The Myth of “Falling Behind” in Preschool

Imagine a father coaxing his five month old on the mechanics of walking. Or how about a Mum teaching vowel sounds to her 3 month old infant.  You would say that they were wasting their time – right? Imagine these parents fearing that their children were “falling behind”. It’s obvious that these things are clearly outside of their developmental abilities.

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PreschoolJoanne Whyte
The importance of imagination in early childhood

“It’s the ponies that make the sky pink Mum”. Years ago one of my daughters invented this theory.  When I asked her why she thought the sky sometimes turned pink, she pondered the question, and then, out of the blue informed me that “The ponies are to blame”.  Ten years on, she still gazes at the sky and with a slight giggle says “Look…. the ponies are here Mum”. 

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ParentingJen Sievers
Toddler tantrums and how to survive them

You’ve probably seen those Facebook posts doing the rounds, of 'reasons why my toddler had a tantrum' and had a giggle to yourself. We laugh because we can relate! Often it seems there’s no rhyme or reason behind the tantrum - from throwing themselves into a puddle because you dared ask them to put a raincoat on, to the full face of silent rage because you wouldn't let them play in the toilet water. 

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The Importance of Play in Early Childhood

We all want what is best for our children, however somewhere along the line we have let our fear and anxieties take over.  We fear that our children will ‘fall behind’, we  push our children’s development from one milestone to the next, and we worry ourselves silly when we compare our children with others.  

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PreschoolJoanne Whyte
Healthy body, healthy mind – Whole foods can make all the difference for your children

At New Shoots Children’s Centres we value the importance of food and nutrition and we appreciate the impact we have in establishing healthy eating habits, helping to shape your child’s attitude towards food, and setting them up for life. It is recognised now more than ever that the quality of food that children eat significantly contributes to growth and development and is vital for young bodies and minds. 

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What to look for in an Early Childhood Centre

Choosing an early childhood centre for your child can be a difficult task. New Zealand has some of the world's best early childhood education, but not all centres are up to the same standard. What makes a good centre? We've put together an extensive list of factors to consider when visiting prospective centres. We recommend visiting at least three centres before choosing the one that's right for you and your family.

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NewsJoanne Whyte