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I can do it!

A few weeks ago I watched my youngest navigate the climbing structure at a local playground. She is 2.8years and ...
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Photo Day – Memory Making or Play Interrupting?

This week is photo week at my daughters preschool. Getting the little envelope home and reading the instructions reminded me ...
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What’s in a name?

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" Famous words from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and words that ...
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Why we all need to unplug and slow down!

A few weekends back, I went camping with the family. We headed out to a 6000 acre cattle farm with ...
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Interaction v Interference

It was a sunny, Winter morning and the children were playing outdoors. A group of children had invented their own ...
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Fidget Spinners – What’s with the hype?

In the last week my Facebook news feed has been flooded with the words "fidget spinner." Apparently as a Mum ...
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Why we need to stop hijacking children’s play under the guise of “interest based learning”

Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking about interest based learning. As someone who worked with young children ...
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The Art of Problem Solving

 Yesterday afternoon as we spent some time outdoors, I watched my littlest (who will be 2 on Saturday! How did ...
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Quit the Judgement!

 This week a YouTube clip started doing the rounds, showcasing the "struggles" of "child care workers." (and no, I am ...
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Why “the village” matters for children too!

 Yesterday we went house hunting with my parents. After over 35 years in the same home, they are looking to ...
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Inside the mind of a toddler…

I have a toddler. An unpredictable, inquisitive, amazing little human. Some days she drives me to the brink of insanity ...
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Hey “grown ups” – just PLAY!

Twice in the last week we have had a picnic dinner in the park. One of the joys of daylight ...
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THIS is process

Well, it's that time of year. Christmas is just around the corner and the craft projects are being shared left, ...
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Self-Directed Play and Disability (GUEST POST)

Self-Directed play is a time for children to learn, explore and make sense of the environment and world around them ...
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Will They Remember?

Source: Unknown (via Pinterest) - Please note, I think they space is great and would love to see an "in ...
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Instead of dwelling on reasons we can’t do things… let’s look at how we CAN!

It was 2006 and Tash and I were working in a community based service. As a team, we had established ...
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Trusting Babies to Take Risks

Last week I took my three children to the local wetlands centre. After a big walk and some bird spotting ...
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They’re not just cute!

Yesterday, my children found a bird egg in the backyard. It wasn't cracked or broken and they worried that it ...
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Paint… not just for painting!

Yesterday marked the start of school holidays in our household and with a six year old, three year old and ...
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Build it and they will come (and maybe trash it) let them build it and they will play!

In the last blog post They Wrecked It I talked about the lengths we educators sometimes go to set up beautiful, ...
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“They wrecked it!” – REFLECTING ON THE AESTHETICS OF PLAY SPACES

This morning I stopped myself just in time. I was outside with my three little ones and I happened to ...
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Step back… the kids have got it!

On the weekend we ventured to Sydney for a family getaway. On the last day we stopped by the playground ...
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Educators are confident and involved learners…

On Friday, while in the car together, Tash and I began discussing the fact that over the last couple of ...
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The Importance of Writing for a Purpose…

This weekend I managed to sneak a little time to myself to read "Unearthing Why" , the current book for ...
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Should we all just “chill out”?

I could never be accused of not having an opinion. And I usually can't keep it to myself either! Last ...
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Let them tell their own story!

One of the best things about the work we do is when we get a few of our trainers in ...
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Reflecting on Reflective practice (and why “breaking up” is good!)

As with many of my blog posts, this is inspired by some very interesting discussions and comments I have been ...
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3 Ways to respect a child’s need for comfort… 

In the last few weeks I have been reflecting on security items or comfort items and their presence in early ...
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Stop… just stop!

I write this fearing that I may sound like a broken record or that I may soon become known as ...
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Play – Just do it!

Yesterday I shared a post on our Facebook page that encouraged adults to play in nature and it got me ...
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Literacy Levels of Educators - Yes, it does matter!

Disclaimer - I love reading, writing, spelling and all things associated with the written word!Recently I have found myself wondering ...
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Art and The Fine Line Between Guidance and Interference

I have never made any secret of my disdain for stencils and structured, adult driven craft experiences being labelled as ...
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7 Ways to Create A “Homelike” Environment

Last night a question on an Early Childhood Facebook page made me stop and think. It was about how to ...
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Moments of Magic

Childhood is magical. Well, at least it is supposed to be. The unfortunate truth is that for many children there ...
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It’s not a fad…7 ways to engage in nature play

We are passionate about nature play. It is evident in what we write, what we share, the training we deliver, ...
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Is it really up to us to defend our practice?

