An interesting way to think about expressive language – as the roof of a house that first requires a foundation of other skills. To learn more about all the things a child needs to learn before they can use words, take a look this article Why Interaction Must Come Before Language

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The Australian Childcare Alliance and Maggie Dent have paired up to help get the message out there that children are far more likely to thrive in their early learning environments when their families get involved and form strong connections with their early childhood educators. When parents and early childhood educators work together to form positive,…

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Are you up to date with current information and practices with Red Nose recommendations (formerly SIDS and Kids. Red Nose (formerly SIDS and Kids) welcomes changes to the national regulations governing education and care services from 1 October 2017. As an educator, you must be up to date with current guidelines and be able to…

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Young children expressing anger, need responsive and caring adults to help them manage and identify their emotions. The Anger Iceberg shows the “primary emotions” which are often hidden below the surface. Read more HERE (Image via The Gottman Institute)

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The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has partnered with government agencies, non-government organisations and peak bodies to develop a suite of resources to help professionals working with children and families understand more about the child protection system. The QFCC’s Information kit on child protection for professionals offers clear, simple information about Child Safety Services…

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Can you remember a lullaby that was sung to you?  Perhaps it was a traditional lullaby, like Hush, Little Baby or Itsy-Bitsy Spider, or a favorite song such as A Bushel and a Peck or Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Lullabies are a wonderful way to soothe and calm little ones and serve a greater purpose than simply rocking babies to sleep.…

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“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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Imaginary play gives children the chance to role-play and engage in the social and emotional roles of everyday life. Whether they are pretending to be a firefighter, a superhero, or a princess, they are having experiences that allow them to view life from someone else’s perspective, creating empathy that will better equip them for social…

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Beautifully and perfectly said! The relationship between the teacher is so vital to setting the tone for the whole classroom community.  This is also the case for an Educators environment, children are always watching and listening. Quote — Real learning requires processing, repetition, time, and experience to fully comprehend. It takes place on their (child’s)…

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