Other Resources

Resources can be used for staff professional development or directly with children and families.

What resources are available?

An ever growing list of contact details and websites for you to research to assist you in your curriculum development, provide you with resources for families, inspire you with creative incursion and excursion ideas, and support you in your daily practice.

Be Creative

The Kite Crew

An awesome kite activity from $3.50 per child. An excellent program that caters for a wide range of applications including kids clubs, vacation care, school camps, birthday parties and classroom use.

www.kitecrew.com.au

Art Gallery of NSW: GalleryKids

A fun adventure tour through the Gallery’s collection. Hear stories, play games and make your own masterpiece. For 3-5 year olds (with an adult). Details on the GalleryKids website.

www.gallerykids.com.au

Kidspot.com.au

Find art projects and craft ideas for children of all ages. Easy tool for children’s arts and crafts with step by step instructions.

www.kidspot.com.au/kids-activities-search/Arts-Crafts-Science+3-4-years+1+2.htm

My Virtual Gallery

Create your own virtual Art Gallery – great idea for OOSH quiet activity time – if end result is extremely creative, it may even appear on the Art Gallery NSW website.

www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/ed/myvirtualgallery

Children's Health

Health Insight: Anxiety in Children

Easy to use website in which you can find information or a referred to a variety of links covering topics such as anxiety disorders or phobias in children, including nightmares; sleeping problems and how to solve them, etc

www.healthinsite.gov.au/topics/Anxiety_in_Children

Design and Construction

SureStart

Every building matters

A visual guide to designing Sure Start Children’s Centres and other early years facilities and spaces.

Download the guide.

Diversity

Circle of Inclusion: Engagement Checklist

This resource from the United States is an easy to use checklist to identify factors in the early childhood environment that support or hinder the participation and inclusion of a child with a disability.

www.circleofinclusion.org/english/guidelines/modulefour/social/g.html

Circle of Inclusion Web Site

The Circle of Inclusion Web Site is for early childhood service providers and families of young children. This web site offers demonstrations of and information about the effective practices of inclusive educational programs for children from birth through age eight.

www.circleofinclusion.org

Diversity in Practice

A Resource Kit for EC Services working with children and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds in the Nepean area.

www.fwtdp.org.au

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Learning and Teaching Resources

This Victorian teacher resource and advice support schools in the implementation of multicultural education policies and programs. Resources include website links, projects and organisations available to provide information, advice and curriculum materials. Designed for the older children, links and resources may be useful and/or modified to fit into an early childhood curriculum.

Click here to access the resource.

Inclusive Directions Cultural Resources

Inclusive Directions is a South Australian based not for profit organisation. Their mission is to nurture successful inclusive children's services. Browse this link to find a variety of affordable and informative resources for sale – recipes, games, especially useful for OOSH and Vacation Care Programs.

www.directions.org.au/index.php?/cultural-inclusion-/cultural-resources.html

Lady Gowrie Child Centre Resources

The Gowrie Library has and extensive range of Early Childhood references and resources which include books, videos, audio tapes, artifacts, posters, puzzles, educational games.

www.gowrie-sydney.com.au

Multicultural SA Multicultural Events Calendar

For the latest information on festivals, days of religious significance and other multicultural events, Multicultural SA publishes an annual Multicultural Events Calendar in a range of formats, including posters, pdf etc.

www.multicultural.sa.gov.au/calendar.htm

Museum in a Box – Art and Performance

Borrow this Art and Performance box from the Australian Museum’s “Museum in a Box” program, and you can discover how Indigenous people express their identity through art and performance.

http://australianmuseum.net.au/Museum-in-a-Box-Aboriginal-Art-and-Performance

NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

The NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (Multicultural Communication) is funded by the NSW Department of Health to provide health information and parenting fact sheets in a variety of languages other than English.

www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/index.asp

Promoting Cultural and Linguistic Competency

This resource from the United States is a self-assessment checklist will heighten awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity and provides concrete examples of the kind of practices that foster an inclusive early childhood environment.

Click here to access the resource.

Resource Kit for EC Services

www.fwtdp.org.au/index.php/resources/diversity-in-practice

Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development is produced by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Childhood Development. It is intended for policy-makers, service planners and service providers and for parents. It brings together articles written by internationally renowned experts on topics having to do with the psychosocial development of young children, from conception to the age of five. Each of the 47 topics addressed is explored from three perspectives: development, services and policies. In addition, for each topic there is a synthesis that provides, in a simplified format, the key points that will be most useful to practitioners and planners. This synthesis addresses three questions: What is the importance of this topic? What are the most up-to-date and conclusive data available on this subject? And what can be done to improve services, policies and research?

www.child-encyclopedia.com/en-ca/list-of-topics.html

Farm Education

Safety Around Farms Education

Safety Around Farms Education provides resources and educational materials to teach young children about farm and home safety.

