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The importance of healthy sleep

Healthy sleep is critical due to the rapid growth and development in early childhood. Dan Fernandez, a nurse and PhD student at University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research examines what healthy sleep looks like and how to get it.

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Dental care: Caring for children's teeth

A third of Australian children start school with tooth decay but many families don’t access government funding available to pay for early childhood dental care. Dr Mihiri Silva says it’s essential to set up good dental habits early in a child’s life.

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Child health issues: What parents think

A 2021 poll of Australian parents’ top ten child health problems has excessive screen time holding onto the number one spot. Parent concern about screen time has jumped more than 30% in the past six years according to the Royal Children’s Hospital poll.

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Why children’s mindset matters

The beliefs children hold about their own intelligence, talents and abilities are formed early. By understanding how to work with mindsets, parents play a role in helping children develop beliefs that support them through their early years and beyond.

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Raising emotionally intelligent children

Decades ago children’s success was measured by (intelligence) IQ. Today, society no longer measures smarts on IQ alone: instead, our EQ (emotional intelligence) is considered pivotal to reducing stress, defusing conflict and building relationships.

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Mother and her one year old baby son playing with wooden interactive board.

Helping children with sensory sensitivity

Sensory sensitivity in children might appear as an extraordinary aversion to noise or light, or getting upset if their clothing feels irritating or too tight. Some reports suggest that one in every six children has sensory processing difficulties.

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How to raise mentally healthy children

It's estimated that around one in seven Australian children experience mental health issues and about half of all serious mental health issues in adulthood begin before age 14. So how can parents and carers support under 5’s as they learn and grow?

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Anxiety: Preparing children for change

As children prepare to go to school or early learning centres the focus is often on meeting new educators and making new friends. So how do parents and carers support children through change? Dr Rebecca English looks at dealing with separation anxiety.

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