News from Unit­ing Care Gal­ston Early Learn­ing Cen­tre

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - School News -

Over the past month the chil­dren at Gal­ston Early Learn­ing Cen­tre have been busy re­search­ing into dif­fer­ent types of birds and nests. This project came about when the chil­dren no­ticed a smaller nest in a tree in our back­yard. The nest has been there for the past few months now and we de­ter­mined that it is no longer a used nest. With this in mind, we de­cided to take a closer look! The chil­dren were thrilled to dis­cover that the lit­tle nest had rem­nants of a pre­vi­ously hatched egg in­side. They were burst­ing with ques­tions re­gard­ing the mummy bird, the baby bird, the egg and the dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als the nest was con­structed from.

To ex­tend upon our knowl­edge of birds we read both non-fic­tion and fic­tion books that had in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to dif­fer­ent types of birds. So we be­gan to en­gage in dis­cus­sions on how the baby birds hatch from their eggs and we also found out that the baby bird is not able to fly straight away. We dis­cov­ered that the mummy bird looks af­ter the baby bird by feed­ing it and keep­ing it safe un­til it is big and strong enough to fly and care for it­self.

Fol­low­ing up on our in­ter­est in birds, the chil­dren de­cided that they would help the mummy bird feed her ba­bies and wanted to pur­chase some bird seed. Once we re­ceived the seed the chil­dren turned this ac­tiv­ity into a cook­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as they mixed the seed in with some leaves from around the yard to pro­vide ex­tra flavour. Not long af­ter pre­par­ing the feed for the wild birds and fill­ing up our bird feeder. The chil­dren ex­pressed their ex­cite­ment as they no­ticed a lit­tle vis­i­tor that came to eat their seed mix­ture.

In the up­com­ing months we will be look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our re­search into dif­fer­ent types of birds and the chil­dren will have the op­por­tu­nity to visit our Bower­bird nest in the na­ture gar­den. If you would like to come and have a look at the cen­tre or ask any ques­tions re­gard­ing our Ed­u­ca­tional Pro­gram please feel free to con­tact the Cen­tre Di­rec­tor Daniela Balmer on 9653 1475.

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food waste into things that can be re­cy­cled, food scraps for our preschool worm farm, con­tain­ers that can be washed and re-used for craft or soft plas­tics that we can now re­cy­cle at cer­tain Coles and Wool­worths su­per­mar­kets. Thank you to our fam­i­lies who are now us­ing small con­tain­ers for food that can be washed each day rather than zip lock bags or pack­ages that go to land­fill and take years to break down. We also have a har­vest ta­ble at the front of the preschool where fam­i­lies can sell, trade or buy pro­duce from our fam­i­lies' gar­dens such as herbs, jams, veg­eta­bles, eggs or flow­ers etc. Be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally aware is im­por­tant to all of us at preschool and we look for­ward to find­ing new ways that we can be re­spon­si­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.

We are en­rolling for 2018 and have limited va­can­cies. Please call our di­rec­tor Re­becca on 96532252 or email ku.gal­ston@ku.com.au or more de­tails.

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