Category: Early Learning

Articles on early childhood education

Reggio Emilia – Documenting my inspiration and learning (from a New Zealand perspective)

My learning about the Reggio Emilia educational project began as I listened to a presentation by Leila Gandini, editor of The Hundred Languages of Children. Leila Gandini’s session challenged my (limited, then) view of how capable preschool children could be as thirsty knowledge seekers. She showed pedagogical contexts in Reggio Emilia preschools that expanded children’s explorations across different ‘languages’, fed their...

/ May 22, 2024

Attachment Theory For Early Childhood Educators

Introduction The significance of attachment between an infant and a primary caregiver has long been recognised (Ainsworth et al., 1978, cited in Gonzalez-Mena & Eyer, 2015; Bowlby, 1958); in fact, John Bowlby began investigating this idea in the 1950s. Developing a healthy attachment relationship with an educator is also essential for infants and toddlers in Early Childhood Education and Care...

/ April 2, 2024

Children’s Outdoor Play – 3 Key Ingredients

Children’s Outdoor Play – 3 key ingredients There are 3 key ingredients to supporting children’s outdoor play and they are a lot simpler than you might think! Have you been thinking about simple ways you can support children’s outdoor play? Think back to memories of your childhood play. What were you doing? Who were you with? Where were some of...

/ March 10, 2022
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Learning in Nature – 5 Tips to Get You Started

Learning in Nature For young children, learning in nature can take place without an extensive collection of specific outdoor equipment and resources. In order for children to play and learn through nature play, they just need space, time and adults who are able to support them to take risks. When children have the opportunity to explore nature, they are able...

/ October 4, 2021

Our Most Popular Articles in 2020

To end this year on a positive note, we have dug deep into our blog, to find the top 5 articles read by educators from all over the world. Due to the pandemic, we made a quick pivot to create content that would help educators to teach children remotely, and to support children’s learning at home. This list is in...

/ December 16, 2020
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Why Songs, Rhymes, and Verbal Repetition Appeal to Small Children

As every parent knows, any song, rhyme, or book their child enjoys is going to get repeated at least 1,000 times. Finding out that your child adores a particular book or that one song calms them down, no matter what is a major win. The promise of this repetition also acts as the perfect distraction when you’re trying to get...

/ December 15, 2020
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Fun activities to help young children improve their communication skills from home

Developing and promoting strong communication skills is vital for young children. Your child’s nonverbal communication (such as pointing, gesturing, and facial expressions), their capacity to comprehend language, and their use of different sounds, are all precursors for speech production. They also set the stage for school readiness, helping your child with the speech and language skills needed for reading, writing,...

/ September 22, 2020
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How can we better understand and support young children’s digital experience through play?

For two decades I’ve talked, explored and tried to better understanding the role of digital technology in children’s lives and how that relates to early childhood education. And, over that time the presence of digital technology in all of our lives has increased exponentially. I think about what that must be like for a young child coming to grips with...

/ June 19, 2020
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How to support children’s learning at home, through play

With more early childhood centres being closed around the world due to Covid-19, many parents are suddenly finding themselves in a ‘home-schooling’ situation. This sounds simple in theory, but the reality can be quite daunting. We want to help families navigate this, so our Education Team here at Storypark ‘virtually’ got together this week to provide some guidance and support...

/ March 31, 2020
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Learning at home – Music, creativity, loose parts & quiet time

These ideas from our education team will help get your children’s creativity flowing as well as some suggestions for relaxing, quieter experiences. Musical ideas Game: Statues, musical chairs or cushions Sing your welcome song together that you would sing at your early learning centre  Make your own musical instruments and create a song Clap and stamp to the beat  Make...

/ March 30, 2020