Pilot Sports Program to be Rolled Out Across all Emali Centres

In an ongoing commitment to build strong relationships with our community we are very excited to announced we have  partnered with Youth Jobs PaTH. We we be implemening a sports program across all of our Emali centres.

Youth Jobs PaTH is an Australian Government employment service that helps young people gain skills and work experience.

Why a sports program?

It is important to introduce sport at a young age. Sport has a range of physical and developmental benefits for young children. Sport and physical education can provide big boosts to fine and gross motor skills as well as educational potential. It’s fundamental to young children: skills learned by playing a game or taking part in team or solo sports have a positive impact on a child’s overall development.

Children can learn key values including teamwork, perseverance, improvisation, honesty, acting within a clearly defined set of rules. They also learn about respect for themselves and others. It’s also the perfect platform to learn about the nature of fair competition.

The sports covered in the program include:

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Netball
  • Hoops
  • Hurdles

Health and Wellness is an ongoing focus for us and we promote a strong emphasis on fun and play as a promoter of education. We look forward to kick starting this new program with Youth Jobs Path.

Emali and the South Australian Museum – Working Together

It is no secret that children love science.

The South Australian Museum provides a  memorable, immersive learning experience. It is for that reason it provokes children’s imagination, and at Emali we are all about hands on fun learning experiences.

The Museum offers five floors of intriguing displays for visitors to explore, along with regularly changing special exhibitions and a range of programs that appeal to all ages. One of these program is a young explorers program for children. The young explorers program (supported by Beach Energy)  is a child-led exploration tour that the Museum.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the South Australian Museum, Emali supply parents with a comfortable Parent’s Room. We also support a range of large scale events, including the 2019 Fossil Fest. This festival was a huge success with over 14,000 visitors over 3 days!

Above all, it is a destination that will excite, delight and engage visitors. Stay tuned for upcoming exciting things we have planned with The South Australian Museum.


We are very excited to share with you our pioneer program Me@three!

Me@three is a developmental program that will create engaging therapeutic learning experiences to improve the emotional, social, cognitive and self-help skills of your child. Our centres will be working alongside Motivate Kids, childhood Occupational Therapists. Our goal is to develop your 3 year old into being the best 4 year old that they can be!

Me@three is a simple 4 step program incorporating occupational therapy experiences into our Ocean Room to help your child grow. Motivate Kids will provide an assessment of each child’s development, returning at 3 months and 6 months to check in to see how each child is developing. We have created a video to further explain the program, watch the video here:  ME@THREE VIDEO

What is the Me@three program?

This program involves the following steps:

  • During their time at Emali, our educators will assess that children are achieving their developmental milestones
  • Families will be notified if children are identified as having any developmental concerns, and the educator will partner with the family and the OT to provide personalised therapeutic support whilst the child is attending the Emali centre.
  • Families will be educated about how they can reach out and ask for any support to incorporate OT at home.
  • As a part of the educators application of the EYLF framework, regular developmental check-ins will take place at the centre.
  • Along the way the Emali pioneer child-centred curriculum will keep our educators informed about how they can provide ongoing and timely support to the children to encourage muscle development and self-regulation.
  • Informative parent sessions and evenings will allow one on one discussion of your child’s developmental outcomes.

Me@three is a value-add program = free of charge to all families

The program is a value-add service that Emali and Motivate Kids are partnering together to provide to the Ocean Room families. There is no cost to families for this.

Developmental Checks

The Occupational Therapists will complete standardised Developmental Checks within a group setting in the Ocean Room indoor and outdoor spaces.

There are many different areas of development that Occupational Therapists look at to ensure your child will reach their full potential.
  • Gross Motor: standing on one foot, walking upstairs, jumping down and forward, walking on tip toes, kicking ball, catching ball, throwing ball,
  • Fine Motor: marking with a crayon, turning pages, inserting shapes, snipping with scissors, stringing with beads, folding paper, building with blocks
  • Cognitive: moves body to music, counting, imaginary play
  • Language: identifies sounds, answer question to short story, names common objects and actions
  • Social: sits quietly when listening to a story, names a friend, shares toy with another, says hello and goodbye, transitions between activities, waits for turn
  • Self-help: wipe nose with tissue, swallow food before taking another bite, turns water off, put on socks, push arm into jacket sleeve, opens container to remove food.

Partnership with Flinders Early Childhood Education

Recently Emali Early Learning Centres announced an exciting partnership with Flinders University.  We asked our quality coordinator  Katherine Coulter to tell us what this means!

Tell us a little about why Emali decided to work with Flinders Uni?

Emali decided to work closely with Flinders Uni to support the students studying their early childhood qualifications. As a result part of our partnership agreement with Flinders involves the university students undertaking uni placements in our centres.

What does that mean for our centres, families and staff? 

As a result, Emali will then have exposure to the most current researched child related education and development through the early childhood students. Our Emali educators will then be provided with opportunities to engage in professional development through Flinders University. This will then have a direct impact on the care and education provided.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects coming up. 

We currently have 3 workshop groups of Flinders University students undertaking a Work-integrated learning (WIL) project. Each of these projects works with 3 of our Emali centres (Hectorville, Brighton and Morphett Vale)

Each workshop group works alongside the centre to  support with a social or emotional dimension of their Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). This project is part of the Pedagogies of Belonging topic EDUC3522. This topic has a mix of 1st year Education (Early Childhood and Special Education), Disability Studies and 3rd year Education (Early Childhood)/Arts students.

Recommendations are then made to the centres on how to progress on the centres improvement plan.

As a result Emali educators  were fortunate enough to be provided with a professional development opportunity through flinders uni. Our educators participated in a workshop relating to mindfulness of pedagogies  of possibilities  – Growth Mindset with Dr Leigh Burrows and Dr Jessie Jovanovic.’

That sounds like it’s an important course (resource) for the University?

The university values the opportunity for their students to undertake “real life” work. As a result of the partnership, students use their topic content knowledge,  learning outcomes and applying emerging theoretical and policy understandings to a real life early childhood practice.

Thanks Katherine!  We look forward to checking in with you and keeping updated on all the exciting projects!