www.safetyaroundfarmseducation.com

Healthy Eating

Eating my colourful vegies and fruit

The Australian Avocado industry has funded the development of an early childhood food learning resource for educators to use with children aged 3 to 5 years entitled 'Eating My Colourful Vegies and Fruit'.

www.avocado.org.au/EarlyLearning/

Indigenous Australia

Aboriginal Culture

8 Ways – a Wikispace page with rich information which can be used by anyone, to work with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. The traditional owners of Western New South Wales should be acknowledged if this is used for any other purpose, and permissions sought via DET's Bangamalanha Centre at Arthur St in Dubbo, Western NSW (Ph: 02 6841 3852).

www.8ways.wikispaces.com

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' Virtual Books

www.slq.qld.gov.au/find/virtualbooks/atsi

Go Fair

Aboriginal and Multicultural Educational Resources. Provides children with multicultural and educational resources while helping those in need.

www.gofairtrading.com.au

“It's OK to Say Goodbye" DVD

A group of parents from Lyrebird Preschool in Nowra on the NSW North Coast has produced a DVD for fellow parents called “It’s OK to Say Goodbye”. The DVD features Aboriginal parents talking about the benefits of preschool alongside teachers, elders and community leaders.

For more information - admin@lyrebirdpreschool.com or phone 02 4421 4604

NGROO

Ngroo is an award-winning preschool project working to achieve social change. We respectfully create partnerships that empower Aboriginal families as they engage with mainstream preschools. Ngroo means “Being Included” in the Yorta Yorta Dialect.

www.ngroo.org.au

Yorganop

A Western Australian organisation who work alongside Aboriginal families and community members to enhance the well-being of Aboriginal children and young people in care.

www.yorganop.org.au

Yalunga: Traditional Indigenous Games

Launched by the Australian Sports Commission

Visit website here.

Safety, Welfare and Wellbeing

NSW Commission for Children and Young People

A picture of NSW children

An online databook produced by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People in collaboration with the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW.

http://picture.kids.nsw.gov.au/

Child Safety Handbook

The Child Safety Handbook is a valuable, important and heartfelt resource to assist parents, carers and teachers to educate young children about important safety measures, with the motivation to help protect and keep them safe! Today, more than ever before, our children face greater risks to their personal safety.

KidsMatter

The new KidsMatter Early Childhood website provides educators with a source of information to help support their practice and improve quality to meet the National Standards in the context of the Early Years Learning Framework. Each of the tools available are flexible and designed to contribute to a whole-service approach that works for each individual service and its different needs.

www.kidsmatter.edu.au

Sustainability

Adventures in Music

Adventures in Music theatre in education performances for 2-8 year olds. A fun way to explore the world of music with young children. The show is very interactive with loads of participation: singing, moving and playing in the band on a variety of percussion instruments. Gary and Carol have extensive experience in early childhood performances and a great rapport with young children.

www.crees.com.au/aim_otw.html

Australian National Botanic Gardens

A bibliography and illustrations of poisonous plants found in SE Australia.

www.anbg.gov.au/poison-plants/index.html

Early Childhood Environment Education Network

Supports the educators and parents of young children by providing the resources and information necessary to facilitate meaningful environmental education into their daily experiences. Members enjoy regular newsletters, access to guest speakers, training tailored to suit individual needs, and more.

www.eceen.org.au

Keep Australia Beautiful

Schools can get involved in a number of Keep Australia Beautiful programs. Other programs such as Keep Australia Beautiful Week provide opportunities for involvement, whilst some state and territory KAB offices also run curriculum based environmental education programs.

www.kab.org.au

Kids at the House

Kids at the House, a year long festival of the world’s best performances for young people and their families.

www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/kids.aspx

Museum in a Box

Museum in a Box is an exciting program for education in New South Wales. There are over 25 different boxes containing a treasure trove of real museum specimens, casts, artifacts. The fun activities for children are explained in the Teachers' notes and information about the topic is given on large panels. Each box has a theme, some of which include frogs and reptiles, dinosaurs, mammals, indigenous Australia.

australianmuseum.net.au/Museum-in-a-Box

Reverse Garbage: Home page

www.reversegarbage.org.au

SASI Clean

Environmentally safe cleaning products.

www.sasiclean.com.au

Victorian Department of Education: Water Kids page

Various interactive and games for children – older pre-school and primary.

Click here to access.

Sydney Opera House – Education program

www.sydneyoperahouse.com/visit/education/school_excursions.aspx

Sydney For Kids

Sydney's most comprehensive directory of school excursion venues. This reference is divided into two main sections: one for pre-schools and playgroups, and one for years K-12.

www.sydneyforkids.com.au

Wyong Shire Council Preschool Environmental Education

An initiative of Wyong Shire Council, this program provides a quarterly newsletter with useful websites and practical hints and tips for a more sustainable lifestyle both in the centre and at home.

www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/environment/preschool_environmental_edu.html

Transition to School

Linking Schools and Early Years Newsletter -

www.rch.org.au/lsey/pubs.cfm?doc_id=13276