Category Archives: Social & Emotional Development

Trauma & Addiction…

Recently I completed my studies in Counselling with no intention of working as a counsellor. Weird I know… Someone once asked me if I was addicted to studying. I’m not, or maybe I am. I actually enjoy learning, meeting new people and having shared thoughts. But I also like the brain stimulation, the stress of deadlines, …

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Reflection on Practice…

For the past 12 months, I have been facilitating Reflection on Practice (RoP) Sessions. I have been working collaboratively with other Early Childhood Professionals to put together sessions on Positive Behaviour Guidance and Using Communication and Visuals to Support the Care Environment. Based on the feedback that was received after the sessions, many Educators reflected they wanted more …

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Jam Drops…

  I must have been about 7 or 8 and I had entered an IXL (the jam) colouring competition and won myself a children’s cookbook. I was pretty excited and I felt really grown up that I had my own cookbook. I started going through the recipes and deciding what to make – the first thing I …

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It’s a Walk-Off…

Flashback to the year 2001 and my then boyfriend came home and gave me the Billy Blanks Tae Bo VHS box set (yes VHS). He used to be a professional kick boxer and would occasionally train me, I think the gift was meant to be a joke but I was instantly captivated by the tacky dance music and Billy Blanks looking all …

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Fitting in the Multicultural Classroom…

When I first moved to Sydney, I was the weird kid. I had a very heavy French accent and I spoke very minimal English. The English I did know was cringe-worthy, I mimicked my dad’s proper British accent, my grammar was all over the place. Within a few days of being in my Year 1 class, …

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Circle of Security…

“I’m here for you”.  This is such a simple, yet powerful statement. He’s just naughty: When an Educator explains to me that Child A is out of control, is testing the boundaries, is just plain naughty. I listen. I continue to listen when they say “he’s so manipulative, I just know he’s testing me”. Young …

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Life is More Beautiful with The Very Hungry Caterpillar…

  If I were to list my top 10 books, I’d say 9 out of the 10 would be children’s books. I’m not even a little bit embarrassed about how excited I get talking about brilliant children’s authors that I respect highly…Pamela Allen, Mem Fox, Julia Donaldson…and of course Eric Carle. For now I’ll focus …

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How I Became Miss Evie…

I was probably 12 when I declared to my family that I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse. The response from my parents was “teaching would be a great job for you, when you have children you’ll be able to take holidays to spend with them”. This was not the reason I wanted …

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Welcome to the Toy Library…

  I love exploring Sydney and despite growing up on the North Shore and living here most of my life, I feel that almost every day I learn something new about this city. This find isn’t a small bar with quirky bartenders and an extensive cocktail list, or a place with a panoramic view. Instead …

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When you have children, you’ll understand…

I don’t have children. Such a simple statement, but profound. For a long time I questioned my understanding of Early Childhood because how could I possibly understand children if I didn’t have any of my own? Well maybe not…BUT I’m a big kid and I can get lost in the children’s section of a bookshop, I …

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