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Raising Healthy Eaters
12 Jun

Raising Healthy Eaters


Healthy nutrition is important for the growth and development of your child, and this starts with providing balanced and nutritious meals. However, understanding what to put on your child’s plate during mealtimes can at times be overwhelming.

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Encouraging Pretend Play
21 May

Encouraging Pretend Play


Children play in many ways and their types of play progresses with age, typically starting with exploratory and sensory play in nursery before developing into functional play during their toddler and preschool years. Pretend play is important for children to develop problem solving, flexible thinking, and logical sequences in their thoughts.

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Play Based Learning
16 May

Play Based Learning


Playing is more than just enjoyable for toddlers, it’s how they learn and make meaning of the world around them. Through play, children learn and develop vital life skills such as physical, emotional, cognitive, social and creative skills that will help form the foundations for learning and growth at a young age.

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The ‘Loose Parts Theory’ and Play
16 May

The ‘Loose Parts Theory’ and Play


Have you ever noticed that if you leave old junk around, whether it be empty boxes, rope, string or pieces of wood, that your child will almost inevitably play with it? Or perhaps you have observed your child occupied with the package a toy came in while the toy itself remains untouched? These are all examples of Loose Parts Play.

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Compulsory Preschool Education
23 Apr

Compulsory Preschool Education


Dr Fiona Martin, Child Psychologist, recently talked to Kidspot about the importance of quality preschool education. Find out why Dr Martin believes it should be compulsory for all children from the age of three.

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