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5 Myths About Infant Outdoor Environments

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5 Myths About Infant Outdoor Environments

  I remember one of the first services I ever visited as a young student. I headed on into the infant room and was overwhelmed by toys and swings and rockers and stuff. When I went outdoors, I was surprised to see that the outdoor environment was a simple decked area with a mat and a few toys. Unlike the toddler and preschool playgrounds, the infant playground had no grass, no plants, no challenge, no sensory experiences.    What do our infants need?  When it comes to the outdoor environment for infants, I think that many services err on the side...

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I can do it!

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I can do it!

This post was originally published on our blog in 2017, and has been revised and republished for you to enjoy!   A few weeks ago I watched my youngest child navigate the climbing structure at a local playground. She is 2.8years and is known in our family as the “wild child.” She is adventurous and risk taking and way more capable than people  (including me sometimes) give her credit for.  As she approached this climbing structure, she quietly assessed it. She looked for the lowest point to be able to pull herself up. She moved herself around the bottom of...

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4 Ways to Support Barefoot Play

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4 Ways to Support Barefoot Play

I spend a lot of time barefoot. I am barefoot indoors, I am barefoot outdoors, and I prefer to drive with barefeet. This explains how one morning, many years ago when I was the director of a beautiful service, I got out of the car when I arrived at work, and realised that I had no shoes. Yes, I was going to be shoeless for the day. I quickly scanned my brain for important meetings, or activities that would require footwear, before deciding that I could probably manage the day without them.  While there are no doubt times where footwear...

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How has COVID-19 impacted an already struggling sector?

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How has COVID-19 impacted an already struggling sector?

Let's start with a disclaimer. This post discusses the COVID-19 Vaccination. Whether you choose to get vaccinated or not, is none of my business. This post is not intended to convince you to get vaccinated, or not. This post is not intended to make you feel guilty, or angry. What this post is intended to do, is encourage reflection. That is it, and that is all.    Right now, the early childhood sector is in crisis. We hear from educators and services each and every week who are struggling to recruit and retain quality educators - or to be fair...

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3 Tips for the child who doesn't want to share

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3 Tips for the child who doesn't want to share

  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. “NOOOOOOO!” She shrieked. “That’s mine!”  So, the details of the scenario might be different, but chances are, you have experienced something similar in your service or home. It’s a really tricky situation! Our “educator voice” may be saying “it’s nice to share” or “why can’t he have these...

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