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Risky play: Why it benefits children

Often our instincts will scream at us to get involved and stop our children from engaging in risky behaviours. But with the benefits of risky play to our child’s development being well documented, it is useful to understand appropriate risk.

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Parenting trends: What is a 'Yes Day'?

Handing control over to your children for an entire day might seem a strange choice. Made popular by Yes Day, a 2021 Netflix movie, a Yes Day (or even a Yes Hour for younger children) is a good way to help children test their limits and capabilities.

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When, how and why to read to your child

Parents already know the fun and joy that stories bring, but regular reading brings multiple benefits. Research shows that children whose parents or carers read to them every day at two to three years old had on average higher Year 3 reading ability.

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Parent connections with early learning

We all know the importance of strong, positive relationships between families and educators, but the ability to stay connected has been challenged during COVID-19. It’s a challenge that early learning centres across Australia have had to overcome.

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Gardens teach children lifelong skills

Whether the garden is part of the backyard, a few pots on a balcony or part of a community garden, the benefits of gardening in the preschool years are more than just about playing with dirt. They include opportunities for maths, science, art and play.

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How to keep children physically active

We know that exercise helps to build strong bones and muscles and ensuring children get plenty of regular physical activity is essential for growth, but an early learning centre study has shown it can increase activity and improve behaviour as well.

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Family rituals - why are they important?

Family rituals. Birthdays, Christmas, Hannukah, Diwali, graduations - during the big occasions it is common that each family has their own rituals to help them celebrate. Why are family rituals important and how can our children benefit from them?

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Starting school: How can parents help?

As one of life’s big transitions, starting school can be an exciting and sometimes challenging time. How can you support your child to develop the skills they will need to start school and ensure they are socially and emotionally ready for this change.

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