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Early Childhood Development

All the things we know about how to improve outcomes for children relate to how we engage with children and how we relate them with opportunities. The solutions are social.

It’s important to acknowledge what we know about child development from infancy to childhood. The brain in early childhood - especially in the first years - is growing at an absolutely staggering rate. As the child grows, their brain consolidates. In other words, the infant's’ brain is like a super organ ready for experience and input.  As it starts receiving that input, it starts to narrow down what it focuses on. 

A child's development is driven by both genes and experience. And while there is only so much you can do about genes, there are a lot of things you can do to encourage an early childhood development in your child.

We understand that proper early childhood development is extremely important. In this section you can learn more about how infants develop in the most important areas during the first years of life.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 02-Feb-17

    Very early in their life, children will start to identify rhythm and even move to the beats of music. After all, music is meant to touch our souls! Besides that, music provides cognitive benefits that support children’s early development. In this article, we talk about the benefits of getting musical around your toddlers.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Wed 11-Jan-17

    Children use a range of different types of play to develop their personality and their understanding of the world. Plus, it’s all fun and games with play - even for the grown ups.

    This is why playgroup is very beneficial to children. Read about the top five benefits of attending playgroup.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics

    Tue 29-Nov-16

    In the early years, your child’s main way of learning and developing is through play. Play is fun for your child and gives him an opportunity to explore, observe, experiment, solve problems and learn from his mistakes. He’ll need your support and encouragement to do this. But it’s important to try to find a balance between helping him and letting him make mistakes, because finding out for himself about how the world works is a big part of learning.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 03-Nov-16

    Passive toys are instruments or learning. The best toys for babies and toddlers are simple. There are several things to look for when buying a toy. 

  • Playgroup NSW

    Tue 04-Oct-16

    Parents have a valuable resource on their hands to help their children learn important life lessons: play is children’s favourite activity, especially for children 3-5 years old. It is also one of the simplest and most natural ways for children to learn, as they don’t even notice they are doing it.

    Let’s see some of the ways play can have an important role into the learning process of a child.

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Playgroup of the Month

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We value all our playgroups and their amazing stories. This is why, each month, we want you to meet one of them, hopefully their stories will inspire you.

This month, the focus is on Arcadia Playgroup. The determination of this special group of people will surely inspire you.

Play Activities

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Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).

Featured Video

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In celebration of our 45th birthday, we’ve produced a fun, short video which we hope you enjoy. Thanks to all the playgroups and others who contributed to it.

Featured Article

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Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, answers one of Kinderling Radio listener’s question on how to keep their child safe on the ground.

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