Director’s Blog

What is Open Ended Play in Early Years?

At IDEA ELC we know that children often set up their own open ended experiences using materials at hand and sometimes even have a goal in mind. Our staff know that open-ended play allows children to express themselves in play freely and creatively, not bound by preset limitations. At IDEA ELC, playing with open-ended materials […]

IDEA ELC loves Outdoor Play

IDEA Loves Outdoor Play- Why is Outdoor Play Important? As soon as babies are a few days old, parents will be taking them out in their prams to go shopping, visit relatives or just take a walk. Outdoors babies experience a different view of the world than they do in their homes. Sunlight creates shadows […]

Why is reading together so important?

At IDEA ELC, we know that when we expose children to high quality reading opportunities whilst they are in the center, they will become more engaged with literacy in other areas of their lives. Children who pay close attention to and talk about books have an increased vocabulary and understanding, important early literacy skills. Reading […]

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles at IDEA ELC

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles at IDEA ELC At IDEA Early Learning Center we are passionate about instilling a love of healthy living in our children. Here are with some health tips that will improve your child’s lifelong relationship with food, and help him/her grow into a confident and healthy individual. Family Meals: Family meals are a […]

Nurse Advice from IDEA ELC – Headlice

Focus on Nurse Nima: Advice for dealing with Headlice At IDEA ELC we have a very experienced and highly qualified Nurse called Nima. Nima often sends advice to our parents on the common illnesses that children encounter when they start at school or nursery. We’re passionate about sharing our best practice and this blog shares […]

Nurse Advice from IDEA ELC – Conjunctivitis

Focus on Nurse Nima: Advice on dealing with Conjunctivitis At IDEA ELC we have a very experienced and highly qualified Nurse called Nima. Nima often sends advice to our parents on the common illnesses that children encounter when they start at school or nursery. We’re passionate about sharing our best practice and this blog will be […]

How IDEA Early Learning Center Promotes Learning at Home

How IDEA Early Learning Center Promotes Learning at Home IDEA ELC promote child independence across all areas of our Creative Curriculum. It is crucial that children know how to be responsible for themselves and how to support those around them. We always encourage children, where developmentally appropriate, to be independent with their personal care and […]

My child has a Nanny, why should I send them to IDEA Early Learning Center?

My child has a Nanny, why should I send them to IDEA Early Learning Center? All early years professionals agree that children need to try lots of new things and interact with different environments, cultures and people. It helps them to develop awareness of themselves, others and their world. IDEA Early Learning Center is so […]

How does IDEA ELC learn from international best practice?

How can Early Years Professionals learn from International Best Practice? At IDEA ELC, we are committed to providing the best possible education for our early years children. By using what is considered the best practice from around the world, we are inspired to see how we can learn. Rather than using de-contextualized comparisons that use […]