Incursions

Professional lessons being taught at Active Pathways

Active Pathways provides a range of incursions which ensure that children are provided with ongoing stimulation and diversity of ideas and viewpoints. We undertake a range of various specialised activities, and these are rotated on a term by term basis. Some of these activities include: music and movement lessons, toddler yoga and French language lessons. Professional music lessons are provided on a weekly basis to all children at Active Pathways all year round. These music lessons are provided Hey Dee Ho Music which is an external program designed specifically for children.


Music and movement helps children to develop a range of skills including:

  1. Learning to participate in a group
  2. Developing social skills
  3. Expressing emotions in a safe and non-threatening environment
  4. Improving balance, coordination and rhythm through dance and movement activities
  5. Refining listening skills by noticing changes in tempo or pitch
  6. Improving motor skills through playing musical instruments

In addition to professional music lessons, we also provide regular cooking experiences for all children at Active Pathways. Our children enjoy these experiences immensely, and receive a range of benefits including:

1. Learning basic mathematical concepts by counting and pouring into measuring cups, etc.

2. Developing a more adventurous palate

3. Being exposed to new sights, sounds and smells, and

4. Having their confidence boosted through the accomplishment of creating wonderful new dishes.

Excursions

In accordance with Active Pathways commitment to environmental protection and sustainability, we are members of the nationally recognized 'Small Green Steps Program'. The implementation of this program at our Centre involves our educators providing children with sustainable activities and using more and more natural materials for artworks and educating children about recycling and waste management. Our children really enjoy being involved in activities such as gardening, litter pickup, and park excursions which showcase our city's flora and fauna. We like to encourage our Active Pathways families to be involved in our 'Let's Go Green Culture' by donating various recycled materials for re purposing and up cycling. Central to Active Pathways environmental philosophy we have developed a strong relationship with the Toowoomba Regional Council. This has resulted in the provision of regular excursions and incursions which enable the Toowoomba Regional Council to educate our children on important environmental issues and practices. Some of these include the development and maintenance of our worm farm, the implementation and maintenance of our compost facilities and the ongoing practice of our energy saving processes.

Central to Active Pathways commitment to forging links with its community are both its incursions and excursions to local nursing homes and aged care facilities. These visits bring tremendous joy to both our older population and our children. In addition to these visits we also undertake regular excursions to a range of local events and attractions. These include: Visits to Cobb and Co Museum; The Empire Theater for local shows; Disability Awareness Week activities; Fortnightly visits to the local Toowoomba library for story time; and Nell E. Robinson Park for nature excursions.


Special Events

Incursions and special days promote lateral thinking and self-confidence. At Active Pathways, we plan activities which are designed to be both enjoyable and an educational learning experience for children. Teaching children about the world that surrounds them and promoting community are just some of the benefits of incursions and special days. Further, they give enrichment to young children as well as a special and educational break from the day to day routines of the Centre.

Some of our Centre incursions include:

Visits by the Fire Brigade that focus on how to protect yourself in the case of fire; visits by reptile handlers that educate the children about protecting and conserving Australia’s native wildlife; and entertainment shows by musical entertainers that focus on water safety.

A range of our special days include:

International Food of the World Day which educates children about the diverse cultures that attend Active Pathways;
Harmony Day which embraces inclusion, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone;
Naidoc Week which is a week that features activities that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders