6 Tips for Safe Sleeping – Red Nose Australia

Red Nose has been a part of Australian culture for over 40 years! We see fundraisers each year, cars with the big read circle and people sporting the attractive foam red nose. But what are they actually for? Red Nose Australia all began in Victoria in 1977 by Kaarene Fitzgerald following the death of Glenn…

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5 Back To School Tips For Parents!

Heading into the new school year can be very exciting and a little nerve racking. I’m certainly not the Mum at the school as soon as the gates open with my hair perfect and an even crease ironed into my son’s pants. But over the years I’ve found the below tips help us to get…

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I’m Not Ready For Them To Start School!

I’ve had two of my three children start kindergarten now. I cried both times. The build up, the fact they don’t need me as much anymore, the sheer fact that time could pass so quickly. It’s all just too much. I found the whole lead up to starting kindergarten exciting but overwhelming too. Taking them…

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Your Words Matter!

When people say that children are like sponges, they are not mucking around! The ability of children to establish, retain and implement new skills and information is truly astounding. Language is such a pivotal skill that will assist children through all areas of development. The ability to collect and understand information through receptive language as…

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Loose Parts Play – Is It Really A Thing?!

In short, absolutely yes! And here are some reasons why: Freedom – offering children loose parts means there are no rules nor predetermined outcomes of how things are ‘meant’ to be used. Loose parts celebrates the process over the product in play. Fine and gross motor skills – children involved in loose parts play are…

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The Benefits of Sensory Play

“Don’t do that, you’ll get dirty” “Take that out of your mouth” “Out of the puddle”. I think that at some stage or another, we’re all guilty of saying these words to our children. And at certain times it is of course appropriate, but are we doing a disservice for our children if we don’t…

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My Top 10 Books To Read With Children

Reading books with children is one of the best things you can do for your child. This can assist in fostering strong relationships, developing a love of stories, promoting receptive and expressive language as well as sparking imagination and creativity. When reading stories with children, I love books that are fun to read. I want…

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Not My Child – Our Journey of Diagnosis

It is instinctively ingrained in most of us as parents to protect our children and provide them with a great life. Often a better life than we had. Growing up, I’d fantasize about what this would look like. I’d be the super involved and fit Mum in my active wear pushing around my perfectly behaved…

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Book Week – The value of reading with children

Reading with your child is undeniably the best thing you can do to support their development and later schooling years. Reading can enhance your child’s expressive language development and vocabulary, receptive language and comprehension, imagination and creativity, as well as attention span and focus. The benefits of reading and storytelling are massive. Don’t be afraid…

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Starting ‘Big School’

A child starting kindergarten can be a very exciting and nervous time for the whole family. How can you assist your child being as prepared as possible? How do you know they are ready? What will starting school look like? Kindergarten is the start of a long schooling career for your child, so of course…

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