2021 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.

 

Incursions and Activities that are already planned for 2021 include:

 
26 January 2021
Australia Day
 
12 February 2021
Chinese New Year
 
 
08 March 2021
Labour Day (Public Holiday)
 
17 March 2021
St Patrick's Day
 
 
21 March 2021
Harmony Day

22 March 2021
World Water day

27 March 2021
Earth Hour
 
02 April 2021
Good Friday (public holiday)
 
04 April 2021
Easter Sunday
 
05 April 2021
Easter Monday (public holiday)
 
22 April 2021
Earth Day
 
25 April 2021
Anzac Day (Public Holiday)
 
12 April 2021
Ramadan
 
 
09 May 2021
Mothers Day
 
 
26 May 2021
Sorry Day
 
14 June 2021
Queens Birthday (public holiday)
 
26 June 2021
Swedish Midsummer
 
29 June 2021
International Mud Day
 
 
04 - 11 July 2021
Naidoc Week
 
14 July 2021
Bastille Day
 
14 - 22 August 2021
National Science Week
 
21 - 27 August 2021
Book Week
 
 
5 September 2021
Father's Day
 
 
31 October 2021
Halloween
 
2 November 2021
Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)
 
11 November 2021
Remembrance Day
 
8 - 14 November 2021
National Recycling Week
 
04 November 2021
Happy Diwali 
 
08 December 2021
Neighborhood House Christmas Party
 
17 December 2021
Last day for 2020 at Neighborhood House