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THE FESTIVE SEASON… isn’t always magical

Making the most of the festive season with young children requires a delicate balance of excitement, routine, and understanding. Firstly, maintaining a predictable routine amid the holiday festivities helps children feel secure. Ensure regular meal and nap times, as consistency provides a sense of stability during the otherwise exhilarating period. Engage children in age-appropriate holiday…

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SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT – A critical area of development that needs nurturing

The value of social development in children under 5 years old is crucial for their overall growth and well-being. During this stage of life, children are rapidly developing their social skills and learning how to interact with others. Social development encompasses various aspects, including emotional regulation, communication, empathy, and forming relationships and it is important…

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PHONICS & LETTER RECOGNITION – Where reading begins…

The value of teaching phonics and letter recognition in preschoolers is widely recognised in early childhood education. Phonics is the method of teaching children the relationship between sounds and letters, which is crucial for developing their reading and writing skills. By introducing phonics at an early age, preschoolers can start to understand how letters represent…

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Why is Play So Important for Children (and Adults)?

One of the most universally held beliefs among early childhood educators is that children learn best through play. Most educators speak about play with passion and unquestioned commitment. We know, and research tells us children learn through play. What is Play Time? But what is meant by the word play? From some people especially those…

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Preparing Your Child For Their First Day At Childcare

That morning you send your child off to child care for the first time, there are often tummies filled with butterflies, tears and anxious goodbyes – and that’s just the parents! Sending your child to day care, whether it’s a centre, family care or a nanny, can be an anxious time for everyone, but there…

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6 Ways To A Healthy Lifestyle

If you’re looking to keep yourself and your children happy and healthy – follow our six hot tips below: Get active each day Regular physical activity is important for the healthy growth, development and well-being of children and young people. They should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous activities…

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Managing Your Child’s Bedtime

At the end of a long day, getting your little one off to bed can be quite a challenge and a chore that may be destined to get on your last nerve when you are tired from all that daily exertion. When they are small, every day seems like an adventure with so many new…

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Child Development: Imaginative & Pretend Play

Imaginative or pretend play stimulates the senses, creates opportunities for exploration and creative thinking, and helps your child to develop key skills vital for intellectual and emotional growth as well as social success. When Do Children Start Pretend Play? Newborn – 2 Years The first signs of pretend play emerge around 12 to 18 months.…

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10 Easy Ways To Promote Numeracy with Pre-School Children

Everyone has the cognitive capacity to learn and it is the information and structures present in the environment that create the conditions for learning. Count – count everything as you go along, the steps you walk up, how many people are in front of you at the check-out, the numbers on the elevator buttons. Notice…

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Helping Kids Build Lasting Happiness

When asked “what do you want most for your kids in life?” most parents answer “to be happy”. While much of what has influenced kids’ mental health and happiness in recent years is outside the realm of influence, their long-term happiness is something you can cultivate by implementing and teaching happiness habits and practices. Following…

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