2017 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 2017 include:

26 January 2017
Australia Day
2 March 2017
Maternal Health Nurse Visit
5 March 2017
Clean up Australia Day
13 March 2017
Labour Day (Public Holiday)
Festival of Colours
21 March 2017
Harmony Day

25 March 2017
Earth Hour
12 - 23 April 2017
Nature Play Week

14 April 2017
Good Friday (Public Holiday)
17 April 2017
Easter Monday (Public Holiday)
25 April 2017
Anzac Day (Public Holiday)
9 May 2017
Mothers Day Breakfast
14 May 2017
Mothers Day/Mothers Day Classic
12 June 2017
Queen's Birthday (Public Holiday)
29 June 2017
Mud Day
2 - 7 July 2017
Naidoc Week
26 July 2017
Maternal Health Nurse Visit
30 July 2017
National Tree Day
12 - 20 August 2017
National Science Week
18 - 25 August 2017
Book Week
31 August 2017
Father's Day Breakfast
3 September 2017
Father's Day
10 - 16 September 2017
Environmental Week
11 - 22 September 2017
Living Eggs Program
29 September 2017
Grand Final Public Holiday
17 October 2017
Grandparent's and Special Friends Day
31 October 2017
7 November 2017
Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)

11 November 2017
Rememberance Day
15 November 2017
Oral health program visit to our Centre
13 - 19 November 2017
National Recycling Week
30 November 2017
Maternal Health Nurse Visit
22 December 2017
Neigborhood House Last Day
24 December 2017
Christmas Eve
25th December 2017
Christmas Day