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Protective behaviours

Child abuse, and especially child sexual abuse, concerns everyone who works with children.  Over the last thirty plus years protective behaviours programs of different kinds have been developed and used to try to help protect children from this kind of abuse. These programs are usually provided in schools or early childhood services such as preschools. […]

One day of little transitions

Little transitions, moving from one setting to another or one activity to another, constantly happen during a child’s life and they offer many learning opportunities. Transitions are opportunities for educators to: Engage and build relationships with children Nurture the development children’s social and emotional skills Communicate to children that they are in a safe, secure […]

What are they thinking?

I often pass a new building on my daily walk. On several occasions I’ve seen workers painting over tags that have appeared overnight on a formerly pristine white wall. Recently, in response to a painter’s nod, I commented ‘That’s almost a fulltime job’. He replied with considerable feeling: ‘I’ve got no time for the mongrels. […]

Managing conflict at day care

Biting, hitting and scratching are at the top of the list when it comes to the sources of conflict experienced by some children and your early childhood service will have a range of policies and procedures as well as a documented grievance handling processes they need to adhere to. Remind yourself of these before you […]

Seven essentials for supporting families with home matters

By learning about and incorporating elements of home into children’s daily experiences educators assist the growth of a child’s sense of identity, belonging, and connectedness. Knowing about a child’s world beyond the early childhood setting has another benefit; educators can support children and families when aspects of life change or become challenging. Life is great […]

Just be!

Several shops in my neighbourhood have blackboards on the footpath with daily messages, mostly advice. One caught my eye recently and made me wonder if the writer or selector was an early childhood educator who had decided that the hospitality industry was a better career option. The sign read ‘Just be, don’t become!’ Good advice […]

Knowing your child’s reading stage and how to help them

University of Canberra Learning to read is a complicated process and parents often wonder if their child is developing reading abilities at the rate they “should”. Research agrees, however, that reading (and writing) is very much a developmental process, which can look very different for different children, regardless of their age. It can be very […]

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