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Play Session

  • When & Where

    Wednesday or Thursday morning (the day rotates term by term each fortnight)
    9.30am – 11.30am / 12.00pm

    Coordination Unit

    108 Collins Ave, Edge Hill

    Cost: $10.00 per Educator


    Play Session Philosophy

    Together we provide quality professional child care and education in collaborative partnership with families and the community. Our standard of excellence and professional practice reflect the cultural and shared beliefs of families, our Educators, and the broader community. 


    Goals and Objectives

    These sessions follow the guidelines of the Early Years Learning Framework: Belonging, Being and Becoming, and Middle Years Framework: My Time Out Place. We use the Guide to the National Quality Framework to structure our quality practice and environments, focusing on QA1,2 and 3.


    What is a Family Day Care Play Session? 

    The Term “Play Session” is used to describe the planned experiences where two (or more) Educators participate with their children to partake in child-focused play experiences. Play Sessions may be organised by the Educators themselves or by the Co-ordination Unit Team. It is also a time for Educators to come together and gain some new ideas for play experiences while networking with fellow Educators. Parents are welcome to attend as well, but please contact the Coordination Unit to book in advance.

    We have a qualified Play Session Coordinator who plans activities for the children based on recent observations of children’s needs and interests. A learning story and curriculum is emailed out to Educators after play session.

    Play Session events are posted to the Educator Facebook site and Family Facebook site. We require an RSVP at least 2 days prior to the event. In the case of an excursion the RSVP date will be on the permission form.

  • Experiences at Family Day Care Cairns include:

    • Physical: Dancing, Running, Jumping, Obstacle Courses
    • Creative: Art and Craft, Play dough, Clay
    • Sensory: Finger Paint, Goop, Slime
    • Music: Instruments, Singing
    • Cognitive: Puzzles, Constructing with Blocks
    • Language: Stories, Puppets
    • Life: Dramatic Play
    • Cultural Celebrations
    • Nature Play: Gardening, Nature Investigations, Caring for our Environment


    The Curriculum

    The curriculum is designed to offer children many opportunities to explore and learn through a variety of materials and experiences. The children are encouraged to choose and explore in an unhurried manner. This is reflective of the BBB and MTOP.

    A variety of learning resources are on offer, such as:

    • Creative materials – paint, glue, dough, sand, fabric, drawing materials
    • Musical instruments – a variety from many different cultures
    • Functional Equipment – for pretend play
    • Equipment that extends their gross motor skills
    • Mathematical Tools – scales, measuring cups, sorting resources
    • Construction Materials – blocks, junk materials
    • Books and reading material
    • Natural resources
    • Gardening and care of environment


    Preference is given to open ended materials that can be used in a variety of ways and reflect the diversity that exists in our community. Our Coordination Unit team observes and engages with the children during play and document their observations in learning stories and curriculum pages.

    These observations are then used to further refine the program for the individual children’s needs, developmental progress and interests. The program is developed collaboratively with the Educators where appropriate. Home visits to Educators also assists in planning for children’s needs. Children’s personal information and any documentation/observations will always remain in compliance with confidentiality guidelines.

    Each Play Session program is assessed against the framework outcomes and critical reflection by the Play Session Coordinators, Educators and children. We encourage feedback about the children’s responses to the environment, the resources and the activities; and respect and appreciate any ideas for future sessions that either the children or Educators suggest.

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