Excursions/ Incursions at the Cubbyhouse



Bob the Reptile Man

Bob the Reptile Man

Excursions/ Incursions at the Cubbyhouse.
Excursions/ incursions play an important role in early childhood education. Learning to be part of our wider community is important for young children. Adding excursions/ incursions to the program builds a child’s experience. It allows them to explore their community and bring the community to the centre.
Excursions/ Incursions develop the children’s understanding of the world around them. They provide extra learning experiences that are quite exciting as they are different to the every day routines.

We hold these outings and visits at different times of the year. Depending on educational value, availability, developmental appropriateness, and the weather. We use public transport or walking excursions. As well as visitors to the Cubbyhouse.
The Excursions/ Incursions we access are
*of educational value
*involve local services – the library, fire station and police.
*visits to or from schools or farms
*animal shows and musical performances

Recently we had children’s group “Hi-5″, have a meet and greet at our Taree Cubbyhouse. The Kempsey Cubbyhouse is looking forward to the fire brigade bringing their truck in to learn about fire safety. And a regular visitor to Cubbyhouse “Bob the Reptile Man” will be returning this year to all three Cubbyhouse centres. We will also attend the library for story times. Also to take part in the National Simultaneous story time. Also local schools for a variety of experiences.

We complete risk assessments before excursions/ incursions take place. This ensures the safety of all attending. After the excursions/ incursions an evaluation is completed. This determines how the excursion was of value to the children. Also if any changes are needed should it be repeated at a later stage. As per the Education and Care Service National Regulations,no child will be taken out of The Cubbyhouse without a written permission note from the parent or guardian, signed and dated.

When leaving the Cubbyhouse for group excursions we have a ratio of 1 adult:2 children for under three year olds. This ratio is 1:4 for three to five year olds. Families are invited to attend. This gives us extra hands to help out and extra eyes to supervise. Siblings of children attending with supervising adults are counted in the appropriate ratio group.

Sun Safety at the Cubbyhouse

Sun screen station

Sun screen station

Sun Safety at the Cubbyhouse.

Did you know that the Cubbyhouse Preschool and Long Day Care Centres are registered with the Cancer Council as sun smart services? The Cubbyhouse liaises with the Cancer Council and other authorities to keep up to date with knowledge and strategies for educating the children, staff and families.
We have policies and practices in place that we all must follow to meet the requirements of our registration.

With our harsh sun it is important for our youngest people to learn good sun safe habits from the get go.
Our educators support the little ones to embed these practices into their everyday lives. Our educators model sun safety practices, wearing hats, shirts with covered sleeves and put on sun screen in front of the children.

We ask that families provide their children with hats and apply sun screen before coming to Cubbyhouse. Especially in Summer. We do have spare hats and sun screen available to reapply throughout the day.

We encourage the children to wear adequate covering of clothing for outdoor play. Clothing should be loose fitting and made of tightly woven fabrics, it should protect as much of the children’s skin as possible. Singlet tops, midriff / crop tops and sleeveless dresses are not recommended.

Our outdoor events and excursions will be staged with sun protection factors in mind, e.g. Timing, clothing, hats, sunscreen, length of the activity.

We review of the effectiveness of our sun safety protection policy annually. The policy is available for viewing by all staff, families and visitors in the Parent Policies Manual.

Recently at The Cubbyhouse Centres we have helped the children set up their own “sun screen stations” where they learn about the importance of sun safety as well as develop their sense of identity and a feeling of belonging.

They can check themselves out in the mirror while putting on the sun screen and hats. They have been having discussions with the educators and the other children about how to be sun safe. We also asked the children if they would like a photo of themself getting ready to go out in the sun and have put them up on display at our sun screen stations.
The children seem to be loving it. And we have had barely any hassles getting them to keep their hats on!

Transition of Children’s Education


transition to school


Growing up or starting school is an important milestone for children. And their family.

When everyone knows what to expect, the child is more likely to feel confident and happy about moving into a new room at the Cubbyhouse. Or onto to formal schooling.

Open communication and strong relationships are the key.  Information sharing between families, early childhood settings and schools, before children start helps for a smooth transition.

Children in NSW may enrol in Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five years of age on or before 31 July in that year.

Children also transition between the rooms, as they become older. Moving from babies to school age.  As well as across the day within the room, the program and the daily routines.

Smooth transitions for all children, staff and families is the aim.

In Centre Transitions

We encourage the children to spend time during mornings and afternoons in family groupings. Then they are familiar with the Cubbyhouse as a whole. This will develop relationships between all children, educators and families. And will ensure smooth transition as everyone is already known to each other.

As children from the baby room turn two and children in the toddler room turn three years we try to move the children up.

The educators assess the child’s development and readiness to transition. Then talk with the families about moving their child to the next room. Discuss with the director the availability of positions and possible time frame for this to occur.

The children will spend short periods of time in the next room.  When they are ready they can start to spend a whole day in the next room.

Routine Transitions

The children are included in the routines of the day. They are given a signal before its time to change from play to lunch. Or inside to outside play time. We use games and rhymes to move from one place to the next to make it a fun and educational experience.

Transition to ‘Big School’

As a child reaches the year before school entry the educators assess the child’s readiness. They talk with the family  about  school readiness skills. Our teachers use the program to prepare for the transition to school. Discussing primary school through the daily routines and program. Information and ideas are passed onto families to prepare them all for the change. The educators talk with local schools. This ensures orientation and transition to primary school occurs in a smooth manner. This will make it a positive experience for child and family.

Leaving Cubbyhouse

When a child leaves our centre, their developmental profile is passed onto the family to share with any new carers or educators.

Children’s individual needs (health, development etc) will be taken into account during the transitioning process.

It is so important to get this process right. And support all children to be confident and curious learners!

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