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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Am I good role model for my child’s healthy well being?

We all know the stats, more children, adolescents & adults are overweight than ever before. So what are we going to do about it, what can YOU do? Our hectic, fast paced lifestyles leave us tired & time poor. There ...
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Why should my child learn a second language?

At Maryland Care and Early Education we promote the acquisition of a second language from age 3 years up to 5 years of age. Our 3 year olds learn basic concepts and words in Spanish such as; Colours Counting 1-5 ...
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Empathy

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 ...
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Behaviour Management Strategies

Some important reminders when it comes to behaviour management strategies and dealing with difficult situations.   REMIND CHILDREN OF THE REASONS BEHIND RULES Allow children to be involved in the rule making process giving their input and suggestions. Get children to ...
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Risky Play

“Risky play can be defined as a thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury, and play that provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk.” Risky play has many great benefits of children ...
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Outdoor Play

Definition: Play is a pivotal part of a child's life. Outdoor play fosters opportunities for creativity, imagination, social connections, and learned behaviours. Outdoor play in greened playscapes has a positive effect on children's social development, motor skill development, attention, and activity ...
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