|Aurora Early Learning Centre|
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!
Aurora Early Learning Centre has created a team to join this year’s Mother’s Day Classic that will take place in Parramatta on Sunday 12 May 2109.
The Mother’s Day Classic is an annual fun run and walk raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The aim is to deliver a fun, healthy and inspirational community event that brings the community together on Mother’s Day to support and remember those touched by breast cancer. It’s a decision that gives hope to the 50 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every day.
We are hoping to make a difference in our community. Some of us may have had the unfortunate brush with breast cancer with our loved ones or someone we know. As a personal story, our Centre owner, Dalal’s husband, Sony Lim has had 2 indirect encounters with breast cancer. He lost one of his dear aunt to breast cancer in early 90’s. Subsequently last year, Sony’s mother, Arlina was diagnosed with breast cancer and has fortunately survived it. Fortunately, she has been living cancer free since.
We have sponsored our staff to register for the event and have also donated for the event. We encourage our families and friends to join us to also support this great cause. Every family that signs up and join team Aurora will receive a thank-you bag with caps, bottles, etc as a sign of appreciation from our team. Please come and speak to our staff for further details if required.
Close 11.59pm Friday 10 May 2019
Parramatta Park, Western Sydney.
Sunday 12 May 2019 from 6.30am.
4km walk, 4km run, 8km walk, 8km run
When register, please note:
Your donation and fundraising efforts go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a 100% community-funded organisation. The National Breast Cancer Foundation invests in innovative world-class research and works towards zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. That includes research to improve detection, develop new treatments and help women and men affected by breast cancer live longer and better lives.
It’s a decision that gives hope to the 50 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every day. We are thrilled of the opportunity for you to share in our common goal to raise the fund this year and continue to support vital research projects. Together we can make Mother’s Day mean more.
Please vote for us in the running for Blacktown Local Business Award - Early Childhood Centre 2019!
The link to vote is below:
Voting opens 25th February 2019 and closes 19th March 2019
This week we are participating in the Early Childhood Education Week Program. This program is a great opportunity for Educators to showcase their important role in the Early Childhood Sector and to promote that "play is educational".
So what does it mean? The early years education and care service plays a significant role in the community, educating and caring for our children. Early Childhood Education Week is a wonderful opportunity to continue raising the public profile of the quality service being delivered to children, their families and broader community.
This morning the children sat with Miss Sana and discussed their ideas and suggestions of what kindness mean to them. Miss Sana showed the children some visual scenarios of acts of kindness with their peers. She then wrote down the children's ideas of what it means to them. From here we extended on as a focus group the children where encouraged to say something nice and kind about the person was sitting next to them. This is a great example of the children building upon their confident social and emotional skills as well as fostering sympathy and respect towards each other as peers in the classroom.
The children then extended on their circle time listening to some beautiful dream time stories such as "Wannayarra the rainbow snake" and "The Snake that bit the Sun". The children where very curious about the stories and enjoyed looking at the lovely indigenous illustrations painted by the children from the indigenous community. To extend on this experience Miss Sana set up a snake and boomerang threading and weaving experience for the children to build upon their motor skills and to reflect on their own understanding of the concept of the dream time stories.
On the exploration table the children used glass jars and tongs to pick and choose the coloured small and large pom poms. The children had a great time creating colourful layers inside the jars and sharing and turn taking with the tongs. The preschoolers also used the wooden sorting logs alongside the smooth coloured stones the children enjoyed matching and sorting the colours.
This is a great example of the children fostering their critical thinking skills as well as being investigative and curious learners through their play.
Welcome to our Community Food Pantry.
‘Take what you need... Donate what you can’ is our new Community wide initiative.
This is open to all our centre families, your extended families, your neighbours and anyone in our community.
Whether it be that you’re going through a particularly difficult time at the moment, running late to run to the shops to pick a dinner item up or know of someone in our community who is struggling, please help yourself to our available food items. This will be replenished every few days.
Similarly, if you would like to contribute to this, we would be most thankful 🙏
White Ribbon Australia is a social movement motivating men to walk beside women to build a society free from violence and disrespect towards women. It's a movement focused on men as agents of change.
At Aurora, we support this cause for many reasons but mainly because violence against women has reached crisis levels in Australia. Statistics show that women are three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner. Domestic violence affects one in three women in Australia and is the main cause of homelessness amongst Australian Women and children. We urge you to look into the statistics on the subject.
On Thursday 23rd November 2017 Aurora Early Learning Centre participated in a charity event with a cake stall, a Black and white Disco and a raffle! The children arrived at the centre in their black and white clothes and were ready to have a fun filled day to help raise money and awareness for a good cause!
It is our aim to get people talking about and being aware of domestic violence including children. This will play a part in stopping it from an early age. The way in which we discussed it with the children, as it is a sensitive and controversial topic for young children was that it is not ok ever to hurt anyone!
The white and black that the children were all wearing was a symbol of them not hurting anyone. All day at the centre we had a cake stall running with a huge range of cakes and sweets for the children and families to enjoy. Each cake sold for $1 each and the cake stall alone raised over $100 for the cause.
The week leading up the White ribbon day we sold white ribbons and raffle tickets! After all of the fundraising efforts we raised a phenomenal $305.65, which is the most we have ever raised for a fundraising event at the centre.
Thank you to all our families who took part in, donated and helped us raise the money and awareness!
For further information on White Ribbon Day or Domestic Violence visit www.whiteribbon.org.au