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Articles about Play

Supporting social-emotional learning

Growing up means learning to make friends, dealing with conflict and developing empathy. David Loyst is family therapist who has been studying and teaching parenting for more than 30 years. He says there are three key stages for parents to understand.

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Changing early learning for under 5s

After nearly 12 years, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) will be reviewed, using contemporary research and practice and new understanding of brain development, to change the way our under-fives are taught in Australian early education centres.

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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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Raising, educating and understanding boys

All too often parents and educators find themselves struggling with aspects of boys’ behaviour, but speaker, author and academic Dr Michael Nagel says we need to understand them to avoid frustration. So how can raising boys be different and why?

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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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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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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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