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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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The Benefits of Having a Pet

Date: November 9, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

Written by Miss Cass There are many benefits of caring for a pet. A pet can teach your child empathy and responsibility. As they care and learn about the associated responsibilities they develop confidence. Pets are also a great social development tool and can assist with emotional regulation. But what defines a pet? The definition…

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If children question new things, and want to learn more, who are we to say no?

Date: October 4, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

By Taylor Dobson I’ve come to learn how children’s knowledge of learning, no matter how advanced it may be, can be learned through meaningful experiences when adults embrace the questions children ask. What I mean by this is, if children are exposed to higher learning in a way they can understand, then why can’t they…

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The Move to ‘Big School’

Date: September 21, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

Written by Alex Crosby As we approach the end of the year with less than 15 weeks until Christmas, we are beginning to look deeper into the transition to Primary School for the children that are graduating from our Early Learning Centre and moving into a formal school setting. This can be an unsettling time…

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Parents Decisions and Going to School

Date: August 10, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

By Alicia Edwards.   We as parents make so many decisions for our children. What name they will have, what clothes they will wear and for many, we have the choice of when we will send them to school. For children born between January and July it’s a parent’s decision. I have been that parent,…

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Physical Activity and Young Children

Date: June 14, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Advocacy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

Physical activity and young children. By Miss Cass   As a Health and Well Being Advocate, I am very passionate about getting or young children moving. There are so many tips, tricks and recommendations that we are given it’s easy to brush them aside.   • For Infants (under 1 year) it is recommended that…

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“I am Capable”

Date: May 3, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs

I am Capable By Alicia Edwards   Children start learning and developing from birth. Within a few hours of birth they are learning to suckle, which in turn strengthens their tongue muscles and plays a roll in language development. In the first 18 months a child learns to recognise faces, voices and sounds. They learn…

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