I am a mum of two boys. One is 4.5 years and one is 20 months. Sometimes I spend my days flipping between the parent hat and the early childhood teacher hat as I try to make the best decisions for my children. Just the other day, my 4.5 year old bounded up to me dresse...

July 21, 2017

Here are some quick tips on how to build a climate of respect in an emotionally and socially difficult environment.

Some groups have dynamics that are just not in sync and sometimes children are building on there emotional literacy. They are not gospel, just make them...

You know, I have done baseline assessments on children with additional needs (meaning observing and recording where they are at) and more often than not 'play entry' comes up as an issue for educators. 

'The child just doesn't know how to enter play, they just bowl in a...

April 26, 2017

The age old argument of nature v nurture could be somewhat put to rest thanks to early development brain research (Perry, 2004). Prior to this it was thought the main influence on our intelligence was our genetics. Leaving environmental influences such as; relationship...

February 15, 2017

Teach Earth.

What is the nature of your call?

A call for nature is my call.

You see, I’ve fallen off my perch,

With all this talk of avoiding the Earth.

Earth you say? We have no play!

For children on this Earth today.

Give them back what was rightfully theirs,

The right to fr...

November 15, 2016

If you are in Australia right now, its hot and its hump day and everyone has had enough of the world. Its the end of the year the kids are bored and ready to go to school.

Well at least thats what we are all thinking as we muster the energy to write the last few tr...

September 20, 2016

“That’s not my child, that’s Caden. He’s from Darren’s room and Kate is his worker. Kate’s away today, so I don’t know who’s ‘on’ him.”

Meanwhile, Caden is happily exploring all areas of the service without a shadow to interrupt him and intervene in his play.  However,...

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