When do children show evidence of self-esteem? Earlier than you might think

A YouTube clip called “Jessica’s Daily Affirmation” recently went viral. The clip shows a four-year-old Jessica standing in front of the bathroom mirror saying what makes her happy about herself. Many youngsters, like Jessica, seem to exude positive feelings about their abilities – they happily report that they are good at running, jumping, drawing, math […]

We should teach parents about how babies develop, not how to be parents

There is little evidence to show that different parenting styles affect a child’s development. And yet these reasons seem central to David Cameron’s proposal that parenting classes are necessary in Britain. Several things in the prime minister’s recent speech on improving the life chances of the UK’s children are undoubtedly welcome: 30 hours free childcare […]

Does imagination have a place in education?

The Grammar of Fantasy was written by Italian writer and educator from Reggio Emilia Gianni Rodari.  In the foreword, Herbet Kohl asks: What is the place of imagination in education?  The word imagination does not appear in the government’s list of goals, nor does it turn up on lists of behavioural objectives or educational outcomes. […]

A smooth transition from pre-school to school

Quality early childhood education and care services play an important role in supporting children and families in the transition to school. Lei Ding, Educational Leader at Hilda Booler Kindergarten in Sydney, writes about her service’s approach to supporting the transition. Nurturing children’s abilities to succeed in school is a strong focus of our program at […]

A hospital kindergarten experience

Four-year-old Isabella was first admitted to the Kookaburra Ward (children’s cancer centre) at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in March 2014 when she was diagnosed with leukaemia. Isabella’s family learned that her treatment would take place over an extended period of time, potentially for several years, and that the first year would be particularly intensive. […]

Supporting young children’s rights

“there is a moral and ethical responsibility to advocate on behalf of young children.” Twenty-five years ago, the United Nations drafted a human rights treaty to frame and guide international thinking about the treatment of children (United Nations, 1989). While Australia was an early adopter of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the […]

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