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Playful preschoolers having fun making faces

The benefits of high-quality preschool

Research shows that children who’ve participated in preschool are more independent and better able to concentrate and cooperate. However, almost a quarter of Australian children entering school do not have the foundational skills they need for school and life.

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Outdoor play: The benefits for children

Free or unstructured play is when children choose activities or games that interest them and are not directed by an adult. If children are playing you might think ‘Should I tell them what to do? Or should I just let them play and see what happens?'.

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Smiling muddy little girl

The benefits of nature play for children

There is a global movement seeking more outdoor nature play for children. Not simply outdoor playgrounds with manufactured equipment, but unstructured play activities in outdoor settings where natural elements feature, such as logs, rocks and water.

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Little boy in pyjamas

The secret to making mornings magic

Mornings can be tricky. There’s not much time and lots to do. We're often tired and stressed. By helping our children manage their own mornings, more gets done with less effort. Plus children experience a boost to their confidence and self-esteem.

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Little boy during lesson with his speech therapist

Child speech development milestones

A child's first word is an exciting time, but often we don’t recognise that preparation for speech starts much earlier than those first recognisable sounds. As parents smile and talk with babies, they are listening to the sounds that make up language.

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A parent's gift guide for sensory play

We want to buy gifts our children will enjoy, but taking a moment to look at our choices through the eyes of an occupational therapist can influence our selection in ways that can also help our child build confidence, resilience and self care skills.

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Father and son talking

How to answer a child's tough questions

Children are full of questions and sometimes the answers are uncomfortable. Explaining why we don’t use 'that' word, or the reasons behind world war may be awkward, but answering is important. So how can parents of young children handle the hard chat?

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Boy building with wooden blocks

Giving children the best start in life

Research shows one in five Australian children are starting school developmentally vulnerable. The Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth is leading a project to ensure every child starts school ready to learn, engage and face challenges.

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