Affinity centres launch Summer Program

More than 160 Lifelong Learning Centres around Australia have launched Summer Program's featuring exciting new play-based learning experiences to run through December and January. 

An additional ‘Lifelong Learning School Readiness’ intensive program is on offer at many centres to support their pre-school children in finalising their transition to primary school in 2019. 

Affinity Education Group CEO Tim Hickey said he was delighted by the variety of Summer Programs on offer around Australia.

"Our Centre Managers and educators put their heart and soul into these programs to deliver high quality - and seriously fun - early learning experiences for the children who attend our centres," Mr Hickey said.

"When so many child care centres are winding down for December and January - our Lifelong Learning Centres are absolutely buzzing with new and interesting lifelong learning every day," he said.

Inspired by six ‘Healthy Children’ themes – Minds, Bodies, Food, World, Families and Community, Lifelong Learning Summer Program runs through December and January for long day care and out of school hours children. Activities are specific to each centre, and some of the program highlights underway include sign-language classes, chick hatching programs, ‘Bring your Pet Day’, cooking classes, bush kindy excursions and safety incursions.
A dedicated Yoga day was held at Box Hill Early Learning Centre in Melbourne, the initiative of Centre Manager Kiran Desai, as part of the ‘Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies’ Summer Program experiences.
Yoga is a Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies experience available at many Lifelong Learning Centres owned by Affinity Education Group
“One of our mums – a yoga teacher – took the class and all children participated – from babies through to our School Readiness class. The children pretended to be different insects – such as bees, butterflies, spiders and caterpillars – using their find and gross motor skills and enjoying time on the yoga mats in fresh air outside,” Ms Desai said.
A group of Lifelong Learning Centres in Western Australia including Little People’s Retreat Swan View joined together for a ‘Healthy Communities’ themed incursion featuring the ‘Constable Care’ puppet show, to teach children about protective behaviours.
 Healthy Communities programs teach children about safety at Lifelong Learning Centres owned by Affinity Education Group
Meanwhile, ‘good ol’ fashioned sports days’ were held at Daisy’s Child Care in Cooma, and a Grandparents Day featured a live guitar show by the grandmother of two children who attend the centre.

Kids Academy Penrith in New South Wales ran a two-day sign language program to teach preschool-age children how to sign simple words, songs and the alphabet, and Centre Manager Lauren White said the children’s engagement and enthusiasm was amazing.

"Children love learning new ways to communicate and express themselves, so we felt this was a very special program to offer during our very first Summer Program - parents love it and we'll be running lots of other learning days right through to the end of January 2019," Ms White said.
Affinity Education Group owns and operates more than 160 Lifelong Learning Centres around Australia. To find a centre near you, call 1800 CHILD CARE or search online.