YMCA Childcare Blog

31 March 2020

Middle Years Development and the Importance of Creating Rapport and Relationships

Adolescence is a distinctive developmental stage of life. Children face significant physical, social emotional and cognitive growth and development through the transition from childhood to young ...
31 March 2020

Why We Should be Helping Our Children to Build Their Emotional Intelligence

In 2015 Disney Pixar released a children’s film titled “Inside Out”. Like most of our favorite Disney films, Inside Out was full of laughable moments, relatable characters and spectacular animati...
31 March 2020

Benefits of Reading to Grow Creativity

From baby’s parents and family members buy books as gifts in the hope that they’ll love to read, yet by middle school, most kids stop reading that aren’t aligned with school. In the USA, an alarm...
31 March 2020

What Age Should Children be Allowed Social Media Accounts?

The truth is that there is no right or wrong answer, Lucy Battersby argues that "It is the same question of when you allow a child to cross the street under their own guidance or when you allow t...
31 March 2020

Homework in OSHC

Completing homework for many children at home is becoming increasingly difficult with one or both parents working full time, parents don’t have the ability and time to help their children in addi...
31 March 2020

The Benefits of Outside School Hours Care

The OSHC program compliments the formal school curriculum and provides children with opportunities to further develop socially, emotionally and cognitively. School classrooms are very structured ...
31 March 2020

Physical Activity for Children - How Much is Enough?

Play gives your child the chance to explore the natural environment and have adventures. They can play favourite games, test their physical limits, express themselves and build self-confidence. O...
31 March 2020

Are We Overreacting to the Reactions of Anaphylaxis?

“Anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock, is the most serious allergic reaction and can causedeath without prompt medical attention. Within minutes of exposure to the allergen, or ‘trigger’, the perso...
31 March 2020

Children's Free Choice During OSHC

“Each child’s agency is promoted, enabling them to make choices and decisions and to influence events and their world.” My Time Our Place, framework for Outside School Hours Care. So what does t...
31 March 2020

Moral Development Through Graphic Morals

Can the use of comics help to introduce moral concepts to improve the development of a student’s ethical behaviour in a primary school setting? Could the concept just be a fun gimmick that attemp...
31 March 2020

Understanding the Rights of Our Children

In 2014 the Children’s Rights Report was released by the National Children’ Commissioner. It reviewed how Australia as a nation responds to and meets the needs of young people and children. This ...
31 March 2020

Casey, A YMCA OSHC Inspired Leader

YMCA Inspired Leaders is a four day long residential leadership and personal development program. It is run by the YMCA which aims to build strong and effective community change makers. The prog...
31 March 2020

YMCA and P&Cs QLD Partner to Provide High Quality Outside School Hours Care

From 1 July 2014 YMCA and P&Cs Qld will partner to bring the best Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) service to state schools across Queensland. The move is as a result of the identification of...
31 March 2020

YMCA OSHC Programming

YMCA Outside School Hours Care Service provide and plan for their very own unique Individual Program . With this in mind that their Curriculum decision making is aligned within the National Quali...
31 March 2020

Phys Ed for Children - How Much & Why

I remember frequently being told by my parents when younger, “you should be outside getting some fresh air and playing” My thought was they were trying to get rid of me from in the house. Little ...
31 March 2020

The Educator Role in Shaping Experiences at YMCA OSHC

Child care professionals play a very important role in shaping children experiences. YMCA Brisbane Outside School Hours Care is about creating endless experiences for children and this includes a...
31 March 2020

Hygiene Practices at OSHC

Hygiene Practices are regarded as a high priority within our OSHC environment. Good hygiene practices can prevent the spread of infection and disease which has the potential to spread very quick...
31 March 2020

Additional Needs - How and Why we Incorporate Them into Our Program

Every person is born with a purpose and the ability to contribute to society in one way or another. It is inevitable that some have more needs than others. Integrating children with additional nee...
31 March 2020

Learning in the Physical Environment

The learning environment plays an important role in the development of children. All children develop at their own pace regardless of age, abilities and strengths. The environment provides chi...
31 March 2020

The Importance of Play in Children's Development

Play is an important part of a child’s learning as different characteristics of play are associated with each of the cognitive stages of development. The key role of play is for practising and as...
31 March 2020

Why Should Children Play More?

Children learn so much from play; it teaches them social skills such as sharing, taking turns, self discipline and tolerance of others. Children’s lives are enhanced by playing creatively and by ...
31 March 2020

A Big Step for Everyone

Starting school is a big step for a child, there is a ‘new setting with more children, new rules & routines’ all of which can be scary for children but worrying for the parents. Along with th...
31 March 2020

Parents as Role Models

Ever heard of the sayings “Father like son”, “She lives up to the family name”, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, all these sayings infer that children will turn out like their parents....