As learners, no matter how old or young we are, we all have unique skills that lay a foundation for how we learn. These skills are called dispositions for learning. They are the underlying attributes that enable us to learn. No one has created a concise list that everyone agrees on. 



“So, are you looking forward to the School Holidays?” This is my favourite question to ask families as the term starts to end. Every parent replies with a range of differences and the same similarities. The similarities are usually a tone of uncertainty and an expression of resignation.



If you have ever lived with a child human being then you have experienced a moment like this: My number four child has weet-bix for breakfast every day. She is also obsessed with eating whatever someone else has, particularly mum’s food. So, during breakfast, when all four children are sitting down eating their variety of breakfasts,


It’s very hard to handle separation anxiety as a parent. We just want to hug our children and stay close to them. But the separation is necessary, because we must go to work, or our house just needs to be cleaned or our children need to experience new things, or we just need some R & R.


The moment your child was born their identity was being constructed and influenced by three things. First, they found themselves born somewhere, in a location that would shape their identity. Then they found themselves in a family, who would have the greatest influence on who they would become. 



We all have friends, family members and colleagues who say one thing and do another. We very quickly learn that their ‘word’ means nothing. Children quickly learn whether our word means anything. From a very young age, children will hear and understand the things we say. 



At First Steps, we always seem to have quite a few boys who like to be involved in Rough-and-Tumble play, and this can often make the educators supervising uncomfortable because they are worried about the boys hurting one another. 



We often hear the word Resilience when talking about the development of young children, but what does it really mean? When talking about teaching children resilience we talking about a child’s ability to cope with ups and downs, and bounce back from the challenges they experience during childhood.



We all experience moments like these; when your toddler has just tipped their whole bowl of cereal across the dining room table, or they are in the pantry covered in jam and tomato sauce they have been mixing in a bowl, or perhaps they have decided to move the entire contents of their wardrobe from the cupboard to their bedroom floor.



Literacy doesn’t only start when your child starts school. From birth, babies and children absorb information at an exceptional rate, and as such start gathering skills from everyday activities that will be useful to them throughout their entire life; such as reading.


As parents, we often think that play is just play. But as an educator, we see play as so much more than just fun. In fact, research and evidence has proven that varying types of play is vital for our child’s learning and development in their early years.


Playdough can be found in every early childhood classroom as it is a favourite amongst young children.  When a child plays with playdough the experience is always positive as there is no right or wrong way to do it so they feel success with their creations.  What is it that makes this wonderful substance such a valuable resource in the early childhood setting and what do children learn while playing with it? […]

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