Entries by Sharon

Our Tinkering Station

After participating a Professional Development course, ‘Establishing a Tinkering Space’ by Jeff Johnson; we decided to create a Tinkering Station was because it allows children to have a different opportunity to explore a whole range of mediums to be able to create their ideas into a masterpiece or to be able to discover how things […]

Children Know Best!

How Does This ….. Become This ….. ?? Same activity, same children, two very different pictures. Today I found myself humbled by the children I was involved with in play. A conversation between myself and another educator saw us discussing a popular role play activity amongst the children, an Ice Cream shop they’d set up […]

Outdoor Environment

Do you remember having all the time in the world to play outside whether it was running on the grass, digging and making sandcastles in the sandpit, or just swinging as high as you can on the swing or jumping in the muddy puddle? Hi my name is Jess, I am an educator at Eskay Kids […]

Magical Place – Mayfield

I have had the absolute privilege of being able to help take our Bluegum children to Mayfield over the last couple of months. My daughter Karen spent the first part of the year coming home from her trip every month telling us about what magical adventures she had gotten up to whether it were going […]

A Big Change …..

I was so excited when I first heard about Mayfield. It was the kind of kindy I always wished was available , so I enrolled my son as soon as I could. Being an educator in a  “regular” centre I found I was wondering if there was more to childcare and if it really could […]

Connecting to Country

I would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the traditional custodians in which we work, live and meet on.  I recognise the continual connection to land, water and community. I pay respects to elders past present and emerging.   Connecting to Country   Connecting to country? What does this mean? We […]

The Importance of Child-Led Conflict

To some this may look likes a  group of boys not listening to each other, or a couple of children whinging and wining, or may be you are even questioning, ‘why is the educator videoing, and not getting in there and sorting this situation out for them’.  As an Educator, I look at this situation […]

A Positive Looking Future

In May 2021, I joined the Eskay Springfield Team. This centre has made a wonderful impact to my life, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to grow and learn within a supportive environment. Previously I worked for 5 years at another centre with a very different approach and philosophy. I needed a […]


So, it was my first time cleaning out Squirtle the turtle’s tank by myself. Someone had talked me through the steps a couple of weeks back, but I only watched, so didn’t actually do it. I put the water pump in the tank but didn’t take the pump hose outside straight away…What a mistake! I brought […]

Risky Play

Risky play – a concept that can be hard to truly understand and appreciate. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood include running around the local park with my friends, left unsupervised until the street lights came on. Climbing rock walls, riding down steep hills on my bike and swimming in the local dam. […]


Childhood is such a short, magical time, and in a fleeting moment, they will be grown up. You will spend an eternity knowing your child as adult, but for these few precious years, you have the privilege of knowing them as a child. For a brief moment in their journey of life, you get to watch them laugh, learn, grow, and experience the awe and wonder that childhood offers.

Children only get one childhood …. Don’t ever wish that magical time away…
Childhood Memories ought to be the most precious memories in any one’s life.

What vision of childhood do you have in your heart for your child…..
We welcome you to join us on a wonder-filled journey through early childhood.