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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

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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.
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?
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.
Learning the phonics alphabet

Learning the phonics alphabet

Does your little one 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.
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 masterpieces it’s easy to tell them 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.
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.
When kids prefer one parent over the other

When kids prefer one parent over the other

Preferring one parent to the other is a normal stage of development for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. While this can be quite hurtful for the parent who is being excluded, it is helpful to remember that it is a phase and will pass. Find out why kids sometimes have a parent preference and tips on what you can do.
What's all the fuss about heuristic play?

What's all the fuss about heuristic play?

Heuristic play is about playing with real-life, everyday objects and providing kids with an opportunity for open-ended discovery. When children are involved in heuristic play, they are using familiar objects in different ways. It is the process of exploring the different ways to use the objects that is important in the play.
Toddlers who bite

Toddlers who bite

You’ll be glad to know that biting amongst toddlers is common. It’s not just your child who does it! In most cases it’s just a phase they go through. We take a look at why toddlers bite and ways to help eliminate their biting altogether.
10 steps to ditching the dummy

10 steps to ditching the dummy

The longer you leave it to ditch your child’s dummy, the more attached they will become to it. Bite the bullet while they're young and the agony will be less in the long run (although it may not feel like it at the time!). Make a start and follow these 10 simple steps.
Exploring Science & Nature

Exploring Science & Nature

Exploring science and nature can be so much fun for little ones. When children are engaged in learning about science and nature, they are also learning strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning and develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds.
Pre-school bullies

Pre-school bullies

We often hear about bullying at school, but what about at daycare or in childcare? It’s more common than you think. Find out about the difference between conflict and bullying, signs your child is being bullied, what to do if your child is being bullied and what if your child is the bully?
Healthy body, healthy mind

Healthy body, healthy mind

Find out how physical play and development are linked to reading and writing skills. The brain plays its part in children’s writing and reading but the body needs to be ready physically too. Little hands and eyes need developing ready for successful reading and writing.

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