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Why children need to play with their friends as soon as they can

Approximately 1.4 billion children worldwide are currently living under partial or full lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the UK, and in many other countries across the world, it has been six weeks or longer since children last played, in person, with a friend.

2 months

by Freya Lucas

Being more flexible with babies structured learning can make the two’s less terrible

A new study of children under the age of two years has found that parents and caregivers who adopt a more flexible approach to their children’s learning can minimise behavioural challenges during the toddler years.

2 months

by Freya Lucas

UK’s ACECQA suspends all assessment and rating visits - will Australia follow suit?

Ofsted, the national regulatory authority in England, roughly equivalent to ACECQA in Australia, has suspended all routine inspections early learning and other educational settings, saying “ it is clearly the right thing to do when teachers and social workers are under pressure as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. We all need to support them in their work”.

4 months

by Freya Lucas

Does spoon-feeding really make babies overweight?

Deciding when and how to introduce babies to solid foods can be overwhelming for parents. But aside from timing and amount, could how babies are introduced to solid foods also make a difference to their health?

6 months

by Freya Lucas

Childhood deprivation affects brain size and behaviour

The human brain goes through dramatic developmental changes in the first years of life. During this period it is particularly sensitive to environmental influences. This sensitivity helps babies learn and develop, but it also leaves them vulnerable to negative experiences, such as maltreatment, which can have a lasting physical and psychological impact.

6 months

by Freya Lucas

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