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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…
Play-based learning uses playful experiences in which children have some degree of agency and control as opportunities for teaching a range of skills and competencies.
Few things can hold a baby in rapt attention or wring out a squeal of pleasure from a toddler as a palette of colours, paints and brushes. Art with its many sensory experiences has been found to aid brain development…
Literacy skills cover the ability to read and write words, sentences and language. Since such skills are not just the basis of effective communication but also determine future academic progress, it is important to support literacy skills from early childhood.
Though as educators, we tend to value the well-being of children above everything else, there may be some merit in encouraging a bit of risky play in the early years.
STEM refers to an integrated learning approach that introduces Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through play-based activities.
Floorbook is a documentation approach that uses a large book with blank pages for children to record different aspects of their learnings in small groups or as a whole group.
As Educators all over the world find out every day, there are certain life skills which fundamentally determine how well children will learn within their learning environment. One of the most important life skills children learn to develop is kindness.
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