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Litte girl playing at being a carpenter

Supporting toddlers’ pretend play

While it is easy to overlook the importance of make believe play, the ability to pretend is a cornerstone of children’s cognitive development. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi looks at why it is important and how we can encourage it.

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Let’s chat! Conversations with infants

While babies are born with an innate ability to tune into language, their language development is shaped by the kinds of interactions they experience from birth. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi looks at the importance of conversation.

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Father and son are spending time in the living room

Conversation skills: Teaching preschoolers

While conversing as adults can seem natural, for a preschool child, communicating ideas and knowing the rules of conversation is a new skill. Associate Professor Tricia Eadie explains that conversation underpins key social skills such as playing.

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A father and mother ride mountain bikes together with their two small children.

Exercise: How to raise active children

Childhood obesity in Australia continues to be a widespread health concern with 25% of children overweight or obese. A Deakin University study has revealed that one of the best ways to encourage children to exercise is for parents to join in with them.

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A toddler is using a smartphone at the breakfast table

Avoid screen time before school: Study

A French study has found that screen time in the morning can negatively impact a child’s language ability. Dr Manon Collet says children who were exposed to screens before school were three times more likely to develop primary language disorders.

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Siblings cuddling their golden retriever on carpet

Teaching pet safety and responsibility

Getting a new pet can be wonderful for children and a valuable part of child development, however there are some important safety considerations whether the pet is warm and fuzzy or cold and scaly. So which animal makes a best first childhood pet?

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Family playing together at home

Low budget fun activities for children

As we see the reopening of public spaces and loosening of restrictions on pools, galleries, libraries, zoos, cinemas and other cultural institutions it’s important to remind yourself that having fun with children doesn’t mean spending a fortune.

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Little boy playing with a mathematics wooden toy

How to include maths in children’s play

Many people believe they can't do maths and are reluctant to help their children. It’s a shame, however, if you’ve managed to convince yourself you can’t help your child to learn the basics. Fortunately, your view about your ability is also untrue.

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