Toddlers and coronavirus

https://littlepenguins.net.au/blog/toddlers-and-coronavirus/Like the rest of us, children will have mixed feelings about coronavirus (COVID-19), physical distancing and face masks. Without accurate information, children often imagine the worst. Children need accurate, age-appropriate information, and opportunities to ask questions and talk about their feelings. Turn off the news Your child is probably seeing and hearing a lot about…

READ MORE
Screen time for pre-schoolers

https://littlepenguins.net.au/blog/screen-time-for-pre-schoolers/While the average Australian adult spends one-third of their life in front of a screen, experts say that toddlers should be limited to one hour a day in the company of a parent or caregiver, and babies younger than 18 months should have no screen time at all. Parents are left to negotiate the gap…

READ MORE
Language development in toddlers

https://littlepenguins.net.au/blog/language-development-in-toddlers/Did you know that baby crying is beginning of language development? When babies vocalise they use natural, reflexive vowel sounds, such as crying, cooing and babbling. At around 12 months, this begins to turn into real words. Talk and sing In the early years, talking, reading and singing with your baby or toddler will help…

READ MORE
Discipline for toddlers

https://littlepenguins.net.au/blog/discipline-for-toddlers/Discipline is not the same as punishment. ‘Discipline’ is about using positive reinforcement to teach your child how to behave. The three Cs of parenting provide a good framework for understanding discipline – they are Consistency, Care and Communication. The three Cs will help you build and maintain trust with your child, which is the…

READ MORE
De-stress your life – tips for busy parents

https://littlepenguins.net.au/blog/de-stress-your-life-tips-for-busy-parents/The picture-perfect image of parenting we share on social media is often far from the truth. In reality, parents are stretched thin trying to do it all and families are running on stress. While de-stressing your life isn’t complicated it does take more than scented candles. Culture of busy As a starting point, consider whether…

READ MORE
Choosing the right childcare/early learning centre for you and your child

https://littlepenguins.net.au/blog/choosing-the-right-childcareearly-learning-centre-for-you-and-your-child/The challenge of the blank page… This can mean different things for different people … but when it’s school holidays and you are responsible for ‘entertaining’ your children during this time it’s the abyss of “I’m bored” or, almost worse, adult cries of “get away from that computer/tv/gaming console, get outside and do something!” that…

READ MORE
Just another school holiday blog

https://littlepenguins.net.au/blog/just-another-school-holiday-blog/Considering a childcare/early learning centre for you and your child for the first time can be daunting.  I remember going around to local childcare providers and trying to look knowledgeable and well informed (this is long before I gained any childcare related qualification).  I remember wondering what went on behind those doors when I wasn’t…

READ MORE
WE ARE OPEN FOR 2021 ENROLMENT! SECURE YOUR SPOT NOW!