Tag Archives: Babies and toddlers

Sleep habits start early

Child sleep in the early years is one of the leading reasons families reach out to health practitioners. Sleep is also a hot topic between families and early childhood educators. In this blog PROFESSOR HARRIET HISCOCK from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) writes about the two most commonly encountered problems: night waking and settling. Why […]

Children’s agency, images and consent

We consent to and ask permission about many things every day, writes DEANNE CARSON, yet consent remains controversial. In this blog Carson explores what an understanding of each other’s rights, and of consent, can bring to daily interactions with young children. Carson attracted worldwide attention earlier this year when interviewed about young children’s capacity to […]

Should we swear in front of our kids?

The other day, my toddler son came home from childcare saying “piss poo”. He is one of the younger children in his classroom and clearly he heard this phrase from an older child he admired. I couldn’t help laughing at this unexpected outburst, which reinforced this behaviour – thus cementing the phrase in his emerging […]

Forget ‘no jab, no pay’ schemes, there are better ways to boost vaccination

Immunisation in Australia isn’t compulsory – and doesn’t need to be controversial. Most Australians recognise the incredible benefits that vaccination provides to prevent serious disease; we have high and stable coverage rates of around 93%. Getting childhood immunisation to the 95% target rate would be even better, providing more individual protection and “community immunity”. However, […]

Common myths about speech problems in children

Speech problems in early childhood are common. One in four parents of Australian children are concerned about their 4- to 5-year-old child’s speech but two-thirds of these parents don’t act on their concern. Why? What might stop them from seeking expert advice from a speech pathologist? Myth 1: Children grow out of speech problems (just […]

Lighten up in 2015

Young boy & light projector

What are you doing with the light of your life? It’s 2015, the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Digichild looks at children’s enlightening play, places to go, things to do that celebrate light and light technologies.   Light is so vital to life on earth, yet in Australia where natural light is abundant, we […]

Babies and smart phones

In some circles smart phones are the new car keys. They are fascinating distractions handed to babies and toddlers while parents finish a sentence, wait on a queue, click children into car seats. Recent media coverage has brought attention to children under one year of age using smart phones and tablets. It highlights how quickly […]

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