|Aurora Early Learning Centre|
Following on our last episode on the first part of Transitioning to School, our guest for this episode 3 of Aurora Parenting Plus, Amanda Caserta is a Classroom Teacher and Coordinator of an Independent School in Sydney. Amanda will be covering the topic of Transitioning to School from the perspective of a Primary School Teacher.
We had an amazing family fun filled End of Year & Christmas Party on 13th December 2019 at the Aurora Blacktown centre!
With an array of entertainment activities such as face painting and a disco party, the children and families were also treated to the extremely popular carnival atmosphere courtesy of our fairy floss and pop corn stands. The crowning of the event saw our children from both Bumblebee and Dragon Fly rooms separately performing various songs on stage, captivating the attention of an incredibly large audience that turned up. To cap the event, Santa made a special appearance to the delight of the children and gave away special Aurora backpacks with goodies.
We thank everyone who joined us to celebrate an amazing year and wish all the best for a greater 2020 ahead!
Please enjoy the video and photos of the day below:
As the crisis of the bush fires unfold and leave a trail of destruction and loss for many communities and families, Aurora Early Learning Centres are actively collecting items to be sent to these communities. We invite our families and surrounding communities to join us.
BUSHFIRE FOOD DRIVE
Please donate any of the following items to be sent directly to those affected by the recent bush fires. Items being collected include :
Bottled water, long life milk, tinned food and meals (with pull rings) cereals, pasta, rice, muesli bars, tooth paste, tooth brushes, sanitary items, shampoo conditioner and pet food.
Please place these items into the donation basket of any of Aurora Early Learning Centres. All items will be dropped off by the Aurora team to the Foodbank warehouse.
More details on Foodbank below:
BUSHFIRE WILDLIFE EMERGENCY FUND
Aurora is also organising a Bushfire Wildlife Emergency Fund via WIRES.
Please place monetary donations in the jar provided in any of Aurora Early Learning Centres. Aurora will also contribute in addition to the families’ donations.
The combined donations will be sent to WIRES via the following:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!!
Aurora Early Learning Centre Frenchs Forest celebrated its 2019 end of year and Christmas with an amazing family fun filled active party on 7th Dec 2019.
The highlight was a special art workshop run by Arterest's founder, Peggy Fu and her assistant. As an exciting art studio/school based in Sydney's Inner West, Arterest brings in progressive creative learning experience catering to young creative minds. We created a unique artwork that is contributed by the children, parents and staff of Aurora Frenchs Forest. The artwork will be framed and displayed in the centre as a memory of the extremely fun activity. This is followed by a fun filled fitness workshop run by Growfit, a specialist in early childhood health education and gross motor development provider.
After an array of children’s entertainment/activities and food for the day, Santa Claus made a special appearance and presented Aurora gift bags to all children. One of our lucky guest, Kathy Black also won the Christmas hamper as the door prize.
We thank all families and guests for sharing this celebration with team Aurora Frenchs Forest!
Check out the video and images from the day below:
Aurora Parenting Plus is an educational channel to assist families with young children in providing engaging and informative parenting and early education video sessions.
Brought to you by Aurora Early Learning Centre, this initiative started from our everyday conversations with our families whom often asked us questions at our centres or in one of our education workshops and seminars. Children’s growth and well-being is a partnership between parents and educators, hence it is crucial to equip parents with adequate tools and to share our knowledge.
Having been a qualified speech pathologist for 22 years and a mother of 5 children, the founder and director of Aurora Early Learning Centre, Dalal Lim has been very passionate about early childhood education. Here at Aurora, we believe in a holistic approach to children’s education and development. We are passionate about innovative and progressive early learning through the emphasis on speech and communications, healthy eating, a caring and active lifestyle. We develop confident young leaders whom have strong humanistic emotional skills on top of the technical pre-numeracy and pre-literacy skills.
