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9 ways music & movement helps young kids learn

9 ways music & movement helps young kids learn

By adding music to movement young kids gain so many more benefits beyond movement alone, and it is lots of fun! From developing their language, memory and social skills to creative thinking and focused listening, they also start to build music foundations such as singing in tune and moving in time. So what can young kids get out of well-written music and movement experiences?
Asthma treatment for children

Asthma treatment for children

Asthma is a common New Zealand illness, affecting over 521,000 New Zealanders. It’s scary when it affects the child you care for, but the good news is that asthma can be well managed. Having knowledge about your child’s asthma, what their symptoms and triggers are, and about their medication will help you to keep them happy and well.
What to do in an asthma emergency

What to do in an asthma emergency

With asthma affecting 1 in 7 children, it’s important to understand how to deal with a potential asthma emergency. Learning how to assess someone with asthma, treat the emergency and give them the ‘All OK’ can be achieved by following the simple asthma steps, using the acronym A.S.T.H.M.A.
Tips on settling young babies

Tips on settling young babies

Settling young babies and getting them to sleep can be one of the hardest tasks to achieve as a parent. Before you know it, getting your young baby to sleep and to settle has become one of the most challenging things you have to deal with. These useful settling and sleep tips will help make your life a little easier.
Nurturing good sleep patterns for your newborn

Nurturing good sleep patterns for your newborn

New parents often ask how they can encourage their newborn baby to have good sleep patterns. However, it’s important to remember that newborns have very unpredictable sleep patterns in the first 6 to 8 weeks of their life and that each baby is different.
Why hire a sleep consultant?

Why hire a sleep consultant?

It’s often difficult to know where to start if your baby or child is having sleep problems or you’re looking to create some healthy sleep habits. That’s where a baby and child sleep consultant comes in! The role of a professional sleep consultant is to teach your child the skills necessary to happily sleep through the night and to take long, restful naps during the day. Find out if hiring a sleep consultant might work for you and your little one.
How to transition from 2 naps to 1

How to transition from 2 naps to 1

Anywhere between the ages of 12 months and 18 months your toddler will be ready to transition from two naps to one nap each day. But how do you know when they’re ready to drop a nap? And if so, what then?
4 Newborn baby sleep secrets

4 Newborn baby sleep secrets

Is your newborn baby having sleeping problems? These newborn sleep secrets will help encourage better sleep during the newborn stage. From how long they should stay awake to starting a bed time routine, differentiating between night and day and letting them self settle.
5 Common myths about SIDS

5 Common myths about SIDS

SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is a risk for babies under the age of 1 years old. You may already know about some of the contributing factors which can cause SIDS, but there are also common myths and misconceptions out there that parents should know about too. It’s really important to dispel these myths which may prevent parents from taking the necessary steps to protect their baby.
Childproofing your home for toddlers & preschoolers

Childproofing your home for toddlers & preschoolers

Is your home really childproof? Have you minimised the potential risks or dangers which might cause your toddler or preschooler any harm? By taking a few precautions and being prepared you could prevent your kids from being seriously harmed or even save their life. Childproofing your home can help reduce the risk of burns, drowning, choking, poisoning or falls amongst other things that might occur.
How learning towers can help toddlers brain development

How learning towers can help toddlers brain development

Learning towers are great for boosting your toddler so they can stand up and interact safely at bench height, whether it’s ‘helping’ with dinner, baking or doing arts and crafts alongside you. However, the potential of learning towers extends far beyond the kitchen. They also have a positive effect on your toddler’s brain development.
Nightmares vs night terrors in preschoolers

Nightmares vs night terrors in preschoolers

Night waking in preschoolers is not uncommon and can sometimes be caused by nightmares or night terrors. But how do you know the difference between a nightmare and a night terror? Gaining an understanding of them both is key to determining the best way to handle them. We look at nightmares and night terrors in more detail and give you some tips on how to combat the possible underlying causes and help stop your preschooler’s episodes.

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