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How stories heal us

How stories heal us

Writer Joan Didion said “We tell ourselves stories in order to live” (Wikipedia, 2020). We also seek out the narratives of others in order to live more fully with both the taking in, and the expression of stories, facilitating healing and...

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View from the door – designing learning environments from children’s viewpoints

View from the door – designing learning environments from children’s viewpoints

High-powered binoculars are amazing. They let you easily see the details of an object from a long distance. Most of us think of using a pair of binoculars for leisure such as bird or whale watching, but these visual instruments are also used as...

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Diversity

Diversity

I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone who wishes to be merely tolerated. And yet, the word tolerance is often used when we speak about diversity. To tolerate something involves a type of sufferance or permission, an allowing something else to be...

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Integrating music in settings with children with autism

Integrating music in settings with children with autism

Music is considered by many to be an international language that travels beyond traditional boundaries. Along with countries and cultures, music also transcends the boundary of health. Studies show that playing familiar music has been shown to improve cases of depression, anxiety, pre-operative stress and other high stress situations like dialysis and cancer treatments.

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Together we are growing children’s brains – understanding brain development

Together we are growing children’s brains – understanding brain development

Your children are living in a three-dimensional world. Full of people, plants, animals… and a whole host of things to engage with and make sense of. Wherever you are located, whatever philosophies your setting follows, and whatever environments you have available, your children are surrounded by wonder. With voices to interpret, social skills to understand, dangers to be aware of and emotions to fathom.

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The vital importance of parental engagement

The vital importance of parental engagement

Parents play the most significant role in their children’s education. As their child’s first and foremost teacher, they are their child’s very own ‘expert’ with a deep authority of knowledge. In short, they know their child best. From birth to school age, children will spend the majority of their time with their parents/carers, living amongst the behaviours and attitudes of the home environment. This clearly has a huge influence over children’s learning development and outcomes.

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How to ease separation anxiety

How to ease separation anxiety

Separation anxiety is common in very young children and clingy phases along with some fear of unfamiliar adults and places is to be expected. However, some children continually struggle when their caregiver has to leave, which is not only emotionally difficult for the child, but also for the adult who is having to walk away. Here are ways in which you can ease separation anxiety and make the transition less traumatic.

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