Inspired early learning

VIC Program of Events


Learning to crawl and walk; the stages of physical development – Chloe Beer and Marzia Dosio
Wednesday 14th February
Our Oac Active specialist Chloe holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement and has been working in the early childhood sector since 2014. The Oac Active program is designed to assist in the development of fundamental gross motor skills, and foster a love of physical activity. In this workshop Chloe will take you through some Oac Active Nursery activities that you can try at home. Following this interactive workshop, Occupational Therapist, Marzia will lead a discussion on the stages of physical development with regard to both fine and gross motor skills. Marzia has an honors degree in Psychology and Anthropology and has worked extensively with children.
Bridging the literacy gap between preschool and kindergarten – Adelaide Pendlebury
Tuesday 27th February
Adelaide Pendlebury is our Head of Health at Oac and a certified speech pathologist who has extensive work experience with children (0-6). Adelaide discusses the ‘Hanen’ approach to early literacy and how as parents we can best prepare and equip our children with the literacy skills they need for school.
Cooking masterclass with Martin – Martin Wilson - 3rd March
Cooking masterclass with Martin – Martin Wilson - 24th March
Saturday 3rd & 24th of March
Martin Wilson is our chef at Oac Brighton East, and has worked as a professional chef for over 15 years. In his 2 hour masterclass, parents and children will get the opportunity to learn a new recipe which they will enjoy eating afterwards in a shared meal. This is a great opportunity to learn some new skills in the kitchen and make new friends.  
Safe sleep practices – Cindy Davenport
Tuesday 6th of March
Cindy is the Co-Director of Safe Sleep Space and is a registered midwife, IBCLC and maternal and child health nurse. In her lunch time workshop, she offers a response based approach to safe sleeping practices for babies and young children. She provides parents with tips and tricks on infant settling. She also discusses the role of technology in the parent-child relationship and how this impacts sleep.
Celebrating storytelling “The Family Hour” – Tai Snaith
Thursday 15th March
Tai Snaith is an Australian writer and artist behind the beloved children’s book “The Family Hour”. Tai will be reading her story to our children at our breakfast event followed by a short presentation about what inspires her stories and illustrations for young children. Tai’s book was selected as one of Oac’s - Book of the Month stories that was read and re-read across all our campuses in 2017.
Sustainability Workshops 'Worm farming and composting at home' – Natasha Grogan
Sustainability Workshops 'Starting a vegetable garden' – Natasha Grogan
Saturday 7th April

Natasha has an Advanced Diploma in Rudolph Steiner Education, a Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Horticulture. She has merged her love for early childhood education and gardening into her business Sage Garden providing organic gardening education for children in the early years. Her two workshops  - “worm farming and composting” and “starting a vegetable garden” show families how easy it is to implement sustainable practices at home and the benefits for involving our children into these activities.

Parent and child yoga Toddler – Chloe Beer
Parent and child yoga Kinder – Chloe Beer
Friday 13th April
Yoga is hugely beneficial for children. In these toddler and kinder sessions  we focus on our flexibility, balance, core work, strength and breathing techniques through fun poses and games.  Chloe holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement and has been working in the early childhood sector since 2014. Currently she has been working at Oac as our Active specialist. In this  fun and interactive workshop Chloe will run parents and children through practical yoga movements and poses you can replicate at home.
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