Understanding Schemas\Behaviour

Understanding Schemas\Behaviour

Many of the behaviours that are exhibited by children are a direct response to the world around them. It can be difficult to see past the child and their behaviour and look to your practices and setting, but that is the first thing that each of us, as professionals,...

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Play – The Foundation of Learning

Play – The Foundation of Learning

Have you ever sat and just watched a child play? As in, quietly sat and watched a child really, deeply involved in a world of their own creating? No interfering, no adult input, no interruptions, just a child and their ideas, thoughts, interests, and imagination? If...

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Caring for the Educator

Caring for the Educator

It has been a tough 12 months for many educators around the world. During COVID we have been required to work on, to put ourselves at risk everyday. To soldier through with very little acknowledgement for the amazing and essential work that we do. Here, in Australia...

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Wild & Free

Wild & Free

Saturday mornings are a special and magical time for our little Family Day Care community. It is our time to explore, connect, discover. It is our time to be wild & free. A few years ago, it really came to my attention just how busy the lives of our families were....

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Home is where our story starts….

Home is where our story starts….

It is our role as educators to create a place where children feel completely at home. Where they can thrive as unique and valued members of the world around them. A home where children are happy, relaxed, engaged and safe. Family and home are a child’s first...

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Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure

One of the greatest discoveries of my Early Childhood career, was when I realized that children are competent and capable young humans with abilities and knowledge of the world around them already deeply embedded into their being! I know this sounds like common...

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Early Childhood – Valuing Play.

Early Childhood – Valuing Play.

As we all know play is the vehicle of learning. If we give children time, space, materials and uninterrupted, unstructured exposure to the world around them they will develop the skills they need to be lifelong learners. Play is the most essential ingredient in early childhood education (after love, of course) In play,children build relationships with peers, resolve conflicts, problem solve, develop critical thinking skills,regulate behaviors and have increased feelings of success, emotional competence and optimism. Play has been linked repeatedly to child well-being and feelings of self-actualisation. 

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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

There is something about being outdoors that opens up the minds of humans, and in particular small humans. If you watch a young child engaged in an outdoor environment a feeling of vibrancy and freedom radiates. When I facilitate play that involves dirt, water, sand...

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