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Take a look at our wide range of articles relating to child development from learning and play, to social and emotional development and communication skills

Check back regularly for our latest updates for babies, toddlers and pre-school kids.
The fourth trimester

The fourth trimester

The term ‘Fourth Trimester’ is often used to describe the first 3 months of your baby’s life. A time of enormous transition that your baby must make from being inside the womb to exiting into the big wide world. Find out more about the fourth trimester, what you can expect and how to cope and navigate your way through those first few weeks.
4 Newborn sleep secrets

4 Newborn sleep secrets

Is your 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.
Learning the phonics alphabet

Learning the phonics alphabet

Do your kids know their phonics alphabet? Learning to read and write is a major milestone, but you can help your pre-schooler learn the basics using the phonics alphabet.
How to transition from two naps to one

How to transition from two naps to one

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?
Babies mental leaps

Babies mental leaps

As well as physical growth spurts, your baby will also experience mental growth spurts or ‘leaps’. It’s easy to see when your baby has suddenly grown taller or put on weight, but not so easy to see what’s happening inside their brain. Find out more about mental leaps.
Using natural resources for learning

Using natural resources for learning

Over the years as our living space has decreased and our use of smart phones, tablets and television has increased, children are now often missing out on connections to nature. In our hectic world, children need experiences that were such a big part of their parents’ childhood. Check out these natural resource activities to try with your little ones.
Early brain development & learning

Early brain development & learning

Early childhood experiences impact and determine how the brain develops. Find out how we can help to stimulate our children’s early brain development and learning, and help them reach their full potential.
The benefits of pre-school music lessons

The benefits of pre-school music lessons

The benefits of pre-school music lessons go way beyond the classroom. Pre-school music lessons not only help to support kids language growth and motor skills development, but they also help to improve their memory and internalise rhythm. We take a look at the positive effects of music on children’s brain development, the importance of rhythm and the physical benefits of music too.
Baby sensory & development classes

Baby sensory & development classes

As a new parent you may be unsure about when you should start taking your baby to classes. Whether you should sign them up for baby sensory and development classes or similar classes designed specially with babies in mind. You may even have read articles that suggest that you should avoid over stimulating your baby and avoid enrolling in classes altogether. Hear what these parents have to say.
Why it’s ok for kids to be bored

Why it’s ok for kids to be bored

Try stepping back when your kids complain about feeling bored. This will empower them to think for themselves and learn to be resilient. It will also encourage them to find their own way out of the boredom, and the problem-solving process helps them feel good about themselves.
Managing separation anxiety in babies 6 months plus

Managing separation anxiety in babies 6 months plus

Separation anxiety is a normal phase of a child’s emotional development. Your normally placid and charming baby starts to become clingy and tearful, often from 6-10 months onwards. Find out more about separation anxiety and some practical ways to help your little one through this phase.
Toddler regression

Toddler regression

Does your little one experience regression from time to time and start acting younger than their age? It’s not uncommon for toddlers and young children to experience some sort of regression in their early years. We take a look at some of the causes of regression and what you can do to help.
Managing the witching hour

Managing the witching hour

The witching hour can start without warning and is often longer than an hour! The calm, quiet baby or toddler you once had turns into a crying inconsolable child in no time at all, usually around the same time every day. So what can you do?
Tips on improving your kids listening skills

Tips on improving your kids listening skills

Do you sometimes struggle to get your kids to listen and pay attention to what you’re saying? Do you often feel frustrated or resort to raising your voice? Do you think you’re starting to sound like a broken record? Here are 4 quick ways you can encourage your kids to listen to you and help you restore your sanity!
Do you have a gifted child?

Do you have a gifted child?

So how do you know if you have a gifted child? We take a look at some of the characteristics of gifted children, the meaning of giftedness, whether we should recognise gifted children and what to do if you feel you child is gifted.
Why kids lie

Why kids lie

Believe it or not, lying in the early years is a normal part of childhood development involving independence, emotional regulation and putting things into perspective. So it’s not all bad! Find out more about pre-schoolers reasons for lying, dealing with lies, setting an example and continued lying.
5 ways to help kids calm down when they get mad

5 ways to help kids calm down when they get mad

Many things can cause your toddler or pre-schooler to become mad and start to scream and shout. However it’s important as parents and caregivers to teach young children how to handle their anger so that it doesn’t become self-destructive.
The problems with bribes & rewards

The problems with bribes & rewards

Are you guilty of bribing your kids or over-rewarding them? We take a look at the difference between bribes and rewards, the long term effects of both and instilling positive values.
Kids who interrupt

Kids who interrupt

Does your child often interrupt you? When you’re talking to someone else, on the phone or in the middle of something, it can be frustrating when your child constantly interrupts. Teaching them how to determine if something warrants an interruption and how to pay more attention to other people's needs as well as their own will help control the interruptions.
Benefits of music for young kids

Benefits of music for young kids

Much research has been carried out over the years on the importance of exposing young children to music. We look at some of the benefits and give you some suggestions for making music at home.
Questions to ask pre-schoolers about their artwork

Questions to ask pre-schoolers about their artwork

Young children love to paint and draw, build and sculpt and when they present us with their artworks it’s easy to tell them that they’ve done a great job - whatever the results! However with a few open-ended questions you can find out a little more about what they’ve produced and what inspired them. You’ll also help develop their creative and critical thinking skills in the process.
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?
Understanding disruptive behaviour

Understanding disruptive behaviour

What constitutes ‘disruptive’ behaviour is very subjective. However, behaviour that can appear ‘naughty’ or ‘disruptive’ to you, is often just your child’s way of communicating an unmet need as they try to figure out their way in the world. Take time to understand what’s really behind your child’s behaviour and actions with these simple tips.
4 Benefits of screen time

4 Benefits of screen time

It’s not often we associate ‘benefits’ with screen time, but when used in moderation there are some benefits to be had for pre-school kids. It’s all about balance! Find out more about the educational, communication, creative and physical benefits of screen time.

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