Product Highlight: Venice Tables & SeatingThese tables add a classy look to every learning environment, and adding your own custom colour table top simply elevates the room.
Check these out online: https://bit.ly/2UYKMSx
How to Meet & Exceed your Assessment & Rating VisitAssessment and Rating, daunting as it may seem, is a great opportunity for a service to show off all of their hard work and dedication to their craft.
During this video, Prue details 5 different ways that will increase your Services chance of not only achieving, but exceeding your Assessment & Rating visit!
Birchwood Kitchen Station - The Importance of Role Play & Imaginative PlayRole Play & Imaginative play is such an important part in developing language an communication skills in young children.
Learn all about our Birchwood Kitchen Station in the video above.
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How are you celebrating NAIDOC Week in your Early Learning Service?NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons.
This years theme is 'Heal Country'
There are many activities children can participate in within Early learning Services to embrace this part of our National Culture.
Watch Prue elaborate on 2 ideas we have come up with.
We'd love to know how you are celebrating NAIDOC Week this year?
Step4 Case Study: Wonderschool WodenWonderschool Woden is a state-of-the-art Early Education + Care Centre situated in Canberra, ACT.
Step4 partnered with Sarah Wilcox, Operations Manager of Wonderschool, to make her vision a reality - to create a beautiful learning environment that matched the design of the building.
"Talking about a rating, an imaginary scale of 1 – 10, I would rate the fit-out 10. It was really easy, very quick, lots of communication and it was really successful for us at Wonderschool Woden" - Sarah
Watch the full video for a preview into this stunning new learning centre.
The Step4 Experience - Company ProfileAt Step4, we believe that every child deserves to grow and learn in an environment that allows them to best achieve their potential.
That's why we love to create learning environments that are fun, engaging + inclusive of all children.
Whether you're starting a new centre, refurbishing an existing centre, preparing for Assessment + Rating or just need to top up your learning resources and furniture for your current service, we are here for you.
Our wide range of sustainable learning resources, equipment + custom made furniture allows you to create the learning spaces of your dreams!
Browse online at www.step4.com.au or reach out to us on 1300 720 353 to discuss how we can help enhance your learning environments.
How to Utilise Multi Purpose Resources in your ServicePurchasing resources that provide multi-purpose uses is not only cost effective, but greatly benefit the service.
Resources that can be used with adult directed, intentional teaching or alternatively by children in free open play benefit the program and create great flexibility.
Shop these multi-purpose products online:
Outback Play Mat https://step4.com.au/people-playsets/felt-playmat-outback/
Felt Sorting Set https://step4.com.au/stacking-sorting-posting/rainbow-felt-sorting-set-56pcs/
Poppet Nursery Chair https://step4.com.au/versatek-tables-seating/poppet-nursery-chair-15cmh/
Exploring Small World Play with Prue!Who knew there were so many different ways a felt play mat could be used within the classroom? From exploring animal habitats & discussing the Jurassic period, to acting out children's favourite story books, it is such a versatile, multi-purpose resource!
Join Prue for some play inspiration as she explores the multiple ways to encourage Small World Play with the children in your Service.
Shop small world play items online www.step4.com.au
Mini Whiteboards for Classroom UseThe most useful classroom resource - Mini A4 Dry-wipe boards for individual pupil use.
Lightweight but tough, made from durable gloss white poly-vinyl. These mini whiteboards encourage neat handwriting, help children to form letter & number characters & write in straight lines. Boards come in various designs, including lined, grid, handwriting, blank & more! Available in a Value Pack with whiteboard markers & foam erasers.
Tried and trusted by thousands of schools worldwide, the Whiteboard markers feature a standard size bullet tip with slim barrel for small hands. Foam erasers are an easy solution that wipes away dry-wipe pens ink quickly and easily.
3 Ways to Utilise Blocks in your Learning ServiceHere at Step4, we know the importance of meeting the ELYF, and that’s why we want to help you get more out of your learning resources. Today we will be discussing 3 different ways you can utilise blocks in your learning centre.
1. Incorporate animals, figurines and natural resources from the garden such as leaves and twigs to create a farm or zoo to tie into your animal project. Your blocks can turn into fences and animal habitats!
2. Create a block maze! Use the blocks to create dead ends and tricky paths for their friends to attempt to move through.
3. For older children tape letters to the blocks and encourage the children to move the blocks around to write their name and other basic words. It is a great opportunity to develop letter and name recognition.
Timber blocks are a classic must have for any construction area but such a versatile resource that doesn’t need to be limited to just the one developmental area!
If there’s a particular learning resource in your centre you would like tips on how to utilise, reach out to us today. Work with our team of experts who understand the learning curriculum.
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Product Review: DANTOY ResourcesStep4 is proud to range the popular and trusted brand of sand & water resources, Dantoy.
So what sets Dantoy apart from other similar products?
Ranging from buckets & spades, to vehicles, cooking sets & gardening tools, Dantoy products carry the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, meaning they comply with the world’s strictest requirements for plastic contents, and are packaged in recycled cardboard.
We love that the Dantoy Bio-plastic products are made from sugarcane, and are a 100% recyclable & sustainable material. Our bio-products feature lovely subdued tones that portray a soft Scandinavian look & feel to any learning space. Dantoy sand & water products are extra thick and very heavy duty, designed to endure the rigours of play at early learning centres.
Partner with STEP4 today to supply your centre with Dantoy resources & grow your Early Learning service sustainably.
Are you embedding Sustainable Practices into your Service?Do you want to exceed the National Quality Standards in your approach to sustainably?
Embedding sustainable practice within your service involves a little more than just adding a vegetable garden, worm farm and some chickens to your outdoor environment.
It is advised to research, consider and plan how to incorporate sustainable practices when implementing activities and planning excursions.
Some ways to consider embedding sustainable practice within your service can be to:
• Use living plants as opposed to plastics, creating vegetable and herb gardens that can be harvested and cared for by the children and used in centre cooking, install a rainwater tank to collect and use water for your gardens, plants, and lawn area.
• Consider conserving energy using natural sunlight within the rooms to avoid lights being turned on, use energy efficient globes or have earth hour each day at the service during rest time.
• Display child friendly visual signs around your service to encourage children, educators and families to be more sustainably focused ie: turn of the tap, turn off the light
It’s a great idea to ask suppliers about their approach to sustainability - this could be carrying an ecofriendly range of nappies and wipes, packaging, cleaning products, resources, materials for furniture.
Seeking input from families and children about how they focus on sustainable practices in the home is always helpful to gain more ideas.