All posts by Hilary Cook

Hilary is a communicator, writer, yogi and learner. She's passionate about not-for-profit organisations and has worked as a volunteer early childhood teacher in Spanish speaking countries.

A baby’s first 1000 days of life are the most important – here’s why

Did you know that the eldest child is statistically more likely to be the most ‘successful’? All because of one factor called the dyad relationship. More commonly known as the one on one relationship. Watch this talk from thought leader...

/ May 24, 2017

Guardian Early learning Group CEO talks about Storypark

“My educators have said that families often struggle, or don’t know how they can contribute to their children’s learning. Storypark has transformed this for them.  It provides a platform for families and educators to engage and contribute different perspectives on...

/ April 11, 2017

Planning for and extending children’s learning with Storypark

Whether you plan on paper, a whiteboard, face-to-face, or a combination of different ways, we hear the same hurdles over and over… “it’s hard to involve my whole team in planning” . . . “I wish we could better engage...

/ March 17, 2017

Storypark welcomes Western Australia Advocate

Storypark is shaped by leading experts and practitioners from around the world. Our advisors include Charles Pascal, Maria Aarts, Joce Nuttall and Dr Anne Meade. We’re also excited to welcome the newest member of the Storypark Advocates team to Storypark....

/ February 24, 2017

Imagine a classroom without walls – video

3 and 4 year olds can climb mountains! I know this, because I went up a mountain recently with some very capable young children. They trekked for over 2 hours to get to the top of Mount Kau Kau, one...

/ February 22, 2017

Filtering emails to avoid cluttering your inbox

I have an admission. Sometimes I avoid checking my email, even when there are important things in it for me to deal with – because the mere thought of the chaos that is my inbox is enough to make my...

/ February 15, 2017

What is the impact of Storypark for children, families and educators?

What we see: We surveyed our Storypark families to ensure we’re making an impact. We have been delighted with the responses: 97% of parents felt that Storypark has enabled them to be more involved in their child’s learning. 94% of...

/ February 13, 2017

Storypark is a values based company

So what does being ‘values based’ mean then? We walk the talk Storypark is a values-based social enterprise – a business that balances social outcomes with financial sustainability. This defines the way we work: Our pricing is designed to be...

/ February 13, 2017

How imaginative play helps children learn

Many of the memories I have of my childhood include my two older sisters, who are close in age to me, and we played together often. On weekends and school holidays we would distract ourselves for hours, often outside on...

/ January 18, 2017

Children and technology

The use of technology by children has changed rapidly in a short period of time. Many children as young as 3 years own their own devices, but how are they using this technology and what sort of learning is happening...

/ January 15, 2017