Nature and the Reggio Emilia approach – Dr Anne Meade

Today our guest blog post is from Dr Anne Meade, who is one of Storypark’s advisors and an inspiration to educators across New Zealand and beyond. I grew up in the Wairarapa. My parents and extended family on both sides...

/ June 12, 2017

Baby’s first steps: The early walker vs the late walker

You’ve been waiting for your baby’s first steps. You’ve coaxed and encouraged and cheered him on from the sidelines. But at ten months, his preferred travel option is still the belly scoot. He’s a great little scooter, but you’d really...

/ May 7, 2018

Five board books to broaden children’s horizons

Aren’t board books wonderful? It’s handy to be able to buy all sorts of classics, from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, in hard-wearing editions for those of us who are still getting the hang...

/ April 10, 2018

Australian Privacy Act 1988 – what you need to know

New laws came into effect this year in Australia, which updates their Privacy Act to include mandatory data breach notifications (Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017). This means companies who are operating within Australia are now required to notify...

/ March 26, 2018

I Lost My Coat Again! (Keeping children organised)

Your kindergartner has lost two sweatshirts and his winter coat…in the span of four weeks. The conversations usually go something like this: “Where’s your coat?” “I don’t know. I can’t find it.” “Where did you last have it?” “At school.”...

/ March 25, 2018

Un-clinging the Clinger – Carry Me!

You’re beyond tired. You’re recovering from a cold, been working overtime, and are preparing for a family gathering of 30 people. This is not the week you need your 3-year-old to force you into weight training by demanding to be...

/ March 22, 2018

You can’t dream what you can’t see

If you asked all the children in your learning centre, or family, what job they think they might do when they grow up, what do you think they would say?   Firefighter, astronaut, footballer, doctor, builder… Maybe something else if...

/ March 11, 2018

Expanding Children’s Horizons

A new study has confirmed that children form fixed ideas, very early on, about the kinds of jobs they will aspire to do in the future.   How do young children decide on a job? It’s not from signing up...

/ March 11, 2018

How Bayside Park Early Education Centre achieved an ‘Exceeding’ NQS rating

The director at Bayside Park Early Education Centre, says “we pride ourselves on our relationships with parents – and feel that our open and honest communication provides a solid foundation for us to work together to support, develop and enjoy...

/ February 27, 2018

Dear Teacher

Dear teacher, I know sometimes you may wonder why I do the things I do for my child so I just wanted to explain a little.   I understand that at your centre you encourage independence, and you rejoice and...

/ February 27, 2018

The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development with Storypark

Parents now have easy access to the most up to date scientific knowledge on early childhood development through Storypark’s partnership with the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development. “The goal of the Encyclopedia is to have as many parents, family members...

/ February 27, 2018