Thanks Rotary Club of Taree for Your Incredible Support

Thanks Rotary Club of Taree for Your Incredible Support

The Early Connections Manning and Great Lakes Team extends a huge thanks to the Rotary Club of Taree for their incredible fundraising efforts, financial contributions, and hard work in dismantling our old yard at the Taree centre. Their generous support has been instrumental in making our new playground a reality.

We are thrilled to announce that the final element of the new playground at our Taree centre was installed on 25 June! This beautiful piece of art, painted by the talented Pastor Russell Saunders OAM and his daughter Raechel Saunders from Deep Water Shark Gallery, depicts stunning underwater creatures and adds a vibrant, child-friendly touch to our playground.

To celebrate these efforts and show our appreciation, we hosted a thank-you morning tea last week with EC staff and Rotary members. It was fabulous to spend time together and see everyone enjoying the new play equipment.

The Rotary Club of Taree have become lifelong friends of our organisation, and we are excited for everyone to see our beautiful new playground on their next visit.

Empowering Our Preschool Community

Empowering Our Preschool Community

The Early Connections Kempsey team recently hosted a networking and training day for local preschools! It was a day filled with knowledge sharing, skill development, and a shared commitment to nurturing our youngest learners.

The focus wasn’t just on curriculum or lesson plans. Important topics like workplace health and well-being for educators were also discussed, recognising the crucial role they play in fostering a positive environment for both themselves and the children.

Additionally, we explored the diverse ways children with ASD experience the world and how these differences might impact their communication and learning.

We practiced Keyword Sign, an excellent communication strategy that benefits all children, regardless of their neurodevelopmental needs.

Participants were eager to learn and share their own experiences and it was encouraging to see the commitment to providing the best possible start for the littlest members of our community.

A big thank you to everyone who participated! We’re already looking forward to the next opportunity to connect with our early childhood education community.

Fairy Magic at Taree & Tuncurry Playgrounds!

Fairy Magic at Taree & Tuncurry Playgrounds!

Fairies! Fairies! Fairies!

Calling all fairy lovers! It seems our Taree and Tuncurry playgrounds have been sprinkled with a touch of magic! Fairies have set up charming little homes, and we have a feeling there’s more to discover!

Have you spotted them yet?

Keep your eyes peeled for these tiny residents as you explore the playgrounds. You never know what whimsical surprises await!

Feeling inspired? Build your own Fairy Garden!

Do you dream of creating a magical fairy garden in your own backyard? It’s easier than you think! Affordable treasures are popping up everywhere, including Kmart Australia and The Reject Shop.

With a little creativity, you can design and build a whimsical world – straight out of your imagination!

Farewell to Lara and Abbi

Farewell to Lara and Abbi

Farewell to Lara and Abbi – Early Connections Kempsey Says Thank You!

Early Connections Kempsey recently farewelled two wonderful university students, Lara and Abbi (from University of Newcastle), who joined us for their practical studies.

We believe in the importance of nurturing the next generation of Speech Pathologists (SPs). By providing practical experience alongside qualified professionals, we can equip them with the skills and confidence they need in their future careers.

Lara and Abbi quickly became valued members of our team. Their enthusiasm, dedication, and eagerness to learn brought a positive perspective to our daily sessions.

We were particularly impressed by their ability to respond to the diverse nature of our clients and interact with our youngest children to support their needs. It’s clear that both Lara and Abbi have bright futures ahead of them as emerging SPs.

We’re very proud of everything they achieved during their time with us and wish them every success as emerging Speech Pathologists!

Farewell to Our Southern Cross Stars!

Farewell to Our Southern Cross Stars!

Early Connections Coffs Harbour Says Goodbye to OT Students

As the term draws to a close, Early Connections Coffs Harbour has farewelled a fantastic group of occupational therapy (OT) students from Southern Cross University. These bright young students have immersed themselves in practical learning experiences at our centre, and it’s been a rewarding journey for everyone.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with the students as they reflected on their time with us. Their enthusiasm and dedication were truly inspiring, and it was evident how much they’ve grown both personally and professionally.

“Our stay at Early Connections was incredibly enjoyable, it has given us the ability to help children become more independent to support their overall development and to improve their quality of life as aspiring occupational therapists. Working within an interdisciplinary team and utilising the key worker model has been a valuable experience.” Ellie and Nicole

We are proud of the hard work and valuable contributions these students made during their placement. Their fresh perspectives and eagerness to learn enhanced the experiences of both the children and our team.

As they continue their journey as emerging occupational therapists, we wish them all the very best! We have no doubt they will make continue to positively impact the lives of children.

Thank you, Southern Cross University students, for choosing Early Connections Coffs Harbour for your placement. We look forward to welcoming future OT students and fostering the next generation of occupational therapy professionals!