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09-08-2016

Learning in the Physical Environment

Learning in the Physical Environment

The learning environment plays an important role in the development of children. All children develop at their own pace regardless of age, abilities and strengths.

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09-08-2016

The Importance of Play in Children’s Development

Play is an important part of a child’s learning as different characteristics of play are associated with each of the cognitive stages of development. The key role of play is for practising and assimilating new schemas, and that imitative play helps children accommodate new information that they learn off each other. Play is characterised by make-believe activity where children can take on roles and perform at higher levels of functioning not normally performed by them in their everyday life, for example pretending to be a school teacher. Encouraging children to participate in play-based activities is important as it allows for collaboration and cooperation between children, experimentation and risk-taking, as well as promoting creativity.

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09-08-2016

Middle Years Development and the Importance of Creating Rapport and Relationships.

Adolescence is a distinctive developmental stage of life. Children face significant physical, social emotional and cognitive growth and development through the transition from childhood to young adulthood. During this time, it is essential for educators to develop positive relationships with middle year students and their families in order to maximise students’ sense of self and their overall wellbeing.

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09-08-2016

Reconciliation and 2016/17 Child Care Benefit Rates

“Important information regarding Child Care Benefit (CCB) reconciliation processes for the 2015/16 financial year”.

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Emotional Intelligence 09-08-2016

Why we should be helping our children to build their Emotional Intelligence

In 2015 Disney Pixar released a children’s film titled “Inside Out”. Like most of our favorite Disney films, Inside Out was full of laughable moments, relatable characters and spectacular animations. A bit less familiar is how the story of Inside Out perfectly captures the unpredictable emotional roller coaster so many of our children experience in their young lives.

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