Our first national conference is being held in Melbourne in2013 September or October next year.
Keep it in mind as you plan your budgets for next year. More details and dates soon!!!
We have been asked my media this week about how long is too long for children to be in school. Are children staying at school too many hours? Is this difficult for children?
Before and after school care, plus the hours children spend in school can add up to perhaps 9 or 10 hours a day for some children actually spending in school. This is often longer than the teachers!!
However, it is too simplistic to say, this is too long for all children.
We live in a complex society. Not that many decades ago, children would go home to empty houses, children were referred to as latch key kids, where they would be home alone, unsupervised whilst their parents were at work.
Before and after school care programs are quality controlled and regulated and provide care, support, food, entertainment and activities for children, not more school work.
It is also true that many children may be picked up after school but don't go home to cookies and relaxation. They are taken to extra curricula activities and spend just as long a day or hours in activities.
The question is probably not, how long is too long at school, but rather, what opportunities are there for children at relax, to slow the pace, to unwind at the end of a school day, regardless of where that relaxation occurs.
Many organisations missed out this year on bookings for us to present and work with them. Believe it or not we are booked up to 9-12 months in advance. Call or email on how to book for 2013.
Our next Friday session based upon Emotional Intelligence is focussed on issues of leadership for primary and early childhood teachers, directors and principals. Call or email or see EI brochure for details and bookings.
Our most recent editorial now posted on our website discusses the importance of not placing adult type thinking and expectations upon young preschoolers in their early childhood programs. Please read.
ELF is often asked about children being "shared" between separated parents. Often these children are as young as 18 months or 3 years of age. Please read on for details.
All studies across the world indicate that young children require consistency in home life. The concept of "sharing" children across two homes, two beds, two suburbs, two lifestyles, two friendship groups, two parenting styles, double almost everything, is not conducive to the consistency required in the formative years for young children.
Particularly children with anxious personalities, children who are very young require a constancy in their lives.
Attempting to provide two parents across two homes, often requiring children to move between the two at intervals of 2 or 3 nights at a time, is physically and emotionally exhausting, often causing confusion in young children about actually where on earth they "belong".
It is sad but necessary at times for parents to consider the emotional and practical needs of young children rather than perhaps the emotional needs of the parents.
Whist young children need access and regular contact with both parents, it is usually both psychologically, emotionally and practically more secure, consistent and reassuring for young children to be in the one home with one set of rules, routines, and familiar community in their formative years.
We may "share" many aspects of our lives, but young human lives, are not objects or toys or pets to be shared or shuttled between places and spaces in their formative years.
Unfortunately we witness many adults actually calculating the number of hours and minutes they are supposed to have the child in the name of "shared care", rather than what might be sensible in terms of just general common sense and the well being of children.
It is not meant to be about the needs or rights of adults, its meant to be about the rights and needs of children.
Its always helpful to gain a few extra strategies and support on parenting tips over the holidays. Check out our fact sheets for supports and ideas.
We offer free phone supports as well as paid face to face consultations for parenting support in children's behaviour and general parenting issues.
Across Australia many states and Territories are taking holidays. For holiday tips on children's behaviour, resilience, play and other ideas for parents, see our parent fact sheets on the parent landing page.
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We are currently recruiting for a part time, 20-25 hour per week administrative officer to join our existing but ever growing team.
We are based in the Bayside area of Melbourne and are seeking someone who has excellent people, admin and phone manner skills.
We need a people person who can work as a member of a team and independently!! Email us through the contact us of our earlylife.com.au website for more details and a position description.
Our organisation is most concerned about the dangerous message about typical behaviours of toddlers and preschoolers in the Governments new Mental health check for young children. In other words, for most children, there is no mental health problem!!! Please read our editorial
Its been wonderful to speak to families in Tassie, ACT, Brisbane, Perth, Melb, Katherine, Darwin, Bendigo, Adelaide and Sydney in just the past 7 days. Cant quite remember how we got there, but we did!!!
Remember you are professional educators who collect information, evidence and records of children's learning skill and interests so you can plan how to build new skills and information. Not to become art gallery portfolio exhibitors!!!
This is the term when it is particularly important to speak with your Early Childhood Educator and try to gain some further insights and evidence as to how your child is maturing and developing. See our tips and fact sheets on school readiness.
We speak across the country and internationally about the importance of leading change and quality in teaching and learning in early childhood. Contact us if we can be of assistance to you.
Anyone can parent by yelling, frightening or threatening children. To be wise, reflective and discerning takes time and effort. Check out our fact sheets for some ideas.
Kathy presented at a National Conference in Brisbane on the weekend featured on ABC news emphasising the need for children to reclaim childhood outdoors, with play, and exploration.
Leadership and change are complex aspects of teaching and learning. Contact us for details on the range of professional learning we offer leaders and staff.