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Living a sustainable centre life

Here are some simple, every day practices you can implement to lead your early learning service on a journey to living more sustainably.  At the dining table Place a compost bowl on the lunch table for food scraps that can...

/ September 18, 2018

It’s Just a Phase! The Negotiator

If your child is somewhere between three and four years old, you have probably noticed her newfound negotiating skills. Maybe your first clue was a bedtime conversation like this: “Let’s get your pyjamas on and I’ll read you a story.”...

/ September 7, 2018
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The Importance of Family within the Early Learning Environment

Located in the Ottawa Valley, Petawawa, Ontario is home to Garrison Petawawa, one of Canada’s largest and busiest military bases. The Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) provides a wide-range of programs and services for the families of Canadian Armed...

/ August 22, 2018

It’s Just a Phase: The Interrupter

You’re having a catch-up phone conversation with a friend. She’s sharing the nitty-gritty details of her life when your 3-year-old decides he wants to share the nitty-gritty details of his life. “Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom.” You try to shush him,...

/ August 17, 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

Kaitiakitanga: Children as Champions of Nature, for Nature

Kaitiakitanga: Children as Champions of Nature, for Nature By: Brigitte Alamani (Head Teacher | Daisies Early Education and Care Centre) Background Daisies is a family owned long-day education and care centre in Johnsonville, Wellington, that is licensed for 30 children...

/ January 7, 2018

How to Help Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

We are fully immersed in the holiday season, and we love it, right? This is the time for magical moments with family pulled close to our hearts. There are treats to bake, decorations to display – and plenty of music,...

/ December 14, 2017

Supporting relationships and attachment in the early years

Relationships are broadly defined as the state of being connected or related. This can mean an association by blood or marriage, a kinship or the mutual dealings, connections, or feelings that exist between two parties. It is also recognised as...

/ November 8, 2017

Family engagement makes a huge difference for children at Auckland YMCA early learning services

Lorraine Duncumb, Group Manager ECE for YMCA Auckland In New Zealand wrote about her experiences using Storypark to engage families in their children’s learning and communicate important information about their services events and procedures.  Storypark has been a huge part of...

/ November 6, 2017