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Creating Space for "Big Body" Play

Uncategorized Mar 04, 2021

Yesterday Tash and I took a walk down to our TimberNook Newcastle site. Nature Kindy was in full swing, and I delighted in watching the children play (it made for a nice screen break!) 

Two children caught my attention, as they took the off road wagon that we use for transporting resources...

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4 Easy Additions to Enhance Your Block Play Environment

blocks environments play Feb 24, 2021

Blocks. They are often one of the favourite playthings in the early education and care environment - and for good reason. Blocks are open ended and allow children to test out ideas and create in a way that is only limited by their imagination... and by the environment and resources we provide...

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5 Ways to Nurture the Nature Connection...

nature pedagogy Feb 15, 2021

Yesterday afternoon, my two daughters came inside with a grasshopper in hand. They held it carefully, but wanted desperately to show me what they had found. Once I had admired the little creature, they took it back outside. A few moments later, they came inside and asked to borrow my phone.

"We...

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6 Simple Sustainability Tips for Your Early Childhood Service...

sustainability Feb 11, 2021

Whether you think of yourself as an eco-warrior, or are still not too sure where to start when it comes to sustainability, we all have room for growth. 

 

Today I sat and opened a package that arrived in our office. Inside one envelope was two smaller envelopes. Inside each envelope......

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Babies in the Oven and Handbags filled with Blocks: Understanding Schema Play

play schema toddlers Feb 03, 2021

I was about 20 years old. Only a year or so out of TAFE, having completed my Diploma, and I'd predominantly worked with preschoolers. When I was put in the toddler room for the year ahead, I was excited but a little nervous too. I was expecting the never ending routine of eating, changing,...

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How do you know if early childhood education is the right place for you?

We all have bad days. We all have days where the idea of getting up and going to work is enough to put us in a bad mood. But these days should be the exception to the rule. 

I am so fortunate to do the work that I do now, and something that I love is visiting services and observing practice....

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4 Ways to Support Problem Solving Through Loose Parts Play!

loose parts pedagogy play Dec 16, 2020

This week I visited a local service. While I spoke with the approved provider, I noticed some play unfolding in the mud pit nearby. A group of children were using a plank and some buckets to create what looked to be a bridge. As I began to listen to the conversation, it became apparent that they...

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16 Strategies for Reducing Educator Turnover

One of my proudest achievements as a nominated supervisor for over seven years, was retaining educators. As a community based service, in a low socio-economic area, with many curve balls thrown our way on a daily basis, it would have been easy for the service to become like one of those revolving...

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5 Things to Say Instead of "He had a Great Day!"

This was originally posted on our old blog in 2019


He had a great day!" 

When they arrive in the afternoon to collect their child from their early education and care service, unfortunately this a phrase that families hear all too often. And do you know what? I have been guilty of saying...

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4 Ways to "Hang on" to your philosophy during the festive season

This is a repost from a post I wrote six years ago... but the sentiment is still very relevant

Well, it is December. The Christmas season is well and truly underway and social media is filled with photos of very clever Christmas craft, decorated rooms and ideas for embracing the festive...

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