May 14, 2021

Parenting for the long game!

Tantrums! Big emotions! Sticking with saying ‘No’! In the thick of a difficult interaction, it’s hard to stick with the original decision. Every parent has had […]
February 26, 2021

Whose choice is it?

Having agency means “being able to make choices and decisions to influence events and to have an impact on one’s world.” (Early Years Learning Framework, p. 45). It feels […]
December 11, 2020

Transitioning to Prep

(Adapted from Gowrie Connections Newsletter Issue 36 December 2020) On this last day of 2020, I’m not sure I’m able to think and write any useful […]
November 27, 2020

Big Emotions

I believe this has been the year when we, as adults, have gained a greater understanding of the impact of big emotions. Fear, worry and uncertainty […]
October 23, 2020

Good things come to those who wait!

Patience is an essential disposition when developing projects for not-for-profit organisations. The Unit 2/3 playground re-development began its life a number of years ago, after extensive […]
October 9, 2020

Looking for opportunities!

The long awaited unit 2/3 playground re-construction is well underway. It’s a mess! It’s noisy! It’s dusty! There’s less outdoor playing space! BUT… oh how exciting! […]
September 18, 2020

Revenge! Kindness!

A recent article Are children hardwired for revenge? caught my eye. Surely not! The research, however, was quite compelling. In evolutionary terms, if the brain has […]
July 24, 2020

Thinking and language are entwined.

Asking questions stimulates language and we can increase thinking opportunities with the questions we ask. Simple yes/no questions have their place to build children’s confidence to […]
June 26, 2020

What a term! What did we learn!

I expect reflections and learnings from the COVID pandemic will continue for some time particularly as we step into a holiday break without having to make […]