Education

Emily Writes: The first day of school

I’m breaking my rule of not writing about mothering without letting my thoughts sit for a while. It’s a thing I try to do, a luxury for a blogger/internet writer type person. Most people in – I don’t know what to call it … “online …

Let children play

Neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis explains why child-led free play is fundamental to the optimal development of the brain. By Kate Barber. As adults, we understand the word ‘play’ to mean the opposite of serious work. The idiom ‘child’s play’ refers to something that is easy …

From health sector 
to new tech role

JESS WREN says transitioning to a tech role was made possible by the school friendly hours of SHIFT. Jess is a mum and qualified radiation therapist, who was looking to change her career direction. She completed SHIFT in 2018, an innovative one-year course to allow …

Sowing the seeds of friendship

Children are impressionable things, says DIANA PATCHETT, Executive Principal at St Margaret’s College. Here, she discusses how we can encourage positive habits in our young ones. I love to spend time in the St Margaret’s College Pre-School; it never fails to brighten my day. Sliding …

Starting at six

Is six the right age to start school? RACHEL MCFEDRIES explores this age-old debate. Starting school at six – it’s a hot topic that gets discussed frequently around the playground, the kindy carpark, and in online parenting groups. It’s becoming more common for children here in …

Resilience & relationships

Growing resilience is not about getting our kids to ‘harden up’, explains neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS. By  KATE BARBER. As parents we worry about our kids: we want to prevent falls and fix problems. But, regardless of the support and shelter we offer them, our children …

Garden to table

Summer is the perfect time to introduce your children to the joys of growing vegetables, says LINDA TAYLOR. Now that the weather is warmer, it’s a pleasure to be outside, and gardening with your children is a great way to keep them busy during the …