Category: Inspiration

Inspiration, tips and fun stuff

Less can be more when documenting children’s learning

There are two schools of thought around the aesthetics of documenting children’s learning. Some educators prefer to create colourful borders and backgrounds using various programmes and apps, which they then upload as an image to a child’s Storypark profile. Others...

/ October 10, 2022

Stop the cobwebs and ghouls

Is it time to stop the cobwebs and ghouls? Tessa McStravick asks this question and offers some non-spooky alternatives for Halloween. One October, walking into a department store, my friend Ani came across a human skeleton seated on a bench...

/ October 4, 2022
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Planning and documentation in nature-based settings

Planning and documentation in nature-based settings Planning and documentation in nature-based settings are crucial if you want to embrace and support an emergent curriculum. But for many, the idea can bring up perceived barriers and challenges that can prevent you...

/ September 15, 2022

Giving children authentic and specific praise and feedback

Do you often find yourself giving children feedback and hearing yourself use the same phrases many times a day? Do you often think your praise and acknowledgement sounds rehearsed, and non authentic? How does this make children feel about their...

/ August 19, 2022

OSHC – 5 benefits for children who attend out of school hours care

OSHC – 5 benefits for children who attend out of school hours care When children attend an OSHC service, they gain more than just exceptional care and supervision. Educators ensure children have a safe, stimulating and inclusive environment where their...

/ June 2, 2022
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OSHC – More Than “Just” Care

OSHC – More Than “Just” Care With an increasing number of families working, studying or needing additional support, more and more 5-12-year-old children in Australia attend OSHC services for up to 5.5 hours per day. The positive impact these services...

/ June 1, 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...

/ October 4, 2021
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Communication With Families During COVID-19

Communication With Families During COVID-19 Communication with families during COVID-19 restrictions is challenging to say the least! Preparing for and teaching through restrictions is something that educators all across the world are experiencing. An essential part of the work that...

/ September 1, 2021
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Sharing children’s care routines with family

The importance of sharing children’s care routines Let’s talk about children’s care routines. A key component of working effectively with children and their families is the exchange of information and communication which is essential for you to truly work in...

/ August 30, 2021
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Building Trusting Relationships with Families

Building Trusting Relationships with Families 2020 and 2021 have presented us with many challenges, due to Covid-19. Although each of our challenges have been unique to our learning communities, there are some that are faced by many learning services all...

/ August 29, 2021