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Archive for June 2017

Real Learning Looks Like . . .

Real learning looks like stepping in a puddle you’ve made with your friends, then sinking in until the water tops your boots. Real learning looks like mixing a whole lot of stuff together with your friends to see what happens. Play enables children to act out alternative scenarios and to find different ways to express…

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Not Literacy?

“When children play pretend, they are making this same cerebral leap. A block can be a phone. A rag can be a baby. A rock can be a key fob. And marks on a page can be a story.” Dramatic play builds foundations for understanding print – for reading and writing. Let’s pretend! READ MORE…

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“But, Why” – questions, questions

“But, why?”  – how to answer those curly questions Did you know that on average, a four-year-old girl asks 390 questions a day? This gives us 390 opportunities to encourage our children to be curious.  A study in the UK found that it is during meal times that most questions are asked. When you answer…

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Road Safety Tips – Smart Steps Resources

The Smart Steps program is a comprehensive road safety education program for educators, parents and carers. The resources in this program present adults with suggestions on how to help young children to develop skills, behaviours and attitudes so that they can stay safe when travelling as passengers, pedestrians and users of bikes and wheeled toys.…

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Indexation Rates July 2017

Just Released — Indexation Rates July 2017 The rates and income thresholds for Child Care Benefit (and family payments) are indexed annually each July as specified in A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999. The Child Care Benefit maximum hourly rate for one child will increase by $0.06 to $4.30 an hour with effect…

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Lock in your Child Care Rebate payment option by 30 JUNE 2017

REMINDER – Time is running out. Lock in your Child Care Rebate payment option by 30 JUNE 2017 for the upcoming 2017-18 financial year. The CCR payment option you choose will be applied for the entire 2017-18 financial year. You can’t change the payment option once the financial year starts, so it’s important to think…

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Loose Parts Create Open-Ended Play

The Theory Of Loose Parts The theory of loose parts  first proposed by architect Simon Nicholson in the 1970’s has begun to influence child-play experts and the people who design playspaces for children in a big way. Nicholson believed that it is the ‘loose parts’ in our environment that will empower our creativity. In a…

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Staring School Adventure Day – 17th June, 2017

STARTING SCHOOL ADVENTURE DAY ON THIS SATURDAY – NORTH IPSWICH Our very own Educational Leaders Wendy & Merinda are working alongside other community members for this exciting event to take place. Please promote with your families and networks as it is a fantastic day (full of free activities and information stalls) for children who are…

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My Underpants Rule

This is such a simple and effective way to teach kids to be SAFE.   Discussing private parts protection with a young child can be tricky. How do you talk in concepts they can understand? How do you keep them engaged? Where do you even start?!! Empowerment through FUN and involvement is the key to…

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5 tips for parenting tween boys

This article is excellent in helping sons on their early adolescent journey. Only things we would add is nurture their ‘spark’ or be involved with their special interests… they too need to find their hopes and dreams! Read HERE

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