Sustainable practice… we have all heard about it, we all know we need to be doing it, but what does this mean for our practice in a service? Sustainability in early childhood education is an important part of the curriculum and should be incorporated into each and every service setting. Creating natural environments and proving…

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“The value of music-inspired play in early childhood should never be underestimated.” Musical play that celebrates nature is a lovely way to build children’s appreciation of the natural environment. Children love to explore the sounds they can make with natural materials such as shells, sticks, stones, cones and leaves. You can read more information about…

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Steiner believed that children learned best when they were encouraged to use their imagination. He argued that education had to take into account physical, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual aspects of each child. View the article HERE

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We all know the importance of play with young children as that is how children learn. LOOSE PARTS  play and intricate role in this YET many administrators and supervisors question whether loose parts can meet any academic objectives. Giving meaning to loose parts requires us to think about the possibilities of how a child learns…

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Cultivating a sense of joy and adventure. As a society, we don’t prioritize joy and happiness. Our educational system places so much emphasis on readiness and preparing for what lies ahead, we forget that the goal is for our children to lead happy lives. In today’s gadget-obsessed world, nature education and outdoor preschool activities are…

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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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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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 Celebrating National Family Daycare Week 2017 On Tuesday we held a playsession for our educators and families which was based around nature play and the freedom of being outdoors to celebrate this event. Some of the activities on offer were:  Nature Weaving – children created their own wooden stars to hang on our service belonging…

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Most of us have fond memories of a childhood spent outside – climbing trees, splashing in creeks, playing cricket in the street, building cubby-houses.  We only came inside when it got dark or we got hungry.  But something has changed. In the space of a single generation, Australian children have lost the freedom of childhood, exchanged…

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“The way natural resources look, feel, smell and taste all provide children with great learning opportunities whilst also ensuring they are getting a better understanding of those objects. Plastic representations do not give anything like the same possibilities. If a child’s only experience is of a plastic lemon, when will they find out that actually,…

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