The Early Education Blog

Focusing on school readiness – How to prepare your child for primary school

  Getting your child ready for school Is your little one about to embark on a new learning journey into primary school? Every parent or carer would like their child to feel excited and happy to enter their new learning environment. Starting to prepare your child before primary school begins is recommended by the Victoria’s State Government Department of Education and Training. There are many ways to help your child feel ready for primary school. We...

School readiness – The importance of kindergarten for Victorian children

Kindergarten programs in Victoria are designed to help improve your child’s development and prepare for school. When a child reaches pre-school age it is important that a child becomes involved in a kindergarten program to learn skills that they can draw upon for the rest of their lives. If you’ve been struggling with whether or not to enrol your child in a kindergarten program, here are a few important reasons why you should consider kindergarten as part of your child's...

The importance of kids and sport

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are many Australian children not involved in any sport. To avoid issues with future health as children move through their childhood, it is important for parents and carers to instil the importance of sport to our kids. The benefits of children and sport are endless however a few key benefits include: Reduces risk of obesity - The Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing states that a quarter of Australian children are overweight...

Getting the right balance for your child – why early learning matters?

When it comes to our children, no one can deny the importance of school & learning, however, sometimes when it comes to children’s formative years, parents are sometimes reluctant to put their children in early learning centres for one reason or another. Some want to spend more time with their children, others simply want to use homeschool methods rather than daycare, however, the importance of a ‘collective’ early learning in their formative years has been well documented. The early childhood...

How are early learning centres different?

There is a wide range of options for your child’s formative years of education, from home day care through to private early learning centres and everything in between. Then there are different teaching methods such as Reggio Emilia and Montessori, so how are they different and how will you know what is best for your child? Like everything, it is very much ‘horses for courses’, or in other words as parents, it is vital you take the time to work...

Enrolling your child in an ELC? What is the Early Years Learning Framework?

When your child attends an early learning centre, you have the peace of mind they are in an environment that is working towards a nationally designed and accredited framework known as the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Created to provide a proven & consistent learning framework for Australian children the EYLF unlike primary & secondary school outcomes is not driven by strict achievement, however, more an understanding of what each ‘play based’ activity constitutes for your child’s learning journey. The...

How to understand your little one’s health & wellbeing requirements

One of the most important things for growing bodies and minds is ensuring they have the right sort of activity throughout their days, with the right sort of fuel to get them through those activities. In Australia, it is estimated that between 20% to 25% of all children and adolescents are overweight[1], and two out of three Australian adults were overweight or obese[2] - to not put an emphasis on this alarming fact is no longer an option. Being overweight...

The Positive Role of Loose Part Playgrounds in Early Education

Playgrounds are often viewed by parents and carers as needing more ‘structure’, ‘equipment’ and ‘fun’.  These common perceptions, based on the playgrounds we see in local government parks and public play areas, are being challenged more and more by leading research emerging from top Australian universities. Research from Federation University, Charles Darwin University and Deakin, examined the impact of loose parts playgrounds on behaviour and risk management for early learning development. The findings from these studies found the following of...