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Parenting Young Children

Taking care of a child in their first years of life is one of the most rewarding and challenging times in the life of a parent. As a parent, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or to get the impression that things are getting out of control when you have a young child. 

However, with the right knowledge and the right tools, parenting young children can become the most pleasant experience. 

You can create life lasting memories with your child simply by understanding your child's physical and psychological development and interacting with them accordingly. Of course, play is an important element in parenting young children and in teaching them various life lessons. But while taking care of your child, make sure you also take care of yourself. 

At Playgroup NSW, we understand that parenting young children is an entirely new experience to many parents and carers. In this section you will find a collection of useful information, tips and tricks to help you bond with your child.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Tue 23-May-17

    Are your children constantly misbehaving?

    In a recent interview with Kinderling, Julie Green, the Executive Director of Raising Children Network, shared her advice on how to re-establish law and order in your home without losing your cool as a parent.

    Julie shared her ten expert tips on establishing your house rules in an effective way so that they work for everyone in the family. Let’s take a look at them…

  • Playgroup NSW

    Fri 12-May-17

    We all experience disappointment in our lives at one point or another. The question is not, “If or when will disappointment strike?” but, “How to bounce back?” when it does.

    When it comes to our children, it is important to teach them how to navigate their negative feelings in a healthy way.

    Here are nine coping strategies resilient families use to help each other navigate through disappointment. Catherine Sewell, Play Thinker in Residence at Playgroup NSW, encourages families to try these well known strategies for building resilience. 

  • Australian Red Cross

    Thu 27-Apr-17

    They’re the most precious thing in your life. Knowing what to do should the worst happen brings great piece of mind.

    The Australian Red Cross provides parents with tips about how to learn to look, listen and act fast in response to common three common child first aid emergencies

  • Playgroup NSW

    Tue 04-Apr-17

    How can you help your child learn emotional intelligence?

    It may seem like a daunting task, but mostly it just requires a consistent and often repetitive process of talking through feelings with your child. The secret lies in taking advantage of emotionally challenging situations that happen in your child’s day. 

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Thu 30-Mar-17

    Children are naturally curious. They touch, taste, squeeze and squish everything they can get their hands on. This can mean skillfully locating whatever it is inside your handbag (or man bag), nappy bag, swimming bag or supermarket shopping bags.

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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With funding from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Playgroup NSW, is piloting a special playgroup for refugee families in South West Sydney.  We are running this playgroup in partnership with SSI (Settlement Services International), NSW’s largest settlement agency and service provider to new humanitarian arrivals and asylum seekers.

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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