Top Ryde Blog

Grandparents Afternoon Tea

Director Top Ryde - Friday, September 12, 2014
We had lots of fun when our grandparents came to join us for afternoon tea. We shared delicious scones with jam and cream that we had made that morning and they also enjoyed ice tea and coffee.
It was a lovely sunny day outside so we showed our grandparents all the fun activities in the garden. Everyone had lots of fun exploring outside and the grandparents appreciated seeing what their grandchildren get to participate in during their days at Top Ryde Early Learning. 
Thank you all our wonderful grandparents who made our afternoon fun and enjoyable. 

Celebrating Father's Day

Director Top Ryde - Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Thank you to all our amazing dads who joined us for a Father's Day Celebration. 
We had a great morning play games, building constructions and sharing some delicious foods and beverages. 
The morning was a great way to show our dads how much we love them and how much we appreciate all the effort they put in to being a great role model for us. 
The dads really loved the Father's Day Photo Booth!!

Happy Father's Day 2014

Disco Fun!

Director Top Ryde - Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The music was playing, disco lights were beaming and everybody was excited to show off their disco moves on the dance floor. The children were amazed as they walked into the Acacia room that had been transformed into a psychedelic disco. 
Everyone wore their disco outfits and danced along to different genres of music. 
Thank you to all our families who joined us in making our Disco a fun filled night

Strengthening little hands

Director Top Ryde - Monday, July 21, 2014
Early play activities such as those that involve the child manipulating toys and objects help to develop fine motor coordination. Good hand function requires a stable trunk (body) so the arms and hands can move freely away from the body. Therefore activities which develop trunk muscles can also improve fine motor skills e.g. scissor skills, pencil control and the ability to manipulate small toys such as Lego. Activities which promote good hand strength and skill are often found in everyday tasks. 


As the Waratah children prepare to go to school next year the educators provide many opportunities for the children to continue developing their fine motor skills. Within every play space in the room there are tools and equipment to enhance and develop the children's fine motor skills for example; pencils, rulers, scissors and glue sticks are provided in the drawing and art area so that the children can continue developing their pencil grip and scissor cutting skills. 


The educators also provide intentional activities the strengthen the children's fine motor skills for example; a 'Tinkering Table'is set up for children to be able to take apart and put devices back together using real tools. 


Fine motor skills activities for children are the best way to ensure proper development and practice of fine motor skills to promote the most functional use of a child's hands.

Chapter Books

Director Top Ryde - Thursday, July 17, 2014
As part of our school readiness program, the Waratah's have started reading chapter books, during our rest times.  The children have responded positively and are excited when it comes time to sit and listen to the continued adventures of the different characters. Using visualisation the story unfolds in pictures created in the children's imagination instead of the illustrator’s vision.

Through incorporating chapter books into our program, the children are invited to extend on their concentration skills, as they learn how to focus on a story that does not have many pictures. This allows the children to gain an even greater appreciation for the written word. 

Each day, the children retell what they have learnt by illustrating their ideas into their writing journals. This experience displays their emerging comprehension skills and literacy development. 

Pyjama Week

Director Top Ryde - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It was one of the children's favourite time of the year again, Pyjama Week. Everyone was excited to wear their colourful printed pyjamas and show their friends what they would normally wear to bed.

Even the teachers loved wearing their pyjamas to work.


To celebrate pyjama week we watched the children's favourite movie at the moment 'Frozen', while eating delicious popcorn. 

Pyjama week gave the children a sense of being as they recognised the signi´Čücance of the here and now in their lives. Children's being relates to the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others and engaging with life’s joys. 


Art & Craft Exhibition

Director Top Ryde - Wednesday, July 02, 2014

All the children and their families had a lovely time at our annual Art & Craft exhibition. Everyone came together to view the children's artworks that they had created while enjoying some delicious antipasto platters and wine. Each of the rooms had their own theme related to their artworks which were based on the children's interests.

Lilli Pilli Room

The Lilli Pilli children had an interest in colours and exploring sensory play. They combined these interests together to create colourful 3D textured artworks.


Acacia Room

The Acacia children had an interest in self portrait and incorporated this into their canvas artworks. To create their artworks that used industrial collage materials to represent their facial features. 


Waratah Room

The Waratah children enjoyed talking about their favourite memories during group times. They used their creative skills create artworks based on these memories. 




Grandparents Afternoon Tea

Director Top Ryde - Wednesday, May 28, 2014
To help celebrate Families Week we invited our wonderful grandparents to join us for afternoon tea in the garden. 
The children had a lovely time showing their grandparents around Top Ryde Early Learning and introducing them to their friends and teachers. There were lots of exciting activities for the grandparents to be involved in and they especially enjoyed creating works of art together using their hand prints. 

Thank you to all the grandparents who came and joined us for a fun afternoon. 

Little Rugby

Director Top Ryde - Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Little Rugby came to visit the children and taught them the basic skills needed to play rugby. The children got active as they ran around the outdoor area passing the rugby balls to each other. They were then given the opportunity to kick the rugby balls through the goal post.  Everyone had lots of fun participating in these activities with their friends. 


Little Rugby helps early childhood centres promote physical activity into their program in a new and fun way.

If you would like to learn more about Little Rugby click the link below


St Patrick's Day Celebrations 2014

Director Top Ryde - Friday, March 28, 2014

We love getting into the Irish spirit and celebrating St Partick's Day. All the children were involved in lots of activites during the day.

The Lilli Pilli room created Leprechaun portaits, decorating them with lots of gold glitter. They also helped Dalia to cook bread, adding herbs to make it green.

The Acacia's had lots of green activities going on in the room. The children's favourite was the green collage experience, especially because they had lots of green glitter.

The Waratah room was very excited to discover that a Leprechaun had left them a treasure map to a pot of gold in their room. The children examined the map and went on a treasure hunt to find where it had hidden the pot of gold. The children were very pleased with themselves when they found the pot of gold outside in the garden at the end of the rainbow.