heartbeat with the stethoscope.  



Family BBQ

- Friday, May 3, 2013

Everyone had a lovely time at the family BBQ. It was great to see all the families interacting and getting to know each other at such a fun occasion.


The children had lots of fun on the jumping castle and getting their face painted by the very talented Kumi. We had a delicious selection of foods made by Kathy and Dalia, that was enjoyed by all.  


We raised $140 from our raffle and we were able to donate the money to the UNICEF Education Appeal. In the poorest countries our donation will help to ensure that every child can go to school. UNICEF will be able to build schools, train teachers, provide learning materials, advocate for girls' education and reach children engaged in child labour.

Thank you to all our families who attended and made our family BBQ a fun filled evening.