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Super Hero Play

Date: April 28, 2017 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

Super Hero Play – The Adult as the Villain             By Loretta Davis   Superhero play and gun play is often the thorn in an educator’s thumb. Children often get injured, frustrated, friendships tested, boundaries broken and feelings hurt. An educator can be put in a tough place when trying to manage the various situations…

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The First 1000 Days

Date: January 27, 2016 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

“Strong relationships are at the foundation of healthy child development, family functioning and a flourishing society. Infant mental health is everybody’s business.” The above statement is from an article I recently read. You can read it here: http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/infant-mental-health-giving-children-the-best-head-start-1.2426966 The article focuses on the importance of the first 1000 days in a child’s life. It explores…

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Are You Listening?

Date: September 30, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

Something that can be heard quite a lot whenever children are involved is, “Are you listening to me?” “Did you hear what I said?” “Why aren’t you listening?” “No one’s listening to me!” We ask it to get recognition, or a sign that something has been said and something has been heard. We ask it…

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I’m Sorry- Leading by Example in EC Settings

Date: August 18, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

At our latest Handprints staff meeting, we started with a simple task on self-reflection. Despite advance warning about the task, it was probably a task our educators found the most difficult. Asking people what they thought they could do better was one thing, but we turned this into asking them what they were sorry for….

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“I am so proud of ME”

Date: May 18, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

Exploring the role of praise and motivation in early education… We know that a large amount of children’s learning happens between birth to five years. Our privilege, in early education, is that we get to play a part in who each child is through the time we spend guiding and engaging with them. One of…

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Reflections of Sharing

Date: March 12, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

Written by Loretta Davis You can’t make a child share. (I would like to note: This blog I’m writing won’t have an answer at the end. It won’t tell you that children shouldn’t share, or should share. Rather, I intend to share my insights and constructs of the topic) J The toddler rule of possession…

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So much more than burning energy: Learning opportunities in outdoor play..

Date: February 18, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

Have you ever heard people talk about how children should get outside more and burn off some energy? This is often how outdoor play is viewed; simply as a place which provides enough room for children to run around until they get tired. While it is true that this is a benefit of playing outside,…

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Mum’s the WORD!

Date: February 9, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

Being a parent and working in early childhood education…   When I first started working in early childhood education, I was yet to have children of my own. I would have parents regularly coming in and saying “I don’t know how you do it all day”. But working in chid care and being a parent…

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“They’re smarter than what we give them credit for.”

Date: February 5, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

By Loretta Davis “They’re smarter than we give them credit for”. These words were spoken to me the other night by one of our nursery parents. And of course, I agree. Although, I didn’t realise how much I agree until several hours after our conversation, after I’d been home for a while. Children are a…

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The Tip of the Iceberg

Date: February 2, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

By Moniqui McAuley Last week after arriving home from work, I did my usual scroll through social media and a quick browse on the Internet, reading through a couple of articles in an effort to wind down: a typical afternoon. However, that afternoon would soon prove to become more than just normal routine, which was…

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