Learning how to control and regulate emotions and arousal levels is one of the most important skills a child can possess. We all want our kids to feel in control and safe as they navigate this world. So how can we support our children so that they can self-regulate? The building block to self-regulation and emotional regulation is co-regulation. Co-regulation is one of the first skills an infant develops. It is where they look to their primary caregiver when they […]

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Toilet training can often be a tedious task – particularly when it is not clicking for your child. So what can you do to support your child in gaining the independence to be able to take care of their toileting needs? Keep reading and you can use these handy tips to help the process… Diet Make sure your child is drinking enough water – We often overlook how important water intake is. Water helps our body to flush out toxins […]

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Over the years, we have watched many children arrive on the first day of a Jump Up Outdoors program determined not to take their shoes off. After a few hours, they might reluctantly remove their shoes at the creek and sometimes forget to put them back on again. Often by the last day, the children arrive at reception, rip their shoes off, race down the hill and remain barefoot for the entire day. Now, some of these children were adamant […]

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So now you know the DIR, what comes next? Floortime! Floortime is the direct practical application of the DIR framework. In order to support a child’s development, we need to interact with them in a way that is meaningful and fun for them. And what do children so best? PLAY! It is time for you to revert back to your childhood and bring back the playfulness that children crave. Floortime is essentially using play as a tool to help children […]

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In today’s society we are constantly bombarded with how we should be teaching our children, how to promote healthy development and how to best prepare our kids for the challenges they will face in this ever changing world. With health professionals, the media and “influencers” all having a say on what principles should be instilled when promoting healthy child development, it can all be a little bit overwhelming. Often times these principles or frameworks are complex, don’t make sense or […]

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Today, August 12, is International Youth Day. A day to celebrate young women and men as essential partners in change and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. As a group, that provides young people enormous capacity to advocate for and bring about change. Conversely, it also provides an enormous potential for challenges and problems. In the […]

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Fun and simple activities Although we live in a digital age, handwriting remains important. Writing by hand engages the brain and body differently to using a keyboard or screen. It can also be a more mindful way of learning as it requires one to slow down while they write, and this can improve the ability to retain information. The multiple skills required is surprisingly intricate, as handwriting involves more than just the ability to hold a pencil. It needs: The […]

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If you’re craving rest by the end of term then chances are that your child is too Would you describe your childhood with terms such as simple, adventurous, outdoors ? Would you describe your child’s childhood with terms such as clean, indoors or structured? How times have changed! Thankfully fashion and hairstyles have changed but does it matter that play has changed so significantly? Does play really matter? Research is telling us a resounding YES! Play matters immensely. When children […]

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In Australia around the age of 4.5 – 5 years old, children are considered to be ‘ready to learn’ or ‘ready for school’. Of course as humans we are learning from birth and certainly the years from birth to five are one of the steepest learning curves of our entire lives. But in this article, we will consider a child’s readiness to learn in an educational setting, which comes part and parcel with a curriculum, rules and usually fairly large […]

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Children in Australia live in one of the most affluent countries in the world and yet it seems this affluence is harming and in some cases killing them – increases in childhood obesity, youth suicide, technology addiction, failure to launch, mental health disorders. Our current social construct of childhood is one in which children have few responsibilities, spend too much time indoors and are viewed in terms of their ability to consume rather than their ability to contribute to society. […]

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