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3 Reflective Questions for Educational Leaders for the End of 2020

It may well be one of the most overused statements this year (or at least some version of it), but 2020 has certainly been one heck of a year. The early childhood sector has seen it's share of rollercoaster moments this year and we have had to adapt to numerous changes in practice and ways of...

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The Art of Really Seeing

 

Recently I took my daughter to a birthday party at a local park. Before we hopped in the car, I spotted some little yellow flowers growing wild around the base of a tree. On a whim I picked one flower and popped it on my dashboard. As we drove it was like a ray of sunshine angled my way.

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Line up, Line up (Why did I do that? - Part 1!)

I've recently been immersed in a book and one of the key pieces of advice that I took from it was to write what you wish you could have read when you needed to read it. So, with that in mind, I've decided to embark on a new blog post series about all the "mistakes" that I have made over the...

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Belonging: You can't just stick it on the wall

This week, I spent time at our TimberNook Newcastle School Holiday program. It is a 100% outdoor, full day program where children build, create, explore, and most importantly - play! 

As the children began arriving in the morning, I observed them. Some bounced in, full of energy and stories...

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It's time to embrace infectious joy!

childhood joy wellbeing Sep 07, 2020
I was sitting at the traffic lights when he caught my eye. He stood there, with his dog, waiting to cross the road. Headphones in, leash in hand, he began to move. It started out a gentle nod of the head, presumably in response to the beat of the music. And then it evolved into a more active kind...
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Why are we watching chickens hatch in plastic boxes?

animals ethics wellbeing Aug 27, 2020

This week, I have seen several posts on social media from services welcoming chicken hatching programs. Let's be clear - these aren't the first services to do this, and I am sure they won't be the last. This article is not designed to shame anyone, simply to shine a light on a program that...

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Is it ethical or sustainable to use food in play, and where do we draw the line?

ethics play sustainability Aug 24, 2020

Today, we shared a post on our Facebook page that got some great responses. The question we posed was: "What is the most bizarre rule you have heard in an early education and care service?" There were some doozies, but one in particular sparked some interesting discussion, and it's not the first...

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3 Tips for The Child Who Doesn't Want to Share

pedagogy play sharing Jun 23, 2020

She found the terracotta pipes and began to build. Lining them up, end to end, it was clear that she had a very specific vision for her play/creation. She worked on her own for a long time, testing ideas and theories. Suddenly, another child arrived and started to touch the pipes....

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Does wearing a uniform equate to being a professional?

professionalism Jun 05, 2020

When I was a new educator, over seventeen years ago, I was given my first uniform shirt. It was pale blue and button-up, with a logo on one side of the chest. To be honest, it looked like the shirts the boys had worn at my primary school. It was uncomfortable too. The buttons gaped and the shirt...

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Where do we begin to make change?

During this past week, images of violence have haunted me. Media coverage of the protests throughout the United States of America has pushed me to tears on more than one occasion. The raw emotion, anger, heartbreak and frustration on the faces of people who are begging, pleading and fighting for...

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