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.
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.
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.
Find art projects and craft ideas for children of all ages. Easy tool for children’s arts and crafts with step by step instructions.
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.
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
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.
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.
A Resource Kit for EC Services working with children and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds in the Nepean area.
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.
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.
The Gowrie Library has and extensive range of Early Childhood references and resources which include books, videos, audio tapes, artifacts, posters, puzzles, educational games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Safety Around Farms Education provides resources and educational materials to teach young children about farm and home safety.
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).
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.
Aboriginal and Multicultural Educational Resources. Provides children with multicultural and educational resources while helping those in need.
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.
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.
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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.
A bibliography and illustrations of poisonous plants found in SE Australia.
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.
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.
Kids at the House, a year long festival of the world’s best performances for young people and their families.
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.
Environmentally safe cleaning products.
Various interactive and games for children – older pre-school and primary.
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.
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.
Information about settling into childcare.
Resources for supporting families with a parent with cancer.
Resources for parents and early childhood professionals.