All posts by Hilary Cook

Hilary is passionate about not-for-profit organisations and has worked as a volunteer early childhood teacher in Latin America.

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

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

The day the elves visited Storypark

However you choose to celebrate the holiday season in your family, it is often a time for fun, food, family and excitement. But for many families, budgets don’t stretch to anything extra for young families during the holiday season. As adults,...

/ December 13, 2017

How to use the Marte Meo Supportive Communication Learning set

Dutch born, Maria Aarts, studied parent-child interactions for 40 years across various countries and cultures. She recognised the difficulties in explaining scientific observations of a child’s problems to parents and other educators and in turn developed ‘Marte Meo‘. Marte Meo means ‘One’s own strength’...

/ October 9, 2017

Plan the way that works for your early learning service with Storypark

What does the new planning feature do? Well, quite a few things it turns out! Storypark’s new planning feature was designed and developed on the advice of our partners and users who told us they need a better way to...

/ October 4, 2017

Planning with consistency and coherency at Daisies Early Education and Care Centre

Before Daisies Early Education and Care Centre used Storypark’s planning tools, their planning mostly took place on many notebooks and pieces of paper, which made keeping track of what different age groups had been exploring and investigating difficult. Since implementing...

/ October 3, 2017

The power of friendships in early childhood – video

Early childhood educators sometimes overlook the power of friendships. Hear Jane Bertrand from the University of Toronto discuss socio-emotional responsiveness, cognitive responsiveness, and scaffolding.

/ September 14, 2017

No tech in your early learning center? No problem!

There’s a lot of talk about digital tools in early childhood. If you don’t have ipads and other devices at your center, you might feel like you are limited in ability to utilize some of the latest developments. The good...

/ September 12, 2017

The problem with Screen Time

Now, let’s talk about screen time. A contentious issue for many parents and educators, especially with regards to children under 5. In many centres, children ask to see their ‘Storypark’ photos and videos every day and become documenters of their...

/ July 19, 2017

Paper based or digital? Let’s talk about documenting children’s learning

Should we use digital portfolios instead of paper-based options to document children’s learning? If everything is online, how will children engage with their own learning? And what about screen time! These are things early childhood educators around the world are asking...

/ July 12, 2017