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Effective Relations with Colleagues and Families

Building Effective Relations with Colleagues and Families in Childcare The childcare profession offers numerous opportunities to build rewarding positive relationships with children, colleagues and parents. Building collegiality in childcare is…

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Crazy Hair Day 2021

Celebrating Crazy Hair Day Celebrating Crazy Hair Day has become an annual event on the Jumpstart calendar. Besides being a lot of fun for children and childcare staff, Crazy Hair…

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Strategies to Settle New Arrivals in Childcare

Making the transition from home into childcare can be quite a trying time for both parents and children. While some children take to their new environment with ease, others have…

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Acknowledgement of Country in Childcare

It has now become customary to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land. A children’s acknowledgement of country helps children to gain an understanding of the rich Aborignial heritage that…

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What is Intentional Teaching in Childcare

Any time teaching is done on an individual or small group level, the teaching will have elements of intentional teaching within it. There are five key features of intentional teaching…

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The stages of play in early childhood

The stages of play in early childhood follow a logical pattern. This pattern is best explained by Mildred Parler’s thesis on the six stages of play. Parler’s stages of Play…