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Marie Stuart

Marie Stuart

State Social Inclusion Coordinator QLD for Goodstart Early Learning

Marie Stuart did post school study in Brazil, and returned to do a dual degree at Macquarie University in early childhood teaching and psychology. She returned to university to study further in early childhood and family therapy.

Working in the area of early childhood intervention since 1983, she started post graduate teaching in the Macquarie University Down Syndrome Early Intervention Research Programme. Becoming a mum Marie moved on to work for a number of years in long day care centres as an inclusion worker, and taught early childhood education. With post graduate family therapy study, Marie has since managed a child protection and domestic violence therapy service, provided consultancy to early childhood programs, taught in adult education facilities, and has spoken at conferences and published in the areas of early childhood, early intervention, parenting, positive discipline, child protection, protective behaviours, family support, and response to children in domestic violence and emergencies.

Key experience projects while working 12 years for Save the Children as Early Childhood Technical Advisor Pacific Region, were the development of an international strategy for the abolishment of physical and humiliating punishment, and the development of early childhood programs and policy in Australian off shore detention centres.

Marie currently sits on the executive committee for Early Childhood Australia QLD, and is the QLD representative for ARACY Early Years Chapter. Marie is registered as a certified trainer of Seasons for Growth (Grief and Loss Education Programme), Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting and Crucial Conversations (Vital Smarts). Marie is the State Social Inclusion Coordinator QLD for Goodstart Early Learning.

Questions answered by Marie Stuart

Sensory issues

My 5-year-old has sensory issues - socks and shoes, can't get him to wear them. He has already missed 2 days of school. Don't know what to do.

Sleep issues and parental exhaustion

I read the article on sleep deprivation. I have a toddler and new baby, so can’t nap during the day. What strategies do you recommend for people like me? My eldest (2.5) stopped napping around 18months and has recently started being very wakeful at night (awake 2:30am until 4 or 5am) so I’m bouncing between the two kids all night as the toddler won’t accept my husband (she just escalates) and baby won’t take a bottle. We have no family nearby and my husband is often away for work too - I’m exhausted.

When should they read and write?

I have twin 4 year old twins. And my sister keeps asking them why haven’t the learned to read and write yet. Her kids did at that age. I’m 54 I went through invitro to have them I have older children in their 30’s also so it’s not my first time and her kids are grown. I don’t think they’re ready I’ve tried several times with it and they don’t seem interested but when they do it’s on their time not ours. I told her to just mind her business and thanks for any advice. But they’ll get there soon.

Fear of the dark

My four year old is scared of the dark and needs us to stay with him while he goes to sleep and then comes into our room (and bed) when he wakes at night. It is legitimate fear and need for comfort but on the down side noone is getting any sleep! What should we do?

Articles by Marie Stuart