Understanding the Value of Play

The definition of play differs greatly depending on who you talk too, as a passionate educator I see play as a way of learning, growing and exploring – an invaluable part of childhood and the most effective method of learning for children (even in the first years of primary school). Play encompasses children’s language, children’s ...
Instead of “Don’t Cry” Why Not Try…

Feelings are an essential part of everyday life when a child is upset and hears “don’t cry” from an adult, it translates into ‘it is not okay to feel’ in a child’s mind, even when the tears are caused by something trivial or something that you deem to be unnecessary. Children need to know that ...
Routines… Do You Need Them?

There is an age-old debate about the amount of structure and routine that children need as they grow and develop. However, there isn’t a best-fit structure for all families and the routines each family have need to be adaptable and flexible to the needs of their children. There are a few aspects of routine that ...
10 Best Films for Toddlers

1. Curious George Running time: 90min Will Ferrell stars as The Man in the Yellow Hat, an eccentric museum employee who has a pet monkey – an inquisitive and wonderful creature whose * curiosity * (clue's in the name) often gets the best of him. “The kids enjoyed it and loved the slapstick, toddler-esque behaviour ...
The Beauty of Reading With Your Toddler

There are few things more rewarding than seeing your child develop and learn new skills. Reading, and the love of books, when developed at a young age, can provide a child and later an adult with a world of enjoyment simply escaping into those pages, and starting young plays a vital role. Read our article ...
The Toys that Everyone Should Have at Home

There are a few basic things that should be in every house. One of those things are toys that are open-ended, flexible and able to adapt as children grow and learn. All of these suggested toys have an educational benefit or will help your child to develop specific skills needed for later life. Favourite toys ...
Parenting, Putting Your Best Foot Forward

1. Have you ever been so overwhelmed in day to day life that sometimes you find your kids are speaking to you and you are not really tuned in? Don't worry; it happens to the best of us. Active listening means you focus on what is being said without thinking about how you're going to ...
How to Navigate Bedtime Stalling

There are several nap transitions during toddlerhood: your toddler will transition from two naps to one at around 15-18 months. Naps will (sadly) come to an abrupt end sometime between three and four years of age, and your child is now - theoretically - ready to sleep through a whole night (Also watch How Much Sleep ...
Playdates …. A Mother’s Private Anguish

I envy those mothers who effortlessly invite a houseful of children over to play. Their house always seems to be a series of kids coming and going, and they never seem fazed by minding other people’s children for hours on end. Secretly, I don’t enjoy having other children in my house, and I find myself ...