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Men at Work

Date: January 19, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

  Working in early education and care as a male teacher, friend and most importantly role model…   Working at Handprints ELC has shown me how accepting families can be of a male teacher in an early education and care environment. I have heard many stories about how a male can be stigmatised in this…

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Planned, Spontaeous, Intentional…

Date: January 13, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

 Education is my passion. I believe that in Early Childhood we need to move away from the concept of care and towards environments where experience is the focus. Where educators who are qualified and trained lead programs that enhance the opportunity for education to be extended across the day. Play based learning programs do not…

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Mateship Lessons for Children

Date: December 16, 2014 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

  On September 2nd 2014 I wrote a blog about the important role early childhood education plays for our young children. And how in a world where education is prioritised for young children in the first five years we have the capacity to create a world filled with tolerance, respect and most importantly empathy. A…

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It’s not mine, it’s ours!

Date: December 12, 2014 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

As we come to the conclusion of another busy week where new children were welcomed into our Home, I find myself reflecting on one particular aspect of our philosophy. And that is the final point… “Our Experiences”. After 8 years in the industry and having spent time introducing well over a hundred different children into…

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Sense of Family and Sense of Identity

Date: December 3, 2014 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

“Everyone has a family. Some families have different dynamics to others, but everyone develops a feeling of belonging in some way” Miss Moniqui (in her learning story – What does it mean to be part of a family). Handprints ELC is a family. Since before we opened our doors on November 10th 2014, we developed…

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A handprint commitment to our children!

Date: September 22, 2014 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

To the future children at Handprints ELC: My Handprint Commitment to YOU! 1. You will HAVE FUN! There is so much excitement to be had at Handprints. And each and every day I promise we will put out something to engage with that you find fun, that you enjoy! Have you heard about our digging…

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The Importance of Significant Relationships in Early Childhood Education.

Date: September 9, 2014 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

“Children do not learn from people they don’t like” Rita Pierson. This quote has a lot of resonance with me. I believe in relationships in their ability to affect experience. The sharing of important moments with someone who you know cares about you makes the moment in itself so much more real and so much…

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Early Childhood Education

Date: September 2, 2014 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

In so many ways I am a fortunate person. I have a loving and supportive family. I am building my dream by opening Handprints. I am passionate, educated, and happy. As educators, we bring this fortune into our services. We share our passion and our knowledge with young children. We hope for them to receive…

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A Sense of Wonder

Date: July 18, 2014 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

  “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away” (Anonymous; quoted from Abbey, 2012, from This has been a massive week at Handprints ELC, where I found myself reflecting on this concept of wonder. There are so many moments of wonder in…

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School Readiness as a concept

Date: June 11, 2014 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

School Readiness at Handprints ELC Exploring the concept of school readiness in terms of families, children, educators at early education settings and schools As an educator in early education and care settings, I have always been fascinated by and read a lot into Reggio Emilia approach. I believe in viewing each child as capable, and…

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