Monthly Archives: April 2020

Building Secure, Respectful and Reciprocal Relationships with Children

The relationships children build at child care are at the centre of all learning. Research shows that Educator-child relationships matter as do those with other children. "Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships" is one of the five core principles of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Educators need to prioritise their relationships with children, as reflected [...]

2020-04-27T23:50:51+10:00April 29th, 2020|Articles|

How Pretend Play Helps Children Learn and Develop New Skills

Pretend play is an essential part of every childhood. In the past, you may have viewed imaginary games as merely a fun activity. But are you aware that playing make-believe and imaginative role play benefits children’s development and learning? There is now a growing body of evidence that shows engaging in make-believe benefits early childhood [...]

2020-06-29T20:16:30+10:00April 22nd, 2020|Articles|

20 Natural Materials for Children’s Creative and Sensory Play

Natural materials should be an integral element of a child's play. Loose things such as twigs, leaves, shells and sand benefit a child's early years experiences by stimulating their creativity and imagination. Natural materials are easily accessible and encourage children to learn about nature. The different textures, smells, sizes, colours, and sounds attributed to natural [...]

2020-06-29T19:53:06+10:00April 8th, 2020|Articles|