2019 Incursions & Excursions

Excursions are a regular part of our weekly program and provide us with a wonderful opportunity to connect with our local community.

Library Visits

Both the Kindergarten and Preschool rooms visit the local Albert Park Library each week to select new books and return previous ones from the week before.

This is a great opportunity for children to research their own interests as well as the group interests around our intentional teaching goals and projects.

South Port Nursing Home

Our program of weekly visits to the South Port Nursing Home connects the Preschool children of Neighborhood House with their community in a genuine and sustainable partnership with the South Port Nursing Home. Through conversation, shared activities and quiet togetherness the children have formed new friendships and bonds with the nursing home 30 residents, spanning across the generational gap of our community’s youngest and oldest citizens. The Program provides a unique context for Neighborhood House children to learn important lessons about life’s journey and the power of community and relationships to bring joy into people’s lives.

The Program exceeds expected everyday practice as it goes above and beyond by embedding in the children’s daily life a true sense of belonging to their community, identity, wellbeing, learning and an extension of communication which are all critical components of the Victorian Early Years Framework. Through constant reflective practices the Program is continuously expanding and raising the benchmark for the children’s learning outcomes.

It supports the Early Childhood Australia code of Ethics which states “Connect with people, services and agencies within the communities that support children and families,” while at the same time contributes and supports the “Ageing Well” strategy for the City of Port Philip.

To the children, Thursday has become the most exciting and interesting day of the week! They have embraced the experiences and relationships wholeheartedly.

Parents of the children attest to the power of the program to inspire family conversation about ageing, disability, relationships and even death and it has also provided real world context assisting parents to teach their children about community diversity and empathy.

We also take the children on casual excursions that include but are not limited to;

  •        Local Parks
  •        Local Village/shops
  •        Albert Park Lake
  •        Beach
  •        Market
  •        Local cafes and restaurants
  •        Local Primary School

In order to ensure that the children are aware of and are connected with their local Community, the centre encourages and invests in a wide-range of incursions whereby different educational presentations, including music, drama, indigenous storytelling, farmyard visits and more, are made to the children within the Centre on programmed days. These visits are considered to be of a large benefit to the children and staff. Families will be informed of the visits in advance. A yearly calendar of events is displayed in the foyer with the incursions for the current year.

Please view the below video showcasing our fantastic program.

Incursions and Activities that are already planned for 2019 include:

26 January 2019
Australia Day
5 February 2019
Chinese New Year
3 March 2019
Clean up Australia Day
11 March 2019
Labour Day (Public Holiday)
17 March 2019
St Patrick's Day
20 March 2019
Cultural Incursion 
21 March 2019
Harmony Day

22 March 2019
World Water day

30 March 2019
Earth Hour
19 Apil 2019
Good Friday (public holiday)
21 April 2019
Easter Sunday
22 April 2019
Easter Monday (public holiday)
25 April 2019
Anzac Day (Public Holiday)
5 May 2019
13 May 2018
Mothers Day
15 May 2019
Mother's Day tea
26 May 2019
Sorry Day
10 June 2019
Queens Birthday (public holiday)
21 June 2019
Swedish Midsummer
29 June 2019
International Mud Day
7 - 14 July 2019
Naidoc Week
10 - 18 August 2019
National Science Week
17 - 23 August 2019
Book Week
29 August 2019
Father's Day Breakfast
1 September 2019
Father's Day
2 - 13 September 2019
Living Eggs Program
14 October 2019
Grandparents & Special Friends day
31 October 2019
5 November 2019
Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)
11 November 2019
Remembrance Day
12 - 18 November 2019
National Recycling Week
11 December 2019
Neighborhood House Christmas Party
20 December 2019
Last day for 2019 at Neighborhood House