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Preparing our Children for the Future….


Teaching Our Children Empathy and Skills for Life Young preschool age children are social little beings who are usually very interested in other children and are quick to notice and practice social norms such as sitting together, sharing a space or waiting for a turn. They’re becoming more able to control themselves emotionally, and they are more able […]

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The Dying tradition of Eating Together


Family dining has become an infrequent event in our modern and busy lives. What was traditionally a nightly occurrence has been reduced to irregular gatherings around the dining area. Children eat dinner on their own and mum or dad arrive home at a different time to a later meal. Conversations are reduced to instructions about […]

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Just Playing? The Importance of Play and building strong Foundations


What do they do all day? When will they begin to learn? Why are they always at the playdough table? How will they cope at school? Who will they be when they grow up? What did you do today? “Oh nothing I just played”. Following is a poem that nicely explains just what young children […]

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Children’s Art Development


There are many sequences children go through during the development of their art.  You can look at young children’s art development in the form of a continuum.  Although there are many stages along the continuum, not all children will follow through these stages in the same order.  Some may hop back and forth, others may […]

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Winter Jackets Compromise Car Seat Safety


As winter approaches, the warmer clothes come out from the cupboards and we start to layer ourselves and children up to travel from place to place. The danger of this with car seats and safety belts is that the thickness and fluff factor stops the restraints from securely keeping a child safely in their belts should […]

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Are You Encouraging Your Child To Be Independent?


Children strive towards independence from an early age, driven by a desire to make things happen and feel competent. Some parents encourage their children to be independent and to do things for themselves, while others are more reluctant to give in to children’s demands for independence, not wanting their ‘baby’ to grow up. As an […]

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The Importance of Play


A frequently asked question that teachers in early childhood centres receive from parents is “ Why do you just let the children play?” There has been a lot of research done to show just how important play is to children’s growth and development.  From as early as infancy, play is the primary way children learn.  […]

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Excursions – Expanding the Walls of the Classroom


“I saw lots of bugs and butterflies at the Museum”, “I liked Sue the dinosaur and the skull of the dinosaur, but that was not real”, “I really liked to play rugby at the park outside the Museum”, “There was hot lava coming out of volcano and the whole room was shaking (he was talking […]

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The Importance of Parent Participation


Have you stopped in your child’s room to see what they have been doing whilst at Penguins lately? Many teachers believe parent participation within the classroom is important as it provides the children with a sense of belonging and wellbeing. Teachers also appreciate that parents are the prime educator in their child’s life. The partnership […]

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Welcome to our new site


Hello and Welcome! We are thrilled to launch our new Penguins School of Early Learning website and online learning portfolio. We hope you enjoy the new design and the detailed content available online for you as parents and the wider community. We would love to hear your feedback, please feel free to contact us. A huge thank you to all the team and the wider Penguins team […]

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