What a busy day we had on Saturday! It all kicked off at 7:30am when we collected the team of 13 educators from Samford Pines Child Care Centre (Brisbane) from Newcastle Airport. As we headed off on the customised Stickybeak tour, the team chatted quietly amongst themselves (they didn't stay quiet for long though!)
On our way to our first centre we made a quick stop at the Lake Macquarie Farmers market. After a browse and some delicious cupcakes, several of the team decided that they couldn't come all this way and not have a turn on our giant 9metre spiral slide! That experience definitely warmed everyone up - and provided some great laughs!
We spent the rest of the morning visiting 3 beautiful services gaining inspiration and having some great discussions along the way. We even did a tour of some of Newcastle's amazing beaches! By lunch time everyone had let their hair down and we enjoyed a delicious lunch and some time for reflection and discussion. The last stop on the tour was our resource centre for some much needed retail therapy.
As the day ended (and the team just made it onto the plane!) we were exhausted but excited. What a way to spend the day - with passionate professionals who we now consider friends. We definitely intend to visit their amazing centre when we head to Brisbane later in the year!
Another exciting thing to come out of the day was an idea from the brilliant Travis to put together a website/Blog where lots of different educators can contribute ideas, stories and experiences. A place to share! What an awesome idea... one we have to get up and running!
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