Nurturing Independence in the Early Years

It’s never too early to start teaching independence and self-help skills to children; especially as you notice them showing more signs of wanting to help – what better way to learn these crucial life skills than by joining in?! Children have so much to learn about the world around them; and they’re inquisitive, curious and eager to partake, and why

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Early Emotion Coaching and Neuroscience

Emotion Coaching is one of 360’s core programs. Through mindfulness, children learn to reflect on what they are experiencing without judgement; they learn to simply notice. Through Emotion Coaching, we support children as they notice, and then name and process, what’s going on with their body and minds when they experience big emotions. At home, you might start to see

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The Importance of Dads Playing Rough!

Let’s bust a couple of myths about dads! Only mums can bond with babies. MYTH!  Dads don’t make a difference. MYTH! A dad’s main job is to make money. MYTH! Let’s face it – fatherhood is so much more! Fathers are assuming many roles in contemporary society, including: A responsible & remembering father e.g homework, doctors’ appointments, sports days A nurturing &

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Mathematics in the Early Years

As children explore in play, encountering patterns, working with and manipulating the natural world and solving problems, they apply mathematics concepts naturally. Children are born mathematicians!   When they push and pull toys, stack blocks and fill and empty cups in water troughs and the sandpit, set tables, wait their turn and evaluate the ‘fair’ distribution of toys, resources and time, when they draw, compare, count and measure, whether formally or

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Promoting Physical Activity and Fundamental Movement Skills in Children

Fundamental movement skills are the building blocks of physical movement. They involve a specific set of gross motor movements that involve different body parts such as the feet, legs, trunk, hands, arms and head, and are essential for children’s participation in sport and physical activity throughout their lifespan. Children may not master the fundamental movement skills until they reach school age,

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How can families encourage cultural learning?

Cultural learning in children is of paramount importance, as highlighted by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). During this critical developmental period, young children are highly receptive to their environment and absorb cultural cues, norms, and values from their families, educators, and communities. Exposure to diverse cultures fosters a sense of belonging, respect, and empathy towards others.  Families play a

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Diversity in Early Childhood Education

As a sector that represents and supports all families, we are constantly called upon to advocate for equity. With Harmony Day on 21 March, we reflected upon diversity within our organisation, which is traditionally almost exclusively female. I would like to take this opportunity to explain how my views intersects with our service philosophy and my requirements under Australian Law

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Getting Ready for Big School - 360 Early Education

Supporting Families Ready for Big School

As we approach the end of each school year, it’s both an exciting and bittersweet time for all of us. Our little learners have grown and flourished in our preschool environment, and now the next big adventure awaits them – the transition to primary school. This is a crucial milestone for both children and parents, and it’s our priority to

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360 Early Education - Children's Friendships

Nurturing Children’s Friendships in the First Five Years

The end of the year is a time of celebration, and reflection over the achievements and learnings of the past year. One of the questions we are asked most frequently is, ‘have they made friends?’. There are so many wonderful, authentic, positive connections that your child will form at 360. Understanding how these connections form is not only fascinating but

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