Becoming a parent can be an amazing experience, full of joy, snuggles and special memories. But we also know that with the joy comes sleep deprivation, stress and a sense of overwhelm that doesn’t go away. Over the last few years, we’ve come a long way in society with recognising the struggles that many mums… Continue reading THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT – ARE YOU SWEET DAD?
Turning everyday, household items into rich learning resources for children Written by Michelle Pratt and originally published over at Enspirement I don’t know about you, but I’m a hoarder of kitchen equipment! I love to cook and as a result, my cupboards are bursting with items I’ve collected over the years. Have you ever considered… Continue reading WHAT’S IN YOUR CUPBOARD?
Starting your baby or toddler at a childcare centre could be one of the most challenging transitions you’ve had to face since becoming a parent. How will they cope? How will you cope? How do you answer all their questions? What if they cry when you leave them? We know it can be tough, from… Continue reading HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD SETTLE INTO CHILDCARE?
Starting solids is a milestone that provides huge opportunities for your child. It’s not only about nourishment, creating healthy eating habits or trying a range of tastes and textures, learning to eat provides crucial building blocks for future development such as learning to chew, to speak, non-verbal communication cues and hand-eye coordination. But tackling anything… Continue reading HOW TO START SOLIDS AND INTRODUCE YOUR CHILD TO FINGER FOODS SAFELY
There is no denying the level of emotions that can accompany biting. Whether your child is biting or being bitten, the emotions can be intense. When biting is ongoing it can be a stressful time for all of the people involved. There is a definite stigma surrounding biting. The reality is, as unpleasant as it… Continue reading BITING – WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
During the current pandemic there is an increasing awareness of the benefits of taking children outside and into nature. We have long been aware of the benefits to our mental and physical well-being and now, with the added knowledge that the Covid virus is far less likely to spread outdoors, many families and schools have… Continue reading NATURE, OUTDOORS AND THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY BY NIKI BUCHAN
Nikki, tell us about your journey towards motherhood. I guess you could say my path was a little bit different to most! I always wanted to be a mum, but it just never happened for me – and I was okay with that. I was loving life, had great friends, a wonderful family including two… Continue reading A BEAUTIFUL, REAL ACCOUNT OF BECOMING A MUM IN YOUR 40S FROM NEW SHOOTS OWNER NIKKI PRENDERGAST
Babies are born curious. From our earliest days, we’re on a journey of discovery to understand the people, patterns and practices around us. To young children, even the simplest objects hold wonder. If you’ve never seen a bowl before, its potential uses are limitless – does it go on your head? Do you stand in… Continue reading DISCOVER THE CURIOSITY APPROACH™ WITH NEW SHOOTS
The time has come for you to find a childcare centre for your child. Once you start doing your homework it seems like you are spoilt for choice – there are so many options to choose from…. How do you make the right decision? I can understand your confusion; this is a decision that most… Continue reading 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A CHILDCARE CENTRE FOR YOUR CHILD BY TANIA VALENTIN