Channel 9 Perth Loves Amaze’s Firepit

We are thrilled that Amaze Ormeau’s firepit has been featured in the channel 9 news on the west coast.

We can’t wait to start teaching kids about fire safety when our brand new centre opens next week.

Watch Our Cute Amaze Kids Say The Best Things About Their Mum

Carla Tooma and Moira Major (From the 1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Galey, Mal and Moira Drive Show) popped in to Amaze Hinterland Early Education Centre to ask our kids some questions about their mums! And boy did they give some cute answers.

Holidaying With Kids

Lucy recently guest blogged on about her tips for enjoying holidaying with kids!

Holidaying with Kids By Lucy Cook

Have kids they said, it will be fun they said. That’s ok, but no-one ever warned me of the perils of travelling with kids.

I knew it was a bad sign when we hadn’t even crossed the Queensland/New South Wales border and number 1 child vomited all over the other 3 children. In our wisdom, we decided to travel by car from the Gold Coast to Sydney, with 4 children under 5.

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Happy Home or Away

CHILDCARE kids are as emotionally and socially healthy as children who are kept at home.

Working parents can heave a sigh of relief as research found five-year-olds who went to childcare in their first three years turned out to be happy, stable kids.

The five-year European study from the Economic and Social Research Institute tracked 11,000 children.

After weighing up the combined feedback of parents and teachers, the authors of Childcare, Early Education and Socio-Emotional Outcomes at Age Five concluded that there was “little difference” between children cared for by parents or professionals.

The experts found that the mental health of parents, the number of parents, children’s health and gender had more impact on a child’s development and that high-quality child care could even cancel out negative family factors.

Queensland’s Lucy Cook has a Masters degree in Education and 20 years’ experience. She runs six early education centres and believes children in childcare can flourish if the service is of the highest quality.

“It can’t be any care, it has to be high-quality and the right blend of nurturing, love and learning,” she said.

“Child care gives parents a support group of teachers and other parents that they may not be able to access due to both parents working and they reap social, psychological and financial rewards.”

The research assessed children on sharing and kindness, conduct and emotional difficulties, hyper-­activity and peer problems.

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#1 Way To Help Your Child To Speak

Lachlan Ward, 4, shares a secret with Ava-Grace Angeles, 4, at Amaze Early Education Centre, Silkstone. Picture: Tara Croser

Many of you have been interested in how to stimulate more speech from your toddlers so I thought I would share some top tricks that other parents have used at each stage of their child’s development…


From birth to six months… – Talk to your baby, and also talk to others when she is near. She won’t understand the words, but will like your voice and your smile. Then plan quiet time. Babies needs time to babble and play quietly without TV or radio or other noises.

Between six and nine months…Games have big impact on children, so ask your baby questions, like “Where’s doggie?” If he doesn’t answer, show him where.

Between nine and eighteen months… – When she points at or gives you something, talk about the object with her. “You gave me the book. Thank you! Look at the picture of the baby rolling the ball.”

Between twelve and fifteen months… – Give your child choices so they better associate words to wants “Do you want milk or juice?”

Between eighteen and twenty four months… – Encourage your child to talk to friends and family. He can tell them about a new toy. Engage your child in pretend play. You can talk on a play phone or have a party with the toy animals.

Between two and three years… – Ask your child to tell you the story that goes with a favourite book. “What happened to those three pigs?” Reading spurs language development.

The above are just examples from other parents, but remember… every child is unique so don’t be shocked if your child speaks earlier and more clearly than you ever expected. At Amaze, our Educators love watching children learn to speak, discover how to tell stories to each other, and create word games to play with their parents.

Call or click HERE for a free tour today and see why we give your child “An Amaze-ing Start to Learning!” Enrolling Now for 2017: 07-55303122

Have an Amaze-ing Day!

Lucy Cook

Amaze Education

Hinterland Parenting Circles

A Problem Shared is a Problem Solved

Parenting can be a really tough job. At times, we feel at our wits end and that we don’t have the tools to deal with the behaviours our children are bringing us. Each month our Mudgeeraba Childcare Centre on Hinterland Drive holds a parenting circle. This circle is open to all and is also attended by Centre Director Kara Magill and Amaze General Manager Lucy Cook. Kara and Lucy have 7 children of varying ages between them and Lucy’s family live with special needs. We hope that all who attend can learn from each other, gain a parenting tip or trick or two, or simply feel their load is lightened by sharing.

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