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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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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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3 Questions to Stop Asking A Child Engaged in Play.

I have written and spoken about the concept of Interaction vs Interference before and while many educators agree in theory, putting it into practice can be a little tougher. We tend to get caught up in our need to know what is happening, our desire to document learning or even our need to make...

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6 Ways to Overcome the Screen Time "Battle" during Covid-19 (hint... let it go!)

I've always been an advocate for play.

Normally, I'd rather send my three children into the backyard at seven in the morning with a silent prayer that the neighbours won't complain than to put the TV on.

Normally, when the inevitable "what can we do?" arises, my suggestions are always a long list...

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