|Aurora Early Learning Centre|
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
It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce that we have received our final assessment and rating from the Department of Education & Training.
We have been awarded Exceeding National Quality Standard. There are over 15,417 centres in Australia, but only 3,601 have been rated exceeding, 1,004 of those are in NSW. With only 23% of all centres meet the exceeding standard, we are proud to be part of this small group of excellence.
Through a full day detail inspection by NSW Dept of Education in August 2017, we were assessed against the 7 quality areas of the National Quality Standard (NQS) and given an overall rating based on these results.
The 7 quality areas covered by the National Quality Standard are:
The ratings are:
Our next challenge is to be awarded the Excellence in Education and Care which only 10 centres in NSW have been awarded.
Huge thanks goes to our truly amazing team of Educators. Your commitment, hard work and dedication to the early childhood sector and the children in your care has shone through and rewarded accordingly.
We extend a big thank you to our supportive families. It has been a real pleasure working with and looking after your little ones. We endeavour to continue to better ourselves in order to maintain and reach new heights.
Well done team Aurora!
On Thursday 27th July 2017, the children at Aurora were involved in a Sustainability incursion to help the children and educators develop knowledge and understanding of embedding sustainable practices into their daily lives.
We involved Blacktown City Council in getting this project up and running. We had Emma come to the centre to talk about recycling and rubbish and help us start our very own worm farm!
Emma started off by showing us some pictures of different types of garbage trucks and bins. The children spoke about their own experiences with rubbish bins and were able to successfully identify what items were able to go into recycle bins. One child told Emma about how we have our own recycling baskets in the classrooms.
Emma showed the children the worms who will be making Aurora ELC their home which was met with much excitement and squeals from the children. The children were then split up into small groups where they were able to touch and name the worms. The children came up with some great worm names such as Shirm, Wiggles, Jiggles and Boss Baby.
Once the children were finished acquainting themselves with our new worms, Emma showed the children and educators how to set up and maintain the worm farm and how to safely hold and handle the worms.
The visit concluded with Emma reading a short story about the worms and what foods they can and can't eat!
Since the incursion, the children have been eagerly checking on their worms and making sure they have lots of food scraps to eat. Before we place anything into the farm, we always check that it is safe for the worms to eat and won't harm them.
Miss Nadia has been saving her fresh fruit and veggie scraps from the kitchen as well as egg shells in order for us to feed the worms.
So far as a centre, we have already reduced our waste load and the children are doing a fantastic job looking after their new little pets.
Welcome to Aurora worms!