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3rd Infants and Toddlers Conference

Date: August 22, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Advocacy Blogs, Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Teamwork Blogs

By Alex Crosby On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th July, Julia, Nikki, Alicia, Cass and Myself attended the Macquarie University Infants and Toddlers conference. This year, we had 3 presentations across the 2-day schedule to present based on elements of our program that promoted 0-3-year-old children as competent, capable and able to make meaningful decisions within…

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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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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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