These documents are designed to assist you in the planning and/or implementation of the Animal Fun Program.
The Western Australian Department of Health has issued recommended guidelines to optimise the health of children aged 0-5
This Infographic has simplified these guidelines as it relates to children aged 3-5 years. You can download it here for free.
Sharing Information with Parents
One idea for sharing information with parents is to place this poster in a prominent position in your room. You can choose a few of the cards you have been working on that week and make a reduced size copy of the card and stick it in a position. Underneath write a few dot points on the development skills that activity enhances. For example, Gum Tree: Developing static balancing skills, listening skills and upper body strength.
Cassowary Kicking: Developing one legged balance, kicking skills, turn taking, eye tracking of a moving object.
Meeting Quality Standards
Animal Fun meets so many of the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Framework Outcomes as well as addressing many of the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education outcomes for the Foundation Year. Here are a couple of documents which highlight these connections.
Written Policy Assists with Practice
Very few Early Childhood Services have a written Physical and Mental Health Policy Document which clarifies exactly what the service believes in and intends to deliver. I strongly encourage you, as trained early Childhood Specialists to get together as a team and write down your own policy, being guided by the EYLF, NQS and Curriculum. Here is a template which may give you a few ideas of the sorts of things to include in your own document.
We have a couple of tools specifically for Early Childhood Care Service Providers – a Sample of a Service Action Plan, a blank template of the Service Action Plan, a Sample of a Lesson Plan which highlights which specific quality areas are being met and a blank template of a Lesson Plan. Please feel free to use these as a guide for your Quality Improvement Plan or to give you some general ideas around creating your own documentation.
Kindergarten and Pre-school teachers may find this document useful – it was developed by Kat Bavacevic and she has kindly given permission to share it with you for free.