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Healthy Beginnings. Risk is essential to childhood – as are scrapes, grazes, falls and panic. Following yesterday’s all-party parliamentary group report on a fit and healthy childhood, diligent parents everywhere are wondering how much risk they should introduce into their children’s lives.

Risk is essential to childhood – as are scrapes, grazes, falls and panic

The report stated that: “Risky play, involving perhaps rough and tumble, height, speed, playing near potentially dangerous elements such as water, cliffs and exploring alone with the possibility of getting lost, gives children a feeling of thrill and excitement.” Risk is an essential component of a balanced childhood. Exposure to healthy risk, particularly physical, enables children to experience fear, and learn the strengths and limitations of their own body. However, before you book a one-way ticket to Beachy Head for you and the toddler, or dump the iPad-loving six-year-old in the woods with just a compass, let’s think about this more carefully.

So how can we put some of that danger and excitement back into the lives of our cosseted children? Water, too, is an essential healthy risk. Resources with Altitude: 6 Education Theorists Every Teacher Should Know. Hi There!

Resources with Altitude: 6 Education Theorists Every Teacher Should Know

It's Hannah, from The Classroom Key. If you're not asleep during staff meetings, you've probably heard the phrase "research-based practices" thrown around a lot. Do you silently ask yourself, "Sooo, which practices are research-based anyway? " I don't know about you but it's been a little while since I originally learned about the people that did some of the major research in education. Lucky for all of us, I have put together a cheat sheet. All of these guys did a lot more work than what is mentioned in this graphic. Lev Vygotsky - How do you decide the level at which to instruct your students? Scaffolding is not a term that Vygotsky actually used but it's a concept that developed based on his work. Jean Piaget - Piaget was a constructivist which means he believed that kids learn by manipulating, modifying, and otherwise working with concepts. B.F. Jerome Bruner - If you have decent curriculum to use, you've probably seen Bruner's idea of spiral curriculum at work.


Play-based Learning. Infant and Toddlers. Environment/Sustainability. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? - The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog. It’s hard to believe that Christmas has almost rolled around once again.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? - The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog

All around the country early childhood services will be madly scrambling to finish portfolios and be dusting off the boxes of Christmas decorations that were unceremoniously shoved in the back of the shed in mid-January. It’s also the time of the year when I start to question how we approach celebrations in Australian ECEC services, and get called “Grinch” a lot. So, I’ll have to start this post off the same way I start off conversations I have with people in person. I don’t hate Christmas. Actually, I like it! I don’t think Christmas should be banned from centres. Suitably prepared, here comes the “but…” (This is normally when the people I’m talking to tense up and clutch their tinsel and reindeer antlers protectively.) Here are my problems with how I have seen Christmas (and a number of other celebrations) explored in children’s services. 1. 2. 3.

I know that even these three points will provoke fierce debate. Interesting Display Ideas. I'm always looking for new ways to display my children's work and document their learning.

Interesting Display Ideas

Here is a collection of photos from around the blogs that have caught my eye recently... What and how we choose to display children's work conveys strong messages about what we as adults value. "At some level, the children are aware of what the adults really care about, what they judge to be interesting, worth doing, worth probing, and worthy of their time and serious attention. The children know what the adults take great pains to explain, take pictures of, make notes about and display very carefully". MONTESSORI - WATCH THIS FIRST - 07dDocumentingMontessoriForQA. Risky play. Managing-for-good-performance-a-guide-for-managers.pdf. c626fe 1b06f223d4fb4997a3c97e6106275725. ACF Blog for Professionals - Resources.

No matter what the therapeutic context, wiring into the prefrontal cortex region of the brain is the foundation for developing empathy, reflection, resilience and relationships.

ACF Blog for Professionals - Resources

One important way in which we can do these – even with very young children and infants – is through the use of mirror neurons. Dear Parent: About THAT kid… « Miss Night's Marbles. Dear Parent: I know.

Dear Parent: About THAT kid… « Miss Night's Marbles

You’re worried. Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. The one who is always hitting shoving pinching scratching maybe even biting other children. The one who always has to hold my hand in the hallway. You’re worried that THAT child is detracting from your child’s learning experience. Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Early Learning. Convention on the Rights of the Child -


Behaviour guidance. OSHC.