Child Care News for Parents July 27, 2016 |®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
July 27, 2016
Welcome, this week learn about the focus on play based learning in early childhood settings and how to find your inner Zen as a parent.
Play based learning and its place in the classroom
Play based learning has gained significant momentum in schools nationwide over recent years. Now central to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia, it is described as 'a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations.'

But what does this mean in the day-to-day classroom, and is it important in a child care environment?
Positive effects of mindful parenting
Mindfulness has become an increasingly common tool for stress management. Using simple relaxation methods such as deep breathing and refocusing thoughts, it is a wonderful way to calm the mind and rebalance the nervous system.

But more recently, mindfulness has also been applied to parenting and studies show that it can have very positive effects on children.

So, what is mindful parenting and can it really ease the daily chaos?

In basic terms, mindfulness is being fully present in the moment; slowing down your thoughts enough to be aware of exactly what you are doing, accepting feelings, thoughts and situations.
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