As the Aurora Parenting Plus series progresses, we will be bringing in specialist experts like school teachers, occupational therapists, doctors, art teachers, music teachers and others to impart their wisdom on us. Hosted by Dalal, Aurora Parenting Plus will cover familiar topics like sleep patterns, speech and language milestones, sensory processing, art, music and creative thinking, transition to school, or even simple question like when should my child start reading and writing.
In this first episode of Aurora Parenting Plus, Dalal Lim discusses Typical Speech & Language Milestones. As a qualified Speech Pathologist for 22 years, this is a familiar topic that she is very experienced and passionate about. Apart from typical milestones across various age groups, she also covers topics such as tips for parents and what to do if there are any potential concerns.
All series will be updated on http://www.auroraelc.com.au/parenting-plus.html or you can view the first episode below.
We had an amazing Open Day on Saturday 22 June 2019 for our recently opened Frenchs Forest centre.
Thank you very much for those who attended and we hope you had a great time. The open kitchen where our on-site cooks Cathy and Martha prepared sample meals were indeed very popular. Apart from a full display of our curriculum and Aurora pedagogy, the little ones were also entertained with petting farm, face painting, dancing class, soccer games, and other activities.
Below are some photos from the day.
Our next Open Day is coming up soon. We would love to see you again or especially for you who could not make it to our last one!
Date & Time: Saturday, 20th July 2019, 10am-1pm
Location: 20 Rodborough Rd, Frenchs Forest NSW
In our increasingly global world, there is huge merit in our children learning to understand and hopefully communicate, if but basically, in a different language.
Learning other languages has been linked to the development of creative thinkers. Studies suggest that children that learn a second language score better in standardised testing because learning another language develops other skills such as listening, observation, problem solving, flexibility of the mind and critical thinking skills. Other studies have suggested that brain function may stay strong as people age as a result.
Another benefit of being exposed to a different language is that children get exposed to different cultures as a consequence, opening up their minds at a young age to cultural appreciation.
The best way to learn a second language is to start as young as possible. 2-3 year olds are at a stage where their vocabulary development is exploding. They’re also starting to recognise the speech patterns they’re hearing. Some researchers say that second language acquisition peaks at about the age of 6-7 years others claim that this window may actually extend through adolescence.
Hearing or being taught a language from a fluent speaker is optimal. We are very lucky to have Miss Samanta at our Frenchs Forest centre who is fluent in more than 1 language. As a result, Samanta has taken on the task of providing a Spanish language lesson twice a week as part of our curriculum.
We will be investing in more Spanish resources such as age appropriate music and picture books/stories that will be an aid in the Spanish lessons. The lessons have been met with much excitement from our beautiful children at the centre. So to our centre families, please don't be surprised when they come home with some Spanish to show off with!
We are excited to announce our new Aurora Early Learning Centre in Frenchs Forest that opens on 27th May 2019. Located in the heart of Frenchs Forest's business park precinct, it is conveniently surrounded by amenities such as the new North Beaches Hospital, Warringah Aquatic Centre, adjacent Virgin Active Gym and nearby cafes. With early opening hours, ample undercover parking, and a new modern internal fit-out with generous external play area, we are equipped to provide high quality service to the families and community of the Northern Beaches.
Team Aurora was represented by a large contingent of 20 walkers, runners, and supporters in this year's Mothers Day Classic (MDC) 2019 at Parramatta Park. We are very proud of everyone who joined and supported the event for the breast cancer research. We were indeed fortunately blessed with clear sky and warm sun. The day was filled with activities organised by the MDC team, whilst we had an Aurora picnic spot. Apart from Chris whom won a prize for being best dressed in his bright pink hairdo, Team Aurora was also surprisingly mentioned on stage as the runner up to the largest 'school' team entrant after Tara School. We thank everyone whom came and supported this amazing initiative. Look forward to next year!
It is with great pleasure to announce that Aurora Early Learning Centre has been selected as Finalists in the Blacktown City Local Business Awards 2019. We are humbled and thankful to all our amazing families, our beautiful community and our wonderful Educators for the support, belief and love. As management of this service, we acknowledge the hard work and love our Educators put in to our children's development and programs. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!