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Sport and Music: Shaping brain and body

Many children start music and sport as preschoolers, gaining the physical health and cognitive development benefits. But how can parents encourage children's motivation to persevere when acquiring skills moves from play to more rigorous practise?

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Raising the quality of early learning

A professional development based study has highlighted the valuable impact of high quality teaching practice on children's learning, resulting in improvements in the children's vital foundational skills and increased engagement and desire for learning.

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Why play is more than just good fun

The verdict is in. Play is more than just fun. There’s a growing evidence base that play is critically important in promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships and in encouraging development of children’s future executive functioning skills.

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Child development: the first 1000 days

Fascinating research suggests that starting from conception, a foetus responds to changes in environment, using cues provided by the mother’s physical and mental state to ‘predict’ the kind of world they'll be born into and altering their bodily structures.

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Why you need to talk to your baby

Through the random noises of the outside world and the beating heart and growling stomach of their mothers, babies are distinguishing the muffled sound of their mother’s voice. From the third trimester children naturally develop speech and language.

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Superhero play: Holy bat trap batman!

While it can be argued that modern superheroes are unhealthy role models, children love to dress up as the superheroes they see in cartoons and movies. While it may look like simple play from the outside, it’s actually an important part of early learning.

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Baby talk: Learn how to talk to your baby

While we cringe at “coochy coo” baby talk, research shows that it is not just the simplified words and frequent repetition that makes baby talk attractive to babies, but rather the sounds and its characteristic structure, rhythm and use of emotion.

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8 reasons dress-up is good for kids

Role playing and dress-up releases the imagination, letting dreams and aspirations run wild. But behind this most treasured of childhood rituals is a science and a psychology which creates a sturdy base for every facet of a child's development.

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