Author Archives: Maryland Care & Early Education Centre

Fine motor skills and pre-writing skills

Pre-writing skills are essential for children to be able to develop the ability to hold and move a pencil fluently and effectively and therefore produce legible writing. Developing fine motor skills and strengthening muscle control can be done through various play experiences, not just writing and drawing. Some examples to promote participation in fine motor […]

The Power of Playdough

Ingredients 1 cup plain flour ½ cup salt 1 tbs cream of tartar 1 cup boiling water 1 tbs oil 3 drops liquid food colouring   Method Mix all ingredients together in large bowl and mix until dough is pliable. Add extra flour as needed to achieve desired consistency. Store in an air tight container. […]

Intentional teaching

As an early childhood educator there are many factors I take into account when I am developing my program for the children I work with. These factors include the child/rens personality, abilities, interests, needs, social, emotional and physical well-being. Intentional Teaching includes the above factors of each individual child and actively promotes children’s learning. From […]

Centre Chef

Hello! My name is Libby and I am the centre chef. I am a qualified chef, wife and mother to 2 boys and have a passion for fun delicious food that is healthy. Did you know Serving fruits or vegetables in different forms, textures, and temperatures will actually help children develop a mature palate, which is […]

Wet Weather Play

Let’s get wet! Let’s get creative! Let’s challenge our outdoor play possibilities! Outdoor play allows children endless amounts of engagement in an environment which tests them both physically and cognitively, but when you add water the possibilities for play-based learning are both fun and engaging. The first thought of allowing children to play outside in […]

STEM in the Early Years

What is STEM? STEM stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’. It is a term that excites some yet terrifies others. Introducing children to STEM concepts can begin from birth. There are opportunities for this learning in our homes, being   Did you know? When a baby drops their food off their high chair they are […]

Starting Childcare

Beginning your child’s journey into daycare can be a highly emotional time for both parents and children. It is natural to feel uncertain about how your child will transition into care and you may have mixed feelings about leaving your child in a new environment.  However you can rest assured that here at Maryland Care […]


Empathy: is the ability to imagine how someone else is feeling in a particular situation and respond with care. Being able to empathise with another person means that a child: Understand that they are their own special person Understand others have different ideas and thoughts Recognise people’s feelings such as happy, sad and angry Able to […]