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Using the right avenue to engage with vulnerable families

Around three years ago, in an early learning centre, a child was placed under a protection order to attend five days a week because the child’s mum was unable to adequately support his learning and development. This is a scenario...

/ June 28, 2016

Taking LEAD childcare to the next level – improving quality outcomes for children and families

This blog post is written by Michelle Tuffley from LEAD Childcare. We have 15 services throughout Queensland and have been using paper-based documentation to record children’s learning for many years.  In July 2016 we made the decision as an organisation...

/ December 4, 2016

More exciting science activities for young children

When we shared our last article on experimenting with science for young children, we realised just how much you love to spark curiosity about the world of science early with children. Our team of early childhood educators have created a...

/ November 28, 2016

Resources to support children after an earthquake

A large earthquake is an extremely terrifying and unsettling act of nature that even we as adults, can find impacts on us in the days and weeks afterwards. It is only to be expected then, that children of all ages...

/ November 13, 2016

Maria Aarts, Marte Meo and Storypark

Maria Aarts now sits on the Storypark advisory team alongside other thought-leaders from around the world including Charles Pascal, Joce Nuttall, Sue Robb and Anne Meade. This group helps guide Storypark to ensure we develop features that encourage the best...

/ November 9, 2016

The Golden Gift – Marte Meo at home

Dutch born, Maria Aarts, studied parent-child interactions for 40 years across varies countries and cultures. She recognised the difficulties in explaining scientific observations of a child’s problems to parents and other educators and in turn developed ‘Marte Meo‘. Marte Meo means ‘One’s own strength’...

/ November 1, 2016

Helping Children to Identify and Manage their Feelings

How do we raise children to be empathic human beings? One of the biggest challenges faced by those working in early childhood care and education services is managing the behaviour and emotions of young children. “Brain research studies have shown...

/ October 17, 2016

Easy, healthy and delicious food for young children

It can be a tireless task coming up with fun and interesting ways to present nutritious meals, but these recipes are all easy, healthy and delicious food for young children. Eating food involves not only taste, but also smell, sight,...

/ October 10, 2016

The role of men in teaching

Men in early childhood education are a minority, not just in New Zealand but around the world. We spoke with Dr David Brody a Lecturer, Author, Academic Dean and Head of Early Childhood at Efrata College in Israel about his...

/ October 4, 2016

Toddlers and the lessons we can learn from them

Toddlers are magical, mysterious, mischievous, and interesting characters. If emotions were seasons, toddlers would certainly live up to the saying “four seasons in one day“, except there would be many, many seasons that unfold in any day. They have mountains...

/ September 28, 2016

Nature versus Nurture?

This is an age old question. Every year more and more studies are published to show that childhood development is influenced by a variety of factors.  Whilst parents supply the gene pool for children, everyday activities and environment have a...

/ September 27, 2016