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Research and Evidence on School Starting Age

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Earlier this month the "Too Much, Too Soon" campaign made headlines with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning in schools. Cambridge researcher David Whitebread, explains why children may need more time to develop before their formal education begins in earnest...There are several strands of evidence which all point towards the importance of play in young children’s development, and the value of an extended period of playful learning before the start of formal schooling. Read full article

8 Ideas - Helping Your Child Settle Into School

<a href="/articles/8-ideas-helping-your-child-settle-into-school">8 Ideas - Helping Your Child Settle Into School</a>

For some parents, it’s one of the hardest goodbyes – the day when you leave your five year old at primary school for the first time. It’s no easier when friends gloat about how well prepared their child was, and tell you all the tricks and hints they used to get them used to the idea of ‘big school’...Following are 8 tips to help your child settle at primary school – each of these alone or together will help you and your child ease into the new experience... Read full article

Starting Primary School can be an Emotional Rollercoaster

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2012/03/06/starting-primary-school-can-be-an-emotional-rollercoaster">Starting Primary School can be an Emotional Rollercoaster</a>

It’s several weeks into the primary school year and my five-year-old son is experiencing his share of ups and downs adjusting to life at ‘big school’. The highs (for both of us) include waving me happily off each morning, and the beautiful hug he gives his sister every afternoon on their reunion at the school gates ... But then there are the difficult moments. Such a big life change has also come with its fair share of big emotions for my sensitive boy. After trying so hard to concentrate and control his impulses all day, those emotions often came home looking for an outlet. Any small thing has the potential to set him off ... Read full article

25 Words Your Toddler Should Know and More

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/21/25-words-your-toddler-should-know-and-more">25 Words Your Toddler Should Know and More</a>

Perhaps intriguingly called "Is Your Child Normal" in this segment on Channel 9 Mornings I talked about a recent conference topic of the 25 basic words most toddlers should know - and then we chatted about some preschool and school readiness issues. Parents should not panic if their toddler does not know how to say all the words on this list but it is interesting to read what Professor Descorla (Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child Study Institute, Yale University) recommends parents look for. Read full article

From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2011/04/05/from-toddler-to-big-boy-the-great-testosterone-surge">From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge</a>

My son recently turned 5. I remember 12 months ago when he turned 4, thinking – that’s it, that’s the end of my baby. I couldn’t even classify him as a toddler any more – he was really a kid. His vocabulary was growing every day, and combined with his natural curiosity this meant he was asking increasingly complex questions about the world around him. He had begun to show some resilience and self-control as he matured. And then something peculiar happened. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education, Part 2 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-2-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education, Part 2 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 2 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about working with primary school teachers and about the importance of emotional intelligence for children's school readiness Read full article

Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder and the New School Year

<a href="/articles/kids-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-the-new-school-year">Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder and the New School Year</a>

Julia Richardson's article helps parents find ways to help kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (and Asperger’s Syndrome) deal with the annual challenge of new teachers, new classrooms, new classmates and a new routine. Stress caused by change is a big challenge for children with ASD but there are things that parents and schools can do to help. Read full article

Starting School - Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder - 5 Tips for Reducing Stress

<a href="/articles/starting-school-kids-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-5-tips-for-reducing-stress">Starting School - Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder - 5 Tips for Reducing Stress</a>

Justine Watson has dedicated her career to helping families deal with the particular challenges faced by kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She knows that the change of routine that comes with each new school year can be enormously stressful for the kids, and their parents. She also knows that parents can do something to make the experience less traumatic for the whole family. Read full article