At Southwell we believe that active communication, consultation and collaboration are essential to building collaborative relationships with families. The teddy bear picnic held each year is designed to share with families how Southwell works to achieving quality outcomes for children.
At the picnic staff share how we build quality education and care early in life which leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. Families learn about why the early years are critical for establishing self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity to learn. Staff explain the programs used to ensure we provide quality education and care to shape every child’s future and lay the foundation for development and learning.
In the lead up to this exciting event, the children are involved in activities relating to bears. These activities link
ed directly across the learning areas within the West Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning framework. The children prepare to sing songs for the day, complete crafts and cook, rehearse nursery rhymes for the day, play games and look at the habitat and life of bears in the environment.
We all indulge in delicious food, cooked by the children or brought in by the families. After the formal activities children play outside with their teddies and adults are encouraged to get involved with their child’s imaginative play.
The picnic is a very successful community event, attended by parents, caregivers and younger siblings. The Early Childhood teachers strongly encourage positive relationships between caregivers and educators and therefore this was a brilliant opportunity to get to know families.