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Articles about 4 year olds

Child sleeping

The importance of healthy sleep

Healthy sleep is critical due to the rapid growth and development in early childhood. Dr Yaqoot Fatima, Research Fellow for University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research examines what healthy sleep looks like and how to get it.

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The role of gestures in a child's learning

Many of us speak with our hands and now experts suggest always using our hands when talking with children. While young children are forming and expanding their vocabulary, gestures help them bridge the gap between words and the world they live in.

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Mother upset at daughter

Why spanking children doesn't work

For many years, spanking was considered to be a ‘normal’ way to discipline a child. However, one of the most widespread studies into the act of spanking has revealed that no studies found physical punishment predicted better child behaviour over time.

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An exhausted mum trying to take a nap with her baby

Supporting a child with a sick parent

Communicating the news of an ill parent to a child can be challenging. Families might be caught between wanting to give children information, but stopping short of giving them too much. Professor Kerry Sherman shares some advice based on a child's age.

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Mothers and their children in a sensory play group

Play: How and why to play with your child

Parents have an important role in growing their child’s imagination through play which enhances their thinking later in life. Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer says her work shows how important it is for carers to play in new ways with their children.

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5 tips to help guide children's behaviour

Ever wondered how early childhood educators manage those tricky behaviours? Well it is important to realise that home and early learning centres are very different environments, but central to their approach is consistency. View some of their top tips.

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Dentist teaching a little girl how to brush her teeth

Dental care: Caring for children's teeth

A third of Australian children start school with tooth decay but many families don’t access government funding available to pay for early childhood dental care. Dr Mihiri Silva says it’s essential to set up good dental habits early in a child’s life.

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Toddler looking at his electronic tablet

Child health issues: What parents think

A 2021 poll of Australian parents’ top ten child health problems has excessive screen time holding onto the number one spot. Parent concern about screen time has jumped more than 30% in the past six years according to the Royal Children’s Hospital poll.

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