Saturday, December 21, 2013

Co-Sleeping With Baby

I had an interesting conversation with two preschoolers about Baby Hannah yesterday. 

In my current household, there have been  some domestic discord. As such, Baby Hannah's father had been relegated to the sleeping quarters in the hall.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Are your shoes Pretty or Macho?

So today I had an interesting episode with some children at a centre on Coogee.

We were outside at the sandpit with with a couple of toddlers (2-3 year olds).

Girl A: Are my princess shoes pretty?

Friday, December 13, 2013

First shift with a new employer!

So today is my first ever shift with a new Childcare company. For the sake of brevity and future blog posts, I shall refer to them as E.O, short for 'Employer O' in future posts.

Just earlier this week, I went for an interview in this not for profit company , E.O, that manages their own Childcare centres.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Assignment in Brookvale again.

Today I went to do a four hour shift at this centre in Brookvale. It was the same one I visited about two weeks back.

This time I was sent to the babies room. It wasnt the hardest of routines, but you basically fed the babies, made sure the older toddlers sat up and ate their lunches, wiped off their hands and shirts, and played with them. It reminded me a lot of Baby Hannah, who is my friend's nine month old baby who l live with

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Two ECT job interviews today

Montessori Preschool 1:
So I just finished an interview at a privately owned Montessori preschool on the Newcastle line.

I dont think the boss is willing to pay much coz he flinched when I told him of my previous pay rate. He also insists on not bringing in agency staff.

I was surprised to find out that I was to be interviewed by the Director's husband. He said that if I wanted to find out if I were going to be a fit for the school, I should come in for a voluntary basis (meaning unpaid) for about a week at the school to observe
the school.

Ok, you know what, I am not too keen to do that. You can reserve that position for someone else.

2) Montessori Care Centre in CBD-

This centre is located right in the middle of the CBD.

This is a very interesting interview with two different ladies, one being the owner, and another the supervisor.

I was interviewed more on the Montessori ideologies, and differences between play based curriculum and Montessori.

This centre opens from 7 am to 7 pm. Very long hours indeed, but I do believe they do not have that much cleaning work or outdoor play set up.

What I like about this centre is the employers are willing to sponsor foreign qualified staff, which speaks volume on what they are willing to keep good staff.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Preschool shift at Mosman

Today I went for a 8- 3.30pm shift at this preschool in Mosman. The preschool was managed by a non for profit association.

It was a most interesting shift as the experience was the most different from the last two centres I went to, and very different from the centre where I last held a permanent position near Beverly

The Cert3 Assistant, and who is now doing her 2nd year of a BED (Primary School) part time, was very well informed and a very capable teacher.

She was able to answer the questions I asked her, and had a very open mind in managing and disciplining children.

The experience today basically proved that no matter what sentiments my ex boss had about children having a run outdoors was, it was not going to hurt if they had a fall as that was how they learnt.

I also observed that the children also helped to pack away indoors with the teachers just assisting. Group times was good too as the children enjoyed waiting patiently and quietly and it was pleasant reading a book to them.

Last but no least, there was not much administrative or cleaning duties. This basically took up the bulk of my work previously. Perhaps the only work was the curriculum planning, the prparation
for the art activities, and some general cleaning.

I also liked the fact that the centre was willing to bring in casual staff from the agency for RDOs or sickies, as it really gives the staff the rest they need as when they need to, instead of overworking staff on a weekly

As much as I love the Montessori philosophy, I believe there must be a balance of reality, practicality, and imagination to make work bearable, enjoyable and most importantly pleasant to wake up to everyday.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Shift at a Brookvale centre.

Today I went in for a 9-5pm shift at Brookvale with Agent E. The centre was easy to find.

For this shift, I had to leave Rhodes by 7am. I took the bus to Brookvale from Carrington st Stand C, and arrived at the centre about 7.45am.

The day started out easy, with the 3-4 year olds. There were 16 in attendance today. Lunch was at 12.05 - 12.45 with ten mins paid.

As the children went out to play, I realised that the play of the children, especially with the boys seemed to get rowdier. Quite a number of the children (boys and girls) even showed some attitude when spoken to.

My perception of the staff at the centre is that they all seemed really busy and did not seem to catch on the verbal or non verbal cues that I had given. It was very different compared to the first centre in Penrith that I had been sent to.

I did not like that the staff in the preschool room had allowed the children to run, and as a result, some of the children knocked into each other. I didnt think they had very good ground rules for outdoor play.

I am not sure how trained the staff were, but I could see some OHS concerns. I dont agree in allowing children to wear Japanese slippers regardless of the seasons. Strapped
or velcro-strapped sandals are still acceptable though.

Some of the play equipment was placed too near the fencing, which is also a OHS concern as well.

When the permanent ECT from the preschool room came in, I mentioned this to her, but she did not seem to see this as a OHS hazard. I am quite particular in regards to OHS as this was the kind of environment I was exposed to in my previous work place.

Anyways, she (the ECT) asked me a few questions about my training and I mentioned about my Montessori
training. She was somewhat interested in it, and seemed to take a liking to me regardless of how 'dead' or 'self absorbed' the other staff seemed to be.

To end, her encouraging words were, 'You survived. Thats all that matters'.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

First assignment in Penrith

Today I finally decided to take up an assignment with Agent E. I was not sure initially whether to take it, as it was all the way in Penrith. 

