More play at primary school

KATE BARBER talks with neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about bringing our primary school curriculum into line with the research. According to Nathan, New Zealand’s schooling system is setting up many younger students to feel bad about themselves as learners because their developing brains aren’t ready for …

Between school and home

Care after school should be safe, structured, stimulating and socially enriching. And fun too! Driven by this conviction, CRAIG FORTUNE founded My After School Headquarters. At MASH, we understand children’s needs and developmental stages; we understand that children need routines and boundaries; and the importance …

Sleep baby, sleep

Leading baby care and sleep consultant, DOROTHY WAIDE, has recently released a follow-up to her bestselling book You Simply Can’t Spoil a Newborn. Family Times editor, ANNA SCAIFE, caught up with Dorothy to talk about her new book, Simply Parenting, From 12 weeks to 12 …

A head start

Choosing an early learning centre for your child is a big decision, with many factors to take into account. We spoke to Annabel’s Educare director ANNABEL SLOSS about what sets Annabel’s Educare centres apart. When you walk into an Annabel’s Educare/Kindergarten you will feel the welcoming, …

Myopia: Signs to Look Out For

Dr Rasha Altaie, an Ophthalmologist, is from Auckland and a founding member of the Australia and New Zealand Child Myopia Working Group. Myopia (short-sightedness or near-sightedness) is a common eye condition that causes blurred distance vision and usually starts during childhood, typically progressing until the …

Photographer of tiny humans

One scroll through her Facebook page would melt the hardest of hearts. CASSANDRA ENGLISH is not only an established “photographer of tiny humans” in New Zealand, but she’s recognised internationally for her newborn shoots. KINETA BOOKER chats with Christchurch-based mum of two Cass from Hazel&Cass. …

You’re on the right track

You’ve got a vision of how you want your life to look — you want to do better, be better, live a good life — but often it’s like you’re wandering in the forest without a map, writes KELLY EDEN. We’re bombarded with the successes …