“Children have a sense of belonging” (The Early Years Learning Framework)
Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.

The Early Years Learning Framework focuses on;
  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators

Excursions and incursions are an important part of your child’s experience at Tyabb Village Children’s Centre. We invite others to new experiences based on the children’s interest then extend the children’s interest and learning through a carefully planned educational program. 

Your Questions Answered

What is a Community “out and about” Program? Tyabb Village has identified an area in the local community that children and educators can walk to safely. This area includes key community services and groups that children visit and enjoy.

Why do we need an "Out & About" Program? Tyabb Village complies with the National Quality Framework.

Quality Area 6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities.

Standard 6.4: The service participates in the community requires:
  • The service participates in the community and demonstrates respect for families & communities
  • The service is involved in appropriate community projects and events
  • The service takes an active role in caring for its environment and contributes to a sustainable future

What would my child be likely to visit? Tyabb Village aims to develop relationships within the local community by participating in relevant community events and visiting community services such as:
  • The mobile library for a book borrowing program
  • The Primary School during literacy week
  • The Kindergarten on open day
  • The Fire Brigade
  • The park, just to play or have an icy pole
  • The oval, just to kick a footy
  • The shopping strip to make friends
  • The supermarket to buy ingredients for a cooking experience.
  • Post office
  • Community hall

How can I be sure my child will be safe? Tyabb Village takes their responsibility for your child’s safety very seriously. That is why we have increased the recommended child/ staff ratio’s during an outing, or excursion.
Child Staff Ratios on an Outing are
Under 3 yrs old
1 educator to 2 children
1 diploma qualified for every 4 children

Over 3 years old
1 educator to 5 children
1 diploma qualified for every 10 children

Participation in the Community “out and about” Program is optional, however for your child to gain maximum learning from the planned children’s program we encourage you to consider their participation.

The weather was too nice today to pass up the chance of getting out and about in our community. The airport is somewhere we have wanted to take the children to visit for a while now and now that we have our 4 seater strollers this has made getting there so much more achievable with our little ones. The interest of the airport is forever emerging as the children watch the airplanes fly over the village every day and we quite often talk about where they came from and where they are going to.

We got ready putting our sunscreen on and hats on preparing for the warm weather, getting our out and about bag packed, we also decided to bring lunch with us today packing individual lunchboxes for the children of yummy jacket potatoes and some crackers to snack on. Everything was packed, the children were in the prams and the older children that were walking were holding onto the hands of an educator. We were ready to head off!

The children enjoys the trip to the airport heading past our familiar sights in the community, the shops, the traffic lights and the park. They enjoyed observing the transport around us especially the bigs trucks. The children would wave to the driver and we all made the signal for them to honk their horn like in the song down by the station.

When we got to the airport we did a safety check and then the children were off and straight into the natural playground that was there. It was a massive tree laying down that promoted a lot of climbing for the children, they loved it!

We set lunch up at the picnic tables for the children to come and go as they were hungry, once they seen the food they were all there! We sat down with the bubs on the grass in the shade so they could feed themselves as they are very independent eaters now :) Once they had something to eat it was back to playing and exploring.

We got to see about four planes land and take off during our time there which was very exciting for the children. They would run to the fence to get a good look at the planes close up. We had lots of conversation about the airplanes with the children.

After all the fun we headed back to the village as it was past the children’s normal sleep times, which they all managed really well having a later sleep. They were exhausted on the way back and some took turns at swapping between walking and being in the pram. 
When we got back to the village we had a nice big cup of milk and the children started to get ready for their 💤
What an amazing day we all had together 🙂

What a marvellous day we have had!

The children really got in the spirit today, wearing their team jersey and getting their face painted in their team colours! Before we had even left, children were making new friends because ‘we go for the same team!’

Once we got to the park, the children split up into 3 teams. Each team had a different station; handballing practise, soccer practise or footy practise! When the whistle blew, the children swapped activities, so they could practise skills in each area! They did a great job of sharing/taking turns, following instructions and supporting each other (cheering on anyone who was hesitant or not confident in their skills)!

After so much sport, we were absolutely starving, so Richard came and cooked a yummy sausage sizzle at the park! We then had a bit more of a play on the playground, and a big game of soccer on the oval before heading back to the Village for some relaxation time! When we asked the children to share with their friend what their favourite thing today was, all I could hear was ‘THE OVAL!’ ☺️ not only was this a great way to be part of the Australian sport culture, but also a great way to practise our gross motor skills and coordination!