For many years as an educator and director I was a firm believer in defending my practice and that of ...
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The importance of “smell” in the Early Childhood years…

Last week I left the office and decided to go for a walk around the lake. I set off and ...
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Why we need to rethink group times…

One of the great things about what we do at Inspired EC is spending time in different services, giving us ...
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5 Ways to Fight the Downward Push of Academics

I have officially had enough. The downward push of academics into early education is making me feel frustrated. Frustrated that ...
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Letting Go…

This past weekend our family headed away for a few days of camping. It was everything that I was craving ...
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Garden gathering – Why community gardens are the perfect place for playgroup

 It’s a lovely autumn day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and butterflies are moving from plant to ...
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Creating a Map of Meaning

Gee time has flown since our last blog post! Just goes to show what happens when you decide to have ...
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Tis the season… to abandon our philosophy?

Well, it is December. The Christmas season is well and truly underway and my Facebook and Pinterest feeds are filled ...
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Embracing the Now!

I have many pet peeves. Anyone who knows me well knows that there a lots of ...
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When good forums go bad!

I love the Internet. I love that I can find out anything about everything (thank you Google). I love that ...
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Make it Meaningful!

So it is Mothers Day. This is probably not the best day to write this post, however I just have ...
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Culture needs to be created…not transported!

Many years ago I began hearing about the amazing educational approach in Reggio Emilia, Italy. I ...
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If a play experience is not photographed, documented and analysed – did it really happen?

Let me begin by saying that documenting children's play and learning is an incredibly important aspect ...
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Have toys lost their “specialness”?

Over the past few weeks I have been searching and searching for a doll for my daughter as her first ...
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Why outdoors?

This image and quote says it all... perhaps the real question is "Why not outdoors?"Part of ...
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Rough and tumble play…does it push your buttons?

Who remembers how fun it was when you were entwined in rough and tumble play with your parents or siblings? ...
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The Benefits of Baby Wearing

As many of you would know I am currently on maternity leave with my second bub. She is a precious ...
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Sharing…is it really a reasonable expectation?

This week has seen me return to teaching after 7 years as a Director of a Long Day Care Centre ...
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The Magic of Two Year Olds.

What is so special about being with 2 year olds? Many find this age group challenging, ...
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Getting it Right ……. it’s the detail that does it!

After the recent very 'interesting' accommodation experience Tash and I had (btw it hasn't changed our sense of adventure when ...
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When a Risk Taking Disposition Backfires!!

Some people are risk takers and some are not, some will take a chance on the unknown and see it ...
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A day with the team from Samford Pines

What a busy day we had on Saturday! It all kicked off at 7:30am when we collected the team of ...
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We found a Children’s Garden!!

What an exciting day we had in Sydney today! Two very productive meetings as well as ...
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What I found on Pinterest…

I simply have to share this moment as it bought a giant smile to my face. The photograph on the ...
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The importance of Inspirational People

Inspired EC Headquarters is buzzing with the news that our newest team member is approved to work with us.... we ...
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Just a bag of rocks?

This morning a delightful friend handed my toddler a paper bag with some stones in the bottom. Emptying them out ...
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How the Wonky Donkey made me reflect on learning styles…

I have always felt strongly about children (and adults) having different learnign styles and the importance of these being nurtured ...
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TED Talks rock!

I have discovered TED Talks - www.ted.com and I just have to share. Well, actually I discovered the website a ...
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Adventure Playgrounds – I want one!!

At the end of last week I started flicking through an amazing book - Caring Spaces, Learning Places - Children's ...
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Is there something wrong with Spiderman?

Earlier this week the educational leaders at my service and myself were discussing imaginative play and the topic of characters ...
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When kids make you cry

Twice in the last month I have cried at work! Well, it could have even been more than that, but ...
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Why should you care about marketing??

Back in August I attended the Hunter Alliance for Childhood’s first ever Expo for Childhood. One ...
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The Pros of Pets

_Cheep Cheep Cheep.... 6 adorable little chickens made their way into preschool today! Our chicken coop is undergoing some minor ...
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Things I’ve learnt from Playschool

_Yesterday afternoon I sat watching Playschool with my 18month old. I usually miss it due to being at work, but ...
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The arrival of Spring

_Just a quick post for today (have been off sick for a few days now!)Finally the warmer weather has arrived ...
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Just a pile of sticks?

_Earlier this week one of our amazing educators bought in a stack of branches that had recently been cut down ...
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Drawing with felt tip pens…oh how I love it!

_About a week ago I was spending some time in our preschool room. We are fortunate enough to have our ...
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Rainy Days…

_What’s worse than watching the clock tick by ever so slowly on a Friday afternoon? Having 15 pre-schoolers stuck inside ...
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The Hunter Alliance for Childhood – A must!

_I have just returned from day 2 of the Hunter Alliance for Childhood  Expo for Childhood and have to share! ...
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The great “program” dilemma!

_So I don’t know if this is going to be an “inspirational” post as such, but it is something that ...
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CLOTH NAPPIES IN CHILD CARE – WHY NOT?

_ Early in 2010 I was heavily pregnant with my first child and looking forward to using the gorgeous Modern Cloth ...
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