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Incursions & Excursions
The local fire station. An excursion to the local fire
station can help children understand vital information
about fire safety, especially for those childcare centres
in areas with an increased risk of fire. Thinking about the
timing of your excursion is also important to make the
excursion experience more vivid, so visiting a fire station
in summer, when fire safety is especially important, is a
great way to create a memorable experience.
Parents who work locally or interact with the local community
can also be encouraged to take part in excursions. Encouraging
parent participation not only makes excursions safer and more
logistically straightforward, but it will also help children to
remember lessons and experiences much more vividly. And it’s
never a bad idea to relate the insights from each excursion to
everyday practices – after visiting the fire station, for example, go
and investigate your childcare centre’s escape plan as a group,
encouraging children to ask questions at home.
As well as excursions, incursions are another great way to engage
parents and the local community with your childcare centre.
Show-and-tell days are a simple but effective way of encouraging
active listening, where parents can be invited in to share stories
and insights about their jobs and hobbies. Music, craft, gardening,
cooking or sports demonstrations are just a few of the fun and
relatively easy-to-organise incursions that your childcare centre
Having said that, parents who work full-time may be unable
to get involved, which is why it’s a fantastic idea to also invite
grandparents to incursions! Stories of first-hand experience from
a different generation can inspire children to be interested in the
past and to consider different ways of understanding the world
around them. An incursion story session with multiple parents and
teachers each reading the part of a different character can also
be a refreshing and fun way of keeping children motivated and
engaged in group activities.
Incursions can also be an effective way to encourage teamwork
and inclusion in the classroom. Establishing an inclusive attitude
is essential at the early stages of a child’s development, as it’s
an important outlook for the future, both inside and outside of the
school or childcare environment. Group role-playing incursions
can be created with relatively little hassle, with students working
together to create a story or a character with help from parents
While it’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of
planning the next adventure for your children, it’s important to
spare some time to thoroughly diagnose what requirements will
need to be met to make an excursion or incursion a success: if
you’re taking children to a venue outside of the centre, have all
health and safety considerations been considered? Are extra
parents available to come along and help with excursions? Have
all external participants met the necessary working with children
checks, and have parents been notified of the excursion schedule
and program, and signed permission forms? Making sure you’re
prepared in these areas will ensure that all excursions and
incursions are safe, happy and enjoyable.
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