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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.

  • Crayola

    Wed 26-Apr-17

    Creative art activities are fun! They also provide valuable in-depth learning experiences.

    Children love to experiment with sounds (voices and instruments), to discover how art materials and tools work (dough, markers, drums, streamers), and to explore body movements (dance, facial expressions, fine-motor skills).

    Give your toddler the chance to try a wide range of art activities that are not only fun but, extremely beneficial to their development. Children's imaginations blossom through art and music!

  • Crayola

    Wed 26-Apr-17

    Outdoor play is all about fresh air and healthy bodies. Playing outdoors regardless of the season, children discover nature’s glory while developing their motor skills.

    Whenever the weather is nice and warm, you can take your child’s usual activities out in the sun (or in a shady spot). Even if the weather is gloomy, there still are lots of play activities you can try outdoors with your child.

    In a nutshell, just about everything inside can be turned into fun outside!

  • 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.

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Playgroup of the Month

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There are so many amazing playgroups all over NSW it’s hard to pick a focus group each month!  We decided to draw your attention to Oatley West 1 playgroup this month, simply because we found it so amazing.

Their story will inspire you- so get comfortable, grab a cup of coffee and let’s get started…

Play Activities

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Slime is so amazing: one minute it melts into your hands and the next it is rock-solid. Your child will hardly be able to contain themselves at the excitement of getting their little hands dirty with this gooey substance.

Latest News

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News Release: Playgroup NSW announces arrival of major initiative for families with babies

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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