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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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What are the Children Learning through their Play?

Date: February 16, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

What are the children learning through their play?              By Moniqui McAuley   Play. It is one of the most common words or action we use when we think about young children, talk about young children, suggest the children do and it is also one of the most commonly debated…

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Super Hero Play

Date: April 28, 2017 Author: hpelc Categories: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

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: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Reflection Blogs

“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: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Reflection Blogs

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 am so proud of ME”

Date: May 18, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Reflection Blogs

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

Date: February 18, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

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

Date: February 5, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Reflection Blogs

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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Men at Work

Date: January 19, 2015 Author: hpelc Categories: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Reflection Blogs

  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: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Reflection Blogs

 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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