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What do "uninterrupted blocks of time for play" look like, and why are they important?

From the side of the mud pit, where I sit watching a group of children digging a hole so deep that they can fit in it, I glance at the time. It has been two hours. Sure, they've taken breaks to dash to the bathroom, or grab a quick drink - there might have even been a quick snack break. But this...

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It's raining, it's pouring... but we're going outside anyway!

"I hate rainy days when we get stuck inside and the children go wild." 

I have lost count of the number of times over my almost two decades in early childhood, that I have heard some version of this sentiment. For the first couple of years, I said it myself - many times. You would hear the...

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Progressive Mealtimes: Are they right for your service?

I clearly remember my first ever practicum at an early childhood service, while I was completing my studies. It was a long day care service, open long hours and with several rooms in operation. There was a kitchen and a central dining area, and for a chunk of time in the middle of the day, each...

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How do you know if early childhood education is the right place for you?

We all have bad days. We all have days where the idea of getting up and going to work is enough to put us in a bad mood. But these days should be the exception to the rule. 

I am so fortunate to do the work that I do now, and something that I love is visiting services and observing practice....

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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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