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Are mealtimes a battle in your household?

Date: August 22, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs

By Joyce Lam Are mealtimes a battle in your household? Do you have a picky eater? Some parents were surprised to see their children sitting and eating nicely with minimal assistant at meal time. They commented that their children can have completely different eating manners at home. We understand that we all have preferences when…

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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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Acknowledging children’s emotions

Date: March 5, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Advocacy Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

By Natalie Bartlett How many times have you heard a child referred to as a “drama queen” or “sensitive”, because they cry often? What about hearing someone tell a child to “stop crying” or say “you’re fine, nothing’s wrong”? How about the phrase “they’re just crying for attention”? Crying is a way of communicating for…

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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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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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