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2021: Transitioning children to school

COVID-19 has significantly disrupted 2020 and orientation sessions at schools may look a little different. As they continue the learning this guide for families transitioning to school in 2021 looks at supporting children with their next learning steps.

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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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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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The hidden support playgroups provide

At playgroup, parents and carers get together with their children for a couple of hours each week to create social networks, connect and learn through play. Studies are also showing the positive impact playgroups are having on children's development.

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Small boy using a tablet

Creating good habits around screen time

Brad Marshall, Director of the Internet Addiction Clinic at Kidspace, helps families struggling with internet addiction, screen and gaming addiction. He suggests one of the main concerns is when children aged five and under use tech to self-soothe.

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When too many toys are a big distraction

It’s not unusual for parents to complain their children have too many toys, usually because of clutter. However a study has found that having an abundance of toys may not be a great thing, as it prevents children from being as creative as possible.

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Top tips for teaching children kindness

When asked what they want most out of life for their children, parents often say success and happiness, but more recently there has been a focus on raising children who understand the importance of kindness. So what is kindness and how do you teach it?

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Supporting children through play

At a time when most Australian parents are spending more time with our young children than ever before, the idea of how to engage children through play is more relevant than ever. Professor Marilyn Fleer shares a technique called Conceptual Playworlds.

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