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Risky Play – Why it is important

Date: June 7, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Interesting Articles, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

Written by Sonya Meehan   At Handprints, Wentworth Point, the educators try to create an environment where children feel safe to take on new challenges and learn new skills in a safe and supportive environment. Risky play is a natural part of children’s play, and children often seek out opportunities for engaging in challenging and…

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Gender Stereotypes – How do we tackle it?

Date: June 7, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

First of all, a little about my role.  I work at all the Handprints centres as Quality Manager.  I get to talk with all the staff and children and see what’s going on – it’s a great job.  I chat with staff about their programs and the children, and with my 20 years of experience,…

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Cultural Celebrations in Early Childhood

Date: May 9, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs, Teamwork Blogs

By Alex Crosby – St Ives Centre Director   Within the early childhood setting, we have many different elements that make up our educational program for the children. We explore subjects such as social skills, emotional regulation, literacy, numeracy, scientific and mathematical concepts and of course, cultural events. These cultural events are important for children…

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How Do Children Learn Through Play?

Date: April 19, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs, Teamwork Blogs

By Stephanie Buckingham   As children engage in different play experiences they build and develop further skills. They learn to solve problems, to get along with others and to develop fine and gross motor skills needed for future development. Sometimes as a parent or an educator, we can forget the importance of getting involved in…

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Art and creativity in early childhood

Date: April 12, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

By Victoria – Killara Preschool Educator   In our Preschool room we try to engage the children in art experiences that are open-ended and meaningful. We avoid using templates or stencils to colour in as we believe that templates stifle children’s imaginations. Alternatively, we provide children with an array of resources and let them explore…

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Coping with Upsetting Drop Off Times

Date: March 19, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs

By Alex Crosby   Why does my child cry when I drop them off? What should I do if they are crying? These are questions that we, as educators, hear often from families. Usually from newer families, however there can be children that have been attending a centre for years that become emotional at drop…

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Pedagogical Documentation

Date: February 20, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Interesting Articles, Reflection Blogs

Pedagogical Documentation as An Alternative Language of Assessment and Evaluation: An evening with Professor Gunilla Dahlberg, Anthony Semann and Fiona Zinn By Loretta Davis   On Tuesday evening, Dee, Denise, Shevawn and myself attended an evening of discussion regarding pedagogical documentation organised by Semann & Slattery and Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange. Professor Gunilla Dahlberg…

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Quality Time

Date: February 14, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

By Alicia Edwards   We all live such busy lives trying to balance work, family, our homes and social lives. It’s something I’m sure we’re all constantly try to achieve; I know I am.   When it comes to spending time with our children, I’m a big believer in quality over quantity. Taking time to…

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Process Not Product!

Date: December 18, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Reflection Blogs

Process Not Product! Encouraging children’s creativity Written by Jane Klopfer Art and creative experiences for children are a major contributor to early learning development in the early years. Many children by the age of seven years old feel they are not capable of creating art, or feel their art does not measure up to their…

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Parenting: Putting “No” on the Menu

Date: November 27, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

  By Jasmine Park   I quite often hear parents saying, “My child eats nothing but plain pasta.” or “My child is such a fussy eater.” I also observe a few children within the who centre struggle to eat. Though both parents/families and we educators strive to provide and encourage them to eat healthy food,…

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