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The Role of Grandparents – How Important Are They?

Today, more than ever Grandparents are taking an increasingly active role in the lives of their grandchildren. While many of us no longer cohabitate with our extended families, 65% of grandparents still take on a caring role by caring for their grandchildren at least once a week in 2011.* For...
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Starting School : Why Education Begins Before the Classroom

Starting school is a significant event and seeing one of the most precious people in your life take those first steps alone into school can bring about intense emotions for all parties involved. It is important to put the foundations in place to make this life event go as smoothly...
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Teaching Children About Nutrition

Activities and games are a great way to begin laying the foundations of a good diet and healthy attitude towards food with your child. Fundamentals such as the importance of eating breakfast, drinking lots of water and trying to eat a variety of colours for each meal can be gently...
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How To Respond When Your Child Asks You “Why Do I Have To Go To Sleep?”

Children are naturally curious and asking questions is one of the ways in which they learn and discover the world around them, gaining information and developing critical thinking skills. Whilst adults know that sleep is necessary for our bodies and minds, often we cannot explain why children need to go...
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How Do Children Form Friendships?

A baby staring into its parent's eyes. A gentle embrace that soothes a crying infant. A delighted smile when a little one recognises a familiar voice or a face. Those early bonds are powerful and lasting - and they're the foundation for friendship. Every person's approach to friendship is unique....
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What Is The Father’s Role In The First 12 Months Of A Baby’s Life?

What is a father’s role in the first year of his baby’s life? Does a father's role differ from a mother's role when it comes to raising children? What if the family unit has two mothers or two fathers? Do parents even have 'roles'? There are no easy answers and...
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Practising Mindfulness In The Home

Mindfulness is about 'tuning in' to the moment and being fully engaged and undistracted. Being mindful means being fully present, aware of where you are what you're doing and the space that you're moving through. And the experts tell us that being mindful is good for us. In fact, the...
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Nido Childcare Centre Reaches Out To Dementia Sufferers

Dementia is a huge health issue in Australia but one early learning centre in the Perth suburb of Caversham has taken a proactive approach towards making a difference. What started as a morning of activities at Nido Early School in Caversham to celebrate Grandparents' Day has grown into a much...
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​The 100 Languages of Children

'They steal ninety-nine' Who are 'they'? Ninety-nine what? In many classrooms, the traditional approach is instructional. Educators are the providers of knowledge, in charge and in control of designing and deciding outcomes for the children who are empty vessels waiting to learn. But that's not how teacher and psychologist, Loris...
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Why The Environment Is Considered The 3rd Teacher In The Reggio Emilia Approach

We place enormous value on the role of the environment as a motivating and animating force in creating spaces for relations, options and emotional and cognitive situations that produce a sense of well-being and security- Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia For those unfamiliar with the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood...
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