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Learning environments are spaces that facilitate the all-round development of children through developmentally appropriate routines, program plans, tools as well as opportunities for play and exploration. The indoor environment, playground, outdoors are some common learning environments that should be welcoming…
CMV or Cytomegalovirus is a viral infection quite common in the general population. In healthy people, it usually runs its course with little more ordinary flu symptoms like mild fever, sore throat and swollen glands. In fact, people may be…
Art-based learning is used in most approaches to early childhood education across the world. It is widely accepted that art not just helps the child to develop creative and fine motor skills but also nurtures cognitive skills like planning and…
A child being barefoot can stimulate a variety of senses for children. The feeling of cool prickly grass in the shade, the warm soft grass in the sun, the gritty concrete path, the stones that prick their toes, expanding and…
It can be difficult for young children to listen to others. On one hand, the little brains are still struggling with impulse control while on the other, they are at a developmental stage where they have started asserting their individuality.…
Educators, like all other professionals, stand to benefit from feedback. However, the dynamic environment of their work and the well-being of children in their care make it particularly crucial that any feedback given to them is fair and constructive.
Early childhood is a time of testing all sorts of boundaries. As young children gain more control over their bodies, they become keener to explore physical and social environments, trying to understand what they can and cannot do. In this…
Right from the earliest years, outdoor experiences are an invaluable aspect of healthy human growth. Engaging with the outdoors and nature helps even babies to develop fully, realise their physical and intellectual potential as well as bond with the surrounding…
Over centuries, Nature has been represented by artists, poets and philosophers as the ideal setting for learning about humanity and the universe. Indeed they may have been onto something as everyday there is more evidence about how experiences with nature…
Pretend play is the acting out of stories by children that involves make-believe characters, emotions and situations. Developmental psychologists believe that children begin to engage in pretend play from around two years and it goes on to mark an important…
The Staff Ratios and Adequate Supervision information, for NSW early childhood services, has been revised and updated by the NSW Regulatory Authority, NSW Department Of Education.
When playing with things, children are usually attracted to those that are colourful, easily handled, made up of many components and allow enough room for their curiosity. Loose parts is a term used in early childhood learning to include such…
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