However, staying home all day and reading all the books on theories
was not going to help me with procuring the kind of work I wanted to. So I took it.

It was also a full day shift, 9-5 pm. This morning I had to be at the Rhodes station by 6.44am. I had to transit over to the Blue Mountain Line at Strathfield station, and reached Penrith at roughly 7.40am.

I bought a coffee, and a bacon egg and roll (aud4.50) Then I had to take a local bus to Cranebrook, which is Bus 2 one ticket equivalent, at about 8.14am, which was closer to the centre in walking distance.

The centre was a long day care centre, with before and after hours services. It had quite a number of staff away, so that explained why I had to cover a full day shift.

So far, I think I did pretty well at the centre. The staff seemed pretty easygoing. I managed to work with the children, both the preschoolers from two different rooms.

It was pretty full on as it was full attendance today, with 22 kids in.

By the time I had lunch, it was 1.20 pm, of which 10 mins was paid for, and 30 mins was unpaid. I finished lunch at 2pm. I was pretty much exhausted by around lunch time... Heh.

It was also the first time I worked at a centre which provided after school hours services (up to Year 6 students). I was surprised to see older students in a daycare. I later realised that another daycare centre nearby too provided after hours services.

Apparently by law, children in Year 6 are not allowed to stay home alone, and hence most centres with after school hours provided a school van for pick up services.

Anyways, I took the bus back to Penrith Interchange at half past, near the daycare centre. There was no official bus stand, although there was a notice for 'bus zone' in front of the school. Just for your information, as I wasnt sure where to catch the bus home either.

It was nice to take a ride around the city of Cranebrook, which had a likely beautiful lake, and spacious grounds.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

New South Wales: Working with Children Check

So to my readers, I am now back again in Sydney. 

After a month of travelling up the Northern Territories, I was supposed to end my trip in Sydney. However circumstances ask that I extend my trip longer than my initial stay here. 

In order to sustain financially my extended stay here, I have to look for a part time job. In which case, I decided that returning to my training vocation seems like a good idea.

In the last 6 months, the administration here in New South Wales has required that all staff being newly employed in the Childcare industry are to apply for a Working With Children Check, similar to their counterparts in the other states. The difference however is that a card would not be provided, like what they do for the states of Queensland and Victoria. 

I do believe they will send a notice or statement with an applicant number. This number will need to be quoted when applying for employment or volunteering services with children. 

The charges? 80AUD!

 I don't think it's cheap... But I guess that may deter a lot of people who would initially want to work with children... And the govt's way of making more money. Sigh.

They have also introduced the EYLF Early  Years Learning Framework. I do believe Queensland had something like this when I was doing my uni studies in 2006. I need to check it out if its the same.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Game app addiction: Parents with children playing Candy Crush, take note!

In an article by Yahoo Malaysia today, the writer admits that gaming application addiction is a real problem.

(Actually it has been a problem since mobile gaming started since the 1980s when the thing was game and watch. They are just two decades late).

The only difference these days, with the availability of internet and internet banking, people can buy games online using prepaid debit cards from Visa and MasterCard.

Parents, if your kids are playing Candy Crush, please consider doing this. Brendon Lee from recommends some steps to curb the current Candy Crush addiction gaming habits.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Beating Milk Allergies

Milk Allergies is a serious thing.

I have lactose intolerance, so I can only take cow's milk in small dosages.

But some people may have severe anaphylactic reactions to it.

This article reports that now it is possible to cure allergies..

(p.s not that I don't know, but the general public always never did think out of the box anyways..)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Relanguaging someone's words

Today's The Star:Classifieds(Central-Malaysia) has a short section on 'Relanguaging'.

Many people are put off by another person's negativity, but no one corrects them.

Relanguaging is the 'reconditioning' or replacing of negative words into positive ones.

Examples of words include blame words i.e. 'he started it', 'I will try', but, etc.

Ways of Relanguaging:
Making the person aware with a statement like, 'I notice that you've used the word... A few times.''
Another is to ask for a change of word, for example , 'Can you change this word to something more positive?'
Another way is to repeat someone's words; like ' if they said I don't know', then ask in return 'dont know?' (I use that a lot!)

The article is contributed by Malaysian Association of Certified Coaches
Landline: +603-6205 4488

Friday, March 15, 2013

Prevention of Allergies

It may not be less common in Asia, but the incidents of children in Australia with allergies is actually increasing.

In the childcare centre where I was working, we had children with all kinds of allergies and conditions.

Before heading to Australia, I did not hear of milk allergy or lactose intolerance, much less peanut, or shellfish allergies.

It was only in Australia, that I realised I had a condition commonly known as milk allergy.

Whenever I had more than a small serve of cappucino (Yes, the italian drink!), I realised I ended up getting a sore stomach and always had to go to the toilet, which last for almost a few hours, and sometimes a day. This is a common condition in many yellow skinned Asians as well, it seems.

Apparently a many Caucasians have peanut allergy, which is not a common condition in many yellow skinned Asians (i.e Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans) as peanut is an essential and common ingredient in our daily diet.

I also found out that in my family genetics, asthma and ezcema is also a common condition in my mother's side of the family. But because my father has strong genes, it has cut down the incidence of this condition, where both my brother and I do not have this condition.

However, it has turned out that many of my cousins though suffered from asthma and ezcema.

The link below explains ways to prevent allergies

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